(Last Updated On: August 29, 2023)
Chocolate lovers will agree that this classic Mississippi mud pie recipe is out-of-this-world delicious! It is loaded with chocolate, and has a sweet, heavenly, and wonderful taste with a bit of crunch inside! This Mississippi mud pie also melts in your mouth with amazing textures and all of its chocolate galore surprises!
🥧 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, but you can use a chocolate crust such as crushed Oreo cookies or chocolate sandwich cookies if you prefer. The middle layer contains butter, dark brown sugar, eggs, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and milk. And then homemade whipped cream for the top layer, plus chocolate shavings (or you can use chocolate flakes), and chocolate chips on top of the whipped cream.
This recipe uses simple ingredients with three 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. This layer tastes just like a layer of chocolate pudding. So good!
- The Top Layer – This is the last layer we will make which includes three tablespoons of powdered sugar added to whipping cream, then whipped until fluffy, and then chocolate shavings and chocolate chips sprinkled on top.
🥄 Key Ingredients
- One 10 inch ready-made graham cracker crust pie shell – 9 ounces
- 3/4 cup of butter – melted
- 1 and 3/4 cup of dark brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder – unsweetened
- 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup of whole milk
- 2 cups of heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup of powdered sugar – same as confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Sprinkle chocolate shavings and extra chocolate chips on top of finished pie (optional)
🌟 How to Make Mississippi Mud Pie (Step-by-Step Instructions with Detailed Photos)
Step 1. Preheat the Oven
The first step is to set the oven temperature to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2. Prepare the Middle Layer – Melt the Butter
In a small bowl that is safe for the microwave, 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.
Note: If you don’t want to use the microwave to melt the butter, you can set if out on the countertop at room temperature for about 15 minutes to soften it.
Step 3. Mix the Butter and Brown Sugar
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.
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.
If you don’t have a microwave, you can use a medium saucepan and melt the chocolate chips on the stove. But be very careful not to scorch the chocolate chips on the bottom of the pan. Turn the burner on low heat and stir constantly. Increase the heat to medium while still stirring the chocolate chips until they are melted. If medium heat is too high, turn the burner down.
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 your microwave is on the default setting, which is power level 10.
Step 6. Add Milk and Melted Chocolate to Brown Sugar Mixture
After the chocolate chips are melted, add one cup of whole milk and the melted chocolate mixture together with the brown sugar mixture we set aside earlier, creating the chocolate pie filling for the Mississippi mud pie. Again, mix it all together with a fork, spoon, or spatula until well combined.
Step 7. Pour Mixture into the Graham Cracker Shell
Pour the chocolate pie filling into the prepared crust. We decided to use one 9-ounce size graham cracker crust for our pie shell. You can also use a chocolate cookie 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 smaller pies and use up all the filling.
Step 8. Bake the Mississippi Mud Pie
Put the pie crust with the chocolate pie filling into the oven and bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes. After baking, use heat-resistant oven mitts to remove the pie from the oven. Set the pie on a wire rack to cool for a few minutes.
Note: 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 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 we can eat it.
Step 9. Put the Pie in the Refrigerator 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, spread an even layer on top of the pie with our homemade whipped cream recipe, or you can use your favorite whipped cream. We made homemade whipped cream using heavy cream from Smiths Brothers, but you can use whichever whipping cream you like the best. You could even use Cool Whip for the whipped cream layer if you prefer, but our homemade whipped cream is the best.
To make the homemade whipped cream, we used a hand held electric mixer and added 1/2 cup of powdered sugar (same as confectioners’ sugar), and one teaspoon of pure vanilla extract together with two cups of heavy whipping cream, and then we 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 on the top of the whipped cream. We shredded a chocolate bar and spread them on 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: To store any leftover Mississippi mud pie, keep it in the refrigerator so the whipped cream stays set.
⭐️ Recipe Variations
- Use an Oreo crust, chocolate graham crackers crust, or homemade pie crust instead of the graham cracker crust.
- You can use a tub of cool whip if you don’t want to make homemade whipped cream.
- Add chopped pecans or chopped walnuts on top of the finished pie.
- Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top of the whipped cream instead of regular size chocolate chips.
This Mississippi mud pie is best when kept in the refrigerator. The whipped cream that is used on top of this recipe can become runny when left sitting out on the countertop.
Cover the Mississippi mud pie with aluminum foil, not plastic wrap, as that will stick to the whipped cream. It is also best when eaten within a couple of days.
Yes, you can freeze leftover Mississippi mud pie. Put the Mississippi mud pie in an airtight container. 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. This dessert tastes amazing half frozen, half thawed.
Yes, there are different Mississippi mud pie recipes on the internet with different ingredients in them. For example, some recipes include a cream cheese layer which includes eight ounces of cream cheese, granulated sugar, and a proportion of whipped cream.
Then again, other recipes may use a chocolate pudding layer by using the chocolate instant pudding you can buy in the grocery store instead of the homemade chocolate layer we use in this recipe. But, of course, ours tastes much better!
💭 Final Thoughts
If you love lots of chocolate, then this traditional Mississippi mud pie recipe has your name written all over it. This is a rich dessert, so it doesn’t take much to satisfy the sweet tooth.
Also, this is a great dessert to make for family gatherings, dinner parties, and special occasions, especially when you want to impress the people who are going to eat it.
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- Homemade Chocolate Pudding – Much yummier than instant chocolate pudding bought from the store. Top it off with some whipped cream and sprinkles.
📑 Recipe Card
Ultimate Mississippi Mud Pie
- 1 graham cracker crust (9 ounce)
- 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 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 powder and then gradually add the eggs. Mix thoroughly and then set aside for now.
- Melt the chocolate chips your preferred way, or use the microwave. If using the 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 the melted chocolate chips to the brown sugar mixture we set aside earlier. 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. Add the vanilla extract and blend it in with the whipped cream.
- Spread the whipped cream over the top of the chilled Mississippi mud pie.
- Sprinkle chocolate shavings, chocolate flakes, and chocolate chips over the top of the whipped cream.
- Serve and keep refrigerated when not eating.
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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