Shoo Fly Pies

Shoo Fly Pie is a molasses pie that developed its traditional form among the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 1880s, who ate it with strong black coffee for breakfast.

Shoo Fly Pies


Crumb Mixture

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Syrup Mixture

  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda, dissolved in the hot water


  • 2 unbaked 8-inch pie crusts


  1. Mix crumb ingredients together until crumbs are formed.
  2. In separate bowl, mix syrup ingredients together. Pour 1/2 of syrup into each pie shell, then top each with crumbs, using 1/2 on each.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake for 50 more minutes.
  5. Cool completely before cutting.

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