Shoofly Pie

A Pennsylvania Dutch Specialty

Along with Whoopie Pies, Shoofly pie is a Pennsylvania Dutch staple. Admittedly, if you are not a fan of molasses, this may not be your favorite pie. Nevertheless, I would encourage you to give it a try. Easy to make, it goes together with a minimum of ingredients.  Bake it with a lard crust, and you will enjoy a true Pennsylvania Dutch experience.

Shoofly Pie

Shoofly Pie

Mennonite Community Cookbook
A Pennsylvania Dutch staple. The pie has a dark smoky molasses flavor that creates a rich taste experience.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Baking TIme 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 8



  • 1 unbaked 9 inch pie shell

Bottom Part

  • 1 cuo dark molasses
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Top Part

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp shortening
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a medium size bowl, dissolve soda in hot water.
  • Add molasses and beaten egg.
  • In a separate medium size bowl, combine sugar and flour.
  • Cut shortening into flour mixture to make crumbs. The mixture will resemble coarse meal.
  • Pour 1/3 of the soda mixture into unbaked crust.
  • Add 1/3 of the crumbs mixture.
  • Continue alternating layers, putting crumbs on top.
  • Bake in heated oven for 15 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 25 minutes or until bottom crust is light brown on the bottom and a knife inserted in the middle of the pie comes out clean.
  • Place one a wire rack to cool.