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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

chess pies

these tarts are my favorite holiday goodies. i got this recipe when i was in high school from my best friend's mother, dode knepp.(some 50+ years ago)  i think that she had to make an extra recipe just for me. i have made them every year. they can be made ahead of time as they keep well in a tight container and in a cool place.

2 cups sugar
1 cup melted butter
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cup raisins, cooked and drained
1 cup black walnuts, chopped
3 cups english walnuts, chopped

mix first 4 ingredients together. cook and drain raisins and add to the mixture. add all the walnuts. line muffin tins with your favorite pie crust recipe. ( i cheated and bought it this year. it took three packages of the prepared dough for this recipe)
molly the dolly is a big help

i use medium and small muffin tins. they also can be made in regular size muffin tins. i just find them too large.
this recipe made 6 dozen chess pies.

fill the pie crust  3/4 full and sprinkle with a bit of nutmeg. bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until crusts and tops are lightly browned.



  1. These look fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ooo, lovely! I might have to whip these up for Christmas!

  3. They look so yummy! I have not made them in years. Glad to know you are keeping up my mother's tradition.