My Family’s Famous Brown Sugar Pie
It recently came to my attention that brown sugar pie is not a commonly known dessert. “What?!”, I thought! The world doesn’t know about BROWN SUGAR PIE?! Well I intend to change that, one Pizzazzerie reader at at time. This pie is a family tradition that my mother made for every holiday, her parents made for every holiday, and generations back. Southern brown sugar pie is very similar to chess pie but yet, so different. The rich brown sugar flavor and caramelizing on top is just.so.good. It’s hands down my favorite pie (even over my red velvet fudge pie, which is saying a lot).
Now I’m not saying it’s a gorgeous “look at me” pie. It’s simple-looking, plain jane, ho-hum. But watch out because there is a reason it’s the first dessert gone at holidays. The crispy caramelized crust on top is my favorite part. Then the ooey gooey brown sugar inside is so delicious. Now you can give it a little extra pizzazz with some whipped cream or butter pecan ice cream but know that it doesn’t need it as it’s stand-alone amazing. I also love that it only has a few ingredients (ingredients I often have on hand anyway) so it’s perfect for a last-minute dessert too! I might even make it into mini pies this year to give as gifts!
I’m so thankful for ALL of the readers that have shared their photos of the brown sugar pie, emailed to tell me how much their families love this pie, and those who have tagged me on social media to share pies. It’s clearly a little hidden gem of a recipe that doesn’t necessarily look like it would be the “winning dessert” but in my family, it absolutely is!
Your oven may take longer to cook, so just watch it. It will still “set up” once it cools but try to be sure your brown sugar pie is slightly firm before bringing out of the oven. I hope you’ll try it this year! It’s definitely a delicious southern tradition that would be a tragedy to never taste, especially if you have brown sugar. My husband’s grandmother says it reminds her of a pecan pie (without pecans) so if you like pecan pie, you’ll definitely love this one too! And because it’s thin, you’re totally allowed to have two pieces. Enjoy!
Southern Brown Sugar Pie
- 1 pound light brown sugar
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 3 eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 regular pie crusts (or 1 deep dish) I love this homemade recipe if you want to make your own
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare pie pan with pie dough.
- Whisk together eggs and add in sugar and vanilla. Do this by hand rather than with an electric mixer (you don't want it over-whipped).
- Whisk in butter until combined and smooth.
- Pour into pie pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown. Update: It might need longer. Check to see that pie is baked through (it will be gooey but it should be set).
- Note: You may need to put aluminum foil around pie crust edges to prevent them from getting too brown. I often allow it to cool and then refrigerate it to set up further. Then I warm slightly before serving. If you make 1 deep dish (instead of 2 regular pies), then increase baking time slightly.
You may need to cook your pie longer, but know that it will set up while cooling!
For another favorite dessert, try these chocolate pecan pie bars!