Mallomar Pie

November  7, 2015
4 Ratings
Photo by Alpha Smoot
  • Prep time 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Makes one 10-inch pie or tart
Author Notes

A slightly elevated version of the classic cookie, this pie contains a shortbread crust, a layer of dark chocolate ganache, silky-smooth marshmallow, and a deep, dark chocolate glaze. —Erin Jeanne McDowell

What You'll Need
  • For the crust:
  • 10 tablespoons (142 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (85 g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (240 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (35 g) chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) heavy cream
  • For the filling and topping:
  • 3/4 teaspoon powdered gelatin
  • 5 (177 g) egg whites
  • 1 cup (198 g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (170 g) light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces (340 g) dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Have ready a 10-inch tart pan.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
  3. Add the flour and salt and mix just until incorporated. Press the dough into the tart pan, and trim away the excess. Freeze until thoroughly chilled, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Dock all over with a fork. Place a piece of parchment over the crust and fill with pie weights. Bake until the crust is lightly golden brown, 15 to 17 minutes. Remove the parchment and pie weights, and brush the partially-baked dough with egg wash. Return to the oven and bake until fully baked, 5 to 10 minutes more. Cool completely.
  5. Place the chopped chocolate in a small, heat-safe bowl. Bring the cream to a boil over medium heat, and pour over the chocolate. Let sit for 15 seconds, then mix until smooth. Pour the chocolate into the cooled crust and spread into an even layer over the base. Let set completely.
  6. In a small bowl, bloom the gelatin in 2 tablespoons cool water for 5 minutes. Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whip attachment.
  7. In a medium pot, bring 1/4 cup water, the sugar, and the corn syrup to a simmer over medium heat. Stir until the mixture comes to a boil, then leave undisturbed. Boil until the mixture reads 235° F on a thermometer.
  8. When the sugar reaches 235° F, begin to whip the egg whites. The idea is to have them at soft peaks when your sugar reaches 245° F. Melt the gelatin in the microwave, 15 to 20 seconds.
  9. With the mixer running, pour the sugar syrup in a slow, steady stream into the egg whites. Add the vanilla and the melted gelatin. Continue to whisk on medium-high speed until the mixture is cool to the touch, 7 to 8 minutes.
  10. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the crust and used a greased offset spatula to form a sort of dome shape (like a Mallomar). Work quickly, as the gelatin will start to set. Once you’re happy with the shape, let the mixture set completely.
  11. To make the topping, melt the chocolate and coconut oil together over a pot of simmering water.
  12. Once the marshmallow is set, use a ladle to gently pour the chocolate over the marshmallow in an even layer. Some will pool around the edges—that’s okay, but try to minimize it as much as possible. Let the whole tart set at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

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5 Reviews

Sami R. January 9, 2016
This pie tasted OK, but was not at all worth the effort. I made it for my family for the holidays (marshmallow lovers!) and everyone thought it was too sweet. Having read the comment below about timing, I started very early in the day (around 9am). Still, this pie cannot be completed in a day. I added the last layer of chocolate before the marshmallow was set and still ended up cutting in before the chocolate set on the top. This led to a drippy mess on day one, and the following day the marshmallow had wept all over the plate.

I would plan at least two days to make this pie start to finish. Let the marshmallow set overnight and then top with the last layer of chocolate the next morning planning to serve in the evening.

I thought the pie improved a bit as it sat for a couple of days.
Maggie S. November 26, 2015
Some estimated times for all the various layers to cool/set would have been really helpful. I didn't realize the chocolate layer on the bottom was going to take so long to set and I'm not sure I'll be able to finish this pie for my dinner party tonight.
Molly D. November 20, 2015
How far in advance can you make this? Would it be okay to make the day before serving?
HERMINE F. November 16, 2015
I love, love your recipes, but I am french and for me tablespoons unsalted butter is impossible to translate. Would it be possible to add the weight in grams ?
Thank you very much
Lori T. November 17, 2015
One tablespoon of butter - or other solid fat for that matter- will weigh just slightly over 14 grams. For the purposes of this recipe you will need 114.75 grams of butter. Since it's for the crust, you don't have to be quite that accurate. If you are a bit under at 114.5 grams, it should do just fine. When using American recipes, keep in mind that our butter is normally sold by the pound, cut into four equal sticks. Each stick is 1/2 cup, roughly 113 to 114 grams each. Our recipes may call for the butter or margarine by the stick or tablespoon, as a rule. In the future, should you need to convert from our system to metric, try using
They have conversions for the most common ingredients.