Sand Pie Recipe – OMG!

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Sand Pie Recipe – OMG!

Mrs. Betty's Famous Kentucky Sand Pie Recipe

Mrs. Betty's Famous Kentucky Sand Pie Recipe

Want to make the best pie EVER? Well here’s the recipe for Betty’s Sand Pie from Betty’s OK Country Cooking in Columbia, Kentucky.

Read it. Make it. Eat it.

It’s one of those “the whole pie is greater than the sum of its parts” situations. There’s no way these simple ingredients should taste so heavenly, so decadent, so…sinful! (And I don’t even usually LIKE cream-type pies.)

How to Make Sand Pie

Mrs Betty's OK Country Cooking Sand Pie Recipe

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.


Mix together:

  • 1/2 cup of butter (melted)
  • 1 Cup of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Pecans

Press the mixture into a pie pan. Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Cool to room temperature.

Filling – Layer One

Blend together until light and fluffy:

  • Softened (room temperature) 8-oz package of cream cheese
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Cup Whipped Cream or Cool Whip

Pour into cooled pie crust. Level the top.

Filling – Layer 2

Mix until thick:

  • 1 Box of Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 1 1/4 Cups of Cold Milk


  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Pecans

Spoon Mixture on top of cream mixture in pie crust.

Top with whipped cream and garnish with chopped (or whole) pecans and chill for at least one hour before serving.

Now, try… just TRY to be nice about sharing. I dare you!


  1. Paty says:

    I’m going to try this pie tomorrow only between the two layers I’m going to put bananas, I think it would make a good banana cream pie too. I was at the store today and wanted to buy a Marie calendars Banana cream pie, but they were out of them. When I saw this recipe I knew what I was going to do with it. I’ll let you know how it came out.

  2. Sue says:

    I lived in Columbia, Kentucky and went to Bettys many times and had her Sand Pie. I just made one using this recipe and it was ok but not like Bettys. The recipe says to mix ingredients but not how to. ( mixer or by hand) My crust stuck in the pan and the whipped cream went flat after refrigerating. Did everything like the recipe. Help! What did I do wrong?

  3. Phyllis says:

    Yesterday I attempted to make the Sand Pie following the recipe but didn’t get any further than the crust. Seems to me it’s missing something, possibly sugar, brown sugar or powdered sugar? To just mix butter, flour & pecans, it had a pasty taste to it & even after baking it for 25 minutes it never set up.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

    • Angela Allen says:

      Hi Phyllis –

      The crust is correct. It’s not a sweet crust, and it’s remarkably crumbly, but the sweet filling will balance it and it balances the sweet from the creamy filling. Forge ahead! You are on the right path, just be sure you “press” the crust into the pie pan to make it thick, instead of just “loose” in the bottom of the pan.

  4. […] If you are lucky enough to make it to Betty’s OK Country Cooking and you manage to leave any room AT ALL in your tummy after the main course, be sure to try the “Sand Pie” — it’s an awesome bit of Southern magic in a pie pan. Seriously, it makes you want to hug yourself with every bite. (I shared the Recipe for Sand Pie here.) […]