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Vinegar Pie

This vinegar pie is the perfect extraordinary balance of sweet and tart for a surprisingly wonderful taste. The gooey center goes wonderfully with the crispy upper crust and like any type of chess pie is melt in your mouth goodness from the very first bite!

You’ll enjoy this recipe because it is so easy and yet so different! Then, you’ll be able to quote a line from one of my favorite tongue in cheek songs by Laura Blackley where she says, “You’re as sweet a vinegar pie”.

A view of a whole vinegar pie in a glass pie plate, white napkin, old knife shot from above

Vinegar Pie


  • It’s EASY!
  • You get the natural wonder of a chess pie with the layering of flavors, the soft center and the crispy upper crust
  • The flavors balance perfectly between sweet, tart and crunchy buttery crust
  • You can use store bought crust!



I have to tell you one thing before we open up the express lane. IT IS GOOD! IT IS DELICIOUS!! YOU WON’T EVEN BELIEVE IT IF YOU TASTE IT!!  It is kind of like an oddball surprise – but, there it is.

A shot from above a grey speckled plate with two slices of pie, spoon, spilled milk bottle and white napkin

Vinegar Pie


Now as for the vinegar pie recipe itself it seems like if you google “Vinegar Pie”, you will find all kinds of wonderful and old fashioned vinegar pie recipes. There is even one very old handwritten vinegar pie recipe noted if you look in the images. wow. I love old recipes, don’t you?

  • There is a vinegar pie recipe from the Ann Arbor News that looked pretty interesting yet but the pie would have been too thin for my tastes.
  • Martha Stewart had a gorgeous photo of a vinegar pie then again, when I tried to see the recipe there were too many popups to deal with – so, I just got out of there. I’m not even including a link to that, you can google it yourself. I’m not sending you somewhere where a big ad comes over your screen. To heck with that – just stay here, I want you here anyway.
  • Garden and Gun – which I love to look at also had a similar recipe. But they use Cheerwine vinegar and there is no chance I will run up on any of that any time soon (unless of course my friend Nancy hooks me up again).


Finally, I resorted to my cookbooks and then combined everything that I saw into something that I could use in my own kitchen. This is basically a chess pie and according to the research I did, it has been a popular pie since the colonial days.  


A photo of a slice of pie from the side sitting on a blue gray plate with white napikin underneath

Vinegar Pie

Let’s See How This Is Made

First press out your crust into the pie plate and then using a whisk, mix the ingredients together in a bowl…

A photo of a bowl with the mixed ingredients inside and a whisk

All the wet ingredients for Vinegar Pie

Then, pour the ingredients into the prepared pie shell…

The pie ingredients inside the prepared pie shell ready for the oven

Pie ready for the oven


  • Chess pies are awesome and easy and this literally took me 5 minutes to throw together.
  • I made one while my three year old grandbaby watched a sesame street video, if that tells you anything.
  • Nothing fussy, no equipment needed, no strange ingredients.
  • These vinegar pies are just made from stuff you already have in your kitchen. So Elegant,  I love that. I am guessing that is how this vinegar pie recipe came to be in the first place. Mama needed something sweet to feed the family and this was easily come by and delicious to eat, despite the name!
  • Try this easy pie crust!


The pie book I have at home, which I love is Nancie McDermott’s “Southern Pies A Gracious Plenty of Pie Recipes, From Lemon Chess to Chocolate Pecan”.

Every pie I have made out of this book has been spot on,  however,  I do note that her vinegar pie calls for 1/4 Cup of vinegar. Now, if you LOVE Apple Cider Vinegar, by all means then load it in. But, I’m not crazy about it and think that just the little taste is enough in my pie.

You be the judge and see what you like. I’m including it so you will know what it looks like in case you run across it! But really this is the best pie cook book ever!

***I am an Amazon Affiliate and this photo of the cookbook is an Amazon link. If you should click the photo and go through to Amazon and purchase, I will earn a percentage of the purchase price***

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FAQ and Tips and Tricks for Vinegar Pie


It is best if you can refrigerate your vinegar pie, it will keep longer and hold together better. If not refrigerated, vinegar pie becomes wet and loose after a day or so.


Some recipes have the raisins or pecans added to the vinegar pie. Try adding a handful and see what you think!


Wait until the pie is completely cooled before slicing into the pie. All chess pies will be loose and run into the dish if you cut them too soon after baking. You might even want to refrigerate for half a day before slicing.


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I can’t wait!

