Aunt Mary’s Easy Chess Pie


She’s been gone 21 years now, but I still think about her often. 

What a special lady!  Born during the depression, with a cleft pallet and hair lip, her life was full of difficulties and disappointments.  But you hardly ever knew about her hard times.  She was always rejoicing in just being alive.  She lived on disability, but she didn’t let that keep her from sharing with people.  She sent boxes of clothes and other items to missionaries overseas and fed them at her dinner table in her little three room shotgun style house that was full of warmth and love.  Many times she called mom at work and invited her to supper.  Often after dinner she’d get out her auto harp and we’d sing songs there in her small living room.  She was full of joy and would often get happy while we sang.

Everyday she cooked lunch.  That was her main meal of the day.  She made the best iced tea with lemon and the very best cornbread.  I even loved her coleslaw and that is unusual for a kid!  We always had to clean up the kitchen afterwards.  I tried to encourage her to let her dishes airdry, but nothing doing!  We had to towel dry those dishes and put them back into her little upright cabinet.  That same cabinet now resides in my kitchen.  For a while, I could open it up and still smell her kitchen.  That smell is long gone as is Aunt Mary, but she still lives on in my heart.


Aunt Mary’s Chess Pie

4 eggs
1 ½ cups sugar
2 Tbsp butter, softened (I used 4 because most other recipes call for a stick)

Cream the butter and sugar together.  Add eggs
one at a time, mixing after each addition.  Bake at
350º for 35-40 minutes.  Cool, slice, and enjoy!


22 responses to “Aunt Mary’s Easy Chess Pie

  1. Tammy Gonzales

    Really love how easy it is to make chess pie and it tastes rich and creamy

  2. Greetings! I’ve been following your web site for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Atascocita Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the fantastic work!

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  4. I’ve loved reading through your site. In each section I keep finding memories of my paternal grandmother, who lived a few miles outside of town. She was absolutely the best cook, but she didn’t think she was a good cook. Unfortunately I don’t have too many of her recipes, but treasure the ones I have. We always had such a bond. I was born on her birthday. It has been about 16 years since she passed. I still miss her so.

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful stories and memories of you and your family. I’ll be making some of your recipes, low carb and not, for sure!!

    • Alice, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I’ve had some wonderful ladies in my life and they were all great cooks. If only I could find the time to add more recipes and memories. I’ve not even been able to tell that much about my grandmother and her wonderful Pineapple Cake. I need to do that sometimes. Grandmothers are special. My maternal grandmother has been gone now for about 17 years, so I kinda know how you feel. Oh, if we could hang on to them for a little longer! Thanks again for stopping by and come again. 🙂

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  6. This is such a precious memory. It brings back so many memories of my grandmother and great-grandmother. I love your blog and now your new follower:)

    • Thanks for stopping by, Lynn! I visited your blog and I love it. I will be back soon to look around. 🙂

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  11. That cheese pie looks so scrumptious. I’ve never heard of it, but now I’m inspired to try it, maybe with erythritol.

    It’s nice you can make this dessert and remember your Aunt Mary!

    • I hope you get a chance to develop a good low carb Chess Pie. If anybody can do it, you can! 🙂

  12. Not only your Aunt Mary, but the Aunt Mary’s of this world are about all gone…I long for those days …I’ll be back!
    ♥ Glenda

  13. Hi, thanks for v isiting my blog! This pie looks yummy, as does all of your other post! I hope you don’t mind, but I added you to my blogroll.

  14. what a wonderful story! your aunt mary sounds like a great woman. and the pie looks delicious 🙂

  15. cottage dweller

    Omg, I’m sitting here wiping tears as I’m writing this. Brings back memories of my Grandmother. The good ole days for sure!

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