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Buttermilk Pie is an old-fashioned Southern classic. It’s the best of the best, crème de la crème, the bee’s knees and it’s very, very good!

Some of the best desserts are the simplest to make and this pie is no exception. If you’re looking for an easy dessert that’s always a crowd-pleaser, this is your pie. It’s silky, slightly sweet, and incredibly decadent.

Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk Pie

This classic treat is simple enough to make––just combine a few basic ingredients. The key to success is in the buttermilk, which provides a tart flavor that harmonizes with a sweet, flaky crust. And let’s not forget a generous helping of sugar and butter, for an indulgent and luxurious texture.

Finally, a spoonful of the best vanilla adds an aromatic surge of flavor that takes the taste of the pie to another level.

Although it takes time to bake this classic, the effort is well worth it. The result? A fragrant and comforting treat that will bring family and friends together for generations to come.

Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk Pie versus Chess Pie

Buttermilk Pie is a custard-like pie. It’s similar to a Chess Pie, but it doesn’t contain cornmeal. Traditional Chess Pie does contain cornmeal. It has a silky smooth texture and a tangy light vanilla flavor.

Another simple and delicious pie you’ll enjoy are these Hokkaido baked cheese tarts.

Buttermilk Pie

Ingredients you’ll need

This is a crazy simple dessert to make. It has very few ingredients that you probably always have in stock. You can make my favorite pie crust recipe, my Coconut Oil Pie Crust, or take a shortcut and use a store-bought crust. I used a prepared pie crust for this Buttermilk Pie Recipe.

  • Butter
  • Buttermilk
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Pie Crust
Buttermilk Pie


If you’re like me and like to feed people, this pie will make you and your quest light up with joy! A pie from scratch is always welcomed. Am I right? It’s a great pie to take to potlucks. It’s so easy to make and doesn’t cost a ton of money. Both are good qualities, right?

To top it off, you may want to serve buttermilk pie with a big dollop of whipped cream or ice cream.

Buttermilk Pie

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Buttermilk Pie

PMc’s Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk Pie is an old-fashioned Southern classic. It's the best of the best, crème de la crème, the bee's knees and it's very, very good!
Author: Paula
5 from 13 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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  • 1 and ½ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 tablespoons butter melted (no substitutions)
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pie crust homemade or store bought


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Roll out pie crust in a 9-inch, regular-size pie pan (not a deep dish).
  • Whisk together sugar, flour, butter, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla until well combined. Pour into pie crust and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. The center will jiggle slightly but will set. Remove and allow to cool completely before serving.


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Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 489IU | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this recipe for a couple years now. My grown boys love it and it’s requested for lots of family get togethers. It only has a couple ingredients and always comes out perfect.

  2. 5 stars
    I had this a few years back and LOVED it! I’ve made it many times but none of the previous recipes gave me the right flavor or consistency. This is definitely Buttermilk pie done right! Thank you sooooo much for this lifetime recipe.

  3. This did not work for me at all. I followed instructions exactly. I had it in the oven over an hour, cooled it on the counter for two hours, put it in the fridge, finally put it in the oven again and cooled again. This never set. SO disappointed.

    1. I’ve never had this problem or had feedback from anyone that had this happen. It sounds like maybe you left out something.

  4. 5 stars
    Love making this pie! Kick it up a notch with whipped cream or ice cream. Drizzle a little caramel over it and pecans. But it’s great served by itself.

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