Amish Shoofly Pie Recipe Is Bursting With Sweet Old-Fashioned Goodness by 30Seconds Food

Amish Shoofly Pie Recipe Is Bursting With Sweet Old-Fashioned Goodness

Here's a delicious pie recipe we can thank the Amish for. Shoofly pie is a Pennsylvania Dutch Amish recipe from the 1880s. Shoofly pie has been a staple in for the Amish and Mennonites, and it has the stories and folklore to go along with it. Many say the name of the pie comes from flies being attracted to the sweet filling. We can't blame them!

The filling of this Amish pie is made with molasses, water and baking soda. The topping is a combination of flour, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter. How can all those ingredients be bad when baked into a pie? 

The Amish usually serve shoofly pie for breakfast with coffee. This shoofly pie recipe is easy to make and will satisfy that sweet tooth for dessert, too. This molasses pie is bursting with sweet old-fashioned goodness everyone will enjoy!

Cuisine: American/Amish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 1 pie


  • 1 refrigerated pie crust


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter


  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Here's how to make it:

  1. Put the pie crust into the bottom of a deep dish pie plate (we suggest using a 10-inch deep pie plate). Flute the edges. 
  2. Combine all the topping ingredients in a bowl. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, work it together until it's crumbly.
  3. To make the filling, combine the molasses, water and baking soda in a bowl. Mix well. Pour into the pie shell.
  4. Mix some of the topping mixture into the filling itself, to thicken filling. Spread the rest of the topping mixture over the filling until it is evenly covered.
  5. Bake in a preheated 450-degree F oven for about 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees F and continue baking about 20 more minutes or until set.

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Pie Plates $8 & Up
Ground Cinnamon $3 & Up
Flour $2 & Up
Ground Nutmeg $4 & Up
Baking Powder $2 & Up
Molasses $4 & Up
Pastry Cutters $6 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
Wow, I'm getting a sugar rush just by reading this. What a sweeeet and delicious recipe! #yum
Love old-fashioned recipes like this.
Oooooh, yummy 😍
Lynn Gallager-Vallejo
Didn’t you skip a step? You have to sprinkle the topping crumbs into the molasses mixture!
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you for that, Lynn Gallager-Vallejo . We have updated the recipe. We appreciate it, and we are glad to have you as part of our community! Donna John
Debra Beesley
The update isn't on there, here is hoping this pie turns out !! Glad I read the comments! !
Debra Beesley
Has anyone made this pie the proportions seem to be off it is overrunning my deep dish pie plate and making a burnt mess in my oven going to let it go and will report back with end results. Had such high hopes, guessing it hasn't been tested, maybe I can tweek it.
Elisa Schmitz
The update is step number 4, Debra Beesley . Please let us know how it turns out for you and what tweaks you would make, thanks! Donna John
Debra Beesley
You need at least a ten inch , deep dish pie plate. My nine inch , deep dish wasn't enough. Gotta go clean the oven will try again later , going to add 1/2 teaspoon of ginger to the topping.
Elisa Schmitz
That sounds like a delicious addition to the topping, Debra Beesley . Let us know how it turns out! (Hope the oven cleans up easily!)
Margaret Frantjeskos
So do you use baking powder or baking soda in this recipe
Elisa Schmitz
The recipe calls for baking soda, Margaret Frantjeskos , see above under Filling ingredients. Hope you enjoy it!
Margaret Frantjeskos
And your list of ingredients it showed baking powder not baking soda so I got confused I want to make sure I do it right that's why I asked thank you

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