Nov 2

Gingerbread Chess Pie

in Dessert, Pie

Gingerbread Chess Pie

HPS (Holiday Pie Season) is officially underway!  So put away your Halloween decorations and pull out your pie plates people and let’s get baking!  Over the next 5 months there is at least one holiday every month that calls for pie, kicking things off with the grand daddy of them all, Thanksgiving.  You know how much I love pie, so you can imagine how excited I am for this time of year!!!  Last Friday I gave you a head start with my Cinnamon & Sugar Pie Crust Cookies to give you practice making pie dough.  Now it’s time to take those pie crust skills and put them into an actual pie!

Serving up pie for the holidays

To help you expand your pie repertoire, I recently got together with my Harmons blogger buddies to bring you a whole pie spread.

Pie Buffet

My pie was inspired by one of my all-time favorite holiday treats—gingerbread.  So I dreamed up a gingerbread chess pie (continue reading for the recipe).

Gingerbread Chess Pie

My friend Jesseca from One Sweet Appetite brought a Streusel Pumpkin Pie—a traditional pumpkin pie with a delicious streusel twist.

Streusel Pumpkin Pie

My friend Becky from The Vintage Mixer brought an Almond Butter Pie—a play on a peanut butter pie. It reminded me of a peanut butter buckeye, so pretty!

Almond Butter Pie

My friend Caroline from Armelle Blog brought a French Apple Tart—a chic alternative to an apple pie.

French Apple Tart

And my friend Si from A Bountiful Kitchen brought a Chocolate Silk Pie—a beautiful version of a classic favorite.

Chocolate Silk Pie

Between these five different pies, chances are that at least one of them will strike your fancy!

Serving up pie

But back to my gingerbread chess pie.  Chess pie is a custard pie with a bit of cornmeal added that gives it a hint of a crackly crust on top.  It’s a simple pie that I adore and has many variations, like my chocolate chess pie.  I decided it was high time that there was a gingerbread variation.  But I’m talking real gingerbread people.  Not the sissy spice cookies with only a hint of molasses in them (or sometimes none! The horror!), that get passed off as gingerbread.  I’m talking about the cookies that have that wonderful caramelly molasses flavor supported by a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger.  If you are more of a spice cookie-type gingerbread person, then this pie may not be for you.  But if you like real gingerbread, then you are going to love this pie!  The filling has the creamy texture of a pumpkin pie with all the flavors of a perfect gingerbread cookie.  A slice of gingerbread chess pie with a flaky, buttery crust, topped with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream . . . that’s holiday perfection on a plate my friends!!

A slice of Gingerbread Chess Pie

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Gingerbread Chess Pie

Makes one 9-inch pie

One 9-inch unbaked pie shell (or make your own using my pie crust recipe)
1/4 cup butter
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

Lightly sweetened whipped cream, for serving

1. Roll out the pastry dough to 1/8 inch thick (about a 12-inch round) on a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin (or between 2 pieces of parchment paper).

2. Fit the dough into a 9-inch (1-quart) glass pie plate and trim the edge. Crimp the edge of the shell as desired, then chill the shell for 30 minutes to 3 hours.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Melt the butter and cool until just warm to the touch.

5. Beat together the eggs and sugar on medium speed in a large bowl with an electric mixer until thick and pale. Then beat in the butter and all the remaining ingredients until combined. Pour the custard into the chilled shell.

6. Put the pie on a rimmed baking sheet in the oven on a center rack and bake until it is just set in the center, about 45-55 minutes. Tent the pie with a sheet of aluminum foil after 25 minutes to prevent excessive browning.

7. Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool completely on a cooling rack. The pie will continue to set as it cools, so do not cut it prematurely. The pie can be kept, uncovered, at cool room temperature for 6 hours. Once it has cooled completely you can cover it with a piece of plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator. If you are serving it after being refrigerated, let it sit out for about 30 minutes, as it will taste better at room temperature. Serve with lightly sweetened whipped cream.


*Disclosure: I am a blogger ambassador for Harmons Grocery and was compensated for my time and for recipe development for this post. All experiences and opinions are my own!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Jesseca November 2, 2015 at 7:46 am

I LOVED this pie. My six year old faught me for the slice I brought home. Great molasses flavor.


Fuji Mama (Rachael) November 2, 2015 at 1:23 pm

I am so glad! Especially considering the fact that you’re not really a huge pie fan!!


Caroline Armelle November 2, 2015 at 8:08 am

Such an amazing pie! Loved the flavors!!


Fuji Mama (Rachael) November 2, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Thank you Caroline!


Mike W November 2, 2015 at 11:57 am

This sounds really good. I grew up eating my Nana’s pie in South Carolina. Chess pie brings back lots of memories.


Fuji Mama (Rachael) November 2, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Thanks Mike! What kind of chess pie did she make?


Fuji Nana November 2, 2015 at 8:25 pm

If this is anywhere NEAR as good as your chocolate chess pie, I’m going to love it. I’m not that big of a pumpkin pie fan, but i love gingerbread, so I’m thinking this is going to be a winner for me.


Becky November 3, 2015 at 8:12 pm

Your pie made this Southern gal very happy! Wish we could all gather more often!!


Teresa November 13, 2015 at 11:55 am

Loved your pies!! They were so good!!


Robert Phillips November 16, 2015 at 8:19 pm

Just love a website so heavy in graphics it takes minutes to load.


Si December 2, 2015 at 2:54 pm

So every year I choose a new pie to make. After tasting a slice of this, I knew this was the new pie for 2015 Thanksgiving . Everyone that tasted it absolutely LOVED it. It was simple and so delicious. You should patent this :) Thank you for the recipe!!!


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