(Last Updated On: April 17, 2023)
This Mississippi mud pie recipe is out-of-this-world delicious! It is loaded with chocolate, has a sweet, heavenly, and wonderful taste with a bit of crunch inside! This Mississippi mud pie also melts in your mouth with all of its chocolate galore surprises! If you are a chocolate lover, then this Mississippi mud pie is for you!
🥧 What’s in this Mississippi Mud Pie?
Chocolate! Lots of chocolate! There are many different kinds of Mississippi mud pie recipes, but basically, they all revolve around lots of chocolate. This pie contains a graham cracker crust for the base. Then butter, dark brown sugar, eggs, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and milk for the middle layer. And whipped cream for the top layer sprinkled with Oreo bits and chocolate chips.
This recipe has 3 layers of goodness in it.
- The Bottom Layer – Your choice of pie crust, we used one pre-made 9-ounce graham cracker crust for the base of the pie, which is a 10-inch pie shell.
- The Middle Layer – Melted butter added together with dark brown sugar, eggs, unsweetened cocoa, a whole cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips, and whole milk. We will make the middle layer first since the graham cracker crust is already pre-made.
- The Top Layer – This is the last layer we will make which includes 2 tablespoons of sugar added to whipping cream, then whipped until fluffy, and then crushed chocolate chips sprinkled on top.
🥣 Key Ingredients
- One 9 oz. graham cracker crust (or your choice of chocolate graham crackers crust, Oreo crust, or homemade pie crust)
- 3/4 cup of melted butter
- 1 and 3/4 cup of dark brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup of whole milk
- 2 cups of heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar (for the whipping cream)
🌟 How to Make Mississippi Mud Pie (Step-by-Step Instructions with Detailed Photos)
Step 1. Preheat the Oven
The first step is to preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2. Prepare the Middle Layer – Melt the Butter
In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt 3/4 cup of butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Not all microwaves are the same, so you may need to adjust the time if your microwave has less power or more power than ours does. I have an older microwave sitting on my countertop that still works, but it is smaller and has less power than my built-in microwave above the oven.
Step 3. Mix the Butter and Brown Sugar
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add 1 and 3/4 cups of dark brown sugar together with the 3/4 cup of melted butter. Mix it all up together with a fork, spoon, or spatula creating the brown sugar mixture.
Step 4. Mix in the Unsweetened Cocoa and the Eggs
In the same bowl, mix in four tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder together with the brown sugar mixture. Then, gradually add in the four eggs. Mix thoroughly. Set aside for now. We will still call this the brown sugar mixture.
Step 5. Melt the Chocolate Chips
In a different bowl that is also safe for the microwave, add one cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Use power level 6 on the microwave and melt the chocolate chips for 1 minute. Then, take the chocolate chips out of the microwave and stir. After that, put the chocolate chips back into the microwave and on power level 6 again, melt the chocolate chips for 1 additional minute, then stir again.
Note: The reason for melting the chocolate chips on “level 6” and “1-minute intervals” is that the chocolate will burn on the bottom of the dish if you microwave it on the default setting which is power level 10.
Step 6. Add Milk and then Melted Chocolate
After the chocolate chips are melted, add one cup of whole milk and stir. Then, add the melted chocolate together with the brown sugar mixture creating the chocolate pie filling for the Mississippi mud pie. Again, mix it all up together with a fork, spoon, or spatula until well combined.
Step 7. Pour the Chocolate Pie Filling into the Graham Cracker Shell
Pour all of the chocolate pie filling into the graham cracker crust. We decided to use one 9-ounce size graham cracker crust for our pie shell. You can also use a Chocolate Ready Pie Crust or an OREO Cookie Crust, or you can make a homemade pie crust if you prefer.
Note: We had a little left over pie filling. Because of this, you could also use two 6-ounce graham cracker pie crusts instead. This would make two littler pies, and use up all of the filling.
