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Mud Pie Dessert: Our Birthday Tradition

December 2, 2015


Mud Pie Dessert: Our Birthday Tradition

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Move over cake lovers – once you make the switch to mud pie, you’ll never go back.  Every person in our family loves this mile high mud pie for their birthday, though it makes a great dessert for any occasion.  

  • Author: Krista Gilbert



1 package Oreos (they have gluten-free also)
1/4 cup butter
2 or 3 half gallons ice cream (see note about flavors in the blog post)
3/4 cup fudge sauce (homemade recipe below)
1 bag small twix or other candy bar cut into small pieces
Whipped cream


Place cookies in food processor and pulse until they form crumbs.  Reserve 1/4 cup of the dry crumbs.

Melt 1/2 stick butter and pour into a bowl with the crumbs.  Mix well.

Soften one of the half gallons of ice cream and scoop about half of the ice cream into the bottom of the bowl.  Spread with a spatula or wooden spoon.

Sprinkle a light layer of cookie crumbs over the ice cream.  Drizzle a layer of got fudge.  Drop some of the Twix bar pieces over the top.  Freeze for at least 45 min.

Pull the bowl out of the freezer and do another layer, using a different kind of ice cream.

Repeat the process until the bowl is full.

Top the ice cream layers with the cookie crumb mixture.  Cover and freeze well overnight.

Prepare a beautiful platter or cake stand that your mud pie will sit on for the final presentation.

Remove the ice cream bowl from the freezer and let soften for a few min.  Slide a hot knife around the edge of the bowl, separating the cookie mixture from the edge of the bowl.

Fill large bowl with hot tap water and dip the glass bowl into it several times.  When you see the ice cream start to separate from the bowl, turn the mud pie upside down on the cake platter.  Keep using the knife and dip method if it isn’t coming out.

Once plated, freeze again for about 30 min. or longer.

To serve, drizzle fudge sauce and sprinkle cookie crumbs and Twix pieces over the top.  Top with whipped cream and serve!

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…

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