Southern Lemon Chess Pie Recipe

This Lemon Chess Pie is a lemon-lovers dream! If you love lemon-flavored desserts, you have to try this lemon pie!

Southern Lemon Chess Pie, if you''ve never had this pie, it's a MUST!Growing up in the south, I’ve tasted my fair share of pies! From my favorite brown sugar pie to even a red velvet fudge pie, but nothing is quite as tasty as this Southern Lemon Chess Pie!

The recipe came from my mother who got it from a friend in Wrightsville Beach, NC. I’m so glad it made its way to me so I can share it with you! It’s full of tart lemon flavor with a touch of sweetness, just like a lemon bar!

I have to admit that I’m not even a huge lemon dessert fan (give me all the chocolate please), but even I had to go back for seconds of this lemon chess pie. It’s delish!

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I love to garnish this lemon chess pie with lemon slices and fresh mint sprigs. And a bit of powdered sugar never hurt anyone. ;)

Southern Lemon Chess Pie, if you''ve never had this pie, it's a MUST!

Southern Lemon Chess Pie

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings


  • 2 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon white cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons fine lemon zest
  • 2 8-inch pie shells, unbaked


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl fitted with electric mixer, combine sugar, cornmeal and flour. While on low, add eggs one at a time. Mix on medium until mixture is pale yellow and slightly foamy.
  • Add melted butter, lemon juice, and milk. Continue to blend until well combined.
  • Fold in lemon zest. Divide mixture between two pie shells.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until top is lightly golden and crust begins to brown. You can wrap crusts in aluminum foil halfway through baking to prevent crust from over cooking.
  • Refrigerate pie until ready to serve.


Makes 2 (8-inch) pies. Also, be sure you blend the eggs and sugar mixture until the eggs are light and slightly foamy.
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There you have it! Easy as lemon chess pie. Because it makes two, send over the second to a neighbor or friend! It’s oh so perfect for spring and summer. And if you want even more lemon dessert ideas, you have to try my friend Julie’s 3-ingredient lemon glaze recipe! It’s another lemon favorite in our house!


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    1. Thank you, Annie! :)

  1. How much lemon juice, pleeze?

  2. 1/3 fresh lemon juice – 1/3 what? cup?

    1. Yes cup! So sorry about that. Just updated it.

  3. What a perfect looking summer dessert. I’m a crazy lemon fan…can’t wait to try it!

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  5. What a perfect-looking summer dessert. I’m a crazy lemon fan…can’t wait to try it!
    Thanks For Sharing

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