The Holy Grail of Cinnamon Pies: ‘Psych’ edition

Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with the show “Psych,” and I’m not the least bit sorry, either! I even call my car the Blackberry.

In 2010, Shawn and Gus were invited to the Cinnamon Festival in the episode “Dual Spires.” The two stumble upon the world’s best cinnamon pie, and I just had to have it! After the episode aired, I and several other Psych-os took the internet in search of this magical pie only to find that–wait for iiiiiiit–it didn’t exist!

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Let me clarify–there are plenty of recipes online for cinnamon pies but none for the “Psych” cinnamon pie. What’s the difference, you ask? Oh, my. Where to begin?

I didn’t start out a cinnamon pie snob. I tried almost every recipe I came across to slate my Sawmill Diner craving, but none could cut it! The biggest differences I found broke down between texture, consistency and taste.

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Several pies had a dense, heavy texture, which caused the pie to sink into a flat disk. Other pies were slightly fluffier, but there was something wrong with the consistency of the filling. It would separate during the bake and become slightly gelatinous. And let’s just say they all could have used a little more cinnamon flavor.

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For most people, having one or two of these come out right in a pie would have been good enough, but for me? Come on, son.

I simply couldn’t get past the differences! I kept dreaming about that fluffy, soft pie from the episode. I hadn’t yet tasted the flavor that made me eat the entire pie! I had to keep going, and when nothing else would do, I created this recipe.

cinnamon pie comparison

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For all you Psych-os who wouldn’t be satisfied, here it is: the honest-to-pineapple cinnamon pie recipe worthy of a blue ribbon at the Cinnamon Festival.

Ingredients:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg plus 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 cup half-and-half
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons ground cinnamon (to flavor preference)
2 tablespoons flour, sifted

1 piece of pre-made pie dough
Whipped cream, for topping

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

To all those who make their own pie crust, this is where I tip my hat to you. I always think that if I’m going through the effort of making the filling from scratch, I will not feel guilty about using a pre-made crust. That being said, whether it’s frozen, from scratch or even
from a box, any crust will work the same.

Take 1 piece of pre-made pie dough and put it into a 9 inch pie pan. Press down along the bottom and sides. Crimp the edges together along the top ridge of the pan. Put the pie shell in the freezer to firm up for about an hour.

After that hour is over, take the pie crust out of the freezer and fit a piece of aluminum foil to cover the inside of the crust completely. Fill with pie weights (or marbles or dried beans or even heavy nuts) and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and the pie weights and bake for another 10 minutes or until the crust begins to dry and take color.

For the filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and sifted sugar on high until light and smooth. Add salt and continue mixing. Add the eggs, half-and-half, vanilla and melted butter; beat until combined. Once fully incorporated, add the cinnamon and flour a little bit at a time, making sure it is well combined before adding the next portion.

Pour the filling, which will be slightly runny, into the warm pie crust and bake for 45-50 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick into the center of the pie and remove it cleanly. Let the pie cool to room temperature before slicing. Serve slightly warmed or cold.

For extra flavor, top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. For extra fun, use the scraps from your pie crust to create your own cinnamon-sugar pineapple decoration. Simply roll out the scraps of dough and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Use a cookie cutter to punch out the pineapple and a knife to lightly etch in the lines of the fruit. Bake until slightly golden brown. Place on pie immediately upon removal from oven.

There you have it. A fluffy, moist and completely crave-able cinnamon pie. Delicious dealings, friends.

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60 thoughts on “The Holy Grail of Cinnamon Pies: ‘Psych’ edition

  1. After watching Psych through and through about a gazillion times on Netflix, I’m just past Dual Spires again and I finally remembered to look for a cinnamon pie recipe. When typing the search in I get to “cinnamon pie recipe…” And one of the first suggestions is “cinnamon pie recipe Psych” and now I’m here and eternally grateful to you!

  2. Literally watching Dual Spired right now and had to take to the Internet for a cinnamon pie recipe! Thank you, I’ll be trying this soon!!

  3. Thanks for posting this. I just recently started watching Psych & it was love at first episode!!! I am watching this exact episode right now and yes I had to try to find cinnamon pie recipes, finding many that looked ok but then I stumbled onto this one that I can’t wait to try & I will be very soon !!!! Thanks again !!!

