Mississippi Mud Pie is made with Oreo crust, gooey chocolate filling, and a layer of whipped cream all topped in pecans and chocolate sauce.
Unlike our recipe for Frozen Mud Pie, which is made with layers of chocolate ice cream and coffee ice cream, this Dessert Recipe has a chocolate cookie crust, a brownie layer, and a whipped cream topping. Both recipes are equally delicious, it just depends on if you’re in the mood for a frozen treat or baked chocolate dessert.
Ultimate Mississippi Mud Pie is an indulgent dessert that you won’t be able to get enough of. The easy crust is made with chocolate wafer cookies and butter, and ready with just a 10 minute cook time. Then you get to add the rich brownie center. After the chocolate pie bakes and cools, you can add the fluffy whipped cream, cookie crumbs, crunchy pecans, and chocolate syrup to finish the amazing pie.
Why is it called a Mississippi Mud Pie?
If you’re new to this delicious chocolate dessert, you might be curious about the name. Well, as you can probably guess, the pie originates from Mississippi. The cracked surface of the chocolate layer reminded people of the river clay, so it got its name from the Mississippi river mud.
Just like Dirt Cake gets its name from the topping of chocolate crumbs, the deep chocolatey color is what gave the indulgent dessert its name. So, don’t worry, it definitely doesn’t taste anything like mud.
- Oreos: Oreos are such a versatile dessert ingredient. In this recipe, they work to make the crispy chocolate crust as well as a chocolate crumb topping for the Mississippi Mud Pie.
- Unsweetened chocolate: For the brownie layer, we’ve used melted chocolate. The real chocolate mixed with butter makes a much richer base for the chocolate pie than cocoa powder would.
- Espresso powder: The espresso powder adds a little bit of coffee taste to the recipe, and the slightly bitter flavor enhances the rich chocolatey taste.
- Whipped topping: Whipped cream topping is super easy to make in this recipe with just heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Simply whip the three together and spoon the mixture onto the Mississippi Mud Pie.
HOW TO MAKE
- Chocolate cookie crust: Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees. Then add the chocolate sandwich cookies to your food processor, and pulse until they’re in small crumbs. Add the melted butter, and continue to process until the crumbs are moistened. Reserve 2 tablespoons, and press the rest into the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate. Then bake for 10 minutes. Give the crust time to cool while you make the brownie layer.
- Brownie layer: Add the butter and chocolate to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir the chocolate mixture as it melts. Then remove from heat, and stir in the flour and salt. Once that’s combined add the sugar, corn syrup, espresso powder, and vanilla. Then add the eggs one at a time until the mixture is smooth.
- Bake time: Pour the chocolate layer over the cookie crust. Then put it in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Continue to bake chocolate pie until it sets and the top begins to crack. It will still be gooey inside with a delicious crisp top. Let the pie cool on a wire rack for 2 hours.
- Whipped Topping: Beat heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a stand mixer until soft peaks form. Then top the pie off with the cream. Drizzle on chocolate syrup and sprinkle on the pecans and reserved cookie crumbs to finished the Mississippi Mud Pie.
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- Coffee: There are lots of variations on mud pie, and one way people love to prepare it is with a chocolate and coffee mixture. This recipe already has that from the espresso powder in the brownie layer. But, for even more coffee flavor you can top the brownie layer off with softened coffee ice cream. Or, just serve coffee ice cream on the side. You can also sprinkle espresso powder over the top to finish.
- Raspberry Mud Pie: Another flavor you can add is a delicious fruit filling. Simply buy canned raspberry filling and pour a layer of it between the chocolate and whipped cream layers.
- Toppings: There are so many other delicious toppings that you can add to Ultimate Mississippi Mud Pie. Try sprinkling on chocolate flakes, chopped peanuts, or almonds. You could also drizzle on Caramel Sauce or melted peanut butter over the pie.
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HOW TO STORE
- Serve: Because of the Whipped topping, you shouldn’t leave Mississippi Mud Pie at room temperature for more than an hour or so. It’ll do best if you keep it in the fridge when you’re not cutting slices.
- Store: Then if you have leftovers, you can store the dish in the freeze. Seal the pie carefully and keep it in the freezer for 4-6 months. For best results, leave the whipped cream and other toppings off if you don’t think you’ll finish the pie all at once. Then the pie will freeze better, and you can add the whipped cream and other toppings to each slice as you serve them.
Make the crust:
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Pulse the Oreos in a food processor until finely ground. Add the melted butter and process until moistened.
- Reserve 2 tablespoons of the chocolate crumb mixture for topping, then press the rest into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate.
- Bake until set, about 10 minutes; transfer to a rack and let cool.
- Melt the butter and chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring.
- Remove from the heat, then stir in the flour and salt until smooth.
- Stir in the sugar, corn syrup, espresso powder and vanilla.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring until smooth.
- Pour the filling into the prepared crust and bake until set and cracked on top (like a brownie), about 30 minutes.
- Transfer to a rack and let cool slightly, about 2 hours (the pie should still be slightly warm).
- Beat the heavy cream, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla with a mixer until soft peaks form.
- Top the pie with the whipped cream, pecans, and reserved chocolate crumb mixture.
- Drizzle with chocolate sauce.