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Vinegar Pie

Vinegar Pie

This delightful old chess style pie uses simple ingredients that you probably already have on the shelf.  Give it a try and see what you think!
4.50 from 4 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: America
Keyword: Vinegar Pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 366kcal


  • 1 refrigerated pie crust the red box brand is best
  • 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tbs Flour all purpose is fine
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 eggs beaten well
  • ¼ Cup melted sweet cream unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbs heavy cream
  • 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar you can use white vinegar if that is what you have - any vinegar will work except balsamic


  • Preheat the oven to 350. Place your pie crust into your pie plate and pinch the edges for decoration.
  • In a small bowl mix together the sugar, flour and salt with a whisk to remove any possible lumps.
  • In a medium bowl, using a whisk (you can use the same one), whisk the three eggs until they are a homogenous color or till you would say they are well beaten. Then add the melted butter and milk. If the butter is still hot from melting add it slowly while you stir everything else otherwise, your butter will cook your eggs - ew.  Add the vinegar and stir it into the other ingredients.
  • Pour your small bowl content (sugar mix) into your medium bowl and mix together well with a large wooden spoon. Mix until is is thick and smooth.
  • Pour this mixture into your prepared pie crust and bake on the bottom rack of your oven for 30 minutes. Half way through baking, turn the pie half way around to even brown the top. The pie is done with the pie is a little puffy and wiggles only a little when you gently shake the pan. In my oven, this was about 35 minutes, in your oven, it could take 45. Start checking at 30 minutes.
  • Cool the pie well before serving.  you want it to be room temp or even chilled in the fridge.


  • The pie plate seen in this image is fairly shallow - about 1 1/2 inches deep. 
  • If you use a deep dish pie plate, the contents will probably fill it up about 1/2 way.  You could always double the pie ingredients but you will need to adjust the baking time.
  • When adding hot butter to the recipe, you will want to add it very slowly so as not to cook the eggs.  
  • If you seriously LOVE apple cider vinegar, it is ok to add as much as 1/4 cup but this makes for a much stronger apple cider vinegar flavor to your pie. 
  • The pie is done when you can shake the edge of the pie and it only jiggles slightly in the center like jello. 


Nutrition Facts
Vinegar Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 366
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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***This recipe for Vinegar Pie originally appeared on Loaves and Dishes on February 14, 2016 and has been updated with NEW information***


1 Corinthians 13:4-7

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres”.

What does that verse to mean to you? Is this verse talking about the love you feel towards your significant other? Does this verse refer to loving your parents or friends? Could this verse possibly be talking about loving your enemies?


Seriously, could it? Jesus told us to LOVE OUR ENEMIES, didn’t he? Then in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he tells us these qualities of love. Seems like that while there are different types of love, maybe love has these similar qualities?

I don’t know, I’m not an authority. Rather, I am simply a food lover with a website while YOU on the other hand are the captain of your own boat. It does seem like that we, as Christians, should consider these qualities of love in all of our dealings.

What do you think?

Maybe it’s best if we pray about it. Hence, that is what I will recommend.




Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

Recipe Rating

Rebecca Cumby

Friday 24th of July 2020

Nice history description of the vinegar pie! I look forward to trying it!

Wendi Spraker

Friday 24th of July 2020

Hi Rebecca! Thanks for leaving me a comment. I hope you love the vinegar pie! (It's pretty vinegar forward in flavor, so be forewarned). Enjoy!


Sunday 19th of August 2018

I would like to know why white balsalmic vinegar would not work in this vinegar pie recipe?

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 19th of August 2018

White balsamic has a different flavor profile - but technically it would work and make a pie. Let me know if you try it. I would love to know how it goes.

Kaylee Butler

Sunday 4th of February 2018

Hello! I just tried this and Its currently in the oven. In the instructions I didn't see where it said to incorporate the vinegar, so I just added it to my wet ingredients. Also I didn't have nearly as much filling as you did. I used a 9inch pie tin and it only filled up to half way. Not sure what went wrong but hopefully it rises while it cooks.

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 7th of February 2018

Hi Kaylee, Thanks for the heads up! I think the new program didn't move all of the instructional content. I've updated it and fixed the issue. Thanks for letting me know!

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 4th of February 2018

Hi Kaylee! Thanks for letting me know. I'll look at it again. I just changed recipe programs and some of the ingredients may not have transferred correctly - although I tried to be extra careful. I'll check it and get back with you!!


Friday 2nd of February 2018

I give this FIVE stars - its great!

Leslie @ Bessie Bakes

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

This is such a beautiful pie!! I bow down to those who can make their pies look so clean and appetizing. A chess pie with vinegar? Sounds enticing!

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

Hi Leslie!! Thank you for stopping by!! Thank you for the sweet comment! I can tell you must do a lot of baking. Dont homemade baked good simply feel like love? :)


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