Sugar, Butter, Flour! 7 Pies From "The Waitress Pie Book" Ranked From Worst to Best

When you enter the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, the smell of fresh-baked apple pie instantly makes you want to indulge in some. Theatergoers can purchase mason jar pies from apron-clad ushers, but what if you can’t get to the theater?

You can now get your pie fix by baking your way through Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Book, which features recipes from the hit Broadway show.

Waitress is based on the 2007 movie with Keri Russell. 

The musical follows a small-town waitress who bakes pies to escape her unhappy marriage and deal with her unexpected pregnancy. 

Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles wrote the tunes for the show and recently starred as Jenna Hunterson.

In the spirit of not giving away too much, we ranked seven pies from worst to best in hopes that you discover “what baking can do” for you.

You can buy Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Book wherever books are sold. Waitress is playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 W 47th Street). 


1. Razzleberry Buttermilk Custard Pie

This is the reason why many pie lovers don’t make theirs from scratch. Making this requires way too much skill.

2. Love, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness Pie

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Long live summer! Make the most out the season’s freshest berries when you make this pie for your next cookout.

3. Betrayed by My Eggs Pie

Savory pies deserve more attention. Consider this our petition to make these huevos rancheros in a crust a new brunch staple.

4. Candy Gold Apple Pie

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This classic got an upgrade with the help of brown sugar, caramel, and nuts. Yum!

5. The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie

The perfect blend of tanginess, sweetness, and the softness of graham crackers.

6. I Wanna Play Doctor with My Gynecologist Mousse Pie

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Chocolate makes everything better. And so does listening to the Waitress cast recording while you bake.

7. Twisted Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Pie

We’re pouring ourselves a shot of Four Roses Bourbon because pecan pie definitely redeemed itself. Bourbon gives this overly sweet pie the edge it needs. 

[Feature Image Courtesy via Pam Krauss Books/Avery] 

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