Mississippi Mud Pie

Take a look at that beauty. That is a prime example of what happens when I let Quinn pick out dessert. Now, take a look at the recipe. That is also what happens when I let Quinn pick dessert.

So, here’s what we have. First, there’s the amazing Oreo crust that is sufficiently thick to hold up all of this deliciousness. Next is a flourless chocolate cake with just the right amount of coffee flavor. To top that off, there’s a chocolate pudding that would be an impressive dessert on its own. Then, just in case all that isn’t enough, there’s a lovely, thick layer of sweetened whipped cream on top.

Mississippi Mud Pie is a delicious combination of chocolate, coffee, more chocolate, even more chocolate, and whipped cream. Fabulous!

Before anyone gets discouraged, I should tell you that there is nothing difficult about making this dessert. It is certainly time-consuming and a labor of love. The crust and cake layer can easily be made a day in advance. That leaves the pudding layer and the whipped cream for the next day. That also leaves your sanity mostly intact.

Mississippi Mud Pie is a must for chocolate lovers. So, so good!

Of the labor-intensive desserts I’ve successfully made, there’s only one other that comes to mind as being worth all the effort. It’s probably no coincidence that it also comes to us from the guys at Baked and one of my favorite cookbooks, Baked Explorations.

Every minute spent making this cake/pie/pudding was definitely worth it. Bookmark this one for a special occasion. Make up an occasion if necessary. It’s just that good.

Mississippi Mud Pie

Mississippi Mud Pie


    For the crust:
  • 16 ounces Oreos (about 35-40 cookies)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For the cake:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate (60-70%), chopped
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua (or strong coffee at room temperature)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • For the chocolate pudding:
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 & 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate (60-70%)
  • For the whipped cream:
  • 1 & 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar


To make the crust:

Preheat oven to 300°. Lightly spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line pan with parchment. Spray parchment and sides of pan.

Place cookies in food processor and grind to a fine crumb. Transfer the crumbs (about 3 & 1/2 cups) to a small bowl. Pour melted butter over crumbs. Mix until combined.

Using the back of a spoon or your hands, press crumbs evenly into bottom and up sides of prepared pan. Place pan in freezer for about 10 minutes to let crust set.

Bake 10 minutes, or until crust is dry to the touch. Cool in pan on wire rack.

To make the cake:

Increase oven temperature to 350°.

Melt butter and chocolate in microwave or double boiler. Set aside to cool.

Whisk together espresso powder, Kahlua (or coffee), salt, and vanilla. Set aside.

Using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, beat egg yolks with 1/2 cup sugar until mixture is light and almost doubled in volume (about 5 minutes). Add chocolate mixture and beat until just combined. Scrape down sides and mix on low speed for 5 seconds. Add Kahlua mixture and beat until just combined. Scrape down sides and mix on low speed for 5 seconds.

In a separate bowl, still using the stand mixer and a clean whisk attachment, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually increase speed to high. Add remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Beat until soft peaks form.

Scoop about 1 cup of egg whites into chocolate mixture. Gently fold in egg whites for about 30 seconds. Add remaining egg whites and continue folding until they are almost combined. Do not overmix.

Pour batter onto cookie crust. Bake 38-42 minutes, until cake is set but jiggles slightly. Cool in pan on wire rack. As the cake cools, it will deflate in the center. Wrap cooled cake tightly and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.

To make the chocolate pudding:

Whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, corn starch, and salt in a medium saucepan. Add egg yolks and whisk until combined and resembles a thick paste. Slowly pour in milk while whisking constantly.

Place saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly so it doesn’t burn on the bottom of pan. Boil for 30 seconds. Transfer to a medium bowl.

Add butter, vanilla, and chocolate. Whisk until combined. Continue whisking for a few minutes to cool mixture slightly. Let pudding stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding to prevent a skim from forming. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Stir pudding to loosen it. Pour on top of cake, staying inside crust border. Using an offset spatula, spread pudding evenly.

Refrigerate cake for at least 30 minutes.

To make the whipped cream:

Pour cream into chilled metal bowl. Beat with a chilled whisk until soft peaks form, about 1 minute. Sprinkle sugar onto cream. Continue whisking vigorously until stiff peaks form.

Spread whipped cream all the way to the sides on top of pudding layer of cake. Unmold cake and serve immediately.



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  1. Jess Wakasugi December 26, 2011 Reply

    Regardless of the many steps, this pie is gorgeous and is making my mouth water at this very moment :)

  2. betty December 26, 2011 Reply

    It looks so gooey and delicious, the crust and the chocolate pudding makes my mouth water I’m so hungry right now!!!!

  3. Rhea Dixit December 27, 2011 Reply

    looks amazing….going try it…tell me do you remove the cream from the oreo cookies or leave them in ? thanks !

    • jennifer December 27, 2011 Reply

      Thanks, Rhea. Leave the filling in the cookies.

  4. SarinhaT December 27, 2011 Reply

    So beautifull… :)
    Congrats. It’s a great pie… :)
    Kisses from Portugal.

  5. Cousin Tim December 27, 2011 Reply

    Would Sweet and Salty be the other labor of love???

  6. jennifer December 27, 2011 Reply

    Tim, you know it is. Worth every minute.

  7. thelittleloaf December 28, 2011 Reply

    Oh wow. This is my kind of dessert – chocolaty, rich, induglent and delicious. I love the thick crust and all that beautiful creamy fillinjg. Yum!

  8. Tv Food and Drink December 30, 2011 Reply

    WOW! my favorite “grown up” restaurant as a kid served this for dessert and I never missed it. How could it never occur to me that I could actually make this. Damn, and I was like the only person on the planet who actually LOST weight in December. Well, that’s over!

  9. Renee December 31, 2011 Reply

    By far, one of the best desserts I made in 2011! I’d say it was an experience! Didn’t think it was going to turn out, but it did. An amazing dessert!

  10. Mireia April 1, 2012 Reply

    I made this cake and it was absolutely amazing!!! Thanks so much for sharing such amazing recipes! http://bakinginspain.blogspot.com.es/2012/03/mississippi-mud-pie.html

  11. Clodishk February 18, 2013 Reply

    Looks amazing, I’m going to give it a go next weekend but I do have a question: is it imperative to serve immediately? I mean, if the whole cake/pie does not get eaten at once, can’t I refrigerate it?

  12. jennifer February 18, 2013 Reply

    Hi, Clodishk! You can make this ahead of time and refrigerate it. The “serve immediately” part refers to the point where you’ve added the whipped cream. While it’s not completely necessary, I would add the whipped cream layer just before serving. It can be refrigerated afterwards, but sometimes the whipped cream layer will lose some of its aesthetic although it will still be delicious!

  13. Marie November 27, 2013 Reply

    My daughter and I always try to come up with a unique, but chocolate desert for the holidays. We ran across this recipe and Lord Jesus, it is divine and it isn’t even finished. Crust, cake, and pudding made today…whipped cream tomorrow morning, right after I put the turkey in the oven, then final assembly. Here is my new “family” recipe that will be passed on to many generations! I can not wait to to see this beauty cut. Happy 2013 Thanksgiving!!!

  14. Chris January 5, 2014 Reply

    My husband & myself don’t like coffee. Is there something else we can use instead of coffee? Thank you for all the great recipes.

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      Jennifer McHenry January 5, 2014 Reply

      You can omit the espresso. I don’t like coffee, either, but I do like Kahlua. If you don’t want to use Kahlua in the cake, you’ll need to replace some or all of the liquid. Water may work well enough.

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