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Butterscotch Meringue Pie

Old-Fashioned Butterscotch Meringue Pie with a buttery pie crust, a rich and creamy homemade butterscotch pudding filling and a light and fluffy mile-high meringue. Pie doesn't get any more delicious than this.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern
Keyword homemade pie
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 421kcal


  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • pie weights or dried beans
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 4 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place pie crust in a 9-inch pie pan and gently press into the bottom and up the sides. Fold edges under and crimp edges.
  • Top piecrust with a piece of parchment paper and add pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the parchment paper and weights and bake another 5 minutes. Let cool.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk in half-and-half and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Place egg yolks in a medium bowl and gradually whisk in 1/4 of the hot half-and-half mixture.
    This will temper the eggs so that they do not curdle.
  • Add the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan and whisk in. Cook, whisking continuously, until thick and bubbly, about 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and butter until the butter completely melts. Pour into prepared pie crust. Cover with plastic wrap.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed until foamy.
  • Gradually beat in 6 tablespoons of sugar and keep beating until stiff peaks form.
  • Remove plastic from pie and spoon meringue over filling. Spread it all the way to the edges so that it completely covers and seals the filling.
  • Bake until golden, about 12 minutes, in in 350 degree oven.
  • Let cool completely before slicing.


Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 280mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 514IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 1mg