CREAMY BUTTERSCOTCH PIE

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Creamy butterscotch pie is delicious!

Creamy Butterscotch Pie

Creamy Butterscotch Pie makes a wonderful dessert anytime.  Serve butterscotch pie with coffee, take it to a pot luck or gathering or make one for a friend. This butterscotch pie is delicious and easy to put together.   I love anything butterscotch and I could eat this one by myself.  Your friends and family will ask for the recipe and you will make this butterscotch pie many times. If you like butterscotch, this pie will become one of your favorites.  This is an old fashioned recipe that has been in my collection for a long time.  I can remember my mother making this creamy butterscotch pie.

Creamy Butterscotch pie is one of my family favorites.

1 (9 inch) pie shell, baked

1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

3 egg yolks, (Keep whites for meringue)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons margarine or butter

Bake crust and let cool.  In a pot on top of the stove mix milk, sugar, cornstarch, egg yolks, vanilla and salt with a whisk.  Add butter in one piece.  Cook on medium high heat for 5 to 7 minutes until butter melts and mixture thickens.  Stir constantly because this will burn easily.  Once thickened, remove from heat and pour into the pie crust.

Meringue

3 egg whites

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Start beating egg whites, adding sugar while beating.  Add vanilla and continue until peaks are formed.  Spread on pie covering entire pie.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven until brown on top or place under broiler to brown.  Enjoy!

 
Creamy Butterscotch Pie
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5 from 11 votes

Creamy Butterscotch Pie

Creamy Butterscotch Pie makes a wonderful dessert anytime.  Serve butterscotch pie with coffee, take it to a pot luck or gathering or make one for a friend.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert, Pie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Creamy Butterscotch Pie
Servings: 8 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

Ingredients

  • 1 9 inch pie shell, baked
  • 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 egg yolks (Keep whites for meringue)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter

Meringue

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Bake crust and let cool. In a pot on top of the stove mix milk, sugar, cornstarch, egg yolks, vanilla and salt with a whisk. Add butter in one piece. Cook on medium high heat for 5 to 7 minutes until butter melts and mixture thickens. Stir constantly because this will burn easily. Once thickened, remove from heat and pour into the pie crust.

Meringue Directions

  • Start beating egg whites, adding sugar while beating. Add vanilla and continue until peaks are formed. Spread on pie covering entire pie. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven until brown on top or place under broiler to brown.

 
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44 Comments

  1. PATRICIA GILMORE says:

    Do you completely cool the filling before covering with the egg whites?

  2. Wonderful recipe. I have made it 3 times now, everybody loves it.5 stars

  3. When you say ‘Brown Sugar’ is this Soft brown sugar or Demerara sugar? I am in the UK. I really plan to give this a try!

  4. My meringue was pretty when it first came out of the oven, it was stiff and had nice peaks but then shrank and turned watery over night. I let cool completely before putting in the fridge.

  5. I made this for Easter and it tasted just like my momma’s!! So glad I found this keeper recipe!!5 stars

  6. Do you use anything Butterscotch

  7. Gale Jordan says:

    This is one of my Favorites!! My Grandma made the Best Butterscotch Pie!! She used the double cooker to melt and mix her ingrediants in!! Miss those Days!! Best of all, was getting to clean up the Beaters!!!5 stars

  8. GRANNY NELDA says:

    my mil made butter scotch pies and she would put sugar in a skillet and cook it till it was liquid and it did get hard but i tried it and threw the first batch out.i found out that you have to keep cooking to get the sugar that has hardened to dissolve. was lots of trouble but it really did taste like a butter scotch pie. this is much easier will give it a try.thanks for the rec.

    • My mother in law made a pie like that and called caramel. Never did taste one. My daughter made one for her daddy last Christmas and it took me a long time to find a recipe for it.

  9. Loved loved loved as a child!!!

  10. Rhonda Strautman says:

    My Mom used the butterscotch as the pudding in banana pudding! OMG SO good!!!!

  11. I made this yesterday, it turned out great!! Next time I need to make two, you could have old ingredients, this is on my favorite pie list!!5 stars

  12. I have been looking for my grandmothers Butterscotch pie for years. She died with Alzheimer’s taking her recipe with her. I have gone through flea markets looking at old cookbooks and trying every one that I have found. I will definitely be giving this one a try after seeing some of my other favorites on your website. Since you are a southern girl like me, I am hoping this is the one! Thank you for sharing!

  13. Do you delute the evap.milk?

  14. The Southern Lady says:

    Yes, Joan, there is one listed on the site. Look on the right hand side of any page down the page a little ways. You will see photos that say, “Appetizers and Dips”, “Breads” Cakes and Cookies, etc. Click on the one that says “Pies” and you will get a list of all the pies on the site.

  15. My cornstarch stayed lumpy too. I think it might be out of date? I will try again!

  16. Reduce sugar by 1/2 use 2 yolks. This reduces a lot of calories & (fat from eggs).

  17. Oh, sweet Lord! I can’t wait to make this! Butterscotch is my favorite! Sharing this with my peeps at SYM too!

  18. Does this need to be refrigerated if not eaten completely after baking?

  19. made this today…so easy but very scant amount…can the recipe be doubled for a greater amount of filling?

  20. Sounds like you cooked it too long. You have to take it off the heat when it first starts to solidify

  21. I made this last night, and less than 24 hours later my family has made it disappear! Thanks for the simple recipe! I found it to be easy and just like my grandma’s in TN. I had to stay with it and continuously whisk it though, and know exactly when nirvana was reached with thickness and smoothness.5 stars

  22. Hi Kathy, I cannot imagine what happened to your pie….I make this pie all the time and everyone loves it. You can see by my picture how mine looks. So sorry this happened to you. Sounds like you may have cooked it too long. Many times stoves vary in temperatures, too.

  23. I am looking for a Butterscotch Pie that you have to “brown” your white sugar…Then make use the basic custard…..My Mother made them like 50 years ago…but would never show me how.
    I am going to try this one…

    • Debra hunter says:

      you make a vanilla custard and then add melted sugar that has been browned a little at a time. about 3\4 cup melted sugar for a two pies

  24. Cathy Powers says:

    Oh my goodness, this makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Unfortunately, I’m the only one in the family who LOVES caramel and butterscotch. But I’ll be making this one for just little ole’ me. Just think how I’ll feel after eating this whole pie by myself! YUMMY!

  25. I love this pie too. I have a funny story…Mom always thought that my dad liked this pie, so she made it often for him. After she died, I thought that I would make his “favorite” too. After he ate a piece he said, “You know, your Mom always made this pie for me, but I really didn’t like it.” I asked him why he hadn’t said anything and he said, “I didn’t want to hurt her feelings.” He went all those 60 some years without telling her….when he really preferred apple.5 stars

  26. I have loved butterscotch pie ever since I was a little girl. This brings back so many memories. xx

  27. I am making this today. sounds wonderful and so easy.

  28. Must try this – I think your corn starch is the equivalent of our cornflour??

  29. Plan on trying this. The last one we made had to be cooked in an iron skillet and kept 2 of us busy. Love butterscotch pie!

  30. Miss Judy! How did you know I have been looking for a great recipe for Butterscotch pie?! This just might be the one!

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