Col. Sanders’ Chess Pie a Delectable Dessert

Whooooah . . . this pie is fabulous. A little bit goes a long way.

Three-fourths of Col. Sanders' Chess Pie with meringue on top.From page 5 of “Twenty Favorite Recipes of Col. Harland Sanders” comes this Col. Sanders’ Chess Pie recipe.

This is an easy to make “comfort food” that also pulls off “fancy.” You can serve this pie for everyday, special occasions, and holidays.

My husband’s parents lived near Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) fame before he became famous. Years later while on a visit, in July of 1971, the Colonel gave my mother-in-law a copy of “Twenty Favorite Recipes of Col. Harland Sanders”.  Here is the recipe as promised.

Picture of Col. Sanders' Chess Pie recipe

I followed this recipe per the directions and ingredients. Chess PIe batter in pie crust ready to go in oven.Baking in a cast iron pie pan took about 60 minutes. A knife inserted half way from the pie edge to the pie middle and coming out clean told me the pie was done.

The meringue turned out nicely. I did grab another cookbook* off my shelf to read up on meringue making. One pointer I learned was to rub a bit of meringue between my fingers to see if there was sugar grit. You want the sugar to dissolve. So, I kept beating my meringue till I didn’t feel sugar grit. Putting meringue on baked chess pieI also made sure that the meringue reached all edges of the crust to provide a seal which prevents shrinkage. The meringue was baked 13 minutes at 350 degrees.Using a spatula to finish putting meringue on baked chess pie


Whooooah . . . this pie is fabulous. A little bit goes a long way as it is very sweet tasting. The crust, filling, and meringue compliment one another for a flavorful and delectable dessert. The pie crust came out of the Colonel’s recipe booklet too. I’ll be sharing that recipe at another time.Nicely browned meringue on chess pie sitting on cooling rack with glass canister jars in background

*The cookbook I grabbed off my shelf was, Farm Journal’s Homemade Pies, Cookies & Bread By the Food Editors of Farm Journal, copyright 1983 published by Greenwich House, Distributed by Crown Publishers, Inc., New York.

Author: Cindy Avery

A lifelong learner retired from education encouraging others in their learning journey. Creator of #backroadtracks

2 thoughts on “Col. Sanders’ Chess Pie a Delectable Dessert”

  1. Cindy, You are a treasure. This recipe for Chess Pie brings back childhood memories. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
    Mom didn’t make it often, but when she did, we were all very happy …. yummmmm.
    Thanks for sharing it.
    Donna Houseright

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