Step 8. Bake the Mississippi Mud Pie for 45 Minutes
Put the pie crust with the chocolate pie filling into the oven and bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes. When the pie comes out of the oven, it looks like crusty mud that has cracks in it. Let me tell you, this is the best part when you are eating it with all of the other chocolate inside the pie. This is the part of the pie that has a little bit of crunch to it. Yum! But we aren’t done yet, there are still some more steps to do before you can eat it.
Step 9. Refrigerator the Pie Overnight
The next step is to put the pie into the refrigerator overnight. Yep, that is correct, you have to wait until the next day to finish the pie and be able to serve it to your family. It will cool and set while it is in the refrigerator, which is exactly what it needs to do. Trust me, you won’t regret the wait. As they say, good things come to those who wait!
Step 10. Prepare the Top Layer – The Whipped Cream Layer
The next morning or afternoon, whenever you are ready to finish your Mississippi mud pie, cover the entire top of the pie with your favorite whipped cream. We made homemade whipped cream with heavy whipping cream from Smiths Brothers, but you can use whichever whip cream you like the best. You could even use Cool whip for the whipped cream layer if you prefer.
To make the homemade whipped cream, we used a handheld mixer and added 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar to the heavy whipping cream and whipped the cream until fluffy.
Step 11. Decorate with More Chocolate
After the whipped cream is spread on top of the pie, then sprinkle a generous amount of chocolate flakes and regular or mini chocolate chips over the top of the whipped cream. We crushed chocolate chips and spread them over the top of the whipped cream and then added chocolate chips. You could also crush up some Oreo cookies and spread them over the top as well. After all, the more chocolate the better, right? Enjoy!
Note: Keep in the refrigerator so the whipped cream stays set.
This Mississippi mud pie is best when kept in the refrigerator. The whipped cream that is used on top of this recipe can become liquidy when left sitting out on the countertop. It is also best when eaten within a couple of days. You can freeze Mississippi mud pie for about 2 months in the freezer. Take out a slice and let sit on the countertop for a few minutes before eating. It takes amazing halfway frozen.
Yes, there are different Mississippi mud pie recipes on the internet with different ingredients in them. For example, some recipes include a cream cheese mixture of 8 ounces cream cheese, granulated sugar, and a proportion of whipped cream, while other recipes use a chocolate pudding layer using the chocolate instant pudding you can buy in the grocery store instead of the homemade chocolate layer we use in this recipe.
💭 Final Thoughts
If you love lots of chocolate, then this Mississippi mud pie recipe has your name written all over it. Also, this is a great dessert to make when you want to impress the people who are going to eat it.
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Easy Mississippi Mud Pie
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 graham cracker crust (9 ounce)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 3 tbsp powdered sugar (for the whipping cream)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Get your graham cracker pie shell ready to go.
Make the Middle Layer
- Melt the butter in the microwave for about 30 to 45 seconds. Be sure to keep an eye on it while melting.
- Mix melted butter together with the brown sugar in a large bowl.
- Mix in the unsweetened cocoa and then gradually add the eggs.
- Mix thoroughly and then set aside.
- Melt the chocolate chips your preferred way or using the microwave. If using microwave melt for one minute on power level 6, then stir. Repeat for another minute on power level 6 and then stir again.
- Add the milk and then then melted chocolate chips to the brown sugar mixture. Mix thoroughly.
- Pour the mixture into the graham cracker crust.
- Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.
- Refrigerate overnight.
Make the Top Layer
- The next day, or when ready, make the homemade whipped cream.
- In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar to the whipping cream then whip the cream until fluffy.
- Spread the whipped cream over the top of the pie.
- Sprinkle chocolate flakes or crushed chocolate chips over the top of the whipped cream.
- Serve and keep refrigerated when not eating.
*️⃣ Recipe Notes
- Mini marshmallows can be added to this Mississippi mud pie recipe in the chocolate filling before baking.
- Sliced pecans can be sprinkled over the top of the whipped cream.
- You can also use whichever pie shell you prefer for this recipe.
A wife, a mother to a son and a daughter, and a grandmother to three granddaughters. Flo loves sharing recipes passed down from her own mother, her mother-in-law, and her grandmother as well as new recipes created with her daughter, Tamara Ray.
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