Mud Pie Dessert: Our Birthday Tradition

macadamia nut mud pie, Boathouse at Hendry's Beach, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

Mud pie for birthday dessert is a strong tradition in our family. Every year I ask the kids,“still want mud pie?” “YEP!” they answer without an ounce of hesitation.

Mud pie is easy to make, but requires days of preparation.

First, I bake the Oreo crust that has been run through the food processor, and mixed with butter. When cooled, I start layering the ice cream. This requires a melting then re-freezing process. Over and over I place down the layers: ice cream, hot fudge, ice cream, Heath bits, ice cream, more Oreos, whipped cream, then finally topped with broken pieces of candy bar.

Good things aren’t necessarily hard, they just take time, effort, and intention.

December birthdays come fast and furious in our family – we have tons.  So naturally we are eating mud pie about once a week! Fits right in with the holiday 5 lb. gain for sure.  Here is my daughter and brother in law celebrating their bdays last week.

Sometimes we use 9×13 pans, sometimes we use a spring-form pan. There are even rectangular spring-form pans like this one.


Once you start the mud pie tradition, you can never go back to plain ‘ol cake!   

Now that you’ve been sufficiently warned, here you go…


Mud Pie Dessert: Our Birthday Tradition

Recipe from


  • 1 package Oreos
  • 2 kinds of ice cream (we like Dryers Mud Pie, Cookies & Cream, & Cookie Dough)
  • 1 jar Mrs. Richardson’s fudge sauce (or homemade)
  • 1 jar Mrs. Richardson’s caramel sauce (or homemade)
  • Heath bar or Heath bits (1 bag)
  • 1 large carton whipped topping (or homemade)
  • 1 stick butter


  1. Using a food processor, pulse the Oreos until they are reduced to crumbs. Remove a handful of the crumbs and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter.
  3. Add the melted butter to the Oreos in the processor and then pulse again until well mixed.
  4. Press the Oreo mixture into a 9×13 or a spring form pan
  5. Bake at 350 for 10 min.
  6. Let cool completely
  7. Spread the first layer of ice cream on the cooled crust (soften the ice cream beforehand)
  8. Freeze
  9. Spread a layer of the fudge sauce on top
  10. Sprinkle with Heath bar pieces
  11. Freeze
  12. Spread the next layer of ice cream on top
  13. Freeze
  14. If you have fudge sauce left, put the rest of the sauce on it
  15. Put down more Heath bits on top
  16. Freeze
  17. Right before serving, spread the whipped topping over the top.
  18. Sprinkle with the set-aside Oreo pieces and more Heath bits.
  19. Drizzle each individual piece with caramel sauce
  20. Enjoy!
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