Shoofly Pie

Shoofly Pie Recipe

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Shoofly Pie Recipe

This easy shoofly pie recipe became popular with farmhouse cooks for various reasons. The pies were inherently inexpensive to bake and easier to eat as a handheld pie, meaning no knife and fork were required. The meaning of the name is not exactly clear but we know that the shoofly pies stemmed from Pennsylvania Dutch wives.Shoofly pie is also known as molasses crumb pie.

One suggestion is that the pies were named after a famous boxing mule called Shoofly. Another suggestion is that the sticky molasses that formed on the inside of the pies attracted flies, hence the name shoofly. All I know is that these shoofly pies are very popular with kids and everyone else enjoys them. They are quick and easy to make, taste great, and are a good way for home bakers to increase their incomes.

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Recipe Info


Serves: 8


Calories: 265
Carbs: 7g
Fat: 11g
Protein: 8g

Cooking Times

20 min
Preparation Time
0 Hours and 20 Minutes
40 min
Cook Time
0 Hours and 40 Minutes
60 min
Total Time
1 Hours and 0 Minutes




  1. Line a 9-inch (21 cm) pie pan with the pastry, crimp the edges, and place in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F (180°C)
  3. Prepare the shoofly crumb topping by mixing the flour and brown sugar in a mixing bowl.
  4. Add the vegetable shortening and cut it into the flour mixture with a fork to form a coarse texture.
  5. In another bowl, whisk the boiling water and baking soda. Stir in the maple syrup and molasses. Let it cool then pour into the pastry shell.
  6. Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the top.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 325°F (160°C) and continue baking for 30 or until the filling is just firm.
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving. Enjoy!

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Sharon Harding
Delicious shoofly pie recipe with a great heritage. 5.00

Nelly Penn
Lovely recipe with interesting facts. 5.00

Selma Haysteck
My kids love these shoofly pastries. So easy to make and so delicious. 👏 5.00

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