Recipes and Cooking Lemon Chess Pie Bars Be the first to rate & review! Chess pie is a Southern dessert with ties to Virginia. These bars use old-fashioned buttermilk with a sunny splash of lemon juice instead of the traditional spoonful of vinegar. By Juliana Hale Juliana Hale Juliana Hale is a senior culinary specialist in the Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen with 20 years of experience in recipe testing and development. She works closely with AllRecipes, Forks Over Knives, Midwest Living, and Traditional Home overseeing testing in the test kitchen for those titles. Juli is an expert in all fields of cooking, but is particularly geeky about mixology and has taught her class, Fun with Sours, to internal staff and the AllRecipes Allstars. She holds an associate's degree in culinary arts and a bachelor's degree in food and beverage service management from the New England Culinary Institute. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on December 6, 2021 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Jason Donnelly Prep Time: 20 mins Bake Time: 35 mins Total Time: 55 mins Servings: 32 Yield: 32 bars Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 1 ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 2 cup plus 3 Tbsp. sugar 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup chilled butter, cut up 6 eggs 2 tablespoon white cornmeal ¾ cup buttermilk ½ cup butter, melted 1 tablespoon lemon zest ½ cup lemon juice 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla Powdered sugar (optional) Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges. Lightly coat foil with cooking spray. For crust, in a food processor, combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour, 3 Tbsp. of the sugar, and 1/2 tsp. of the salt. Pulse to combine. Add chilled butter; pulse until crumbly. Press evenly into the prepared pan. For filling, in a medium bowl lightly beat the eggs. Add the remaining 2 cups sugar, 2 Tbsp. flour, 1/2 tsp. salt and the cornmeal. Whisk to combine. Whisk in the next five ingredients (through vanilla). Pour filling over crust. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until edges are golden brown and center is almost set (the center should just jiggle). Cool in pan on a wire rack. Use foil to lift out uncut bars. Cut into bars. If you like, sift powdered sugar over bars. To Store Layer bars in airtight container between sheets of wax paper; cover. Store in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 146 Calories 7g Fat 20g Carbs 2g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 32 Calories 146 % Daily Value * Total Fat 7g 9% Saturated Fat 4g 20% Cholesterol 50mg 17% Sodium 141mg 6% Total Carbohydrate 20g 7% Total Sugars 14g Protein 2g Vitamin C 1.8mg 9% Calcium 15mg 1% Iron 0.5mg 3% Potassium 36mg 1% Folate, total 17.4mcg Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.