Coconut Chess Pie Recipe

Coconut Chess Pie recipe ties together the best ingredients for a sweet dessert. If you have had the pleasure of Chess Pie, I don’t need to introduce this delicious concoction. What is Chess Pie? An old recipe that has lasted through the years. Your guests will enjoy this simple recipe.

Kitchen from Old Plantation In New Orleans
Kitchen from Old Plantation In New Orleans

In the event you serve Chess Pie, someone inevitably will ask about the origin of the dish and name. Even today, I  am unsure of the origin based on my research. The name has a bit of mystery behind it. I was unable to find one definitive answer about the name . Internet search yielded several reasons ranging from  the following:

Corruption of word cheese
Ingredients stored in pantry or chest
Sugar content meant pie could be stored in chest  in lieu of refrigerator
Southern cook accent referring to “Jes’ pie”

My favorite version is the southern “Jes Pie”. Lord knows at times some people may have trouble understanding our Southern accent. The Chess Pie recipe is attributed to different regional locations. No matter the origination, it is a delicious and easy to make recipe.

My Peep's Farm Fresh Eggs
My Peep’s Farm Fresh Eggs in vintage basket
Why make a Coconut Chess Pie?

I have served Chess Pie as a standard offering when I entertain for many reasons.

The ingredients are always in my pantry
Inexpensive to make
Quickly mixes by hand in one bowl
Bakes in 30 minutes
Cools quickly and is easy to transport
Magically it will always disappear

The Chess Pie is a favorite of my friend Jazz-Girl. I hope that she will like this Coconut Chess Pie recipe as well. I adapted this recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks Talk About Good published originally 1969 by Jr League of Lafayette, Inc.  Talk About Good is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. Buy one for yourself or as a gift, the money supports a great cause.

In conclusion, Coconut Chess Pie is a great addition for any holiday table. Prepare ahead and served as needed. Pour a hot cup of chicory coffee and I am a happy girl. I may need to have a slice now.

Alexa, Shout out to Darius Rucker “Southern State of Mind”.Darius sings “You can take the guy out of the south, but in my heart I’m always there”

 

An old fashioned Coconut Chess Pie
Coconut Chess Pie
Print Recipe
An old fashioned creamy coconut pie. Whip it up in no time and serve to your guests.
Servings Prep Time
8 People 15-20 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 People 15-20 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
An old fashioned Coconut Chess Pie
Coconut Chess Pie
Print Recipe
An old fashioned creamy coconut pie. Whip it up in no time and serve to your guests.
Servings Prep Time
8 People 15-20 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 People 15-20 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Units:
Instructions
  1. Preheat to 350 degrees. Unroll crust and center on oven pie plates. With palm press on crust on bottom and edge. With fingertips pinch and form crust edge around the pie plate.
    Funny Girl pressing in crust
  2. With a fork press into bottom and sides of pie crust. Make many holes in crust.
    Pie Crust forked to death for Spicy Sausage and Egg Pie Recipe
  3. In mixing bowl, add melted coconut oil and sugar. Stir well
    Coconut oil and sugar
  4. Add in eggs one at a time to mixture. Add in balance of the remaining ingredients and stir well. Pour into pie shell.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool and serve.
    An old fashioned Coconut Chess Pie
  6. Lagniappe: Serve a slice with a cup of Chicory Coffee. Close your eyes and imagine a New Orleans Jazz band in the background and smile.
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Author: Mimi

I have a love affair with food, entertaining, travel and music. This site is a vehicle for me to share my journey of food. Traveling allows exposure to all types of cooking. I have learned to cook by being hungry, curious and willing to fail. Food is another form of art and creative expression. Copyright 2016 by Mimi

4 thoughts on “Coconut Chess Pie Recipe”

  1. Love ❤️ love ❤️ love ❤️ your chess pie! Thanks for always making it for me on the holidays we celebrate together. And I finally got named!! Jazz girl

    1. I am always happy to make this pie for you. Happy to cook it for you. Jazz Girl, I named you a while ago back when Focus had Snow Bunny visiting. Read St Germain Cheesecake. Thank you for your support. Let’s go to lunch soon.

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