Wet-Bottom Shoofly Pie: A Taste of Amish Country

A favorite of Amish and Mennonite cooks for many generations, shoofly pie is a classic Pennsylvania Dutch treat. We hear lots of stories about its origins and how it may have gotten its name. All we know for sure is that it’s the perfect partner for a good cup of coffee. Whether you enjoy it at breakfast, as a dessert, or sometime in between, it will bring back memories of good meals and great times in Amish Country. If you miss this unique taste and have wondered where to buy shoofly pie, you’re in the right spot!

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Bird-in-Hand’s famous shoofly pie is still made from an old family recipe that has been handed down for many generations and was fine-tuned by Grandma Smucker, who was known for her pies. One of our bakery’s most popular items, our traditional wet-bottom shoofly pie, combines the ingredients of a light syrup, eggs, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon topped with crumbs in our flaky pie crust – for a deliciously gooey treat that’s recognized across the country as a Lancaster County classic.

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Grandma Smucker’s Shoofly Pie

$13.60

Grandma Smucker’s Shoofly Pie

Few foods are as closely associated with Lancaster County as shoofly pie. We’re famous for Grandma Smucker’s Shoofly Pie - a favorite of visitors to Bird-in-Hand.…

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Shoofly Pie Bonus Gift Bundle

$39.75

Shoofly Pie Bonus Gift Bundle

Love the taste of baked goods from Amish Country? Get some for the freezer or to share with a friend! Order our Shoofly Pie Bonus Gift Bundle and get three…

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Double Delight Pie Lover’s Gift Box

$32.50

Double Delight Pie Lover’s Gift Box

* We are temporarily out of the red bow gift boxes. This product will ship in a plain white box. Grandma Smucker’s Shoofly Pie is a favorite of visitors…

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Deluxe Bakery Gift Basket

$59.95

Deluxe Bakery Gift Basket

Who wouldn’t love a sampling of our traditional Pennsylvania Dutch baked goods and delicious fruit spreads? Our Deluxe Bakery Gift Basket features a variety…

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About Bird-in-Hand

In the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, Bird-in-Hand is the perfect Lancaster County vacation destination. The Smucker family has been welcoming travelers to the village for generations. Visitors today can choose from a variety of lodging and dining options, exceptional live entertainment, and a host of unique events, including a guided tour of Amish farmlands, a home-cooked barbecue banquet in a cornfield, hot air balloon rides over patchwork fields, and a farm-to-fork local foods experience, to name just a few. From homemade whoopie pies and shoofly pie to traditional Pennsylvania Dutch fruit spreads and more, the selections in our online store will bring back memories of your time in Bird-in-Hand – for yourself or to share.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Shoofly Pie is a molasses crumb pie.  It’s an Amish and Mennonite favorite dessert that can be made with pantry staples. While it may not be as well-known, this phenomenal treat can be enjoyed with a cup of coffee.

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Shoofly Pie is for those who savor the sweet richness of molasses. The combination of molasses and spices in the batter creates an almost chocolate-like taste.  The final product yields an intense sweetness and cakelike texture.  Enjoying this dessert with a cup of coffee is recommended as the dark beverage compliments the sweet richness of the pie.

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Weaver, a 13th-generation Pennsylvania Dutchman, states the name “Shoofly” likely derives from Shoofly the Boxing Mule – a popular traveling circus animal in southeastern Pennsylvania at the time.

The animal was trained to stand on his hind legs and wore boxing gloves on his front hooves. His frequent opponent was a horse. Shoofly was so beloved they named products in his honor, including a brand of molasses produced in Philadelphia. Shoofly’s name may have originated from a popular song at the time, “Shoo, Fly, Don’t Bother Me!” Another less likely theory comes from author Patricia Brunning Stevens. According to Stevens, the unusual name of shoofly pie came from “the fact that pools of sweet, sticky molasses sometimes formed on the surface of the pie while it was cooling, inevitably attracting flies.” She suggests the pie’s invention stems from Pennsylvania Dutch farm wives making do with what remained in the larder during the late winter. However, she fails to answer the question of where all the flies came from in the winter season.

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Yes! Our Shoofly Pies freeze and keeps its lovely flavor profile very well. We suggest freezing our shoofly pies if you are not going to consume them within 1-2 days after you receive your order. For best results, wrap them in tin foil and thaw at room temperature.  Then, warm it up in an oven for optimal crust crispiness!

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Shoofly pie is a delicious treat any time of day, any season of the year. That said, this pie is ideal for the fall and winter seasons because the warmth from the molasses and spices add a real depth of flavor and a cozy quality to the pie. With this in mind, you can serve it a few different ways:

  1. With a dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream or BOTH
  2. With a glass of ice-cold milk
  3. With a mug of your favorite coffee

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Shoofly pie can be enjoyed hot or at room temperature.

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