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Is is just me or is butterscotch outdated?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. Hap says

    I make a butterscotch pie that is different from yours. But the real difference is that I make a brown sugar meringue that goes on top and browned under broiler till just browned and then cooled in refrigerator for at least an hour. The brown sugar meringue goes perfectly with the butterscotch pie. Watch out, though, it is very rich.

  2. Brenda Jordy says

    My gramdmother used to make a wonderful butterscotch pie! I have been searching for a butterscotch pie recipe forever. Every time I look at a recipe book I check to see if this pie is in it. Very hard to find one. Most of them are where you have to cook white sugar on the stove, that never works for me! I can’t wait to try it. I’ll let you know!

  3. lewintx says

    Just ran across your recipe on pinterest. It’s one of the very few I’ve pinned, then clicked through right away to get the recipe. My to-do list for this weekend suddenly has pie making added to it. lol Thanks!

  4. Debbie says

    Well this is the first time time I’ve ever made butterscotch pie. With you wonderful recipe, it was a hit. My Dad said it tasted like Grandmas’ pie. I’m so proud. Thank you so much. I’ll be making this again.

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