Butterscotch Pie

Old-fashioned, straightforward butterscotch pie baked over a flaky pastry crust with a whipped cream topping to satisfy the most urgent sweet tooth.

Is is just me or is butterscotch outdated? Practically obsolete. I rarely see anyone baking up butterscotch-flavored goodies anymore. Pretty soon butterscotch will just be a memory from the good old days. A cryin’ shame if you ask me because butterscotch is its own brand of unique deliciousness.

For this girl, it will never go out of style. How can you go wrong with brown sugar and butter? Two rock stars in the world of baking. Together with heavy cream and egg yolks cooked stove-top they form the filling. A close cousin to caramel.

I know this may look like a run-of-the-mill “pudding” pie but it isn’t. The texture is not at all like pudding but much more dense, a lot sweeter, richer and super silky.

I must warn you it does have a slightly cloying quality to it. Sometimes my sweet tooth begs for that and will settle for nothing less. At times I have to feed it the richest, sweetest desserts just to get it to shut up.

This did the trick. Sweet tooth silenced. Crisis averted.

Butterscotch Pie

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Total Time: 43 minutes

Yield: 1 (9-inch) pie

Butterscotch Pie

Old-fashioned, straightforward butterscotch pie baked over a flaky pastry crust with a whipped cream topping.


1 + 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
4 - 5 tablespoons cold water
1 + 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 cups whipping cream
3 egg yolks
3 tablespoons butter, diced
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Make the crust: Stir together the flour and salt. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives used scissor fashion until the mixture resembles small pebbles. Add a tablespoon of water at a time tossing with a fork until the dough comes together. Pat into a disk and refrigerate 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Roll the dough out into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Place in a 9-inch pie dish and trim so the pastry hangs 1/2-inch over the edge. Fold the extra pastry under, and crimp. Poke the crust all over with a fork.
  3. Line the crust with a double thickness of foil and bake 8 minutes. Remove foil and bake 5 - 6 more minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
  4. Make the filling: In a medium saucepan combine 1/2 cup of the brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter set over low heat. Stir until butter melts and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat.
  5. In a small bowl stir together the remaining 3/4 cup brown sugar with the flour and cornstarch. Add this mixture to the butter mixture and stir until combined.
  6. Stir in the whipping cream a little at a time. Place the pan over medium heat and continue stirring until thick and bubbly then reduce heat to low and continue cooking for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat. Set a wire strainer over a bowl and strain the mixture pushing it through with a wooden spoon. Return the strained mixture to the saucepan.
  7. In a small bowl lightly beat the egg yolks and gradually whisk in about 1 cup of the hot filling. Whisk the yolk mixture into the saucepan.
  8. Set over medium heat and stir constantly until it starts to boil, reduce heat to low and cook 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
  9. Stir in the 3 tablespoons butter and the vanilla. Pour into the cooled pie shell (if there is any stuck to the bottom of the pan DO NOT scrape it up). Place a piece of saran wrap over the surface and chill at least 2 hours.
  10. Make the topping: Beat the whipping cream with an electric mixer on medium until soft peaks form then add the confectioners' and vanilla. Continue to beat the topping mixture until stiff peaks form. Spread over the cooled pie or use a piping bag to decorate. Store in refrigerator up to 3 days.


Adapted from Midwest Living


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  1. Sandee says

    I love butterscotch pie. My oldest sister always requested I make our grandmother’s recipe for butterscotch pie instead of a birthday cake. The filling is so good, you don’t want to bother with the crust.

  2. says

    Old things are always good! Although butterscotch is new to me, I know what you mean. We have foods like it that are about to be forgotten, too.
    This pie sounds utterly yummy and satisfying for everyone’s sweet tooth.

  3. says

    I think butterscotch goes with so many other flavors. It kind of makes them creamier tasting. I like to throw butterscotch chips into lots of baked goods. Then again, I love butterscotch on its own too. Your pie looks butterscotchy perfect. :)

  4. says

    You’re right, you don’t see much butterscotch any more. I remember I used to always make butterscotch blondies.
    This sounds really good. From the picture it kind of looks like a pumpkin pie

  5. says

    It looks fabulous! I haven’t eaten or made it in years and will have to soon after seeing your great post about it. Thanks for the recipe!

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