Shoofly Pie

This is a traditional Amish pie from Pennsylvania. It’s molasses-based filling is moist on the bottom and crumbly like a coffee cake like on top.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3⁄4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces and chilled
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3⁄4 cup molasses
  • 1⁄4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 pie shell (9 inches), unbaked


  • Heat the oven to 400°F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, light brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well. Add in the butter and, with your fingers or a fork, rub it in until the mixture becomes crumbly. Cover and chill until ready to use.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the boiling water, molasses, and corn syrup until well blended. Whisk in the baking soda and egg. Pour the molasses mixture into the pie shell and top with the crumb mixture.
  • Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the oven to 350°F and bake for an additional 35 to 45 minutes, or until the pie is golden brown and puffed. Cool completely before serving.