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ShooFly Pie – a Pennsylvania Dutch specialty

Posted on January 20, 2009
Filed Under Pies

Did you ever have it? I’m pretty sure I did before, but I’d never made it. Shannon grew up with it. He mentioned it awhile ago and I couldn’t think what it looked like or tasted like, so I decided to try it. It was good!

About the only thing I’ve ever made with molasses is Gingerbread cookies at Christmastime. If you like molasses, you’ll love this pie.
I got the recipe from my friend Charlene.

Wet Bottom Shoo-Fly pie

1 cup flour
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1 Tbsp. butter

Combine all ingredients and mix until uniform Set aside 1 cup.

1 egg beaten
3/4 -1 cup golden molasses ( Charlene said, “I always use 1 cup”, so I did too)
3/4 cup boiling water
1 tsp. baking soda

Stir soda into water. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Stir in remaining crumbs.

Pour into unbaked pie crust.

Top with 1 cup of crumbs.


Bake at 375 for 10 min and then 350 for 30 min.


Yum! Make one for yourself! This one didn’t last long around here.


10 Responses to “ShooFly Pie – a Pennsylvania Dutch specialty”

  1. Marylou on January 20th, 2009 12:27 pm

    I love shoo-fly pie! Especially served warm with ice cream! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. JoAnn on January 20th, 2009 9:03 pm

    Ha! That’s my SIL’s comment up there, and I was going to write the exact same thing! I always bring home an extra pie when we visit Lancaster!

  3. Cordy on January 21st, 2009 8:22 am

    I’m so glad it turned out delicious for you! I live in the heart of Lancaster Co. :) so these are very available at every market you shop! I’ve found from our own church cookbook that this shoofly pie recipe varies as much as a potato salad recipe (well, maybe not quite!) Thanks for all your recipes! I just love coming to your “kitchen!”

  4. Ann on January 21st, 2009 10:12 am

    I was eager to see the sliced piece of pie to see how much of a “wet-bottom” this recipe has. I also live in the heart of Lanc. Co. and have enjoyed this pie many times esp. since it is my dads favorite. :) My mom makes a kind that everything is beaten together – no crumbs on top; which is also very delicious! I love the “wet” kind and think I will try this recipe – thanks for sharing!

  5. Kay on January 21st, 2009 11:51 am

    Thanks for your input! :)

    I wonder what a ‘dry-bottom’ shoo fly pie would be like. More like cake?

    Also, just since I made this one, I saw a recipe that said you could substitute some corn syrup for some of the molasses. I’d like to try that sometime… this was borderline too rich of a molasses flavor for me.

  6. Judi on January 21st, 2009 3:34 pm

    any pie sounds good to me. I’ll have to give this one a try. Every recipe I’ve gotten from you has been great.

  7. stirling on February 2nd, 2009 9:16 pm

    my mom RIP. used to love this but down south they called it molasses pie. you can well believe that I’ll try this one.

  8. Debbie on February 10th, 2009 5:33 pm

    Wow, now that looks like a wet bottom. I drive Amish in Lancaster and Chester County Pa so I see and eat lotsa shoo fly pies and this one sure looks great. My daughter makes ours at our house and does something a little different. Instead of using molasses she uses King Syrup which is lighter than molasses and is considered table syrup. Thats how my grandmother used to make them so we do too.

  9. Debbie on February 10th, 2009 5:37 pm

    Thought I’d share the link for King Syrup

  10. sharan on May 4th, 2009 10:48 am

    Hi There, I am looking for a recipe for shoofly cake. It has buttermilk in it. Makes for a wet bottom cake. Very good. If anyone can help I would really appreciate it. Thanks.