Buttermilk Pie – Just like my Nanny used to make

Buttermilk Pie

My Nanny, Wanda Whiteley, was an amazing cook. She was an amazing woman. Born just after the Great Depression into a poor family with several siblings, her life as a child was not easy. Because she struggled with severe asthma and was not healthy enough to walk miles to school every day she stayed home and taught herself to read and write. She was loving, supportive, funny and wonderful. I miss her very much. A few years before she died she took the time to write out several of her favorite recipes by hand into a small spiral notebook. She gave this to me for a Christmas present and I treasure it to this very day. She had terrible arthritis and it hurt her dearly to painstakingly write out each recipe. This Buttermilk Pie recipe was included and it remains a family favorite. 

Nothing would have pleased my Nanny more than to know that her recipes were shared and loved. I’m so proud to post this here on our site and share it with y’all.

A printable recipe card can be found at the bottom of this post.

Buttermilk Pie made from scratch

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Buttermilk Pie


  • 1 large (9 inch) pie crust
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of flour – Nanny wrote “rounded” so that mean slightly fuller scoops
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Nutmeg – to dash on top

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare pie pan with pie crust.

Cream together butter and sugar.

butter and sugar

Once fully combined and slightly fluffy, add flour and eggs.


Mix well. You can use a hand mixer for this, or beat with a fork until fully combined and smooth.

blended ingredients

Stir in buttermilk and vanilla extract. Mix until fully incorporated. Pour into prepared pie crust. Dash nutmeg on top.

unbaked pie

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes at 350 – or until done. A fork or toothpick inserted into the middle should come out cleanly. The pie will still be slightly jiggly after baking. Allow time to cool and set before serving, usually an hour at the very least.

pie slice

It just doesn’t get more Southern than Buttermilk Pie. When you bite into this you need to be sure to say things like, “Shut yo’ mouth!” and “Mmm-mmm! Yes ma’am!” or perhaps even, “Oh my soul!”

Southern Classic Buttermilk Pie

And share this recipe with your family and friends. It will make my Nanny in heaven smile.

hand written recipe for buttermilk pie

Southern Buttermilk Pie
Delicious buttermilk pie is a Southern favorite. This classic dessert is surprisingly easy to make.
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  1. 1 large (9 inch) pie crust
  2. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  3. 2 cups sugar
  4. 3 1/2 tablespoons of flour
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 1 cup buttermilk
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. Nutmeg – to dash on top
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Prepare pie pan with pie crust.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Once fully combined and slightly fluffy, add flour and eggs.
  4. Mix well. You can use a hand mixer for this, or beat with a fork until fully combined and smooth.
  5. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla extract. Mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Pour into prepared pie crust.
  7. Dash nutmeg on top.
  8. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes at 350 – or until done. A fork or toothpick inserted into the middle should come out cleanly. The pie will still be slightly jiggly after baking.
  9. Allow time to cool and set before serving, usually an hour at the very least.
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81 thoughts on “Buttermilk Pie – Just like my Nanny used to make

  1. Liz

    What a sweet story! I am so making this–tomorrow sounds good 🙂 Love that your grandmother wrote out her recipes for you. What a treasure.

    1. amandacoers

      Thank you! 🙂 it really makes my day to know someone will be enjoying Nanny’s pie! She would really get a kick out of that.

    2. Liza Bezuidenhout

      Could I try baking this without the crust?


        That would make it more like a flan, correct ?

  2. rightmerca

    this would be good with some cinnamon. when served maybe a drizzle of maple syrup that is warmed up with some toasted walnuts. or could add some maple syrup to batter and reduce sugar or replace sugar then it could be a breakfast dessert. other idea would be take this recipe reduce sugar some and make it as basis for like a mock quiche with some onion, spinach, and cheese and maybe some diced home

  3. Phyllis Courtney

    I loved seeing her copy of the recipe. How special. Thanks for sharing.

    1. amandacoers

      Thank you for reading 🙂 every time I see her handwriting I feel closer to her. We miss her a lot around here. I treasure this little cookbook above all others.

      1. Diva

        This is so sweet! My Granny cooked a lot and man was she a great cook!! She left her little “index card file” for me full of her recipes. I wouldn’t trade that for a million bucks. She is in heaven now!

  4. Desi

    I am totally in love with this recipe!!!!! I have one in the oven right now!!! Thank you you for sharing!

    1. amandacoers

      Sweet! 🙂 I hope it turns out tummy for you!

    2. zane

      Does this pie taste like buttermilk? Could you please send my reply on Facebook at Zane Bearden Harwell thanks

  5. Margie

    Thanks for sharing this from your Grandmother. You are so fortunate to have known her.
    One of my grandmothers died before I was born and then the other passed away when I was four. Wish I could have been in the kitchen with them and helped them cook. You are so blessed

  6. erin

    I LOVE Buttermilk Pie. It’s also my man’s favorite dessert so I might have to make this for his birthday on Tuesday. YAY! Thanks for sharing.

