Pumpkin Chess Pie #PumpkinWeek

by Erin

This classic Southern chess pie is ready for fall (and Thanksgiving!) with the simple addition of pumpkin.

Pumpkin Chess Pie 4

Welcome to day 3 of #PumpkinWeek and my second recipe contribution to the pumpkin nation! Truth be told this will be the last pumpkin recipe from me, at least for this week – don’t freak out! These days I’m impressed if I post twice a week and it’ll be three by Saturday with my weekly #PBChocSat post so go me! By posting less I feel like I get to share recipes that pack more punch and I’m pretty proud of the recipes I am sharing for #PumpkinWeek.

Pumpkin Chess Pie 1

Today I present to you a pumpkin version of a chess pie. It tastes and looks very much like a traditional pumpkin pie but it’s less creamy due to a lack of milk and instead a bit gooier (it is a custard pie after all). I also liked that the pumpkin was able to tone down the sometimes overly sweet nature of a chess pie. What is a chess pie? While there are various theories to the origin of it’s name, being a Southern dessert I enjoy the theory that it could have come from a pronunciation of “It’s jes’ pie” (It’s just pie).

Pumpkin Chess Pie 2

Here are today’s #PumpkinWeek recipes:

Pumpkin Drink Recipes:

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup from The Nifty Foodie.

Savory Pumpkin Recipes:

Blackened Steak Tacos with Roasted Pumpkin, Sweet Corn and Red Bean Salsa from Bacon Fatte.
Chicken and Pumpkin Curry from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures.
Pumpkin Beef Stew from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen.

Pumpkin Beer Bread Pudding from Forking Up.

Pumpkin-Poblano Salsa from Culinary Adventures with Camilla.
Pumpkin Risotto with Garlic and Sage from Making Miracles.
Pumpkin Sausage Mac and Cheese from Daily Dish Recipes.
Pumpkin Sausage Skillet Dinner from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings.
Pumpkin Walnut Sage Pierogi from The Crumby Kitchen.
Savory Pumpkin Sage Biscuits from Kudos Kitchen by Renee.

Sweet Pumpkin Recipes:

Maple Pumpkin Monkey Bread from The Bitter Side of Sweet.
Pumpkin Chess Pie from The Spiffy Cookie.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies from Amy’s Cooking Adventures.
Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins with a Pecan Oat Crumble from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks.
Pumpkin Dump Cake from Seduction in the Kitchen.
Pumpkin-Nut Crumble Cake from Hardly A Goddess.
Pumpkin Pie Cream Puffs from Mildly Meandering.
Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake from A Day in the Life on the Farm.
Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip from An Affair from the Heart.
Stuffed Pumpkin Cupcakes from The Freshman Cook.
Whipped Pumpkin Pie Honey Butter from Love and Confections.
White Chocolate Pumpkin Biscotti from The Redhead Baker.

Three years ago: Buckeye Granola Bites

Four year ago: Jalapeno Popper Fettucine Alfredo

Five years ago: Hazelnut Praline Paste

Six years ago: Pumpkin Danish


Makes 1 pie, serves 12-16


1 unbaked pie crust

3 eggs, separated

1-1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1 Tbsp white vinegar

1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp ground cinnamon*

1/2 tsp ground ginger*

1/2 tsp ground allspice*


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place crust in a pie pan and crimp edges. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, melted butter, pumpkin, vinegar, vanilla, and spices until blended. Gently fold in egg whites.
  4. Pour mixture into the pie crust and bake on bottom rack for 30-35 minutes, or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean and is browned on top.

*Or 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Source: Adapted from my Meyer Lemon Chess Pie and my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chess Pie.

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Caroline October 6, 2017 - 1:27 pm

Sounds tasty, and I didn’t know how chess pie got the name so interesting to know!

spiffycookie October 6, 2017 - 10:04 pm

Haha take that with a grain of salt cause it appears no one truly knows the exact origin of the name. There are a few stories, I just enjoy that one most!

Wendy Klik October 4, 2017 - 6:17 pm

Great twist on an old classic, Erin.

spiffycookie October 4, 2017 - 7:14 pm

Thanks Wendy!

Rebekah @ Making Miracles October 4, 2017 - 2:51 pm

I love this idea! I just made a chocolate chess a couple weeks ago – love the idea of a slightly less sweet pumpkin version! That gooey texture on these pies is lovely.

spiffycookie October 4, 2017 - 3:14 pm

I’ve never had a chocolate chess pie, but I have made a peanut butter before with chocolate chips and a chocolate crust! Also have done Meyer lemon. Honestly I’ve never made the standard version haha.

Dad October 4, 2017 - 10:22 am

I guess I will have to try this one.

spiffycookie October 4, 2017 - 11:34 am

Nothing can compare to your fresh pumpkin pie Dad, but this is a fun change!

cakespy October 4, 2017 - 7:56 am

Sweet baby jesus I need this.

spiffycookie October 4, 2017 - 7:59 am

Hahaha heck yea you do!


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