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!

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Toffee Dream Pie
Prep Time
15 mins
Resting Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 15 mins
This Toffee Dream Pie recipe is a family heirloom; my mom has been making this marshmallow and candy dessert since 1967. It’s super rich and delicious!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: toffee pie
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 218 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup diced toasted almonds
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 7 ounce jar marshmallow creme
  • 5 chocolate-covered toffee bars 3/4 ounce each (like Heath, crushed or 2/3 cup packaged toffee bits
  1. In sauté pan, melt butter. Add flour, almonds, and honey, stirring constantly until the mixture is crumbly and brown. Set aside 1/3 cup mixture for topping. Press the remainder into the bottom and up sides of 8-inch pie pan. Cool.
  2. In mixing bowl, whip cream until stiff. Fold in marshmallow crème and candy. Spoon into crust carefully. The crumb crust is crumbly so it may pull apart if you try to spread the filling in the pan. Dollop it all around and then spread once you know the crumb crust is in place.
  3. Sprinkle reserved topping over top. Freeze until firm.
Recipe Notes

You can use Cool-Whip instead of making it homemade, but it will make the pie a little on the sweeter side. 

Nutrition Facts
Toffee Dream Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 96mg4%
Potassium 25mg1%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 449IU9%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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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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