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Ultimate Mississippi Mud Pie

This ultimate Mississippi Mud Pie recipe is a rich, chocolatey dessert with layers of flavor. It is perfect for satisfying any sweet tooth.

March 22, 2024
Mississippi Mud PiePhoto By Canva
Difficulty Easy
Servings 8 people
Preparation 150 mins
Cooking 50 mins
Total 200 mins



Prepare the Crust

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. In a bowl, mix the crushed chocolate cookies with melted butter until well combined.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie dish.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and let cool while you prepare the filling.

Make the Filling

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, and flour.
  2. Add the beaten eggs, melted butter, brewed coffee, and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Pour the chocolate mixture into the cooled cookie crust.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the filling is set but still slightly jiggly in the center.
  5. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack.

Prepare the Topping

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.
  2. Spread the whipped cream over the cooled pie.
  3. Garnish with chocolate shavings or a dusting of cocoa powder.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Mississippi Mud Pie
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32 g41%
Protein 5 g10%
Sodium 250 mg10.9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use room temperature eggs and butter for the filling to ensure a smooth mixture without lumps.
  • Ensure the cookie crumbs are finely crushed for a firm and even crust. A food processor works best, but a rolling pin and a ziplock bag can also do the job.
  • For a crunchier base, chill the crust in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before baking.
  • Avoid overbaking. The filling should be set but slightly wobbly in the center when you take it out of the oven. It will firm up as it cools.
  • Allow the pie to cool completely before adding the whipped cream topping to prevent it from melting.
  • For the best flavor and texture, use cold heavy cream for the topping and beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Adjust the amount of brewed coffee based on your preference for a stronger or milder coffee flavor.
  • Use high-quality chocolate shavings or unsweetened cocoa powder for a professional touch.
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Indulge in the rich, irresistible flavors of the South with this classic Mississippi Mud Pie. Known for its dense, gooey chocolate filling, crunchy cookie crust, and heavenly whipped cream topping, this dessert is a chocolate lover's dream come true. Perfect for special occasions or a luxurious weekend treat, this recipe will guide you through creating the ultimate comfort dessert that's sure to wow your guests and satisfy your chocolate cravings.

Origins of The Mississippi Mud Pie

Mississippi Mud Pie is a decadent dessert that has delighted taste buds for generations. Its origins are somewhat murky, much like the banks of the Mississippi River itself. This dessert is believed to have emerged in the southern United States, where traditional recipes and hearty, comforting foods are cherished. The "mud" part of its name likely comes from the dense, fudgy consistency of the chocolate filling, reminiscent of the thick, muddy waters of the Mississippi River.

The classic Mississippi Mud Pie recipe has undergone numerous transformations over the years, leading to various interpretations. Traditionally, this pie features a crumbly chocolate crust, a rich chocolate filling, and a smooth, airy layer of whipped cream on top. Some versions of the recipe, known as Mississippi Mud Cake, lean more towards a dense chocolate cake layered with marshmallow or whipped cream and sprinkled with nuts.
Whether you're making the classic pie version or the more cake-like variant, each rendition of the Mississippi Mud Pie offers a unique twist on this deeply chocolatey treat. From family gatherings to festive celebrations, the Mississippi Mud Pie remains a beloved dessert, combining the richness of chocolate with the comfort of a homemade pie. Over time, the easy Mississippi Mud Pie recipe has become a go-to for home cooks seeking to recreate the flavors of the South in their kitchens, making it a staple of American dessert cuisine.


Mississippi Mud Pie is a versatile dessert that lends itself to various adaptations. Whether you want to tweak the recipe to accommodate dietary preferences or simply try something new, here are some variations on the traditional Mississippi Mud Pie recipe:

1. No-Bake Mississippi Mud Pie:

For a cooler version, especially great during summer, opt for a no-bake crust made from crushed Oreos mixed with melted butter. For the filling, mix chocolate pudding with whipped cream and layer over the crust, then chill until set. This easy Mississippi mud pie recipe eliminates the need for an oven.

2. Mississippi Mud Pie with Ice Cream:

Swap out the traditional chocolate filling for a layer of your favorite chocolate or coffee ice cream. Let the ice cream soften slightly, then spread it over the cooled crust and freeze until firm. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings before serving.

3. Vegan Mississippi Mud Pie:

Make a vegan version using a dairy-free cookie crust, a filling of chocolate avocado mousse (blend ripe avocados with cocoa powder, vegan chocolate, and sweetener), and coconut whipped cream as a topping.

4. White Chocolate Mississippi Mud Pie:

For a twist on the classic, use white chocolate in both the filling and the topping. This variation offers a sweeter, less intense chocolate flavor and pairs beautifully with a raspberry coulis or fresh berries.

5. Gluten-Free Mississippi Mud Pie:

Create a gluten-free version by using a mix of crushed gluten-free cookies and nuts for the base. Ensure that all other ingredients, such as chocolate and baking powder, are certified gluten-free.

6. Mississippi Mud Pie Brownies:

Combine the concepts of mud pie and brownies by baking a layer of fudgy brownies as the base. Top with a layer of marshmallow fluff or mini marshmallows, then finish with a layer of chocolate pudding and whipped cream.

7. Mocha Mississippi Mud Pie:

Incorporate a coffee twist into your mud pie by adding a shot of espresso or strong coffee into the chocolate filling, and garnish with chocolate-covered espresso beans for an extra caffeine kick.

8. Peanut Butter Mississippi Mud Pie:

Add a layer of creamy peanut butter under the chocolate filling or mix peanut butter into your chocolate mixture for a rich and nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with the chocolate.

9. Mississippi Mud Pie Cake:

Transform the pie into a cake by using chocolate cake layers instead of a crumb crust. Layer the cake with traditional mud pie filling and top with whipped cream and chocolate curls.

Each of these variations maintains the spirit of the classic Mississippi mud pie recipe while offering a new twist on the beloved dessert. Feel free to experiment and find the combination that best suits your taste buds.

What To Serve with Mississippi Mud Pie?

Mississippi Mud Pie is a rich and decadent dessert that pairs perfectly with a variety of accompaniments.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Mississippi Mud Pie:

How To Store Mississippi Mud Pie?

Storing your Mississippi Mud Pie correctly is crucial to maintain its rich flavor and moist texture. Here's how to do it:

Refrigerator Storage:

  • Before storing, ensure the Mississippi Mud Pie has cooled completely to room temperature after baking and chilling. This prevents condensation inside the container, which could make the crust soggy.
  • If your pie dish has a lid, you can use that to cover the pie. Otherwise, transfer the pie to an airtight container, or tightly wrap the pie dish with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, ensuring no air can get in.
  • Place the covered pie in the refrigerator. The Mississippi Mud Pie can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. The cold environment helps to keep the filling firm and preserves the freshness of the whipped cream topping.

Freezer Storage:

  • If you need to store the pie for longer, the Mississippi Mud Pie can be frozen. Wrap the entire pie or individual slices tightly in plastic wrap, then again in aluminum foil to protect against freezer burn and odor absorption.
  • Mark the wrapped pie with the current date. Properly stored, the pie can last in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • When ready to enjoy, thaw the pie in the refrigerator overnight. Do not try to thaw it quickly at room temperature as this can affect the texture and taste.

Serving After Storage:

Refreshing the Pie: If the pie has been in the refrigerator, let it sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving to enhance the flavors and make the pie more enjoyable.

Re-whipping the Cream: If the whipped cream topping loses its texture, you can whip additional cream and spread it on top of the pie before serving for a fresh touch.

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