Nanna’s Toffee Dream Pie – A Must-Make

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This recipe is a family heirloom; my mom has been making Toffee Dream since 1967. It’s the dessert worth fighting for.

Nanna's Toffee Dream Pie | Life as Mom

My mom found this recipe in one of my Gramma John’s cookbooks in 1967. It has been a family favorite for over 40 years now. Someone in our family is for sure making it on Thanksgiving or Christmas.

The story goes that in their newlywed days, my mom and dad would see who could wake before the other in the middle of the night in order to sneak the last piece. Imagine the disappointment of opening the freezer door to find an empty pie plate!

Thankfully, FishPapa says it’s too sweet for him, so I don’t have to fight him for it. Mom now makes hers with Cool Whip instead of whipping cream. It is easier that way, but much sweeter. I prefer it the traditional way. You choose what works for you.

Despite what my mom and sister say, the crust is a pain to make. You basically create cookie crumbs in a skillet. Be sure that all the pieces brown or it will taste gummy. That said, the pie is definitely worth making.

And just between you and me, you don’t have to wait for the holidays to do it!

Kitchen tools you’ll need:

Nanna's Toffee Dream Pie | Life as Mom

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Originally published July 21, 2008. Updated November 17, 2016.

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  1. Mama Koala says

    Yum, yum! I can’t wait to try this–thanks for sharing!

  2. Rebekah says

    That sounds really decadent. I love new recipes….and this pie is sure to be a keeper. Thanks!

  3. Lauren says

    That sounds delicious! I need more dessert recipes for church potlucks, we don’t eat many of them at home due to my hubby’s diabetes, so it’s great to know there’s some tried and true recipes in my file!

  4. kristi juette says

    Sounds delicious! In order to substitute cool whip for the whipping cream, is it just one small container? Thanks.

  5. Ginger says

    Would purchasing a crumb crust be a bad plan? The crust sounds a disaster waiting to happen with me at the helm! :- D

    • It would certainly be easy! If you can get the shortbread kind or chocolate, that might be better than graham cracker. Great idea!

  6. Brighid says

    I’m making this for pie night we’re having with friends on Friday! I’m betting no one else will make something like this and it sounds like a complete winner. 🙂

  7. Kim S says

    Where did you get that awesome pie server??

  8. Kim says

    Your mom is one of my professors and we’ve become friends. She called me today while she was making this. I saw it last year and its on my menu for Thursdsy!!!

  9. Rebecca says

    All of my pie pans are 9.5inch… we like pie 😀 should i make the crust 1.5 times or will the original recipe work?

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