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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.

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
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 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. looking forward to making this pie Never made one before i was thinking of adding 1 half tea of fine lemon zest what do you think? i will keep you informed Thankful for this recipe of yours vickid805@gmail.com

  2. I made this pie once before and it came out perfectly. This time it is really soupy even after cooling for a couple of hours. How long do you normally have to let it cool before you eat it? I’m not sure what happened here…

    1. I allow pies to cool completely before cutting, just a personal preference. I don’t like warm pie. It will probably be ‘runny’ if it’s not completely cool since it’s not a very dense pie.

  3. 5 stars
    My sister and I are the only one’s in our family that like Custard pie. And it’s really hard to find a good custard pie where we live. One day I surprised her with this pie. She loved it. said it was better than any Custard pie she had ever had. And it really was easy to make. I can tell this will be a recipe we will share for a long time together.

  4. 5 stars
    Just curious, what would happen if you used regular milk instead of buttermilk?

    1. I’m not sure, I think it’ll take longer to cook because milk is not as thick. Also, the flavor would be different since milk doesn’t have that ‘tang’ that buttermilk does.

  5. 5 stars
    Very good recipe. Buttermilk pie is one of my dad’s favorite pies, and he said this was the best one he’s had!! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Does the buttermilk need to be room temp as well? And I am using a frozen crust, do I unthaw it first? I’m new at baking…. Thanks!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this pie the other day for my husband and I omg it was so amazing!!!! Thank you for the recipe! Its so good with whip cream on top

  8. I had a question. The recipe does not seem like it makes a lot of filling. I was wondering if you have ever doubled the filling and just made one pie with it. It sounds so yummy. Can’t wait to try it for Thanksgiving. 🙂

    1. It’s not a very thick pie, I think because it’s a very, very old recipe and they just didn’t have the extra ingredients to be so indulgent back then. I think it would be fine to double it and increase the cook time. I am not sure though exactly how much longer to cook it, my best advice would be to start with 10 minutes and keep an eye on it. And use a deep dish crust, I do think doubling the recipe will be too much for a regular depth crust.

  9. 5 stars
    I can’t wait to make this but you wouldn’t happen to have sure fire recipes for kids that have a hard time eating because they’re so bloody picky? He eats like a bird even foods he specifically asks to be made. Thanks.

  10. 5 stars
    Made this this weekend – absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to whip up another one! Thanks for the sweet recipe 🙂

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