Sue’s Butterscotch Pie

This is our favorite butterscotch pie recipe, and since the last time I posted a 7 inch version, I decided to re-post the recipe for a more useful size (9 inch) pie. Hopefully some of you will try it, because it’s a very good rendition of classic butterscotch pie.

butterscotch pie

Sue shared this recipe a few years ago, along with a story of its origin. When she was in third grade, she and her classmates put together a book of recipes for Mother’s Day. This pie was her contribution to the little book, which her mother returned to her recently. Sue joked that she really liked the book because aside from one chili recipe, it’s mostly sweets.
Below is my take on Sue’s recipe. I’ve found that the cinnamon flavor of Nabisco Cinnamon Grahams really complements the deep brown sugar and butterscotch flavor, so I make it a point to use cinnamon flavor grahams instead of regular. I usually just crush them in a zipper bag with a rolling pin rather than use the food processor.


As for the rest of the recipe, it will fly together so long as you assemble everything beforehand. One thing I’ve learned with meringue pies is that it’s important for the filling to be hot when you slather it on. The heat from the filling helps cook the base. So for this recipe, I have everything ready to go, whip up the meringue and let it sit for a few minutes while I cook the hot filling, then put the meringue on filling while it’s still piping hot.

Sue's Butterscotch Pie
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An easy butterscotch pie recipe topped with meringue.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • 1 1/2 cup crushed graham crackers, 18 squares (1 sleeve)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons granulated sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch glass pie dish.
  2. Combine graham crackers and sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir in the butter. Press mixture into the pie dish and bake at 350 degrees F. for 8 minutes. Let cool while you make filling.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks together in a bowl and set aside.
  4. In a medium saucepan that is not yet set over heat, stir together the brown sugar, flour, and salt; set aside and prepare meringue.
  5. Combine the egg whites and the salt in a metal bowl and beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks start to form. Add the sugar 2 tablespoons at a time until the sugar is dissolved and stiff peaks form. Set it aside and proceed with the filling.
  6. Warm the milk in the microwave for 1 ½ minutes. Set the saucepan with the brown sugar mixture over medium heat and gradually whisk in the warm milk. Continue to whisk over medium heat until mixture begins to simmer.
  7. Gradually whisk about a cup of the milk mixture into the egg yolks, then add the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan and continue whisking and stirring over medium heat until mixture thickens and bubbles. Whisk and stir for another 2 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla. Pour into the prepared pie crust and quickly top with the meringue, sealing the edges.
  9. Bake the pie for 10-12 minutes (or until nicely browned) at 350 degrees F. Let cool at room temperature for an hour, then transfer to the refrigerator and chill for 4 hours or more.
There are lots of ways to make butterscotch pie. Most recipes involve adding the butter at an early stage, but with this one you just throw it in and the end. If for some reason you accidentally cook the egg yolks, strain the custard before adding the butter and vanilla.

As for the meringue, most people make it at the end. I like to do it early (I've never had problems with it sitting for 5 minutes) so that I can put it over the hot pie filling right away.

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  1. Darlene says

    I’ve never tasted Butterscotch Pie, but I’d love to make it since butterscotch is one of my favorite flavors. I imagine the crust and meringue topping compliment the filling perfectly.

  2. Anonymous says

    I just love butterscotch pie! I am one of those rare birds who is not fond of meringue so I prefer to top cream pies with whipped cream but this looks fabulous. (Can’t wait for the cookbook, btw….I probably have two dozen just devoted to cookies but I will certainly add yours to my collection!)

  3. says

    Thanks so much for commenting on my book! Also, thanks for giving me the opportunity to say this pie would be excellent with lightly sweetened whipped cream. I should have mentioned that above, but I don’t see why you couldn’t just skip the meringue (and second round of baking) altogether and just put whipped cream over the top.

  4. KAnn says

    Hmm…that was my post about meringue….not sure what happened. I post less these days as I am on a new journey with my dad’s dementia but I read your blog every day, Anna. Again, congratulations on the cookbook!

  5. says

    Hi KAnn,
    I figured it was someone I knew who’d forgotten to put their name, but I couldn’t quite place it. It’s good to hear from you!! I think of you every time I go to Whole Foods :).

  6. Priscilla Y says

    Hi Anna, Your butterscotch pie sounds yummy and congratulations on the cookbook. You may already have one of these, but I just bought a divided pie pan that can make 2 diffent half-pies. I can’t tell you how many times I have baked a half pie by rigging a foil divider in the middle of the pan, so I was excited to find a pan that already had the divider.

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