Shoofly Pie!

No matter how you spell it, Shoofly Pie is a delicious treat! This classic Amish recipe sometimes goes by Shoofly, Shoo Fly or Shoo-Fly Pie. Spell it however you like – the ingredients are all similar, and this is one tasty dessert.

Bonus: Shoofly Pie is made using ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. The only “unusual” ingredient is molasses – and that’s not really all that unusual (especially if you like to bake or !). This means that you could whip up a Shoofly Pie pretty much whenever you’d like – maybe for after dinner tonight?

Shoofly Pie, also known as molasses crumb pie, is generally credited to the Pennsylvania Dutch region. The primary ingredients are molasses, brown sugar, butter, flour and boiling water. It’s truly a straight-forward recipe. Whenever I make this pie, I like to add some of my favorite baking spices – namely cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and a tiny pinch of ground cloves – for added flavor. Oh, and there’s a ½ teaspoon of baking soda in there, but that’s also a pantry staple.

Wet-Bottom or Dry-Bottom

In general, if you asked me to choose between wet-bottom or dry-bottom, chances are I’ll be going with the dry-bottom route. Wet-bottomed anything doesn’t sound all that appealing! However, I do prefer a wet-bottomed pie in this case.

Ok – so what is a wet-bottom shoofly pie? Is the pie crust actually wet? Nope. There are 2 main variations of this classic dessert. In the wet-bottomed version, the liquid mixture is poured into the pie crust and then a generous amount of a crumb mixture gets sprinkled on top. In the dry-bottomed version, some of that crumb topping gets mixed into the liquid mixture.

The difference is that a wet bottom shoofly pie is more of a molasses pie whereas a dry bottom shoofly pie is more of a molasses cake. I personally prefer the wet-bottomed pie version, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the dry-bottomed cake version. It’s personal preference!

Shoofly Pie

As noted above, Shoofly Pie is an easy dessert recipe which relies mainly on pantry ingredients. In fact, this recipe is often mentioned alongside ‘desperation pies’ – or pies which rely largely on pantry ingredients. These types of recipes become popular during the Great Depression and during the food rationing times around WWII.

I went with my go-to homemade pie crust here because I absolutely love that recipe. It does require a bit of forethought as the dough needs to chill overnight. However, that pie dough freezes well, so I usually just make 4-5 batches, wrap each in plastic wrap and then store ’em in a freezer bag. That way I can just pull out a batch whenever I need pie dough. (Don’t forget to let it thaw overnight in the fridge, though!) With that said, you could absolutely use a store-bought crust here.

When it comes to serving, I typically serve Shoofly Pie by itself. However, a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream would go well here. (Ice cream makes every dessert better, right?)

Baker’s Note: I recommend light or dark molasses in this recipe. Blackstrap molasses is the darkest molasses, and the flavor can be a bit overwhelming given that molasses is the main ingredient in this recipe. Of course, if you love blackstrap molasses, go for it! Happy baking!

Shoofly Pie

Hailing from the PA Dutch region, Shoofly Pie is an easy pie recipe that relies on molasses for a delicious, deep flavor. Bake one up for dessert tonight!

5 from 5 votes

Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes minutes

Chilling Time: 8 hours hours

Total Time: 8 hours hours 55 minutes minutes

Servings: 8 servings

Calories: 457 kcal


For the Pie Dough

1⅓ cups all-purpose flour 2 Tbsp brown sugar ½ tsp salt ½ cup unsalted butter cold 2 Tbsp vodka see note 2-4 Tbsp cold water

For the Crumb Topping

cups all-purpose flour ½ cup dark brown sugar 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp nutmeg ¼ tsp ground ginger pinch ground cloves ¼ tsp salt ½ cup unsalted butter cut into ¼” cubes

For the Filling

¾ cup molasses 1 large egg yolk ¾ cup boiling water ½ tsp baking soda

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