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Tipper and Aunt Faye’s Butterscotch Pie

After my post last Monday about Aunt Faye’s Chocolate Cream Pie, more than a few of you asked for my Butterscotch Pie Recipe so I’m re-posting this recipe I shared back a few years ago. I’m still making the pie these days and it’s still yummy!

homemade butterscotch pie

One of the first things I learned to bake was Butterscotch Pie. Granny often made cream-pies for us kids. Most of the time, she used a box of pudding and a store bought crust so that she could whip up one in a hurry. But sometimes Granny made homemade Butterscotch pie and I fell in love with its rich nutty sweet taste.

I’ve made lots of Butterscotch Pies since the first one so many years ago. Sometimes my filling would run right out of the crust onto the plate when I cut a slice, but that didn’t keep me from making them. Over the years, I tried various recipes but didn’t have much luck with them setting up either.

I like to make homemade Chocolate Cream Pies too-more specifically I like to make Aunt Faye’s Chocolate Cream Pie-which always comes out perfectly. One day it occurred to me, all I needed to do was ditch the cocoa in Aunt Faye’s pie and swap the white sugar for brown sugar and I’d have me a Butterscotch Pie that set up like it was supposed to. I gave my theory a try, and it worked. I’ve been making Butterscotch Pie that way ever since.

homemade butterscotch pie

Tipper and Aunt Faye’s Butterscotch Pie

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoon plain flour (all purpose)
  • 3 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 cups milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 egg yolks beaten (reserve whites for meringue)
  • baked pie shell

Mix brown sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt in a large pot. Gradually add milk while stirring constantly. Cook over medium heat until mixture begins to thicken. Stir mixture often to prevent scorching.

Once mixture has thickened, add a spoonful or two of it to the eggs to temper them. Add tempered eggs back to pot and stir until mixture is very thick. Stir in vanilla.

Remove mixture from heat and beat well. Aunt Faye said beating the mixture made the pie filling light and fluffy. Pour mixture into a prebaked 9 inch pie shell. Use the 2 reserved egg whites along with a little sugar to make meringue for the topping and brown it in the oven. Or you could whip up a batch of whipped cream and serve the pie with a dollop of it.

Chill pie in refrigerator before serving.

Grandmother's butterscotch pie

Butterscotch Pie and a glass of cold milk = one of the good things in life.


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    Don in KS
    January 31, 2020 at 11:34 am

    I make one like this, only I use dark brown sugar and also add a half cup browned butter. I mix it in the cooked custard with the vanilla. Sometimes I will add some natural maple extract as well. Good stuff!

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    Mary L. Briggs
    October 7, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    That looks so good, Tipper! I am going to have to try it soon:).

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    January 26, 2017 at 2:03 am

    It wouldn’t have occurred to me to swap brown sugar for chocolate and end up with a set-up butterscotch pie – aren’t you clever! Thank you for sharing your recipe, Tipper – I am putting this in my “Make Someday” file 🙂

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    Rev. RB
    January 24, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Lord this sounds good, and I’m thinking us diabetic types could make it with Splenda Brown Sugar for a pie we could eat too.
    Thanks for the yummy recipes.
    God bless.

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    Pam Danner
    January 23, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I haven’t had butterscotch pie in years. This looks so delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

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    Ed Ammons
    January 23, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    I too am not a fan of butterscotch. I think it is the color that triggers my aversion. Now the chocolate pie you made the other day is right down my alley. I plan to make that soon.

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    b. Ruth
    January 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    The wind is blowing in some chilly air “ooshie” here. That pie recipe of yours and Aunt Faye’s sounds powerful good, maybe with a cup of hot coffee and a dollop of cream.
    Thanks for all your receipts…old way of sayin’ recipes! Many of my old cook books say “Receipt Book”! h
    I haven’t had a real homemade Butterscotch pie since Mom passed away. Guess it is time to bring back a memory taste.
    Thanks Tipper,

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    January 23, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    For some reason, I have never acquired a taste for Butterscotch Pie or pudding. But I make Chocolate Pies often. The butterscotch looks good tho. …Ken

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    Dee Parks
    January 23, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Looks like I’m going to be baking today!! My husband loves butterscotch so I am sure he will appreciate your posting of the recipe. Now me, I love the chocolate pie because it was what my mother made. Oh, so good. Thanks for posting both recipes.

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    Ann Applegarth
    January 23, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Yum! And so easy to make! I vote for whipped cream!

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    January 23, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Ah, takes me way back. I haven’t had a butterscotch pie for years, and it used to be my favorite. I really need to stir up some memories by taking one to the reunion. Nice to know I have your recipes right here on hand.

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    H Lee Mears
    January 23, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Sound delicious. I’m not a huge fan of this flavor but enjoy a homemade butterscotch pie if it doesn’t taste burned. I guess the eggs and flour made it a ‘pie’ same as chocolate instead of a sauce.
    I make a summer dessert using caramel sauce which seems to be same as butterscotch sauce, ? goes over slightly brandied fresh peaches then ice cream and some other ingredients. About the only caramel I care for either. Not quite sure of the reason. ?
    I could eat all the Pralines in Savannah. Cooking sugar is a science I suppose.
    Thanks for reciepe , going to try it and see if grandsons like it. Of course I can’t make pie crust.

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    January 23, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I don’t know how this butterscotch fan missed the recipe a few years ago. You know I’m going to be baking today. My mother-in-law made the best butterscotch pies that she said was from a simple recipe. Sounds like I might have found one similar to hers.

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    January 23, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I also posted to my Facebook Page
    Smiles, Cyndi

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    Ron Stephens
    January 23, 2017 at 8:10 am

    You have a knack of letting us see home, hear home, taste home and re-awaking memories of home. Thank you for that. I wish I could remember the last time I had butterscotch pie, probably over forty years.

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    January 23, 2017 at 8:08 am

    This looks SO wonderful and tasty! Thanks for sharing the recipe and great photos!
    Smiles, Cyndi

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    Miss Cindy
    January 23, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Oh my Tip, that looks sooooo good! I love butterscotch. I never had good luck with cream pies, the frequent problem was runny pie filling.

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