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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. Do we love strawberries, thank your Mum 🙂

    Happy Easter Rhoda,

    Kathy 🙂

  9. 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. 🙂

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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!!

  15. 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

  16. 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?

  17. 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!

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

  19. 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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