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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

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


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


  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.


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.

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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46 comments on “S’mores Pie”

  1. Who could resist pie with chocolate filling and marshmallow topping?! If I would make it, whole pie would be just mine 😀

  2. A true crowd pleaser I’m sure:@)

  3. I love this pie, love the marsmallow and chocolate, it must be so good ! I have to try it 😉

  4. Pinned and pinned. Now if only I could have a slice in front of me.

  5. That is really creative.

  6. I’m definitely on board with your skinny tip today, Liz. I indulge every day (hmmm…although, I don’t seem to be staying quite as slim as you!). I’m glad you dusted off this S’mores pie recipe. 10 years is too long to go without eating this! It’s gorgeous and perfect. Those rich, creamy layers of chocolate and marshmallow are making me drool. I loved reading about your childhood memories camping and making s’mores. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my first s’mores until I was an adult (so sad!) so I have a lot of eating to do to make up for it!

  7. I can smell the campfire and taste this already!

    Gorgeous! And, reading your blog is calorie-free – Another reason to LOVE it and you!


  8. Wow! this looks so good!
    Will appreciate a slice, shall i give you my address 🙂

  9. I was one of the EXTREMELY fortunate people that got to eat this at her 4th of July pitch-in.
    It was truly scrumptious – heaven in your mouth. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
    THAT SKINNY CHICK CAN BAKE!!!!! Go ahead and eat the whole thing. It will be worth it.

    • Aw, thanks so much, Cathy! Now that you have the recipe, I hope you’ll give it a try! Otherwise, I may have to make it a tradition each 4th of July along with the grasshopper pie for Jeff 🙂

  10. That’s the trick. ‘one’ cookie. I love the idea of a s’mores pie. I always ended up wearing most of the traditional s’mores cooked outside.


    I can’t wait to make this, Liz. xx

  12. Wow! A decade-old pie in the making and this recipe has still withstood the test of time? That is my kind of s’more! I will most definitely be saving and sharing this one. Plus that chocolate creamy filling looks to-die for!

  13. This looks perfect for a patriotic celebration, actually any celebration. I think it would make an ordinary day a celebration. Love everything about this Liz, it is, to me, the American dream dessert!

  14. Oh my heavens this pie is simply fabulous!! I would love it unconditionally! I haven’t actually made a good dessert for the kids for a few weeks, but I’m thinking this one would be the perfect thing to surprise them with.

  15. mmmmmmm mmmm mmmmm! This pie looks so perfect! That homemade marshmallow topping in particular-lovely!

  16. This pie looks so addictive, who can resist that flavour 😀

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  17. This look amazing Lizzy! I love s’ mores:))

  18. Marshmallow and chocolate are a fun combo! Makes me feel like a child again 🙂

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  19. Might send this to my brother, he’s been wanting to make smore related things for a while now.

  20. Agreed, Liz. Life would be too sad without yummies like this scrumptious looking s’mores pie. Love the memories associated with this dessert <3

  21. Sweet and decadent! Your smore pie looks scrumptious, Liz.

  22. This would disappear from my table in minutes. As a lover of chocolate marshmallow ice cream, you can imagine how I would love this.

  23. You’re right completely irresistible!! WOAHHHHHHHH!

  24. I made one of these for 4th of July, too! It was very similar to this, except you got photos and I didn’t! It was gone way too fast. This is so good. And I love this skinny tip!

  25. What a gorgeous looking pie! I love s’mores and am definitely craving some of this pie! The creamy layers of chocolate and marshmallow are just perfect 🙂

  26. This looks awesome- i love anything s’mores flavored! What’s the consistency of the chocolate part? Is it like pudding or really dense??

  27. I’ve probably had six S’mores in my life. I could easily make up for that low number with this pie.

  28. The perfect summer pie, I love the toasted topping!

  29. What a great looking delicious all my favorites right on top pie! WOWZER!

  30. Liz! This is going to be dangerous. Dangerously GOOD! I’m in love!

  31. This is such a perfect summer dessert! And it’s a lot easier than making regular s’mores!

  32. I love the nostalgia that S’mores bring…the memories of family camping trips and campfires. While we don’t do that much anymore, we still have bonfires at home! I think this makes a great treat for special occasions when you have guests but no fire! 🙂 BTW, love your skinny tip!

  33. This is the best way to enjoy s’mores flavors — this looks wonderful!

  34. Smores Pie – who knew!!!! How wonderful and beautiful. You are SO creative Liz!

  35. I will definitely try this. It would be appropriate anytime this summer. I love how you decorated the top with the Hershey rectangles and graham crackers. Besides being delicious, I’m sure, it’s also clever. I will probably go with the marshmallows halved version of the topping. S’mores Pie. Great post.

  36. I haven’t had s’mores pie in years! This is making me one some stat!

  37. Oh my, that fudgy filling looks amazing!! I will take a slice please!

  38. S’mores and pie? What more could I need!

  39.!! This looks absolutely incredible and I am always down for s’mores flavored anything. The perfect summer dessert idea! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at Merry Monday this week!

  40. I haven’t had s’mores pie in years! This is making me one some stat!

  41. SO PRETTY! And I just love all things s’mores so this pie is totally a dream

  42. I definitely need to make this for the 4th!

  43. This was such a big hit with everyone! And it was so easy to make gluten free!!

  44. This is the best summer treat- my kids love it!! Taking classic flavors and putting it in a pie? Never a bad idea.

  45. Just made this for our early 4th of July party. My friends went crazy over it. Such a delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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