8 servings

Double-strength coffee is reduced to a potent syrup that is mixed with milk to make a café au lait-flavored filling. Traditional chiffon pies are made with gelatin, but this simpler version uses marshmallows to achieve its volume and texture. Since the filling is not cooked, be sure to use pasteurized egg whites.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare crust, combine cracker crumbs and 2 tablespoons sugar, stirring well with a whisk. Add butter and 1 egg white; toss with a fork until moist. Press mixture into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes; cool completely on a wire rack.

Step 3

To prepare filling, brew water and coffee in a coffee maker according to manufacturer's directions. Place brewed coffee in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 1/3 cup (about 15 minutes). Add marshmallows and milk. Cook over medium heat until marshmallows melt, stirring constantly. Pour mixture into a large bowl; cover and let stand until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally (about 30 minutes).

Step 4

Place 2 egg whites in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Gradually add 2 tablespoons sugar, beating at high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold half of egg white mixture into marshmallow mixture; gently fold in remaining egg white mixture. Fold in 1 2/3 cups whipped topping. Spoon filling into prepared crust. Cover with plastic wrap; chill until firm (about 5 hours to overnight).

Step 5

Cut pie into 8 wedges. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon whipped topping (reserve remaining whipped topping for another use); sprinkle each serving with about 1 teaspoon grated semisweet chocolate.

Ratings & Reviews

Just ok

November 12, 2015
I made this when the recipe first came out and obviously liked it well enough to save it.  Tried it again today and despite the face that I obviously didn't melt the marshmallows quite enough, there just wasn't enough of a coffee flavor to make this a keeper.  CL has many other mocha recipes that are much better, IMO.  I did like the chocolate graham cracker crust though.

jvs007's Review

November 20, 2013

AltheaVet's Review

December 13, 2011
I thought this picture looked so good I had to add it to our Thanksgiving dessert table. After the part where the marshmallows are melted I tasted it and, indeed, it was too sweet. What to do. I added some salt to cut the sweetness and melted a square of unsweetened chocolate into it to make a mocha pie. It turned out to be the most popular of 6 desserts and it was fantastic. I didn't give it 5 stars because the recipe as written simply would have been too sweet.

nwilker's Review

May 22, 2011
I made this for a girls weekend. It was just ok, the gals enjoyed it though. Pretty easy- make sure to use a big enough sauce pan! I used regular graham crackers - just noticed now it said chocolate. Still tasted good!

KeyLimePie's Review

September 12, 2010
Way too sweet for my taste.