    1. amandacoers

      So glad you like it! 🙂 And happy birthday to your hubby!

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  8. mummyshymz

    How nice to have such a wonderful momento from a loved one. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  9. Margie

    Made this yesterday. It’s the best buttermilk pie I’ve ever made. This is the recipe I’ll use from now on.
    BTW, the one grandmother who was still alive when I was born was called, “Nanny.”

    1. amandacoers

      Aww! I just have the biggest grin right now! I’m so glad it turned out good for you 🙂

  10. erin

    I made it today… it smells SO good. Thank you to your nanny!

  11. Valerie

    I’ve never heard of buttermilk pie, but my husband (being the southern guy he is) would probably LOVE it!! 😀

    1. amandacoers

      Oh I love buttermilk pie! Y’all should try it soon 😉

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  13. April

    Was great!!! Even my kids loved it. My husband said it was the best pie he had ever had… Happy family

    1. amandacoers

      That’s awesome! 🙂 I’m so glad y’all liked it.

  14. Dindi

    Nexy days I’ll make a post on my blog, telling Wanda’s story and giving her ecipt. Thank you

  15. Diana Atkinson

    I just shared your story with my mother. We both could feel the love you and your Granny shared. I’m making this recipe to share with my family tomorrow. Thank you and God bless you and your family.

    1. amandacoers

      Thank you Diana! 🙂

  16. Maxine Davis

    Thank You

  17. Jenni

    I just LOVE this! Never had heard about this before, but it’s so good! Thank you 🙂

  18. DanaSQ

    I love, love, love buttermilk pie! This looks very similar to the recipe I found when I first discovered it, which I subsequently lost. (of course!) I’m so glad that your Nanny took the time to hand write out the recipes for you – my Gram typed a lot of hers, and in later years even emailed some to me – but the ones written in her hand, or that have her handwritten notes in the margins are the ones that mean the most to me. Just makes you feel closer to them, somehow. Thank you for sharing this recipe, as well as the memory of your Nanny with us.

  19. Bonnie

    Love your story. Taking pies to a church picnic tomorrow, I’m sure everyone will love them. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Trish Wall

    My son-in-law’s favorite pie is Buttermilk Pie. I think I’ll make him one for when I see him at Thanksgiving. Thank you!

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  22. Quillen

    My aunt from Oklahoma always made this exact recipe for me when we would visit. Its been my favorite fro over 60 years now.

    1. amandacoers

      She sounds like Good People to me! 🙂

  23. Susan

    My husband love buttermilk pie and he has been on the road for 4 days as a truck driver. Boy! Will he be surprised! I am making it right now for him. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. amandacoers

      What a wonderful surprise! 🙂 I hope he liked it!

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  25. Heather

    Pies are in the oven! I made this to exact recipe and I got 2 pies out of it!! Can’t wait! Thank you for sharing!!!!!!!

    1. amandacoers

      Two pies sounds like double the yum to me! 🙂

  26. Malea Hall

    The first time I heard of buttermilk pie was today. I found your recipe and I love love and family. My Mother and Grandmother’s are gone. This year, thanks to you, I will be starting my own tradition with a buttermilk pie….THANK YOU!! **tears** I needed this blessing.

    1. amandacoers

      I’m so glad you found us 🙂 and I hope you enjoy my Nanny’s pie

  27. Myrtle

    I am so glad that I found your recipe for Buttermilk pie…I can’t wait to try it and start my own tradition of being known for Nanny’s pie…Love Ms. Kitty

  28. Miss Nifty Thrifty

    I learned how to make buttermilk pies from my Mother. It was always a favorite of mine when I was growing up and still is today. I will be baking some buttermilk pies for Thanksgiving as they are always requested on special occasions.

  29. Rebecca m kendall

    Thank u sooo much, ive searched for buttermilk pie recipes, all night.this one was the most like, the one passed down in r family, love it.and since my sister passed away last year and my mother is almost 80 and a diabetic, and legally blind and 2 amputed legs, she lives with me, my 4 children grew up with this is there belly, there now 18, 19, 21 and 23 and all they want is there mommy to make her buttermilk pie, little do they know she lost it, when I moved.so anyway thank u and happy thanksgiving to u and ur family for sharing this, becky.

    1. amandacoers

      God bless you and your sweet family, Becky! Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

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  31. maggie

    ok….. I have looked for years for this pie and I FINALLY got it! this is exactly the taste I was looking for!!! I (MY FAMILY) LOVES IT!!! my husband ate more than 1/2 of it and I just baked it this morning! THANK YOU!!! ITS BETTER THAN AWESOME!!!
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  32. Kristan @ Lavender & Light

    This has been my husbands favorite lately!

