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.

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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:

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Are you looking for more good cheap eats?

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

  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. Where did you get that awesome pie server??

  8. 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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