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This fudgy S’mores Pie with a marshmallow topping drew such rave reviews at our 4th of July party that it just may become a yearly tradition! A graham cracker crust, fudgy chocolate filling, and marshmallow topping make this pie a quintessential Independence Day treat!

The traditional s’mores graham cracker sandwich filled with a charred, gooey marshmallow and melty chocolate can take a back seat to this dreamy pie. My family adores this sophisticated dessert that was inspired by a simple campfire treat.

S'mores Pie slice on a white dessert plate

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S’mores Pie: Totally Irresistible

As the 4th of July drew near, I realized I had no red, white and blue recipes to make for our annual neighborhood gathering. But I thought back to the S’mores pie I created years ago.  S’mores evoke memories of our summer holidays in Colorado where we’d hike to our favorite picnic area nestled among the pines along the Roaring Fork River.

After our brats or burgers were grilled, it was time to hunt down the perfect toasting sticks for our marshmallows. We’d all lose at least one to the fire and have one incinerated to a crisp without achieving that ideal brown exterior with a soft gooey interior.

Sandwiched between sweet graham crackers with a few squares of a Hershey bar, my sisters and I savored these campfire classics. Pure Americana, and a slightly more elegant version that’s an ideal way to celebrate the birthday of our country.

S'mores Pie topped with chocolate candy and mini marshmallows in a white pie plate

Perfect 4th of July Dessert

This recipe was published in Gourmet magazine in 2006, so it’s been over a decade since I initially served this at our 4th of July pitch-in dinner. Even at this second go ’round, my friends were impressed that the graham cracker crust and fudgy filling were topped with a homemade marshmallow layer.

I got out my handy, dandy mini-torch and bruleed the top to give the look of a toasted marshmallow. This was the first dessert to disappear!

A slice of S'mores Pie on a dessert plate with a red handled fork

Tips for Making this S’mores Pie Recipe:

The graham cracker crust and ganache filling are pretty basic and easy to prepare. It’s the marshmallow topping that can be tricky. Here are some suggestions for making a perfect batch:

  • Make sure to track down and purchase plain, unflavored gelatin which can be found at most major supermarkets. It will give the topping its structure. I use Knox brand.
  • The gelatin must be proofed or bloomed in cold water before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.
  • You will need to make a sugar syrup which involves heating sugar, water, and corn syrup up to 260º. You need an accurate candy thermometer to monitor the temperature of this liquid as it cooks.
  • This marshmallow topping needs a long whipping time to go from frothy to thick and white. Using a stand mixer will definitely make the process easier, but it can also be made with a hand mixer and some patience.
  • An alternative is to buy large marshmallows and cut them in half making short rounds. Cover the surface of the pie with these marshmallow rounds and use a culinary torch to brown. This could probably be done under your oven’s broiler, but watch carefully so the marshmallows don’t burn.

More Chocolate Pie Recipes You’ll Love:

Nicknamed S’mores as a shortened version of “‘some more,” my family loves all s’mores inspired desserts. I’ve made s’mores cookies, cookie cake, and bars as well as this pie.

What’s your favorite 4th of July dessert? Do you have a tradition? Let me know in the comments.

S'mores Pie - the quintessential summer picnic dessert

S’mores Pie

A graham cracker crust, fudgy chocolate filling, and marshmallow topping make this pie a quintessential Independence Day treat!

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield 8 servings

Ingredients

For graham cracker crust:

  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

For chocolate filling:

  • 7 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature

For marshmallow topping:

  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin (I used Knox brand)
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Mix together melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, and sugar. Pat into a greased, 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 12 minutes or till lightly browned. Cool completely.
  2. When the crust is cool, preheat oven to 350° again. Put chocolate in a large bowl. Bring cream just to a boil in a heavy saucepan (or microwave in a large Pyrex measuring cup till cream starts to boil), then pour hot cream over chocolate. Let stand a minute or two, then whisk until chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Whisk in egg and a pinch of salt until combined and pour into prepared crust.
  3. Cover the edge of pie with foil and bake until filling is almost set, about 25 minutes. Remove to rack and cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.
  4. To make marshmallow topping, sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup cold water in the metal bowl of your stand mixer (or another large heatproof bowl if using a hand mixer)and let stand until softened, about 1 minute.
  5. Stir together sugar, corn syrup, a pinch of salt, and remaining 1/4 cup water in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Boil until liquid reaches 260º.
  6. Begin beating water and gelatin mixture medium speed, then carefully and slowly pour in hot syrup avoiding the sides of the bowl and beaters. When all of the syrup is added, increase speed to high and continue beating for about 5 minutes. Add vanilla and beat until combined, then spoon onto center of the pie, spreading to edges with an offset spatula if needed. Chill, uncovered, 1 hour, then cover loosely with plastic wrap sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and chill 3 hours.
  7. To serve, brown top using a hand held kitchen torch or place pie on baking sheet, cover sides with foil and broil (about 4 inches from element) for about 3 minutes or till top is golden brown. Cool about 10 minutes before cutting.
  8. For easiest slicing, dip a large knife into hot water, dry knife and slice.Repeat.

Notes

The topping can be rather finicky, so if you'd rather, you can cut large marshmallows in half and place them over the filling. Use a culinary torch to brown.

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Skinny Tip

I’m offering a series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature tips on some of my upcoming blog posts.

Tip #31: You can eat the foods you crave on occasion. Have a small sliver of this S’mores Pie. Just don’t eat the whole thing!! I eat a cookie most nights after dinner and have managed to maintain my weight. I think deprivation can often lead to binge eating. So give yourself a break!

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