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Chess Pies are sweet pies that originated on the farm, especially the Southern farm. They were typically made with what was on hand. Look in your pantry and see which of the pies you can make today!

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1. Lemon Chess Pie

Photo © 2010 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Photo © 2010 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Of all of the chess pies out there, Lemon Chess Pie is my favorite. It's like a Lemon Meringue Pie without the meringue.

2. Dark Chocolate Chess Pie

2010 Dark Chocolate Chess Pie Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com.
2010 Dark Chocolate Chess Pie Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com.

While at my daughter's church choir Christmas party, I was talking to the other mothers about homemade gifts. One mother said she always gives her neighbors Dark Chocolate Chess Pies. Of course, my initial thought was "I want to be her neighbor." My next one naturally was to get her recipe.

3. Coconut Chess Pie

2010 Coconut Chess Pie Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2010 Coconut Chess Pie Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

You can double your enjoyment pleasure with this crustless Coconut Chess Pie, because it makes 2 pies.

4. Blood Orange Chess Pie

2010 Blood Orange Chess Pie Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli.
2010 Blood Orange Chess Pie Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli.

You'd think the red insides of a blood orange would cause the inside of this Blood Orange Chess Pie to be red as well. Unfortunately, the yellow egg yolks cause it to be closer to dark yellow-orange in color.

5. Citrus Chess Pie

2010 Citrus Chess Pie Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2010 Citrus Chess Pie Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

Chess Pies are considered budget desserts because they are made from what's on hand. I initially wanted to make a Pineapple Chess Pie, but I had no crushed pineapple. I substituted canned citrus salad (white and pink grapefruit slices along with orange slices in a light syrup) for the pineapple. This Citrus Chess Pie turned-out to be a very tasty budget dessert.

6. Applesauce Chess Pie

2010 Applesauce Chess Pie Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
2010 Applesauce Chess Pie Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
An entire jar of applesauce with some lovely spices are what make this a great Applesauce Chess Pie recipe.

7. Pecan Pie

2010 Pecan Pie Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2010 Pecan Pie Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

I think Pecan Pie was my first experience with chess pies. To me, most Pecan Pies are too sweet. This recipe is different. It's more on the rich side than on the sweet side.

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