Nanny’s Oatmeal Pie – From Sherry Massey


Today’s post is courtesy of Sherry Massey, who is generously sharing memories of her precious Nanny with us, along with her Oatmeal Pie. Thank you so much, Sherry. I know the rest of the Southern Plate Family will enjoy this post as much as I did. Gratefully, Christy

I didn’t see my grandmother, Audrey May Cox, often as a child.  My sister and I spent one week each summer with her and we visited briefly a few other times during the year, holidays and such.

There are so many things I remember fondly about those summers.  Lots of time to play with cousins, sitting at her red 1950s dinette table, running my hands over the lovely wood of the armoire that sat in the hall, listening to her clock chime on the hour and sleeping with the windows open – something we didn’t do in the city with central air conditioning.  She made for each of us grandkids – her little chickens, as she called us – a Dutch Doll quilt top and a crochet throw.  I still have both.

One weekend, after I was grown and no longer living with my parents, we had all gathered at Nanny and Granddaddy’s house.  She had made oatmeal pie, one of my favorite desserts and I asked her if I could copy the recipe.  I’ll never forget her words, “Here honey, just take this, I can make it from memory.” She handed me a heavily creased and just a little stained piece of notebook paper with the recipe written in her own hand.  I still have that, too.  I’ve made that pie time and again over the years and always get rave reviews from friends enjoying it for the first time.

When I pull out Nanny’s recipe, summer memories come flooding back and I see her soft smile and hear her voice one more time.

Nanny’s Oatmeal Pie – From Sherry Massey
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. cloves
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1 unbaked pie shell
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter and sugar together. Add cinnamon, cloves and salt. Stir in syrup. Add eggs one at a time, stirring after each until well blended. Stir in rolled oats. Pour in pie shell. Bake about 1 hour or until knife comes out clean when inserted in middle.

“If God had intended us to follow recipes, He wouldn’t have given us grandmothers.”

Sherry Massey, who so graciously shared her Nanny's Oatmeal Pie with us


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  1. says

    Oh, thank you! My Granny used to make something similar to make for my family! And as a matter of fact, we used to go “stay a week” in the summers at her house, too. Her house was up on a little rise and the breeze would move through those open windows at night and I KNOW I’ve never had better rest in my life! Thanks for sharing!

  2. J. Keefer says

    Love the story! When it became painfully clear that my Gramma wouldn’t be able to bake/cook much longer, we kidnapped her for a week and held her hostage at my parents house. (She lived in a different city.) She didn’t have any of her recipes written down anywhere. Everyday that week, we picked a recipe..or two and she would would give us the list of ingredients and off to the store my sisters and I would go. When we got back, we video recorded Gramma instructing us in the making of all our favorites. Gramma, ma, daddy, us girls and our kids. Some of the best family “together” memories ever.

  3. Tracy Goldston says

    What a sweet story from your memories. Reading your story reminded me so much of my grandma too. I have never heard of oatmeal pie, but it sounds delicious andwhen I make it I will have fond memories of reading your story. :) Thanks for sharing with all of us :)

    • sheila says

      Sandi, I feel the same way. My beloved Mama Long died when I was only 12 and she had lived with us all of my life. There has not been a Christmas that I do not taste, visualize and remember the joy she had making her Canadian Warcake. It was the most delicious thing ever! She only made 2 a year – one for her family get-together for Christmas and one that stayed hidden just for me!!!
      I wish i had the talent to recreate it. I have googled it and found some but not brave enough to try it. Maybe this year I will! Merry Christmas!

  4. pam elkin says

    Thank you for sharing this with us., I had oatmeal pie years and years ago. I love it, but have never had the recipe. I will make this soon!

    I had a Nanny and Granddaddy,too. They were such wonderful, loving people, precious memories!!

  5. Diane says

    Thank you so very much for sharing this recipe with us and for the wonderful story.
    Your story brought tears to my eyes, thinking of my own Grandma. We were Blessed to live next door to my Grandma and Grandpa. I have a couple of recipes that my Grandma wrote out in her own hand and I would love to maybe frame them and put them in my kitchen.
    Thanks again.

  6. Linda says

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and the story about your Grandma Massey. I also had a Grandma Massey and like you, I only visited her once a year. Your story brought back such great memories of my Grandmother.
    Thank you

  7. Sue says

    Sherry, your story and recipe is great. I took 3 of my mother’s old recipes–written before 1945–with food stains and all and had them framed. They look great hanging in the kitchen. I still refer to one when I am making “Cissy’s Shrimp”.

  8. Mary Anne says

    Thanks, Sherry, for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to try it; it sounds yummy! And thanks to Christy for making it available to all of us. Sue, thanks for sharing your idea of framing the recipes. I’m on my way to pick out a few handwritten recipes from my mom’s recipe file to have framed. I still miss her cooking.

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  10. paul says

    thanks for the recipe. I wish I’d had the forethought to get granny to teach me hers. she use to make fried cornmeal fritters in an iron skillet that had just the right crunch, about the size of a pancake and I can’t get them right. mine are too greasy or hard as a brick. never the way hers was. now she’s passed and no one I know can make them. they were great with greens and fried fatback. she always brought me some just because she new I loved them

  11. Melba says

    I have a handwritten recipe from my mother. I framed it along with a picture of her and hung it in my kitchen. It makes me feel her presence and reminds me of the shared recipes and the fun we had in the kitchen. She was a wonderful cook and taught me so many life-lessons while preparing meals and baking.

  12. Alison says

    Lovely storey. My sister-in-law shared this recipe with me several years ago before she passed away from cancer and everyone loves it. Funny if I call it Oatmeal Pie some would not try it but I just said another new recipe I tried and they thought it was great once they had their first taste. It is now part of my regular recipe repertoire.

  13. Karen says

    Just a little slow in replying. I use to order an Oatmeal Pie in this one restaurant and they served it with Cinnamon Ice Cram. Was sooo yummy. Many times the recipe was requested but they would not give it out. They said it had a secret ingredient. Am definitely going to try this. So many have coconut in them and the one I ordered, never did. Sounds so good and I loved the story about your Nanny.

  14. Shelley says

    I finally made this oatmeal pie this morning, and I couldn’t wait until after supper tonight to taste it. Delicious! And it goes great with morning coffee. I think this would make a wonderful alternative to pecan pie for friends who can’t eat nuts. Thanks very much for sharing!

  15. Jennifer says

    What sweet memories you share! I have been wanting to try this recipe every since it came out on the blog. I finally did tonight. But I didn’t have the dark karo and added about 1/3 c. sorghum and 2/3 c. white karo. It turned out good, but I’ll try it with dark karo next time. It was still very good!!! I don’t think it takes nearly 1 hour to cook and would suggest checking after about 35 minutes.

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