My absolute favorite part about summer is roasting s’mores over a campfire, and this recipe is the upscale, PIE version of that experience! This idea was inspired by how much I love using Reese’s cups in my s’mores instead of plain chocolate; the addition of salty, savory peanut butter is heavenly in addition to the classic s’mores ingredients. This pie does take a little while to make because it has several layers, but most of that time is spent waiting for different parts of the pie to chill or set, not because the recipe is difficult! At the end, you’ll be rewarded with a slice of gorgeous, distinct, Instagram-worthy layers: a salty, crunchy crust, a thick, rich chocolate ganache, and a light peanut butter mousse, all piled high with fluffy meringue. We couldn’t call this s’mores if it didn’t get kissed by fire, so the final step is torching the meringue for that smoky, charred campfire touch!
1. Plan Ahead
This pie does take some time, but most of that is for a layer to chill or set in the fridge, so you do get to relax in between! It can also easily be made ahead, and then torched right in front of your guests for an even more impressive party experience.
2. Meringue vs Marshmallow
I absolutely love marshmallows, but they’re not right as a pie topping due to their gelatin content. They’re just a little too dense and chewy as a pie topping, so meringue has an almost identical flavor profile with a much better texture!
3. Don’t like PB?
If you don’t like or can’t eat peanut butter, this recipe is very accommodating! You can substitute an equal amount of any other nut butter you like, or even omit the peanut butter layer entirely.