  4. Katie, you are amazing!! Thank you!! I just watched Dual Spires last night and started hunting around for a cinnamon pie and came across this recipe. It looks like it came directly from the Sawmill Diner itself!! I cannot wait to try it!!
    PS. ❤ that stove!!!

  5. I can’t wait to try this! Rewatching this episode right now and I NEED this pie. Haha! Also, I just wanted to comment on how fun it is that you have a pineapple on top. The first time I watched the series I didn’t notice the pineapple thing. This time around it’s fun to spot them.

  6. My daughter, who became a Psych fan this summer, watched the Dual Spires episode and just had to have a cinnamon pie. She happily discovered your recipe, which I just made last night (using a frozen Marie Callender’s pie crust and Neufchatel) to celebrate her last first day of high school (Sigh. They grow up so fast.). It was DEE-licious! Thanks so much for a perfect pie recipe! Gus and Shawn would be proud!

  7. Watching “Dual Spires” today (keep Psych on Netflix, please!), and thought it was time to search again for a cinnamon pie like that one. This time, success! Going to give it a try this weekend – thanks!
    P.S. You said “heavy nuts.” Shawn and Gus would approve.

    1. Those are pie weights. They’re essentially marbles and keep the dough from taking up too much space in the pie plate.

  8. I’m a huge Psych fan!! I keep rewatching the show ❤ Dual Spires is one of my favorite episodes haha and I will try your pie recipe for sure! Thank you for that! 🙂

  9. I just now watched Dual Spires episode. Thank you for the recipe, I am from Israel, and we do not have half-and-half. Can you tell me what it is, so I can create something similar?
    Thank you again!

  10. Thank you!!! Watched Dual Spires again yesterday and dreamt of making cinnamon pie!! Haha…..will be baking this tonight!!!

  11. I was a little nervous, because the comments all refer to intending to make it, not actually having made it — well, I made it and it’s GREAT! I mean, really really good. I presumed watching the ep that they were really eating pumpkin pie, but this is much better than pumpkin pie (and I love pumpkin pie). Kudos!

    1. If you watch the commentary on the episode they are eating pumpkin pie with cinnamon dusted on top… the prop designers actually let James and Dule pick what flavor they wanted to eat while acting and they picked pumpkin. XD You’ll also notice later in the episode Gus is holding a loaf of cinnamon bread and they call it monkey bread even though it clearly isn’t monkey bread… but that’s okay we love them anyway!! AND BUT I ALSO MADE THIS RECIPE AND IT’S DELICIOUS! Thank you!! 🙂

  12. Best pie ever!!! Thank you for posting! I have to make to for my husband a few times a year. We are about to hit this eps.(again)…. so guess what i’m making! ♥

  13. Thanks so much for creating this recipe! My daughter and I are huge Psych fans. I’m flying out to visit her next week, and we’re going to make this together. I’ll report back after we’ve had a chance to taste it. I’m extremely hopeful. 😉

  14. Dude I looked for that recipe a while back and didn’t see yours, didn’t wind up making one and got sidetracked. There is a dessert auction coming up and I wanted to try my hand, I’m thinking this and a sour cream lemon pie. There’s a raisin cream pie that sells for like over 100$ and I’d love to get there sometime 😀

  15. Think I might make this as my Thanksgiving pie this year! What’s one of the most important tips to keep in mind for baking this? Not too experienced with making pies!

    1. I would say don’t rush the crust process. If you don’t let it firm up, it’ll cook too quickly. If you don’t weigh it down, you don’t have enough room for filling. Good luck to you! Let me know if your guests enjoy it!

    1. Just had to update here…. I tried making this last night, and wait for itttttttt!! C’mon Son, one of the best dishes I’ve ever tasted! I should say that I love cinnamon to begin with, but this had me thinking I was in the Sawmill. Pumpkin Pie can suuuuuuccckkkkk ittttttt! It was fantastic about 90 minutes out of the oven. I refrigerated it over night and it really firmed up. Haven’t tasted it yet, but know it will be full of delicious flavor. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m definitely making this for Christmas Eve. Mine turned out a touch darker than yours; I’m assuming I may have used a little more cinnamon. I added a little extra flour as well because mine seemed a little runny. I should also note that I’ve never made a custard pie before so my mix may have been the perfect consistency and I just didn’t know any better.

      I’m watching the movie again tonight and trying my hand at Fries Quatro Queso Dos Fritos.

      Thanks again!

      P.S. I was going to post a pic but guess it isn’t possible on here.

