How To Make Classic Amish Shoofly Pie for Thanksgiving

How To Make Classic Shoofly Pie Like The Amish.

Shoofly Pie

Tired of buying same old pies and want something a little different ? Easy ,delicious and should be called 'Never forget pie' make this easy Classic Shoofly Pie for Thanksgiving ,or anytime!

Shoo-fly Pie is a classic molasses pie inspired and created by the Pennsylvanian Dutch German, originally made by the Amish to attract the flies and keep them away from the many other thanksgiving pies cooling on the window sill. Hence the name 'Shoo fly" and a new pie was created.

Eventually Classic Shoo-fly Pie was given a greater honour and took its place among the more commonly known pie desserts and quickly became a Thanksgiving favourite.

How To Make Classic Shoofly Pie For Thanksgiving has stepped up for the modern housewife and officially also recognised by the Pennsylvanian Tourism Board featuring Shoo Fly Pie as their state 2009 campaign pie.

Not bad for a delectable pie, from humble beginnings. I first tasted this classic pie for thanksgiving, when I was in Pennsylvania and also made Shoo Fly Pie when I returned to New Zealand. One for my family ,and a second pie to give as gift to my neighbor. Everyone remembers the warm ,delicious , flavorful dessert fondly!

So what are you  waiting for , lets go make a memory

Classic Shoofly Pie Anytime
Classic Shoofly Pie Anytime
How To Make Classic Shoofly Pie For Thanksgiving
How To Make Classic Shoofly Pie For Thanksgiving

Crumb Base

2 deep dish pie shells, unbaked

2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 pinch of salt
2 cups hot water
1 cup mild molasses
1 cup brown sugar
1 beaten egg
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon baking soda


1. Combine all crumb ingredients and mix until ataining even consistency.
2. To make the filling take a different bowl, combine the hot water, molasses and brown sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the egg, flour and baking soda. ( microwave only seconds so as not to burn) to help melt and blend.
3. Pour 1/2" filling into a pie shell and cover with crumbs. Continue to alternate between filling and crumbs until pie shell is full.
4. Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 45-60 minutes until golden-brown. Insert a toothpick and when it comes out clean, remove from oven.

Mmmmm...Enjoy Shoofly Pie

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

lol thankyou! ( it really is good too )

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia

Wonder how this would be with pecans added? Mmmm!

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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

habee , havent tried the pecans yet ,but sounds great!

Bev 7 years ago

Going to give this pie a try. Thanks for the receipe. Will let you know how we like it later. Happy Thanksgiving and peace to all. Bev

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Song-Bird 7 years ago from Michigan

I didn't even realize that shoo-fly pie was a real pie :)..I might have to give it a try (probably with pecans)

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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hi Bev Happy Thanksgiving to you too ,and Im sure the pie will be great!

Song-Bird I only ever knew the song (the song was inspired by the pie) and wasnt until I was in Pa and tasted it for the first time. I actually came across a chocolate shoo fly pie too , anyway happy thanksgiving to your family too!

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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Hey Eagle! LOLOL! It is so hard to say "Classy" and "Shoo-fly pie" in the same sentance.. let alone as one title! This sounds amazing, and I'll be over for some and a nice cup of coffee in about a half hour.. ok, maybe next week!

Love you lots!

ralwus 7 years ago

Am so glad you discovered this famous pie. Amish all around here and they make them for sale.

Justine76 7 years ago

I had discovered this stuff, called Table Syrup, and it had a recipie for shoo fly pie on it. I always wanted to try it, but never got aroudn to it.(no one to nag me..) Then I used all the syrup up,and never found the stuff in the store again. Now I have a recipie that I can use to get to try it!! I love the story of how it got named to, I always wondered why it was called that!! Thanks EK, :)

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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hi Candie , Well classic just means old and not so hard to say lol lol , the hardest part really is losin the calories hehe.....for me anyways xxooo...Ekiwi

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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hi Ralwus Im so glad I discovered it too , the Amish have some amazing recipes ,remind me alot of how my own mother cooked , stove and way out in the country ,meant lots of improvision too! gosh wasnt that we didnt believe in electricity , some weeks we just didnt have any lol lol.

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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author


Hey Girl , thanks for reading , I just have always liked this dessert since I first tasted it, although sugar is my No 1 enemy ,lifes too short to stress over the good things lol....I know youre a natural chef ,man together wed cook up a feast huh ,or more likely Id just need bigger jeans hahaha...

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no body 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

Just what I need - pie. How'm I supposed to lose weight with you posting such things? I may not love you as much anymore... HONEY! Eaglekiwi has a recipe, you gotta make it!!...Oh yeah, thanks Alot EK, I think I hate you...HONEY!! hurry I neeeed that pie!

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Cheeky Girl 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Is that the real name of this wonderful pie? Shoofly? As in "Shoo fly, don't bother me!" Heh! This is cool! Great recipe! Great hub! Now I am hungry! : ) Happy halloween!

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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

nobody..Awww pie is good isnt it..and a little bit of anything is just fine,or special occassions...

Happy thanksgiving to your household too!

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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hey Cheeky Girl!

Yes its true and the song was inspired by that pie-amazing trivia huh lol. Plus it tastes great too.

Happy Thanksgivng ,Happy n Safe holidays to you too!

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Catherine R 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Never heard of the shoofly pie! But I could do with one right now - in fact I could do with two - one to eat and one to attract the crazed Aussie flies that are bothering me right now!

