August 13, 2020

The Story of Our Psych Cinnamon Pie

I've mentioned before how much my family loves the TV show Psych. It's a great family show and just fun to watch! I adore the banter between Shawn and Gus, and I especially love all of the different names that Shawn creates for Gus when introducing him to people. 

A couple of Christmases ago, I even designed a Psych shirt for each of the kids, and I love how they turned out. I wish I'd have thought to do a shirt with a list of all the names Shawn gave Gus through the seasons! There are probably hundreds.

To the point... 

In one episode, Shawn and Gus go to a small town called Dual Spires. The town is known for their amazing cinnamon, and Shawn and Gus were invited to the cinnamon festival. There is a scene where they go into a diner and are given a piece of cinnamon pie. They were both a little skeptical of it, but after one bite they totally fell in love with it.

Throughout the rest of the episode, they can be seen eating pieces of cinnamon pie--sitting in the diner, walking around town, etc--probably the equivalent of a couple of pies each. They absolutely loved it and couldn't get enough. 

After seeing this episode, the kids, Jerry, and I all wanted to try this cinnamon pie. I'd never even heard of such a thing! I sorted through a dozen or so recipes on the internet until I found one that sounded good. That was about three years ago, and we just never got around to actually making it. Eli's been watching Psych again recently and he asked if we could finally make the pie.

I bought the ingredients and Eli and I made cinnamon pie. The batter smelled just like a cinnamon roll with cream cheese frosting--I couldn't wait to eat it!

It ended up being every bit as good as I'd hoped. The whole family loved it, and we all agreed that we need to make it once a week. It has the texture of pumpkin pie and tastes like a cinnamon roll.

The original recipe can be found here on; I only made a couple of minor changes, including my crust recipe, which I'll type out here.

For the crust: I used my go-to crust that is almost impossible to screw up. I admit that I suck at baking, but even I can make this crust. 

Ingredients for Crust:

1-1/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup oil (any flavorless oil will do)
2 Tbsp cold water

Directions for crust: 

In a pie plate, combine all ingredients with a spoon (or your hands). When all the flour is moistened, gather all the dough into a ball and put it in the center of the pie plate. With your hands, press the dough across the bottom and up the sides of the plate, forming a shell. No need to grease the plate (the oil in the dough keeps it from sticking). And better yet, no rolling out the dough! (You can try to make pretty edges, but I don't bother.)

Ingredients for the filling:

8 oz brick of cream cheese, softened to room temp
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 whole egg plus two egg yolks
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
4 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3-1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon (it seems like a LOT of cinnamon, but trust me!)
2 Tbsp. flour

To make the filling, combine the cream cheese, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl on high speed until it's smooth and airy. Add the eggs, cream, butter, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Combine the cinnamon and flour in a small dish and then slowly add it to the mixing bowl. Make sure you just add a little at a time to avoid clumps.

Once it's all mixed together and nice and uniform in texture, pour the batter into the pie crust. The pie will rise slightly in the oven, so don't overfill it. Bake at 350 F for about 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The original recipe says to let the pie cool completely, but we couldn't help ourselves. We cut into it while it was still slightly warm and we served it with Reddi-whip on top. 

Here is a printer-friendly version (with my crust recipe)

And of course, we ate it while watching the Dual Spires episode of Psych :)


  1. I am so making this today! Sounds amazing Katie.

  2. This is awesome! The pie sounds delicious. Psych was such a good show. I wish it was still on.

  3. Made this tonight and it was amazing! Thank you for sharing!! This is definitely going on the Thanksgiving list!

  4. My husband watches Psych over and over again. I like it, but not as much as he does. I assume you know that the second Psyche movie recently came out? We watched it a couple weeks ago. We'll have to try the pie recipe, because we both like cinnamon! I do remember that episode.

  5. LOL! I just watched Dual Spires last night (along with This Episode Sucks) and then I come here and today and see this. My mouth waters when they eat that pie. I am so going to try this recipe.

    I never get sick of Gus and Shawn. I always wondered if they sometimes just told them to go out there and do stuff on camera unscripted, since they were so outrageous sometimes. They have such great chemistry together.

  6. I really enjoyed the show too! Even though I haven't watched in a while, I know which episode you are talking about because it was a play on Twin Peaks - which I was really into when that was out (am I dating myself?) Have you watched the new Psych movie that just came out - is that what spurred this post? I haven't yet, but definitely want to soon.

  7. Can't wait to try this thanks for sharing how does the ingredients make filling look brown like pumpkin? Love Psyche know we will love Cinnamon Pie been hungry for it ever since Shawn & Gus had it

    1. There is a relatively large amount of cinnamon in the recipe which makes it brown. It is SO SO SO good! And now you've inspired me to make this today ;)


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