Homemade Strawberry Pie just like Shoney’s

Our family grew up going to Shoney’s.  A lot!  That was one of our favorite places to go after church on Sunday nights and we spent many evenings hanging out with the young people and older folks from our church.  Big Boys and french fries were my faves back then.  And there were many times that we splurged on dessert.  Remember those strawberry pies and hot fudge cakes?!

Oh my, were those fantastic!  We loved them.

My mom learned how to make those pies many years ago and we had them at home so many times over the years.  Recently she found strawberries straight from her hometown area of Plant City, FL in the local stores for 79 cents a package and we have been eating tons of strawberries this year.  Out came the strawberry pie recipe from old and guess how many we’ve already had around here.

Four!  I know, it’s ridiculous.

Strawberry pies.  Man, they are hard to pass up.  In fact, I just can’t do it.  I’ll walk another lap around the block just to have some pie.

homemade strawberry pie

Does that get your taste buds going?

strawberry pie

I could die over these, they are so good.

And, of course, I’ll share my mom’s recipe with you.

Homemade Strawberry Pie

1 store bought crust (she doesn’t make crusts much anymore, since you can get such good ones at the store)

Place in pie pan or get one in a pie pan.  Bake until golden brown.  Let cool.

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

3 TBL. cornstarch

Cook until slightly thickened.  Add three TBL. strawberry Jello (dry from the box).  Let cool.  Red food coloring (drops) optional.

Place 2 cups strawberries in cooled crust.  Pour the strawberry mixture over the berries.  Place in fridge to set up.

Add a dollop of whipped cream

Eat and smile really big!

I hope you’ll try this one for your family.  I promise, you will smack your lips on this one.

And maybe even have fond memories of Shoney’s!

- Rhoda


  1. Sounds delicious Rhoda, The strawberry jello is right from the box right?
    Big boy’s and fries were my favorite too. Thank your Mom for sharing her recipe with us.

  2. I just had my first Strawberry Pie last night…it was so good so I was really excited to find this recipe this morning…thanks

  3. Thanks for sharing! I loved going to Shoneys…my sister worked there one summer so we went a lot. The hot fudge cake was my favorite.

  4. This is exactly the recipe my mom got from an elderly lady YEARS ago except we use a small box of strawberry jello(maybe this is 3T?) and never any foood coloring. I have made hundreds of these pies usually 4 at a time like you:) Everyone raves how yummy the pies are and I like how easy it is to make! I have also made these pies using splenda and sugar-free jello. Why would anyone ever buy the pre-made goop they sell in the produce section? Enjoy, I know I will:)

  5. Yummmm…..loved Shoney’s Hot Fudge Cake (we called it Hot Sludge Cake) and the Strawberry pie. I also sent quite a few Sunday after church evenings there. Eating there with a group of youth helped get my first date with my husband to see Jaws at the movies… ha!

  6. Rhoda- NOBODY grows strawberries like FL does. I can remember driving from Zephyrhills to Plant City to pick up strawberries with my in-laws. We don’t have Shoney’s around here but we had BigBoy which is the Midwest version….and they have the same menu. Those pies are memorable. Thanks for the recipe. We won’t have any fresh strawberries around here until late June, early July…so I am saving this recipe for then! xo Diana

    • Suzanne Ruedy says:

      Have you ever had June bearing strawberries from Minnesota or Wisconsin? They are absolutely the best – big, sweet and juicy.

  7. Spent many a date night at Shoney’s, then loved their breakfast bar with my husband and children. I make a Cherry O Pie. Do you remember those? My boys couldn’t wait to try it until it set, so they call it “goop”. Would love to have the Cherry Yum Yum my mom used to make. Love the Shoney’s Pie! On the menu this week.
    Thanks Rhoda

  8. I loved Shoneys too, and their hot fudge cake. I haven’t been to a Shoney’s in years as they don’t have any where I live now. I would love to try your mom’s recipe for this pie!

  9. That sounds and looks delicious. Very nice dessert.

  10. Margaret says:

    I have strawberries in the fridge and jello in the cabinet. Looks like I’ll have that pie before supper. Thanks for the recipe.

  11. I am so printing this out… Actually, as I type this. : ) I love strawberry pie (especially Shoney’s) and have always wondered how to make it. I may have to try this over the weekend.

    Thank you so much for sharing!


  12. Thank you for sharing this! My bf and his family LOVE the strawberry pie that his SIL’s mom makes, but I had no idea how to make it. Now I can surprise him with a strawberry pie as soon as we get some good strawberries here in IL.

  13. I was just thinking about this the other day and planning to ask Mom how to make one! Yum! We’d always buy a Shoney’s pie and take it to our hotel room when we were on vacation!

  14. Ive never had a Shoney’s pie, but have saved the recipe. Looks de-lish! Even before breakfast!

  15. Oh that brought back memories Rhoda! We don’t have Shoney’s here in Oregon but I remember going to them when we lived in the mid-west. And I LOVE strawberry pie! Just makes me dream of summer and warmer days. 🙂

  16. Oh, Rhoda, this recipe is so timely. I have some locally grown strawberries in my fridge right now, so I’m going to make this today. I’m going to try to do a version using Splenda and sugar-free jello as suggested by another commenter. I used to make these pies all the time in the 1970s, and I had pretty much forgotten about them, so thank your mom for the recipe!

