Mississippi Mud Pie

Our Mississippi Mud Pie dessert has an almost magical ability to transport you to a place of pure delight. It comforts us as we celebrate special occasions, and even provides a momentary escape from the demands of everyday life.

Let’s dive into the world of the Mississippi Mud Pie, uncovering its origins, ingredients, and the mouthwatering experience it offers.

A Slice of Southern Heritage: Origins of Mississippi Mud Pie

The Mississippi Mud Pie has deep roots in Southern American cuisine. Its origin, like many beloved dishes, is somewhat shrouded in mystery. There are multiple tales surrounding how this delectable dessert came into existence.

One popular legend traces its origins to a 1970s Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. There it was first introduced under the name “Mississippi Mud Cake.” According to this story, a Southern homemaker named Katte Lee won the competition with her recipe.

However, this dessert’s rich chocolate, gooey texture has been a part of traditional Southern cooking, long before this contest.

wedge of mississippi mud pie

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Chocolate: At its core, the Mississippi Mud Pie is all about chocolate. Some prefer to make the crust out of crushed chocolate cookies. Others us the more common graham cracker crust. The filling, typically a blend of chocolate, cream cheese, pudding and milk. However, this pie can, and should be, customized to you and your family’s tastebuds!

Mississippi also has a sweet reputation for its rich culinary heritage. One of the state’s most beloved traditions is indulging in delicious Southern desserts. From pecan pies to rich chocolate creations, Mississippians have a deep appreciation for sweet treats.


Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this mouthwatering dessert:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (crushed graham crackers or crushed cookies)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2-packages (1.5 ounce) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 -(8 ounces) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 11/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 24 ounces Cool Whip softened (divided)
  • Optional: Toasted chopped pecans and chocolate curls for garnish

Step-by-Step Process of Creating Mississippi Mud Pie

  • Let’s dive into the
  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C) to prepare for baking.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and 1 cup of chopped pecans. Add in the softened butter and mix until the ingredients come together to form a crumbly mixture.
  • Press this mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish to create a delicious pecan crust. Bake it in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned. Then, allow it to cool completely.
  • In another mixing bowl, blend the softened cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until it’s smooth and creamy. Fold in the Cool Whip.
  • Spread this cream cheese mixture over the cooled pecan crust. This prepares the pie for the luscious chocolate layer that will follow.
  • In yet another bowl, prepare the instant chocolate pudding mix, then allow it to set 5 minutes. Once ready, carefully spread it over the cream cheese layer.
  • The final step involves using the remaining Cool Whip to create the last layer on the dessert.
  • If you’d like to add an extra touch of Southern charm, sprinkle some toasted chopped pecans and chocolate curls over the Cool Whip topping.

Now, let’s cover this dessert and refrigerate it for at least 4 hours. Once it’s nicely chilled and set, it’s ready to serve. Some opt to make this the day before. The flavors will meld together, creating a heavenly dessert that’s perfect for any occasion.

Mississippi mud pie with cookie crust


Mississippi’s culinary heritage is filled with delectable creations, and this Mississippi Mud Pie is no exception. This dessert beautifully combines the rich, nutty flavors of pecans with the decadence of chocolate, resulting in a delightful treat that captures the essence of Southern comfort food.

Whether you’re with family or savoring a sweet moment, this recipe will leave a lasting impression on your taste buds.

Enjoy a slice of our Mississippi Mud Pie recipe today!

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cube of mississippi mud pie

Mississippi Mud Pie

Whether you're hosting a family gathering or simply want something sweet. Our Mississippi Mud Pie recipe is sure to impress your taste buds.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 1 9×13 casserole dish
  • 12 6-inch ramekins



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pecans finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter softened

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese softened
  • 11/2 cup confectioners’ sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 24 ounce Cool Whip Use 12ounces in cream cheese mixture ; Then use 12 ounces for final top layer

Chocolate Filling

  • 2 1.5 ounce packages instant chocolate pudding mix or one larger box
  • 2 cups milk


  • Toasted chopped pecans and chocolate curls.


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a large bowl, add flour, pecans and butter. Mix with fork or hands until crumbly. Press into bottom of a 9×13 casserole or baking dish.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth; then, fold in whipped topping.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture over crust.
  • Make chocolate pudding according to package directions; let stand 5 minutes.
  • Spread pudding over cream cheese layer.
  • Top with remaining Cool Whip topping. Approximately 12ounces.
  • Optional: If desired, top with additional pecans and chocolate curls.


Nutrition Estimate
Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 848IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg
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