Amish Vanilla Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

Amish Vanilla Pie is different from any pie I have ever made.  This Amish Vanilla Pie recipe was in a cookbook I got in Mississippi at least 35 years ago and I have made it over the years.  It has a great taste but I think the crumb topping is unusual since it is thicker than most toppings like this.  I keep this pie in the fridge but it would probably be fine in a cool spot in the house in a pie cover.  This Amish Vanilla Pie is good with coffee or served as a dessert with ice cream or whipped cream on top. If you like this pie, you will love this delicious Sorghum Molasses Shoofly Pie too.

Amish vanilla pie is an old fashioned recipe.

Boiled ingredients Needed:

Brown sugar

All-purpose flour

Dark corn syrup

Vanilla extract




Crumb Topping:

All-purpose flour

Brown sugar

Cream of tartar

Baking soda



Pie shell  (my recipe for pie crusts.)

You can make this pie in a regular pie crust or a deep dish. We have personally made it both ways and the pictures are from a deep dish crust. You will see in the note section of the recipe card below what changes we made for it to work well in a deep dish. This pie is unique but has a wonderful taste. It’s so good with homemade whipped cream on top!

Amish Vanilla Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

Amish Vanilla Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

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5 from 2 votes

Amish Vanilla Pie

Excellent Pie!
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Amish Vanilla Pie
Servings: 6 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


Boiled ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup water

Crumb Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt or about 1/8 teaspoon
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 9 inch pie shell


If Using Deep Dish Crust See Note section!

  • Beat the egg (I just beat with a fork until smooth) and mix well with brown sugar, flour, corn syrup, vanilla and water.  Bring to a boil in a pot on top of the stove.  Remove pot as soon as it starts boiling and set aside.  Let mixture cool.

Crumb Instructions:

  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.  Cut in the softened butter until mixture is like coarse crumbs.  Pour the cooled, boiled ingredients into your pie shell and spread the crumb topping over the top.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven 45 minutes.  Makes 6 to 8 servings.


If using a deep dish pie shell use 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup corn syrup, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 eggs and 1 1/2 cups water. Everything else remains the same. 

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  1. I made this for dessert, didn’t have any dark corn syrup so I substituted with honey, same amount. I used wheat flour for the topping and a gluten free pie crust. Delicious and barely any crumbs left….thanks for sharing!5 stars

  2. Trixie Poche says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. But I’m so sorry that some rude people can’t accept that just because a person is said to be Amish, why is it a sin for them to use electricity. The times have changed. And that is a small change for the Amish people. Kuddos’s to them for they know how to work, make wonderful things, and to be truthful, they sure have a better life than others.

  3. Made this pie last night for a church potluck and it was a huge hit! Your recipes are always winners. Only cooking website I follow!5 stars

  4. Mary Elizabeth Slover says:

    Is this like the Black Bottom Pie my dad used to talk about my Pennsylvania Dutch grandmother used to bake? He family immigrated to the Reading PA area in 1758 and spread out to the ABE area and the Pocono’s.

  5. Sue Erskine says:

    This recipe looks very good, as does the brown sugar meatloaf on the same email.. I bought an Amish pie when in Lancaster area and it was made with sugars etc… I then bought an Amish book at a Market to be able to make the pie and other Amish recipes, and it used electricity in every recipe… Just for anyone’s information.. I do love your recipes.. I was just wondering if I can you golden syrup instead of corn syrup in this recipe.. Or maybe maple syrup.. I live in Australia now and no corn syrup to be had… Unless I travel far or pay a huge amount..

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Hi Sue, Happy to know you are enjoying the recipes and thank you for being a part of our community. I have never tried it with anything but corn syrup but I feel like it the other syrups would work ok.

  6. Patrick Chadd, Ed.D says:

    Uncalled for – the truth is that there are Amish who use electricity – and even cell phones – and yes, they are “real” Amish. This is a pie the Amish make and the name is right on. More importantly, the recipe[e is great and the pie is delicious! Thank you for posting Southern Lady!!! 🙂

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you, Patrick! Happy you enjoyed the pie.

  7. Heather of Wishing Wells Life says:

    I recently was in PA visiting and this recipe reminds me of something I had there. I hated to see such a negative comment left on your blog. I get those sometimes too, on mine! I bought FOUR different Amish cookbooks from our trip. I’ve made several of those recipes and I’ve used electricity. In fact I will also say we ate at a lovely restaurant there that was ran by a nice group of Amish ladies (Katie’s Kitchen I believe is the name) and they did have electricity as did 99% of the other Amish ran businesses we went to. They use generators. We seen this when we were stationed at Fort Leonard Wood too. I apologize but I felt the need to say this…Now on to what I really wanted to say….

    The filling….I wonder if this is like Shoo Fly Pie filling, or some kind of Pecan pie type filling? I must add this to my to make list. It looks very good!!

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Hi Heather, Thank you so much for your kind comment. Yes, the Amish in Kentucky use electricity, too, and have generators. This pie does kind of remind me of a shoo fly pie but this one has a lot of crumbles on top. More than I have ever put on anything. Anyway, I bet you will have lots of fun going through all those cookbooks. I have several, too, and just love their recipes. Hope you have a great week ahead and happy cooking!

  8. Patricia Mullen says:

    I do not understand why you continue to call recipes “Amish” when they are not like any Amish recipes I have ever seen (and I am from Pennsylvania). This vanilla pie recipe you said came from an old cook book from Mississippi. I doubt that that was an Amish cook book. Also, the Amish do not use electricity so stop calling slow cooker recipes – Amish. Just call this recipe “Vanilla Pie” and get over it. It would be more honest to give the name of the cook book you copy recipes from.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Hello Patricia, I normally take comments and let them just roll off of me, however your comment is very rude. You obviously receive our newsletter which talks all about our trips to our local Amish community, which my family has been visiting for over 40 years. Kentucky is full of Amish communities. The name of the cookbook is Recipes from Family and Friends and it was published in June 1980 and I bought it in Mississippi. As far as the electricity comment, just because I make an Amish recipe using electricity doesn’t take away from the fact that the recipe is still Amish. I have found in the many years I have had this website that you can’t please everyone. I hope you have a wonderful week.

      1. Thank you for all the lovely and yummy recipes, my family enjoys them so much!!! And I love that you pull from all different sources! Thanks again for sharing !!! I am going to make this pie this weekend