Shoofly pie is a traditional dessert in Pennsylvania Dutch communities. It has been described as “like a coffee cake with a gooey molasses bottom.” Its ingredients, such as brown sugar and molasses, make it an ideal choice for people who like a lot of sweetness.

Why is it called shoofly pie? Its super sweet ingredients often attract flies while the pie cools, meaning the cooks have to “shoo” away the pests.

RELATED: Easy as pie: She loads a skillet with apples and cinnamon for a cool twist on this all-American treat

This shoofly pie recipe from Not So Humble Pie calls for King Syrup or Golden Barrel Table Syrup, both of which are not available everywhere. However, there is an easy substitution listed below.

The blogger describes this sweet creation as “a bit of a cross between pecan pie (minus the pecans), sticky toffee pudding and gingerbread.” If you’re tempted by that (and who wouldn’t be?), this Amish treat may be perfect for you!

(Not So Humble Pie)
(Not So Humble Pie)

You will need:

Crust and crumbs

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shortening or butter (cook’s choice)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves


  • ¾ cup King Syrup or Golden Barrel Table Syrup
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • 1 egg, beaten well
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

RELATED: She layers pudding and graham crackers to create an incredible no-bake Boston cream cake

If you can’t find the aforementioned syrups, use this combination:

  • ⅓ cup light corn syrup
  • ⅓ cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Get the full recipe from Not So Humble Pie.

(H/T: Amish Country News)

The Amish make the best pie in the world, and we have the recipe to prove it Not So Humble Pie
Beth Sawicki About the author:
Beth Sawicki is a content editor at Rare. Email her at
View More Articles