  16. I made this for the Psych movie! It is amazing! My husband is already dreaming about adding it to Thanksgiving and Christmas menus.

    It is pretty sweet (not in a bad way) – I think even with the full 4Tb of cinnamon. Next time I’m trying five.

    Thanks for the awesome pie! I’m excited to try the pumpkin variation, I loved the texture of this. I might also try both fillings as a cinnamon pumpkin swirl pie!

  17. Several years ago I too turned to the internet to find a cinnamon pie recipe after watching psych. After several of the attempts of the ones I found, I was disappointed also. There must not be a good cinnamon pie recipe and it must really be fiction. And then, while rewatching (it’s on amazon prime for those who didn’t know), I came across this concept for pie again. And here is the first result for my search. This is a winner if I’ve ever tasted one. Everything about this pie is perfection. It easily surpasses my previous favorite pie, sweet potato, and I got all kinds of praise from all who ate it. Follow the instructions carefully about the crust, and it’ll be perfect. Don’t worry if the filling seems too liquidy, it’ll firm up in the oven and also when it cools. I hope that all who read this found as much success as I did! Excellent recipe to say the least.

  18. Watching the episode now. And had to Google cinnamon pie! This recipe sounds yummy. Will try this weekend. Thanks. Love Psych….

  19. I too am watching this episode now, funny how many people also wanted the pie. Will be making this tomorrow. Rewatching Psyched on Amazon,love the show.

  20. I too am now a lover of PSYCH I never watched it before last week. I saw the pie episode and being in the mood for something sweet….the rest is pie history! You site made me smile and hopefully I will be tasting some noteworthy pie!

  21. Question: want to make this with a frozen crust to save some time. I bake pumpkin pies with the frozen crust as is.
    I can do the same with this, right?
    The marbles and weighing down is only for making the crust yourself, correct?

    1. Correct! The marbles are for crusts that still need to be blind baked, or baked without the filling inside.

  22. After watching the Dual Spires episode, my husband requested a “cinnamon pie like the boys had” for his birthday. I found your recipe and can honestly say I will never make it any other way. Watching him take the first bite was just like watching Gus, a.k.a. Lodge Blackman, eat his. Exact same reaction! Thanks for helping to make his day even more special.

  23. Won a pie baking contest last year with a sweet potato pie (my current favorite pie), but I wanted to try something different when I defend my title. I JUST finished watching the Dual Spires episode on Amazon Prime and had to look for the recipe. I figured that if it’s that special, I had to try it. Thanks so much for doing the work, I’m not much of an experimental baker. I intend to try this a couple times this summer and am looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

  24. I won a local pie baking contest at school last year with a sweet potato pie (my current favorite pie), but I wanted to try something different when I defend my title this coming fall. I JUST finished watching the Dual Spires episode on Amazon Prime (again) and had to look for the recipe. I figured that if it’s that special, I had to try it. Thanks so much for doing the work, I’m not much of an experimental baker–yet. I intend to try this a couple times this summer and am looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

  25. Just saw the show on Hallmark and began a search for this pie look forward to making it. Can I use regular glass marbles?

    1. Some glass marbles are coated in non-food safe finishes. To be on the safe side, I’d recommend using dry beans or nuts instead, or placing a smaller cake or pie pan inide to weigh it down.

  26. I’m proud to be a psych-o; I miss the show to this day, always made me laugh. I miss the relationship between Shawn and Gus. No show can compare!

  27. Matti!! Thank you for that information! We just re-watched that episode last night, and I kept saying, “But they’re just eating PUMPKIN pie!!!” (I did not have any confirmation of that until your post, though.)
    The other thing I kept saying was, “IS THERE such a thing as cinnamon pie??…If there is, it is probably just your basic custard pie (buttermilk pie/chess pie/etc.) but with lots of cinnamon.”

    So I was happy to find this recipe with the cream cheese! I think that will give it a delightful texture compared to a buttermilk pie! Can’t wait to try it!

  28. Has anyone tried making this with a graham cracker crust? Just curious, because that sounded like it would go really well with this filling to me…..I could be wrong of course since I’ve never tasted this pie yet.

  29. So funny — I too googled cinnamon pie while in the middle of the Dual Spires episode! I couldn’t shake the craving for cinnamon pie. Of course the link I decided to click on was the one that mentioned Psych. This pie met my expectations, totally satisfying my craving! I will definitely be adding it to my pie repertoire.

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