Mississippi Mud Pie

mississippi mud pie recipe

Mississippi Mud Pie

Happy Fourth of July! Happy Birthday America! Happy 91st Birthday Mimi ( my maternal grandmother and the matriarch of our family )! Happy Birthday Emily ( my 9-year old niece )! There are so many reasons to celebrate today. So let’s eat cake — or Mississippi Mud Pie!

Mississippi Mud Pie is a down-home, unfussy sweet I associate with July 4th family get-togethers. There are countless variations, but our family recipe relies on a baked pecan crust and a rich, chocolatey pudding layer which represents the muddy banks of the Mississippi. It’s a simple, nostalgic, New Orleans-style, feel-like-kid-again dessert. Enjoy!

Mississippi Mud Pie Recipe
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1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1 stick butter, melted
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 16-ounce container Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed and divided
1 5.1-ounce package chocolate fudge instant pudding

GARNISH: 1/4 cup candy bar shavings (I use Hershey’s milk chocolate), 1/4 cup chopped pecans or peanuts and 6 maraschino cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine flour, pecans and butter; press firmly and evenly over the bottom of a lightly greased 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Bake until set and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

mississipi mud pie
Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and 2 cups Cool Whip in the bowl of an electric mixer with whisk attachment; beat until smooth. Spread cream mixture evenly over pecan crust.

Make chocolate pudding according to package directions; pour over cream chess layer.

Top with remaining Cool Whip. Garnish with candy bar shavings, chopped nuts and maraschino cherries. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves 12.


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4 Responses
  1. kimberly boswell says:

    my favorite!!!!!

  2. Iris Johnson says:

    This is the MS Mud Pie recipe I wanted. Thanks!

  3. cindy says:

    I’ve used this same recipe for about 15 years from my mother in law but I use two packages of cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups of whipped cream, 2tsp vanilla extract & 2 cups of powdered sugar in the bottom layer to make that portion stand out the most. I also add a tsp of vanilla to the chocolate pudding

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