Shoofly Pie (Molasses Pie) #SundaySupper

Shoofly Pie

Shoofly Pie aka Molasses Pie pairs deep, rich, gooey molasses with tender crumbs. A PA Dutch favorite!

shoofly pie slice

Have you ever tried Shoofly Pie? Good Shoofly Pie has a wet bottom and tender, molasses kissed crumbs. It is said that Shoofly Pie got its name because its sweet aroma while cooling on the window sill attracts flies. If you find yourself in that situation, wave your hands over the pie and yell, “Shoo fly, shoo”!
This pie is so easy to make that you will wonder why you never made it at home.

shoofly pie

My Mom made a killer Shoofly Pie. Her handwritten recipe has the well worn signs of use. Smears of molasses dot the paper where she tried to wipe it. Bits of flour where dough stuck. I know she had most of her recipes stashed in her mind. She was a perfectionist and kept them all written down anyway. I totally get it. I approach a new recipe that same way. Better safe than sorry.
Like most PA Dutch pies, cakes and quick breads, you get two for one. Most of my hand-me-down recipes generate more than the two of us need. Some of these double recipes call for one egg for example. My freezer is my new baking partner.
Shoofly Pie was and is in most Amish and PA Dutch bakeries in my area. I worked for a family owned bakery many years ago. We would crank out dozens of pies every day.
Customers would pick their favorite by how the pie baked.
Some liked a bit of molasses oozing through the crumbs. Others went for a darker or lighter crust to enjoy their prized treat.

Even Dinah Shore loved Shoofly Pie! It makes your eyes light up and your tummy say, “Howdy”.

This pie is really very easy to make. Crust, crumbs and molasses infused with baking soda.

shoofly molasses

shoofly crumb


If you make one, I mean two, let me know how they turn out!

Shoofly Pie table

Shoofly Pie (Molasses Pie) #SundaySupper

Yield: 16 slices

Serving Size: 1 slice


  • 2 unbaked pie crusts (bought or homemade)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup cold butter cut into little pieces
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  • Whisk together flour and brown sugar. Cut butter pieces into mix to form a small, fine crumb.
  • Prepare two 8-inch pie pans with dough.
  • Mix together molasses, water and baking soda.
  • Divide molasses mixture between the pies.
  • Top each with half the crumbs.
  • Bake at 450 in upper third of oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake until firm and knife easily comes out clean. (about 15 to 20 minutes)
  • Cool on rack before cutting.
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60 Responses to Shoofly Pie (Molasses Pie) #SundaySupper

  1. Stacy says:

    I love the name shoofly pie, Cindy, but I must confess I’ve never tried a slice. It sounds wonderful and sticky and more-ish!
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  6. I have heard of Shoofly Pie, but never had it. Yours looks so good! I can’t wait to try it!
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  11. Oh my! I heard of shoofly pie but didnt really know what it was. Now I want a piece of it!
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  12. I have always wanted to make a shoofly pie and just looking at yours makes me want to get in the kitchen right now. Just the right amount of gooey goodness!
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  13. Liz says:

    Another pie I need to bake!

  14. I just can’t get over how amazing this pie looks! I love the molasses, can’t wait to try this! oxox

  15. Caroline says:

    I’ve heard of this but never really knew what it was but now I do – looks great!

  16. Rachel says:

    I’ve never had Shoofly Pie, but I want to try it now!

  17. Wow is all I have to say about this pie Cindy! I hope you saved me a piece.
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  18. Linda Lyden says:

    WHERE’S the molasses??!!

  19. Linda Lyden says:

    In other words…I don’t see the molasses listed in the recipe…thanks

  20. Christie says:

    I love molasses. It’s delicious! So, you know I’ll be making this pie.
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  22. What a beautiful pie! No, I’ve never had shoofly pie but I would love to try it sometime!
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  24. Monica says:

    When I was young the an Amish lady came to our neighborhood selling these each week. I haven’t had this in years but now I’m craving it! Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  25. Carlee says:

    That looks so good! I too have heard of shoofly pie, but never tried it. Now I want to make one!
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  26. Michelle says:

    Love stories like this. :) I’d love to try a slice of that sweet bit – o – heaven! Yum!
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  27. Molasses is a new found love for me. This sounds like a bit of heaven! I can’t bake to save my life but this looks doable!
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  28. Eileen says:

    I love shoofly pie. We have a large Amish community about an hour from me in Lancaster PA. It was my dad’s favorite and I always brought one from him when I visited. Thanks for bringing up nice memories.

  29. Holly says:

    Shoofly Pie sounds decadent! With molasses, brown sugar and butter – sign me up! YUM!
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  30. Renee says:

    What a great name for a pie. It looks mighty tasty. I do love crumb topping.
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  31. Anne says:

    I love shoofly pie! Thanks for et recipe.
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  36. This pie sounds great! I can never make it through a jar of molasses and next time I’ll know what to make. Thanks for sharing.
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