Butternut Brownie Pie

Growing up, we had a Luby’s Cafeteria near our house and my family loved going.  Lucky for me, my boyfriend and his family also loved going…so I got to go quite a bit.  It was a sad day when all the Luby’s near us shut down, but my boyfriend’s mother (now my mother-in-law) bought their cookbook.  YEAH!

To this day, I haven’t made anything from the book, but I beg my mother-in-law to make one of my very favorite pies… Butternut Brownie Pie.  I have no idea where it got it’s name because there is no brownie in it.  It’s more of a crunchy meringue (like meringue cookies) with lots of pecans and whipped cream.  I begged her to make it for our new year’s celebration and she agreed.  This time, she brought me the recipe.  I think that was my hint to start making it myself.

Butternut Brownie Pie
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • ⅛ tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp cream of tarter
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 14 graham cracker squares, broken into ½ in pieces
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • addition chopped pecans for topping
  1. Heat oven to 300F. Lightly spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites and baking powder until soft peaks form. Add cream of tartar, beating constantly. Add 1 cup of sugar, a tablespoon at a time, beating constantly until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber scraper, fold in graham crackers and pecan pieces. Spoon into pie plate.
  3. Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. In a small, chilled bowl and using chilled beaters, beat cream just until it begins to thicken. Add remaining ¼ cup of sugar and vanilla and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Do not overbeat. Top pie with whipped cream. Sprinkle with additional pecans and refrigerate until served.

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  1. I spent all morning trying to find this pie! I thought they called it Millionaire’s pie! No wonder it took me so long to find it! Ha! Do you recall a Millionaire’s pie? If so, what was it? Thanks for posting this!

  2. Yes, this pie is delicious. So glad that your MIL brought it on New Year’s for all to enjoy. I haven’t had it in a long time. This pie is extremely rich and sweet. I couldn’t even finish my piece. Because of the way the pie is made, it is difficult to cut. It does not cut into beautiful, even slices – even Luby’s had a hard time presenting beautiful pieces of pie. :) But that didn’t keep it from flying off the shelf. I remember one time at Luby’s, there was no pie left on the counter and they sent the manager to the kitchen to “find” another piece of pie — just for you– and he did! Love this pie. It is great. Mom


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