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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hi Catherine

Oh there ya go then , the perfect pie lol ! Summer is moving in dowununder.

Hey thanks for reading and appreciate your comments.

mtsi1098 7 years ago

You know I always wanted to try this but never had the opportunity...Perhaps if you ever come to PA again you can bring one :) ...I did try Sweet potato pie this year and it was quite good...thanks

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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author


I am sure I will be in Pa sometime ,since I have family there and I would be delighted to share Shoo Fly pie with you!

Thankyou for your comments.

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nyliram 7 years ago

Eagle Yummers is soooo right I am going to break out and make the shoo fly pie, Hey I have given up Coffee, well caffeine I still drink the muck that is decaffeinated and it has to be done with water, not harsh chemicals, so it tastes like, well u can guess.

Hey have a great Christmas, and a brilliant New Year. Whats happened to all the peeps.

pearldiver is lurking around a nuns site, hahahaha

I have been truly busy sooo used my imposed, exile to good effect. But ya can't exile me really anyway, because I too am a Kiwi, tenacious as the mighty pongas that grow apon our hills. I've turned to Poetry, like Hell. But that sounded good. Well got the oven primed ready to see just How good your pie is. Arohanui

You know who.

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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Kia ora kare! here I am unbanned , unhassled and doin ok lol! did ya bake the pie??

Actually we relocated so lost out on technology for a week or so 6 weeks actually.

I need a good spanking for all the junk food Ive shoved down my gob the last couple of months ,um ,well its Winter time in the Northern Hemisphere so thats my excuse -insulation hehe.

Exile a

Arohanui from Martin Luthers hood xo

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K Partin 6 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

Never knew what shoofly pie was, now I know! Thanks for sharing I am going to try this for sure. K

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Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania Author

Glad you enjoyed reading about th recepie K Partin , now go make it , its sooooo good , an just a lil bit naughty ..

Thankyou for your comments!

Marcia  6 years ago

Hey Eaglekiwi, Recipe sounds yummy. Glad I have some baking already handy or I'd be hanging out for some Shoofly! Cool name. All the best with your hub. Love your writing.

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Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hi Marcia Thankyou for your feedback and kind words of encouragement.

Perhaps youll come to my first book signing too!

"To Your Best Life" xo

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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

I have the oven - will buy the ingredients - what are your doing tomorrow? LOL

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Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hi Neil

Sounds like a plan!

Opologies for the late reply, have been on the move.

Appreciate your culinary readiness and feedback tremendously!-thankyou.

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, what a great name! ha ha it sounds like our treacle tart, that we have over here, cheers nell

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Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hi Nell,

Yes the name is quaint lol ,and Im sure it must be the same as your Treacle tart. My Grandmother was Scottish and I seem to remember her making something with Molasses or Treacle, which we thought was the best thing on this planet.

Thanks again for your comments.xox

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Alternative Prime 6 years ago from > California

Hi EagleKiwi,

I must be honest and tell you I've never tried a "Shoo-Fly Pie"...Maybe it has something to do with the word "Fly" in the title, but I must say your presentation and pics sound & look delicious....You may have converted me & Thanks for the recipie

Alternative Prime

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Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania Author

Alternative Prime

Hi ,you must make an try this pie ,I know if I can make it ,anyone can and it truly is delicious.

To tell you the truth I found the title amusing and challenged to attempt this traditional pie.

P.S Teeenage sons never left even a crumb behind,which has always been my measure of success.

Thankyou for your delightful comments!

Jewell 5 years ago

I had not heard of a shoofly pie till visiting PA

Ate piece and it is great

I plan to bake one.

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Eaglekiwi 5 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hi Jewell,

Yes I know what you mean ,its delcious. Let me know when dinners on ,lol. Thankyou for your comments.

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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

I love pie it is one of my favorite foods. I have never had shoofly pie nor do I know what it is, well didn't till now. Thanks for the knowledge and great recipe to add to my collection of great pies. :)

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Eaglekiwi 5 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hi katiem2,

Oh its a treat indeed. I love pie too ,and hey if youre gonna have some ,it might as well be good huh! lol

Thankyou for visiting,appreciate the comment.

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

What a great history lesson and personal experience to share with your recipe! Thanks so much. :)

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Eaglekiwi 5 years ago from -Oceania Author


Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging input.

Ive just taken a peek at your exciting list of hubs and there are several I must read.

Take Care.

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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco

Delicious! I remember when our family went to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as a kid, we tried this at an Amish restaurant, but I honestly don't remember the taste of it. Might have to try it out as an adult with your great recipe. :)

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Eaglekiwi 5 years ago from -Oceania Author

Someone had bought Shoo Fly Pie to the very first thanksgiving I went too ,so I dont need to tell you what a feast it was!

The name I was familiar with because of the little ditty Id heard years ago ,but never relised it was actually a pie.

I made it for family in New Zealand and it was delicious too ,its great to experience other cultures.

Thankyou for dropping by livelonger~Bon appetite~

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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

I have heard if it but didn't know it was real, so thanks for the knowledge and the great recipe!

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Painted Seahorse 5 years ago from Woodstock, GA

This looks pretty delicious! Might have to try it this Thanksgiving. Thanks for the recipe.

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Eaglekiwi 5 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hi Painted Seahorse,great to read your comments and do let me know how your pie turns out.

I bet it will be as delicious as mine was too!


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Eaglekiwi 5 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hi Jackie,I do apologise for missing your comment!

Thankyou very much for dropping by and your positive input.

It is appreciated.

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