Caramel Chess Tart

Caramel Chess Pie | Bake or Break

I know we’ve talked about it previously, but I am just so utterly fascinated by Chess Pie. It takes the most unassuming list of ingredients and turns them into a gooey and delicious pie. It’s pure genius.

When I was planning what pies to bake for Pie Week, I knew I wanted to make a Chess Pie. I thought about and looked at several variations, but ultimately couldn’t stop thinking about this one.

I feel a little bit like I need to add an asterisk after the word “caramel” in that title. You see, despite the caramel flavor of this tart, you don’t have to labor over making caramel for it. The flavor magically evolves from all the brown sugar that’s mixed into the filling.

Caramel Chess Tart takes traditional chess pie and adds a bit of caramel flavor for a fantastic, simple, delicious dessert. - Bake or Break

Besides all of that caramel goodness, this is also one of the simplest pies you’ll ever make. Just one bowl for the filling plus a pie crust. I made my go-to basic pie crust, but feel free to use your favorite or even a store-bought crust. I won’t judge.

You can dress up slices of this pie with a sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar, a dollop of whipped cream, or a scoop of ice cream. I think it’s plenty good all on its own.

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I hope you’ve all enjoyed Pie Week! It’s hard not to love a week dedicated to pie, right? Thanks to Audra and Brandy for organizing everything. And, thanks to all the other bloggers who participated for helping make this such a fun week. Be sure to click below to see the latest Pie Week creations from these lovely ladies.

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Smoked Salmon and Spinach Quiche from Country Cleaver

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Caramel Chess Tart

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 59 minutes

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Caramel Chess Tart


  • pie crust for 10-inch tart pan*
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 & 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 450°. Lightly grease a 10-inch tart pan.

Fit pie crust into prepared pan. Line with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Fill with pie weights or dried beans.

Bake 7 minutes.

Remove tart pan from the oven. Carefully remove lining and weights. Return pan to oven and bake crust 2 minutes. Place on wire rack to cool.

Reduce oven temperature to 350°.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in flour, buttermilk, and salt. Stir in vanilla.

Place tart pan with partially baked crust onto a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until almost set.

Cool tart completely on a wire rack. Then, remove pan rim and transfer tart to a serving plate.


*Use your favorite pie crust. You can find my go-to version here. Store-bought will work just fine, too.

Recipe adapted from MyRecipes.

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