  17. We used to have this pie when I was a kid too. I’m gonna have to make some for my family’s Easter get together this Sunday!

  18. Janet G. says:

    Rhoda, you’ve conjured up some great memories. Shoney’s definitely played a large role in my adolescent social life. I miss big boys and those great onion rings, and yes, strawberry pie. My mom made quite a few back in the 70s. I can’t wait to make this! Thanks for your mom’s recipe.

  19. We don’t have Shoney’s in New England but my friend’s late mom was from the midwest and she made that but used ginger ale instead of water. It’s the only strawberry pie I ever eat! Thanks for the reminder – I need to make that soon!

    Congrats on your new home. Though our styles are vastly different, I enjoy your decorating none the less and will enjoy seeing you breath life into that house!

  20. This looks DELISH! It was always such a special treat when my grandmother made Strawberry pie but she didn’t have a recipe. This is priceless, thanks so much for sharing!

  21. Oh you have brought back memories! Thanks for the reminder and the recipe. I’ll be making this before April’s over & can’t wait to taste!

  22. I grew up going to Shoney’s too. My favorite was the hot fudge cake. Our youth group from church would go hang out there. I remember once taking my best friend’s camcorder (it was the hot new thing) there and going back to the kitchen and filming the cooks! lol We had so much fun. My high school sweet heart (now husband) and I also went all the time. Thank you for bringing back such wonderful memories Rhoda.

  23. Rhoda,,, I made the strawberry pie tonight,,,it was great!!!,,,and thanks for the explanations about pie shells. I didn’t know that they came in the freezer section in pans already to go. It was sooo easy. I can’t wait for you to be blessed with a new house on your new journey.

  24. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Strawberry pie is the next best thing to Heaven!

  25. PINNED THIS!! Definitely going to make this soon 🙂

  26. I made your pie for dessert yesterday and had another piece for lunch today! 🙂 My grandma made the most wonderful strawberry pie and I have always regretted that I didn’t get her recipe before she passed. I’ve tried several recipes over the years but they just weren’t quite right-until now!! Thank you so, so much for sharing your mom’s recipe. I closed my eyes and was right back in my grandma’s kitchen in Ohio! What a wonderful gift you’ve given me!

  27. Margaret says:

    let me tell you ladies, it makes a terrific pie. My husband really liked and that is something. I only had cherry Jello and it worked alright. I bought a box of strawberry. I can’t imagine that could make it even better. This recipe is a definite keeper!

  28. Do we love strawberries, thank your Mum 🙂

    Happy Easter Rhoda,

    Kathy 🙂

  29. I am so happy that several of you have tried it already & loved it! It really is an easy one and our family adores this pie. Perfect time of year for strawberries. Enjoy!

    • Thanks, Rhoda!! I have been craving this pie. We no longer have a Shoney’s so I came online looking for the recipe. Planning on making a couple for Mother’s Day lunch tomorrow. 🙂

  30. Rachel Beal says:

    Just made this pie for our Easter dessert…looks and smells yummy. Can’t wait to try it, guess i will have to share, lol. Thanks for the recipe. Happy Easter!

  31. I made this pie yesterday and served it today with our Easter lunch and it was a hit especially with my 18 year old son. So easy and very tasty! Please thank your mom for sharing this recipe with us. I hope you had a blessed Easter!

  32. My first job was as a Shoney’s waitress. I made hundreds of those pies and still love them.

  33. I loved going to Shoney’s as a kid getting these pies!! My moms birthday is Friday an has requested one instead of a cake. This will my first attempt to make this delicious pie instead of going to the nearest Shoney’s which is 40 minutes away. Cant wait to get started tonight!!! Thank u for the recipe.

  34. Thank you for this recipe. I have been craving strawberry pie forever and I didn’t know how to make one. Came across your recipe, attempted it and it is setting up in the fridge right now! I hope it turns out as wonderful as yours looks!!

  35. vickey brinkers says:

    thank u so much my mother used to make this and have never found it untill now all I could remember was the jello and cornstarch

  36. How long does it take to set up? Mine has been in the fridge for almost a hour and is still really liquidy. Have I done something wrong or does it take longer?

  37. this is NOT the Shoney’s Strawberry Pie recipe at all!!! My mother had the recipe years ago and it had 7/up and cornstarch in it that thickened the strawberries and smothered all over the pie and then was topped with whipped cream!
    My mom used to make it all the time when we were growing up and I would give anything to really find the REAL Shoney’s recipe! They truly had the BEST recipe for it ever!

  38. This is the same recipe my mother used but at my ex husbands suggestion I started using a graham cracker crust.

  39. Lynn Clendenin says:

    I have been making this for years. I now use Splenda and a box of sugar free Jell-O. Works great!

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