  33. Janet

    Made this as one of my desserts for Easter.I didn’t think a lot of people would like it because of the buttermilk in it.I mainly made it for my Grandma.She always talks about one my great grandma used to make.There was only one sliver left.By far this was the favorite dessert.The only difference was mine got really brown on top and the picture doesn’t look like that,but it was awesome.

  34. Kay

    Made this tonight for dinner and it was delish! We finished it all in one sitting at the table. Will Definately make this again. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Janie

    I have made several since I found the recipe and have one in the oven baking right now .. so very good ..

  36. Brandie Cass

    Thank you so much for sharing a family recipe! I am from Texas but live in the South Pacific and miss home so much. This pie is now the rockstar of our house. Makes us feel like we are sitting around the table back home! Bless you for sharing!!!!!

  37. Misty Page

    I love this receive and have made it three times. I don’t like regular pie crust,
    so I baked it in a graham cracker crust. On a whim, I added a ‘Dutch’ topping like on an apple pie (melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon). It creates a very interesting, complex variation. It’s still the same filling as your Nana’s recipe. I call it Dutch Buttermilk Pie.

    Misty P., College Station, TX

  38. Lauren S.

    Wow, this looks great! I’m making it.

  39. Christina g.

    Thank you for sharing such a precious and wonderful gift. I can’t wait to make it!

  40. Melissa K Sparks

    Thank you, Going to make this along with chili and cornbread this weekend! 🙂 I love Old Fashioned Southern comfort food!

  41. Yvonne

    Can I freeze this pie

    1. Amanda Coers

      Hi Yvonne, I’m not sure, I’ve never tried. It might be good to set it up and freeze just before baking, then thaw in the fridge for 12-24 hours prior to baking.

  42. laurajernigan

    Have one in the oven now…..I had a lot of extra batter, thinking I may should have used a deep dish pie shell? Hope it sets!! *fingers crossed*

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  44. anita

    This is something like the Egg pie.

  45. Andreamc

    Im from Ireland and I’ve never come across butter milk pie! We’ve bread puddin’ ( my nana shared her recipe with me)

    1. Amanda Coers

      Ooh! I love a good bread pudding! 🙂

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  47. Stacey Britton

    This pie was delicious! Do,I need to refrigerate the leftovers?

    1. Amanda Coers

      Yes, and I personally love a slice cold for breakfast

  48. AHarris

    Thank you for sharing your sweet story and an old family recipe. Found your blog today, December 24, 2014, while looking for one more pie to make for Christmas Day. My dad loves buttermilk pie so I thought I would add this one to the usual pumpkin and pecan I always make.

  49. Valerie Scott

    Amanda, it is New Year’s Day 2015 and my pie crust is ready and I am making the pie in the early morning before company comes for ham, black-eyed peas, collards, 24 hour slaw, cornbread and your Nanny’s wonderful buttermilk pie. I’ve eaten this pie all my life, and I’m baking this one in honor of your Nanny and my Mama Phillips who seem to have walked along some of the same path. Happy New Year and thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    1. Amanda Coers

      Valerie, I got a little teary-eyed! God bless you this new year!

  50. Renee

    I have this pie in the oven as I type and I can’t wait! I’ve never made it, but my grandmother did. The only thing I did differently was mix cinnamon and sugar and towards the end of baking I’ll add it and the top will crisp up with the topping. It was what my grandmother did, probably to entice us younger chiilden to eat it, but I had to add that little touch of grandma. Thanks for sharing YOUR grandmother’s recipe.

  51. laurigirl

    Would this pie work for THM? Maybe just add almond flour?

    1. Amanda Coers

      This is not a Trim Healthy Mama recipe – but I did make a THM version of this pie here: http://www.thecoersfamily.com/low-carb-sugar-free-buttermilk-pie/

  52. Carla Naron

    Thank you for sharing your sweet story and your sweet Nanny’s recipe! It looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it!

  53. natasha

    Can I make this crust-less?

    1. Amanda Coers

      I’m not sure, I haven’t tried it yet 🙂

  54. thesnowwoman

    Hi Amanda,

    Your Nanny’s buttermilk pie is in our oven baking right now as I type. It looks so good. I only tried buttermilk pie last summer for the first time and loved it. I am excited to try this authentic one. I am going to do a blog post and link back to you and give full credit to your Nanny for the recipe.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Lori and Evie

  55. Ellen Dee Coleman

    The recipe I have almost like yours but makes 2 pies, I often add coconut to the second pie before I bake them. It works great two different pies with very little extra work.

  56. carmen

    I will make this for my sweet father-in-law who is a good ole’ Texas guy and loves Southern cooking. Beautiful story. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  57. zel

    Inspiring story! God bless ur family for loving your nanny unconditionally!

  58. Desiree

    Had never even heard of this pie before, but I had buttermilk to use up and stumbled on this recipe. My eyes went wide when I took my first bite! It was so yummy! Thank you for sharing!

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