Caramel Pie Recipe


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Caramel and the holidays go together perfectly and this Caramel Pie is no exception.

With caramel made from scratch, it really is hard to resist a slice. Rich and dense, the flavors of buttery caramel are pronounced in every single bite. It is definitely a caramel lovers dream pie and not for the faint of heart.

Although this caramel pie is a bit time consuming, it is worth the effort. You’ll start by baking a pie crust and setting it aside to cool. As it is cooling, begin making your caramel. Be sure to keep all other distractions at bay – such as the telephone or having to run an errand – while making the caramel as nothing is more disappointing than caramel that doesn’t turn out right when you are making a dessert.

Once you’ve made your caramel filling, pour it into the prepared pie crust, cover with a piece of plastic wrap pressed to the top of the pie and refrigerate for a few hours to allow the caramel filling to firm. Once ready to serve, remove the plastic wrap and allow to warm for about 15 minutes before topping with dollops of very lightly sweetened whipped cream and serving.

Served with a warm cup of coffee, this caramel pie will certainly be a memorable addition to your holiday dessert selection.

Here’s the recipe for my Caramel Pie.

Caramel Pie Recipe

4.80 from 5 votes
Caramel Pie made from scratch makes a delicious dessert for the holidays and special occasions.
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 9-inch pie crust
  • 1 cup (213 g) packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (114 g) milk
  • 1/2 cup (114 g) half and half
  • 4 (56 g) large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7 g) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (198 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) butter
  • Whipped Cream, for serving


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place pie crust into pie plate and bake for 8 minutes. Remove pie crust from oven and set aside.
  • To prepare the caramel pie filling, add brown sugar, flour, salt, milk, half and half, and egg yolks to a heavy bottomed, 3-4 quart saucepan over medium heat. Whisk together to combine. Continue to whisk until thick and creamy. Remove from the heat, add vanilla extract.
  • Add granulated sugar and butter to a small skillet over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar has melted and caramelized. Slowly pour, whisking as you do, into the warm cream mixture until well combined.
  • Pour into prepared pie crust and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Place a piece of plastic wrap onto the caramel portion of the pie and place into the refrigerator for 1-3 hours to overnight to allow the pie to firm.
  • When ready to serve, remove the pie from the refrigerator and carefully remove the plastic wrap from the top of the caramel.
  • As the pie is resting, pour whipping cream and granulated sugar into a medium glass bowl. Whip until stiff peaks have formed in the whipping cream. Use to top the caramel pie.
  • Store pie in the refrigerator to keep the caramel firm.


Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Robyn xo

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  1. Bella says:

    Hi there! Am hoping to make this for a bake-off 4 days from now so I would really appreciate an answer. I want to know if I can use whipping cream instead of half and half. I learned it is a good sub but I want to know for sure. And then, I’m seeing quite a few comments about it being rock hard. Should the filling reach a temp below 250? Thanks.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Bella, I haven’t made this pie with whipping cream so I can’t tell how it will work. You don’t want this to come to a heavy boil or reach the hard ball stage. Just cook it on medium heat until thick and creamy then add your caramelized sugar into it. Since this is for a bake-off, I recommend you do a trial run with this exactly as you would for the bake-off to make sure it turns out like you wish, especially if you are substituting ingredients.

  2. Kasie says:

    Well I made this exactly as the direction say to the end now it been in fridge for 3 hours and it didn’t set up did I do something wrong ? First time making this . It taste and looks wonderful but it didn’t set .

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Kasie, it could be that the cream mixture didn’t thicken enough in the saucepan or that it hasn’t cooled in the refrigerator long enough. Sometimes, it can take longer than 3 hours for it to set properly.

  3. lyndsey says:

    5 stars
    so yummy! but mine never set up properly. wondering if i need to cook the creamy mixture longer?? any tips would be appreciated:)

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Lyndsey,
      I’m so happy you enjoy the pie – isn’t it delicious?!
      As far as it not setting up as it should have, it could either be that it didn’t get thickened enough while cooking in the saucepan…or either it did not set up long enough in the refrigerator. I hope this helps! Thanks! xo

  4. Heather says:

    5 stars
    This is better than my grandmother’s caramel pie! This was my first time making caramel pie, and I’m shocked at how well it turned out. I’ve always heard it’s difficult to make. This pie is delicious.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks so much Heather! So happy you enjoyed it! xo

  5. Heather says:

    This caramel pie is better than my grandmother’s! This was my first time making caramel pie and I was shocked at well it turned out. It’s delicious!

  6. Jeff says:

    I think you should tell everyone that the first pot takes about 15 minutes of whisking to get it done. The sugar/butter combo takes another 10 minutes. Also, when I was pouring the caramel into the mix, it seemed to be hardening on contact. It said to remove the first pot from the heat, so it was cooling that whole time. I’m sure it will taste great, but I’m wondering if I have small chunks of hardened caramel in the bottom? We’ll find out this evening. It smells great! And, my forearms are buff from all the whisking!

  7. Rebecca R. says:

    Okay, now it is starting to melt more … I have never done this before… Hoping it turns out okay. Maybe you can add to your recipe pictures and description of what the different stages of the process look like so people won’t panic like I did. 😉

  8. Rebecca R. says:

    Help! I was making this for our Thanksgiving dinner, and was soooo excited to try it. Your recipe says 2 tbsp. butter and 1 c. sugar… With that ratio, all that happened was I have caramel colored clumps of hard buttered sugar. Was it supposed to be 12 tbsp. Butter instead of 2 or something, because I cannot “pour” these clumps into the pudding like part. 🙁 Also, people are talking in the comments about 250 degrees when I do not see any mention of that in the recipe at all.

  9. Laura says:

    What are ” egg yolks heavy bottomed”?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Laura,
      Thank you so much for catching that! I left of “to a” after egg yolks! I’ve updated now! xo