Some of the greatest recipe gems can be found scribbled on paper scraps or index cards or in handwritten notebooks from years gone by. Most often it’s impossible to know where a recipe originated and who to give credit to. The recipe sometimes takes on a life of its own and gets handed down through generations of home cooks until it becomes a family treasure.

Such is the case for Johnny Cash’s mother’s pineapple pie. According to a post made online several years ago, the wife of Johnny Cash’s cousin was the lucky recipient of a cookbook full of Johnny’s mother’s recipes. The book was called Favorite Recipes from Mama Cash’s Kitchen and included the recipe for Carrie Cloveree Cash’s pineapple pie. We don’t know about you, but we would go crazy over finding such a priceless recipe collection!

Thankfully, Miss Carrie’s family has graciously shared her recipe for pineapple pie, and it’s simple enough that even a novice baker can master it. It can be made with a homemade crust or a refrigerated store-bought crust, and it doesn’t require any fancy ingredients.

While the recipe is absolutely delicious, the real thrill comes from knowing that we’re enjoying a treat that the Man in Black likely enjoyed many times himself. We can’t help but picture Johnny and his siblings gathered around their family table, anxiously awaiting a slice of their mama’s homemade pineapple pie.

Travel back in time with us as you enjoy this recipe for Johnny Cash’s mother’s pineapple pie.


  • Cook Time: 50 min
  • Persons: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, well-drained
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 unbaked pie shell
  1. Instructions
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Line pie plate with pie crust.
  4. Whisk together all other ingredients. Pour into prepared pie plate and bake for 50 minutes or until filling is set and beginning to brown. Cool completely before serving.
  5. NOTE: This recipe is for a shallow pie. If you would like to make a deep dish pie, make the filling 1 1/2 times.