Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Melanie Clarke
Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
31 Mins
Other Time
1 Hour 30 Mins
Makes 8 servings

This lemon-flavored version of a traditional chess pie with its filling of butter, sugar and eggs has the added convenience of a ready-made shortbread pie crust.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Brush piecrust with beaten egg white. Bake 6 minutes. Remove from oven, and cool completely on a wire rack (about 30 minutes).

Step 2

Beat 4 egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.

Step 3

Whisk together 4 egg yolks, sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl until blended. Stir in lemon juice. Fold in egg whites. Pour mixture into cooled piecrust, and place pie on a baking sheet.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until set, shielding edges with aluminum foil after 20 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Remove from oven to wire rack, and cool completely (about 1 hour). Garnish, if desired.

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Chef's Notes

For testing purposes only, we used Keebler Ready Crust Shortbread piecrust.

Ratings & Reviews

dlucky's Review

August 27, 2013

Shirarock's Review

May 16, 2013
I loved this pie. It isn't close to the same recipe I made, as a child, but I am sure it will be more kind to my 30+ body!This has more of the texture of lemon meringue than pecan pie (which is the texture I remember from chess pie).

lenalutie's Review

February 02, 2011
As a professional caterer, I am always trying new recipes out on my family, neighbors, + friends...I made this recipe this week. Everyone (including my guests) told me NOT to ever make it again. Except for my delicious, flaky pie crust, nothing else was eaten in total. It was gritty, lacking in taste, + lacked that chess pie texture we love. I will go back to my great grandmother's tried and true one. Do not waste your time with this one.

Emoo007's Review

July 03, 2009
This pie was excellent! Much like another Southern Living recipe for a key lime pie from years ago that is a favorite, but much easier to make! Everyone (kids included) loved it!

kentuckygirl's Review

April 23, 2009
excellent results -