Jolean's Butterscotch Pie, Pennsylvania Dutch Style

Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a personal, absolute favorite of mine!!! Mom never would tell us where she got this recipe (which always made Dad raise one eyebrow...LOL!) And she never gave us girls the recipe while she was here --- it was something truly special to her as well, although I don't know exactly why. I found the old, yellowed, hand-written recipe hidden deep in her personal recipe box after she passed away... The taste and the texture of this pie is incredible, and I've never been able to match it -- I've tried for 6 or 7 years to find a "quick" fix for this. But nope...Nothing doing. Gotta have this exact recipe!!! Once you have this, you'll never fully enjoy any other butterscotch pie!!! (I sound pretty serious, don't I?) LOL! No, seriously, the recipe looks a whole lot more complicated than it really is -- super simple, just home-made! YUM!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Stir brown sugar and butter in a saucepan until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Cook 2-3 minutes longer on low-medium heat, and then remove from fire.
  3. Beat egg yolks.
  4. In separate large bowl, mix flour with 1/2 of milk, until smooth. Then add beaten egg yolks and salt and mix well. Blend remaining milk with this mixture.
  5. Add flour mixture to saucepan with sugar/butter mixture and cook on low/medium heat until thickened (anywhere from 30-45 minutes), stirring CONSTANTLY.
  6. Remove from heat and blend in vanilla extract. Stir CONSTANTLY until well blended and slightly warm and then pour into a prepared (baked) 9" pie crust.
  7. Top pie with meringue (recipe to follow).
  8. After meringue is spread on top, Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes, or until meringue is golden. Cool for 10-15 minutes.
  9. MERINGUE: 3 egg whites (reserved from pie filling recipe), 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, 1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar, 6 tablespoons granulated sugar.
  10. With a mixer, beat egg whites with vanilla and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff and glossy peaks form and all sugar is dissolved.
  11. Spread meringue over slightly warm filling, sealing to edge of crust. (Then bake and cool as directed above.).


Most Helpful

This is a great recipe! I did have to sub dark brown sugar (out of light) and used canned evaporated milk (had no whole milk) and the texture of this filling was superb. You really do have to be patient with the thickening because I think I stirred constantly for about 20-30 minutes before I thought it was really thick enough for pie filing. I then took it off the heat and while still warm whisked out any lumps that may have formed. But I did cook it on low on a gas stove too. My patience was rewarded with a silky textured pie and fabulous flavor. Very well worth the effort!!!

sharon214 April 27, 2010

Double (or triple) the butterscotch!! The recipe only makes an inch or two- not the four to five you need. I always top mine with whip cream, much better than mirange. It takes 30-45 min for the butterscotch the thicken. don't give up! A sweet vapor will start to rise continuously, and eventually the scotch will coat a spoon, and set a few min after going in the pie shell... so lovely!!

freelandyk February 27, 2011

Good pie. Here's a hint to speed up the process considerably. I had my milk at room temperature (to mix with the flour and yolks) and then heated up the remaining cup in the microwave until quite hot (not boiling but close). Then added it to the sugar/milk mixture and in less than 10 minutes it was nice and thick and bubbling up. I poured it in the shell and once it was cool, it cut like a dream.

Dr Ruth September 21, 2013

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