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Shoofly Pie

(13 Votes)
Shoofly Pie
35 Min

Draw your gang to the table with our easy Amish-style Shoofly Pie recipe. This sweet pie, with its melt-in-your mouth crust and gooey molasses filling, is a classic homestyle Amish dessert that never goes out of style.

What You'll Need

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place pie crust in a shallow 9-inch pie plate and flute the edges.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, butter, and salt; mix well and reserve 1 cup mixture.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, molasses, and cold water; mix gently and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, mix hot water and baking soda and stir into molasses mixture. Stir molasses mixture into flour mixture and pour into pie shell. Top with reserved flour mixture.
  5. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Pie will firm up as it cools. Cool completely before cutting.


  • Did you know there are two versions of traditional Shoofly Pie? A wet-bottom version and a dry-bottom version. This is a Wet-Bottom Shoofly Pie, which means that the top bakes up more like a coffee cake while the bottom has a sticky, gooey consistency. 

  • Shoofly Pie got its name from the old story that Amish bakers were constantly "shoo-ing" away flies that were attracted to the sweet molasses smell. 

  • For more tasty Amish dessert options, check out our collection of Amish dessert recipes like this simple version of Whoopie Pies.

  • If you'd like more information on Pennsylvania Dutch country, click here or, for a great place to check out more tasty recipes, visit Kitchen Kettle Village.

Did You Know?

Shoofly pie is a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch dessert. Ever wonder why it's called shoofly pie? The smell of sweet molasses was said to attract flies that would need to be "shooed" away! Variations of this recipe include Montgomery pie and chess pie. Sometimes the consistency is compared to that of a cake, making this a cake-pie hybrid!

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It does not even deserve one star. It is nauseatingly sweet.

Never again, didn't set up at all, totally liquid middle and I had to toss it out

We're sorry to hear that you didn't have a good experience with this recipe. We're going to take it back to the Test Kitchen and see what we can do to improve it. Thank you for your feedback!

We did take this recipe back to the kitchen, and it has been updated to two eggs instead of one. That should fix the problem! :)

I love shoo fly pie and I am looking for an Amish recipe that has oatmeal in the shoo fly pie...Does anyone have this recipe....My cousin who is no longer here use to bring one to me often from Pennsylvania.

sounds like you want oatmeal pie, also called mock pecan pie, check out those recipes.

Amish Molasses Oatmeal Pie (6 Votes) Share This Recipe Print Notes Save to Recipe Box Remove from Box Rate & Comment SERVES 8 COOK TIME 40 Min READY IN 40 Min This is one of our most requested Amish pies. It'll bake up as homey and wholesome as it would on an Amish farm, but our shortcut pie crust will allow you to enjoy Amish Molasses Oatmeal Pie even during a busy week. What You'll Need: 4 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup molasses 3/4 cup milk 1 tablespoon melted butter 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 cup quick-cooking oatmeal 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 (9-inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust What To Do: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except pie crust; mix well then pour into pie crust. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or untl center is set. Let cool 30 minutes. Serve pie warm, or refrigerate and serve when ready. Note We suggest topping this pie with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Share This Recipe Read more at == ie#rudimWG1vXQrICcC.99 Hope this works for you

Words of advice from a PA Dutchman. Use Dark Molasses and brown sugar. Makes all the difference in the world looks like a wet bottom from the photo and directions.

Is this what they call a wet bottom shoo fly pie? It looks worth a try. I have ordered authentic wet bottom shoo fly pies from McClures Bakery in Lancaster, PA and they are the absolute best! Nice for folks who are out of the are - they ship them...

WOW. There's a 'sho fly' lil ole place to eat in Gulfport, MS. I ate there often until my brain aneuryrsm. Marianne Rankin

As a gal raised in the Amish country of PA, I can attest that this is authentic! I have been making this for years. My daughter's favorite treat when she went away to college.

"Shoo-fly pie and apple pan dowdy, Makes your eyes light up and your stomach say 'howdy'"!! Old song from the 30s-40s;

janetbotet1 What recipe are you refering to? I found nothing about " baking bars " in this one. echilds58. If you like this one, look at " SUGAR PIE " and " VINEGAR PIE ". Both are also awesome.

what are baking bars?

I love this website!!!! I always have the best dessert at Thanksgiving every year thanks to you !!!


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