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Make A Delicious Malted Milk Ball Pie


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Yummy Malted Milk Ball Pie Recipe

malted milk ball pie

This delicious Malted Milk Ball Pie is what happens when an ice cream shop meets movie theater candy. It’s the perfect summer dessert and so easy to make ahead!

This recipe goes back many years, and a wave of nostalgia hit me when I ran across it. One of the best parts of going to the movies in my younger days was always the candy! 

Would it be Junior Mints, Milk Duds, or maybe Hot Tamales? I hated Mike and Ikes and Swedish Fish! Eww, just plain gross, ugh!! For me, it was Whoppers all the way! I loved the chocolate coating and the way the crisp, light insides melted in my mouth. Hey, I still do!

Malted Milk Ball Pie Is A Throwback Recipe From The 1970s

When I stumbled upon this recipe in my old Betty Jane’s cookbook from our country gift store, memories of summers on the farm came flooding back. I knew I had to make it again.

cookbook with malted milk ball pie recipe

The 70s were exciting years for me. I got married, had two little girls, moved to a farm, and started my own business! I had tons of energy and loved cooking for my growing little family. I was always looking for the next exciting new recipe, even then, long before I started writing about food!

The Easiest Pie Crust Recipe Ever

I made malted milk ball pie in a graham cracker crust back then. A graham cracker crust or a chocolate crust, homemade or store-bought, would still work just fine. But I found a super easy way to make an excellent traditional pie crust without cold butter or a rolling pin!

It is so easy a child can make it, so I named it Patty Cake Pie Crust! This recipe has been around for years! You make it with vegetable oil. This crust appeals to me because the slightly salty taste and crisp flakiness complement the pie’s sweet, creamy filling and topping.

Yield: 10 servings

Patty Cake Pie Crust

pie crust

A quick and easy fool-proof pie crust recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring optional


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir with a fork until all the flour is incorporated and the dough forms a ball.
  2. Put the dough in the center of a 9" pie plate and using your hands, pat the dough gently into place.
  3. You can flute the edges with your fingers.
  4. If baking the crust without a filling, prick holes all over the bottom of the crust with a fork before baking.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown, about 12-15 minutes. Cool before filling.

Make The Easy Malted Milk Ball Pie Filling

Combine the softened vanilla ice cream with malted milk ball powder and stir in crushed malted milk balls! It was kinda fun to smack the malted milk balls in a baggie with my wooden rolling pin! It conjures up a game of “whack-a-malt!” Of course, I popped a few in my mouth for old-time’s sake!

whack a malt

Park The Pie In The Freezer While You Whip Up The Tasty Topping

ready for topping

The topping is nothing more than whipping cream with more malted milk powder and a bit of marshmallow creme! Beat it until it holds nice peaks, then spread it on top of the pie.

All that’s left to do is garnish it with the rest of the crushed malted milk balls. TaDa! A wonderful pie you can make ahead and keep in the freezer until you need it.

Oh boy! So good and rich that you only need a small slice to satisfy your sweet tooth! Easy enough to make, you can whip one up in a few minutes and keep it stashed in your freezer for a yummy treat whenever you want!

Yield: 10 servings

Malted Milk Ball Pie

malted milk ball pie

A tasty ice cream pie that's a cross between a favorite movie theatre candy and a trip to the malt shop!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes


  • One prepared 9" pie crust of your choice
  • 1 Quart Vanilla Ice Cream, softened
  • 1/2 cup crushed malted milk balls
  • 3 Tbsp Malted Milk Ball Powder
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream very cold
  • 3 Tbsp marshmallow creme
  • 3 Tbsp malted milk powder
  • 1/2 cup malted milk balls, crushed


    1. Combine softened ice cream with 3 T malted milk powder and 1/2 cup crushed malted milk balls.
    2. Stir until everything is blended
    3. Spoon the ice cream filling into the prepared crust
    4. Put the pie in the freezer while making the topping.
    5. To make the topping, combine whipping cream, marshmallow creme, and three tablespoons of malted milk powder.
    6. Beat until peaks form and stand.
    7. Spread the topping over the pie, and garnish with remaining crushed malted milk balls.
    8. Freeze for at least three hours.
    9. Take the pie out of the freezer 15 minutes before serving so it can soften a little bit.

    Summertime is ice cream time! We can’t get enough of the cold stuff! Try this yummy pie! The recipe has been around long enough for a whole generation to grow up, and now I’m making it for grandkids! What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

    Here are a few other cool, creamy, make-ahead desserts to try this summer! Light and Luscious Pistachio Dessert, also from the 70s. No-Bake Layered Lemon Dessert, Rhubarb Swirl, Chocolate Cream Puff Dessert.

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