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Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes Chess Pie

Peanut Butter #KandyKakes Chess #Pie from www.somethingswanky.com ... Definitely one of the yummiest desserts I've ever made. This is 100% PURE comfort food!

In the past three years of heavy dessert making, I’ve picked up helpful little lessons. “Tools of the trade,” as some would say. For example:

…do the dishes as you go, or else you’ll be left with the looks of a natural disaster in the kitchen.

…don’t sample frosting throughout the various stages of making a cake, otherwise you will get a sick stomach.

…your family still wants dinner, even though you’ve made 7 batches of cookies today.

…only microwave chocolate in high quality zip top bags, because they melt through the cheap ones.

…shortening is okay sometimes. Margarine is not. Ever.

Peanut Butter #KandyKakes Chess #Pie from www.somethingswanky.com ... Definitely one of the yummiest desserts I've ever made. This is 100% PURE comfort food!

I’ve also picked up little tricks and methods for developing new recipes. Mostly, it consists of flip-flopping desserts. Like…

turning cheesecake into ice cream,

turning ice cream into cookies,

turning cookies into donuts,


One of my very favorite dessert making tricks is using Chess Pie filling. It turns out that pouring Chess Pie filling on anything makes it good, and it makes the already good absolutely amazing. It works its magic best on cake-y type ingredients, because they soak the pie filling right up. Anything even slightly absorbent is an excellent candidate to have Chess Pie filling poured all over it and baked into a golden deliciousness.

Peanut Butter #KandyKakes Chess #Pie from www.somethingswanky.com ... Definitely one of the yummiest desserts I've ever made. This is 100% PURE comfort food!

When TastyKake approached me about using some of their cakes in a recipe, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. See, there are a few things that make any of the Kandy Kakes perfect for a chess pie. First, they have that wonderful cake layer, and it just soaks in the chess filling so well, which makes it so evenly gooey throughout. Second, each snack cake is covered in chocolate. Once the cakes are all cut up and tossed in the pie crust, the chocolate melts really well throughout the pie, so that you get some in every golden, gooey bite. And last of all, Kandy Bar Kakes come in some really fabulous flavors like York Peppermint Patty, Reese’s, S’mores, Coconut, and literally tons more!

I used Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes in this pie, and I seriously could not stop eating it. For a gal trying to lose some weight, this pie is definitely a danger zone! But as long as you’re having guests over, you should be just fine to bake one right up– because you will absolutely not have a single piece lefter over. And that’s a promise!

I like mine warm with a side of ice cream and hot fudge sauce. But, honestly, it’s just as good the next day at room temperature. There’s no bad way to eat this pie…

Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes Chess Pie


  • 6 packs (2 cakes in each pack) of Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes (many of their other varieties would work as well!)
  • 1 unbaked pie crust
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted (and seriously, not margarine)
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. cornmeal (or almond flour, or flour)
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Chop up the Tastykakes into quarters. Put all the pieces in the unbaked pie crust.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the butter, sugar, eggs, cornmeal, vinegar, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Pour over the chopped up Tastykakes. Use a rubber spatula to prod the cakes, making sure all of the pieces are coated. Use the spatula to smooth down the top of the pie so that it's an even layer.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes until golden brown on top. Let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

14 comments on “Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes Chess Pie”

  1. Oh my heck Ashton. It’s pie, for one. And it has peanut butter Tasty Cakes in it!!!!OMG.

  2. I would be happy with cookies for dinner. ;-)

    This pie looks amazing!

  3. why it that our families expect dinner EVERY night…
    I would eat this pie happily for dinner , but I have never had a tasty kake, looks like I’m missing out

  4. Chess Pie filling and how you made it is easy enough to pour over everything! I made a much more complicated version of Chess Pie about a year ago and I love your method! Pinning this!

  5. I need a piece right now! And I agree, NEVER margarine!

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  8. I want to know where you find kandy kakes? I asked at the grocery store and wal-mart and no one knows where to find them . Is there something similar to them I can get. Thanks Bernice

    • Wow, really?! I live in a REALLY rural area, I’ve seen them at Wal-Mart, Kroger, Food Lion, and even CVS! So bizarre! Really any snack cake could work :) Like Little Debbie snack cakes could be good. I just love Tasty Kakes because they come in so man different flavors :)

  9. You can order them online – http://www.tastykake.com/products/

  10. I love being able to see good recipes on here.

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  12. Is there a sub for the kandy cakes? Not able to find them.

    Please inform as soon as possible…..graduation party coming up.

    • Just about any snack cake would work instead– little debbie cupcakes, even twinkies. Or, believe it or not, those mini chocolate covered donuts! They’re dry enough on the inside that the chess filling gets soaked up really well, and all the chocolate is really yummy! Another thing that works well is any sort of bakery style cookie. You can break those up and fill the pie crust with cookies :)

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