Sunday, April 4, 2010

Chocolate Layered Dessert--the Original Mississippi Mud Pie

I made one of my most favorite desserts for Sunday's holiday dinner. I just call it Chocolate Layered Dessert, but I've also seen it called Chocolate Yum-Yum and Mississippi Mud Pie.

Like most of my favorite recipes, this one is simple to make; and although the crust is baked for a few minutes, it's a a good one for hot weather because it requires little actual cooking and makes for a cool and delicious ending to any meal, holiday or not.


  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1 t sugar (optional)
  • 1/3 c chopped pecans

Cut the flour and sugar into the softened butter, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in chopped nuts, and press into the bottom of an 8 x 8 oven proof dish. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until the crust is set and lightly browned. Cool completely

Layer one:

  • 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1 c cool whip or whipped cream
  • 1 t vanilla

Mix everything together and spread on the cooled crust.

Layer two:

  • 1 small package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 c cold milk

Whisk together milk and pudding mix, then pour over the cream cheese layer

Refrigerate until set.

Layer three:

At this point, I usually add an additional layer of cool whip or whipped cream. Occasionally, as I did this time, I add the topping to each individual serving. Sometimes I add a few chocolate shavings on top, or few finely chopped nuts, just to look pretty.


Although most people these days make this with chocolate, when this recipe first made the rounds years ago, it was also made with vanilla, lemon, or butterscotch pudding.

Instead of pudding, you can also use fruit pie filling--it's especially good with cherry or blueberry.

What's your favorite flavor of this yummy layered dessert?

This post is linked to:

Meatless Monday at Sweet and Savory

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace

Tuesday at the Table at All the Small Stuff

Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

Chocolate Obsession at My Sweet and Savory

Until next time, good cooking, and good eating!


  1. Oh yummy! I have had this with lemon, but it looks incredibly good with chocolate - and I am a chocoholic through and through! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Holy moly, that looks good!! I can't wait to try it.

  3. This looks fabulous!! I will have to try it soon!!! :)

  4. This looks wonderful. I can't wait to try it!

  5. Visiting from Cole's blog. This is my hubby's favorite dessert. We call it Chocolate Delight in my neck of the woods but its the same recipe. I like to make it with the pecan crust but also with a graham cracker crust just for a little variation sometimes.

    Yours definitey looks yummy. I think it has inspired me to make hubby a little treat this weekend. :)

  6. Wow! This looks fabulous! I LOVE Chocolate!

  7. YUM!!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe and linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

  8. I love this dessert! So yummy.

  9. I haven't made this in years. I always loved this dessert! Looks so delicious!

  10. My Momma got this recipe from my Kindergarten Mother's Club back in 1979 (ok, yes, I'm telling my age) and we call it Chocolate Nut good, but I haven't had it in ages! Thanks for the reminder!

  11. I am a chocolate lover and this fills the bill. I am ready to go on a baking kick after I make Dorie's and Sweet Melissa's. I am going to try to add this one.

    You might want to drop by and add this to Chocolate Obsession.

  12. Oh, that's looks yummy! I could even eat that for my breakfast right now!
    Thanks for sharing, Charlene!
    I haven't seen you much on Twitter, you must be busy!

  13. Yum, yum, yum! Looks wonderful!

  14. This looks so yummy! Wish I had some. I'm doing a little late night blog hopping and could use a little pick me up. (or a wake me

    Thanks for stopping by my party post! I've been meaning to come by here because I don't think I've been in a couple of things. Things get so crazy trying to keep up with everyone!

  15. Oh this post title just called my name! And, once again, cream cheese makes everything great!

    I'll be back - I'm now following :)

  16. I have been looking for this recipe for a LONG LONG time. Thank you so much.