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Cake & Cheesecake | September 7, 2018

Classic Mud Pie

If you’re a fellow chocoholic, then this recipe for Classic Mud Pie is calling your name. It has a chocolate cookie crust, a dense ice-cream filling, and is topped with fudge, whipped cream, and cookie crumbs. It’s easy to make and is our go-to easy dessert recipe when we need something a little more special than cookies or cake!
Classic Mud Pie

The Perfect Trio: Chocolate, Ice Cream, and Pie

If you know me or have read this blog any amount of time, you know I love PIE. And this Classic Mud Pie is no exception. It has all the wonderful flavors of a chocolatey ice cream treat, but is dressed up as a fully loaded pie. It’s thick, silky, and packed with chocolate cookies, ice cream, fudge, and of course, whipped cream. Who could say no to this recipe?
Classic Mud Pie

Traditional Recipe, Unforgettable Flavor

Classic Mud Pie is one of those timeless desserts that every cook needs in their recipe collection. It’s been a favorite in our family for years. My sister in law, Sheri, originator  of several recipes on ABK  made this for me years ago and I’ve loved it since.  It may look like a lot of work, but here’s the shocker: it’s SO EASY to make. Promise. Just assemble the cookie crust, press into a dish (3 options of dish type, I like Springform the best) , fill with a thick layer of ice cream, and top with fudge sauce, whipped cream, and crushed cookies. No baking and most of the ingredients are ready made. If you’re looking for a quick, cool, and absolutely delicious dessert to make, it’s staring at you right in the face. The pie, of course!
Classic Mud Pie
Classic Mud Pie

The BEST Classic Mud Pie Recipe, Ever

There are so many variations to mud pie out there. Some use mocha ice cream, chocolate chip ice cream, or even a chocolate pudding filling. But personally, I think this recipe for Classic Mud Pie is the real winner. The crunch of the cookie crust, the soft ice cream center, the rich homemade fudge and fluffy whipped cream. YUM. It’s extra-chocolately, creamy with a little bit of crunch, and absolutely irresistible. Plus, you can make it the day of serving or prepare it ahead and store in the freezer. It serves a crowd and is perfect for birthday parties, family gatherings, or Sunday dinner. Warning: don’t expect to have any leftovers!
Classic Mud Pie
Classic Mud Pie is the perfect treat to celebrate the upcoming fall/holiday season. Think of all the possibilities- pumpkin and chocolate, pecan and chocolate, peppermint ice cream with a candy and Oreo topping!  The best part: just assemble and serve. No baking required. Oh, and it’s absolutely stuffed with chocolate. So for all my chocolate-lovers, this one’s for you. If there’s one dessert you HAVE to make, it’s this Classic Mud Pie. Best ice cream dessert, ever.

5 from 4 votes

Classic Mud Pie


  • 1 package Oreo Cookies 14-15 oz, reserve 1/3 cup for topping pie
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 gallon ice cream, any flavor
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 oz semi sweet chocolate chocolate chips will work!
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


  1. The day before serving, or early in the day prepare the crust and fill with ice cream.

  2. Remove ice cream from freezer. Let sit on counter while preparing crust.

  3. Crush Oreos in food processor.

  4. Add 3 tablespoons melted butter while using the pulsing action on the food processor.

  5. Press the crumbs into a 9 inch pie plate with deep sides, or a 9-10 inch springform pan or a 9×13 pan.

  6. Spoon softened ice cream into prepared crust. Be careful to not press too hard or crust will separate.

  7. Cover and store in freezer.

To Make hot fudge:

  1. Place 1 cup whipping cream, 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 4 oz chocolate together over low heat in heavy pan, until chocolate melts.

  2. Increase heat to medium and cook for about 8 minutes while stirring occasionally to prevent scorching. You may use a double boiler for this process!

  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla, mixing until smooth.

  4. Let cool completely before topping the ice cream.

  5. When hot fudge is completely cooled, top ice cream and place pie back into freezer.

  6. Whip cream in stand mixer or large bowl with hand mixer. Add 2 tablespoons powdered sugar to whipped cream, while beating on low, beat until stiff.

  7. Top pie with whipped cream and remaining Oreo crumbs.

  8. Store in freezer for at least 4 hours or up to 2 days before serving. Pie is best when allowed to sit in freezer for 6+ hours!

Recipe Notes

  • If making ahead, prepare the crust and fill with ice cream, store in freezer. 
  • Prepare the hot fudge and store in refrigerator until ready to use. 
  • the whipped cream may be made and top the mud pie immediately or whipped and spread on top just before serving. 

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  1. What brand of ice cream do you recommend? I love Bryer’s ice cream, but I’ve found it doesn’t freeze well if thawed.

  2. My family loves mud pie! My kids always request mud pie on their birthday. I have found that if you freeze the crust for 20 or 30 minutes before you try to add the ice cream, the crust holds together better when you spread the ice cream. Also… it sounds weird but “maple nut” ice cream is aMaZiNg for mud pie.

    1. We love it too, Melanie! It’s perfect for birthdays. I might have to try maple nut ice cream in it next time, sounds yummy! Thanks for the tip and for reading ABK (:

  3. Si… thank you for the most amazing recipes! I haven’t tried one we didn’t LOVE. This is exactly what I was looking for to serve for my son-in-law’s birthday dessert! How many people does this recipe serve?

  4. We loved every single bite of this! My boys could not get enough- already planning when I can make it again. Thanks again for sharing another great recipe!

  5. I have a crowd coming in a couple of weekends and this will be so perfect as I can make it now! You are my go to recipe source Si, and I know it will be so yummy as all of your recipes that I have tried are!

    1. Hi Courtney, if you’re looking for something a little more simple, I would go with vanilla or chocolate. If you want something with a little more texture and flavor, use a chocolate-caramel, rocky road, or pralines and cream. Hope this helps and thanks for asking!

  6. I made two of these last weekend one vanilla and one chocolate and they were a hit. I have to say I had trouble with the first one getting the crumbs to stay put and not separate when adding the softened ice cream. So on the next one I doubled the butter and froze the formed crust before adding the ice cream. Unlocking the spring form pan revealed perfection! Loved this very much!

    1. Thanks Ann,
      The crust will stick together more or less depending on the temperature of the butter 9how soft or hard the butter is) and also the amount of processing is done to the cookies. Adjusting and adding butter is exactly what I would do to fix the problem you were having! This is honestly one of our longest loved recipes in the family!
      Thanks for reading ABK,

  7. 5 stars
    This is to die for! My family devoured it and it will be one of our favorites from now on! I used Tillamook, Udderly Chocolate ice cream.

  8. Do you freeze the hot fudge and whipped cream before serving? In your recipe notes it sounds like you do right before serving, but was wondering if you could freeze all layers ahead of time? Thanks, it sounds delicious!

    1. Hi Cherie, yes you can freeze the layers and fudge ahead of time, but I would make the whipped cream the day of or at most the day before and store in the fridge. Hope this helps and thanks for asking!

  9. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe 4 years in a row now for my husband’s birthday. It’s delicious and very easy to make too. A winner all around!

    1. Hi Kirsten!
      I love to hear it! It’s one of my favorite recipes too! So happy to hear that you all love it.

    1. Hi Stormy!
      You can definitely add those ingredients. I didn’t add them in this recipe because I used other ingredients.
      Hopefully this helps!