Sugar Cream Pie From Nick’s Kitchen

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Sugar Cream Pie from Nick's Kitchen in Huntington, Indiana

Sugar Cream Pie is an Indiana staple, and it’s easy to make, too! This recipe comes from Nick’s Kitchen in Huntington, Indiana (photo courtesy of Marcus Rae Photography).


2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons sugar, for sprinkling
1/2 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (9-inch) pie crust
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Recipe Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine heavy cream, flour, brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, milk, and vanilla.
  3. Fit crust into a 9-inch pie pan and dot bottom with butter. Pour filling into crust. Combine cinnamon and remaining 3 tablespoons sugar and sprinkle on top. Bake pie until set and center is firm to touch, about 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack.


  1. Laryy Adkisson

    August 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    After dropping our youngest off for his Junior year at Huntington University, we finally got done early enough to visit Nicks for pie my wife had wanted to try for three years, Nicks closes at 2:00pm, and had never caught it open. We each a a slice, pure joy made me glad to be a Hoosier. the taste was the best pie I had ever eaten. thanks for the recipe we can have it on holidays UMMMMMMM !

  2. Pam

    December 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm


  3. KAREN

    August 21, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I am excited to try recipe. Moved from Indi over 30 years ago. I could never find recipe. Thank you for posting

  4. Cindy Alto

    August 26, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Thank you Nick for sharing your delicious pie recipe! I watched the PBS program last night on the Best Pies.. I had never heard of the Indiana Sugar Cream Pie. I’m excited about making it & all because of you & PBS.. Wishing you many happy years of pie making❤️

  5. Jan from Texas

    August 26, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    My husband & I watched the PBS program today & this pie looked wonderful. We can’t wait to try it! It sounds very similar to Buttermilk Pie, so I’m curious about comparing the two. I backed up the program to watch the Nick’s part again so that I could write down his recipe for 2 pies. Thanks for publishing the recipe so that I can just make 1 pie the first time!

    • Marni from WI

      January 25, 2020 at 10:57 am

      The Buttermilk pie I make has lemon in it, so it’s a different flavor profile.

  6. Cindi from Texas

    August 28, 2015 at 3:18 am

    Nick, saw you and your mom on PBS. Enjoyed the show. The showed several different Sugar Cream Pies,which I had never heard of before,but yours looked the yummiest, so will be making your recipe in a day or two. Thank-you Nick! Will let you know what we think down here in San Antonio.

  7. Boston Strong Fan

    August 30, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    It was a delight to see Mason make a double batch of this famous Sugar Cream Pie. I’ve never had it before and look forward to a new tradition. The PBS special was a great show. Congratulations on being chosen for the first of the series.

  8. Joyce Correia

    August 31, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Saw you on PBS. Baked the pie today. Just ate a piece. Zowie! What a wonderful pie!!!

  9. sharon poole

    September 1, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    I loved the PBS pie show. Indiana must be proud of Nick and his Mom. Thanks for being generous with the sugar cream pie recipe. It looks wonderful. It will be baked soon in my Oregon home!

  10. Karen

    September 6, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Having caught only a bit of the episode with Mason making his pies, I searched the internet for two days to locate it. Cannot wait to try it! Thank you for sharing Mason, it looks delicious!

  11. Karen

    October 22, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    This is by far the BEST and EASIEST sugar cream pie ever! My mom sent me the magazine, to Montana where I live, and my husband ate 1/2 of the pie in one sitting. He said he went into a sugar coma. Absolutely delicious! Will make for years to come 🙂

  12. Teresa

    November 29, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I am so excited, my grandmother made this for me growing up, she did not have a recipe and no one in our family knew how to make it. I have been looking for 30 yrs for this pie! I have attempted to make this recipe which I thank you for, but would love to make a trip to Indiana for a bite in your kitchen. Thanks so much for giving me the most wonderful memories.

  13. Becky F.

    December 2, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Memories memories memories. Thank you so much…..

  14. Pawnye

    July 9, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Take out the white sugar, there is too much sugar!

  15. CimarronHeartland

    July 10, 2016 at 3:10 am

    PBS “A Few Good Pies” featured Nicks Kitchen in Huntington, IL…and I’ve WANTED to try this pie ever since! THANK YOU for sharing your Recipe…I’ll get to finally taste this for myself! It looks SO GOOD! WISH the Crust Recipe was also available…Hey, a girl can always wish for more. (Especially PIE!)

  16. Gale

    July 20, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    I have never had Sugar Cream Pie, can’t wait to try it, hope it looks as good as yours, I watched PBS a Few Good Pies.

    Henrico VA

  17. dan brumfield

    April 28, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    I think this pie is the best but I done something wrong baked for ihr 10min. did not set up put it in frig for 2hr still did not set up I followed the recipe used half and half instead of hole milk I used a whisk not elect mixer help!!!!

    • Trexler

      November 23, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      sometimes the cooktime is longer. My wife has made quite a few of these pies she has modified it to make it more her own but she always uses whole milk if you use anything else it does not turn out right i hope this helps.

  18. Baby Cakes

    October 25, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Made this pie over the weekend and it was a hit with my family. I didn’t change a thing and I loved the crust coating from the sugar/cinnamon mix. I made the mistake of not using deep dish pie crust. I went out to buy more crust to finish off the batter. This recipe is a keeper for me!

  19. MDKM

    November 21, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Does anyone know if this recipe will turn out well using a graham cracker pie crust?

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  21. Stephan Walker II

    June 14, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    I currently live in Huntington, Indiana and I can say that Nicks pie is hands down the best. Trying this recipe out on my own tonight, hopefully it’s just as good as the original.

  22. Judy demas

    December 20, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    I bought a sugar cream pie from nick’s restaurant in Huntington in today. Wondering does it need to be refrigerated or not???

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