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Shoofly Pie

Shoofly Pie

Shoofly pie is a molasses crumb pie that was originally developed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. If you are looking for an unusual, historically significant treat, this may be the recipe for you!

Makes 1 (9-inch) pie.


  • 1 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 c butter or vegetable shortening
  • 1 (9-inch) pie shell, unbaked
  • 1/2 c molasses
  • 1/2 c warm water
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and chill the unbaked pie shell.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  3. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or fork until the mixture resembles sand. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, dissolve baking soda in warm water and combine with molasses.
  5. Pour molasses mixture into unbaked pie shell.
  6. Top with thick, even layer of the crumb topping.
  7. Bake 40 minutes, or until firm and lightly browned. Allow to cool on a rack. Best served chilled.

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