Southern Christmas Pies

Delectable Southern Christmas Pies

Want true Southern desserts this holiday season? Forget the dreams of sugar plums dancing in your head. Try these tasty pies on for size. But be warned, some may take practice and finesse. If I were you, I'd start today.

Marie was my maternal grandmother. She was a brilliant shining light, a true Christian example, and the epitome of what a Southern lady should be. I have included four recipes here, one of which was my mother's--the Coconut Raisin Chess. I hope you will enjoy them and your family this holiday season.

Marie's Coconut Cream Pie

1 9-inch pie shell

4 eggs

1 1/2 c. milk

1 c. sugar

1 c. coconut (Baker's in a bag)

1/4 stick Oleo margarine

2 1/2 tbs flour

1 tsp vanilla

Separate eggs. Beat the yolks and add milk. In a heavy saucepan over low heat, stir often. In a separate bowl, mix flour and sugar well. When milk and egg yolks are hot, add sugar, flour, and vanilla and 1/2 cup coconut. Stir often. Let it thicken until looks like pudding. Pour into cooked pie shell. Beat egg whites until fluffy and add 1/4 cup sugar and beat again. Put on top of pie. Add 1/2 cup coconut. Bake at 325 degrees until brown on top.

Marie's Chocolate Cream Pie

Use Coconut recipe above. Omit coconut. Use 3 heaping tablespoons of cocoa to dry ingredients. YUMMMMMYYYYY!!!


Coconut Raisin Pie

Mama's Raisin Chess Pie (Actually Cousin Rachel's)

This is another of my favorites because of the raisins. Some people are not fond of it because of that, but I think it is the perfect blend of sweet and chewy.

1/2 cup margarine

1 cup sugar

1 cup coconut (Baker's sweetened in the bag)

3 eggs separated

1 cup raisins

1 tsp vanilla

1 unbaked pie shell

Cream margarine with sugar. Add 3 beaten egg yolks and 1 stiff egg white. Add coconut, raisins, and vanilla. Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Then reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake 15 minutes more.


Marie's Pecan Pie

My all-time favorite pie. Add a dollop of vanilla ice cream over pie while still warm, and you have a stellar dessert.

3 eggs

3/4 cup white Karo syrup

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup sugar

2 tbs butter

1 tsp cornmeal

1 tsp flour

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup pecans

Blend well. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Until knife comes out clean.

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Comments 14 comments

Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

Oh, hurt me, hurt me! I bookmarked this gem, and I am very grateful that you have included four (count 'em four!) recipes for Christmas pies which cannot wait to make or devour until Christmas. Yes, I will be trying these. Easy recipes, so home bakers can't miss. Thanks!

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cgreen7090 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

I have more to add, just got tired. Thanks for reading. And don't forget to vote!

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

4 fabulous recipes all new to me, I have bookmarked this and can't wait to try them, they all look and sound delicous, thank you for sharing.

Pieless in Paris 5 years ago

I like pies...all pies....big pies an little uns too. I eat lots a pies .....not just at Christmas.....I eat pies all the time.

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cgreen7090 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

4 great recipes here. I will certainly be trying one or two of them

ThomasRydder 5 years ago

Dear God....I HAVE to try that pecan pie. They all sound delicious, but pecan is one of my favorites. And anything by a grandma is certain to be incomparable. Thanks for sharing, CG!!

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Lola1929 5 years ago from Oregon

No wonder you had such a reaction to my pecan pie! Born in the South, for God's sake, pecan pie is a longstanding tradition down there. Bless your heart (literally) for being able to take a joke.

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Lola1929 5 years ago from Oregon

I saw you had a fudge recipe here, too. I have one, too, my dear. I bet it's NOTHING like yours... but I could be wrong. Check it out sometime. (And, thanks for all the pies! If I could cook, I'd try one. Maybe I'll con a neighbor into cooking one for me... let's see... who's a good cook around here in Oregon?)

Love from Lola profile image 5 years ago

I lived in LA for a short time and a favorite Christmas pie was a Snappy Dragon Pie (rather like a Rum Raisin pie) very good but very time consuming.

Your Grandmother's Coconut pie is GREAT!!!!


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cgreen7090 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

I've never heard of that! I will have to find a recipe for it. So you tried the recipe, or you are going to try it? Glad to be of help. profile image 5 years ago

Yes, made it for four Christmas dinners and then stopped - no reason we just found a pie that we like better - French Cherry pie - very nice

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cgreen7090 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

You must write a hub with recipe if you haven't already! Glad you liked it.

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Dr Funom Makama 4 years ago from Europe

Woow... yummy! yummy! What a fantastic share..

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