Old-Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie

From the kitchen of Ohio’s Mary Lou Topp, reprinted with permission from “The Dairy Good Cookbook: Everyday Comfort Foods from America’s Dairy Farm Families.” Andrews McMeel Publishing ©2015

sugar cream piePhoto credit: Peter Krumhart and Dean Tanner

Creamy and scented with vanilla, this nostalgic pie is the essence of simplicity. Mary Lou Topp of Botkins, Ohio, makes her mother’s recipe for family and neighborhood get-togethers and gives them away as gifts – especially for Christmas.

Old-Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Serving Size: 8


  • 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 (9-inch) frozen deep-dish pie shell, thawed
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut up
  • Ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together the brown sugar and 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly on the bottom of the pie shell.
  2. Whisk the cream, sugar, the remaining 1/3 cup of flour and the vanilla extract in a medium mixing bowl until smooth.
  3. Place the pie shell on a rimmed backing sheet. Pour the filling into the pie shell (it will be very full). Dot the filling with the butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon. To prevent overbrowning, cover the edges of the pie with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes; remove the foil. Bake for 25 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and the filling is bubbling across the surface. (The pie won’t appear to set but will firm up upon cooling.) Cool the pie completely on a wire rack.
  5. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours before serving.

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  1. Melanie said:

    This is so tasty! Such a treat with the good folks!

  2. Jelli said:

    Turned out great, just like I grew up eating it in Ohio! Thanks for the recipe.