Coffee Mud Pie Ice Cream

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Outrageously delicious, this Mud Pie recipe is the best! Mile High Mud Pie is a dynamite ice cream cake with layers of rich and creamy coffee, chocolate and vanilla ice-creams, ribbons of fudge sauce, cookie crumbles and an amazing chocolate cookie crust! A dessert to remember, even non-dessert lovers, love this cake! It’s the perfect dessert.

Ice cream cake is not just for summertime, oh no, it’s a year ’round dessert in our house! One of my most requested recipes, this Mile High Mud Pie will become one of yours too!

No bake desserts are a favorite at our house and for our readers too! Try these favorites: Fried Ice Cream Cake, Magnolia Banana Pudding, Patriotic No Churn Ice Cream! If you are looking for more of an Oreo mud pie dessert with a cream cheese layer and chocolate pudding, try my Oreo Pudding Dessert with layers of chocolate.

This post was originally posted in November 2018, however; I’ve updated the process and pictures for a better user experience, but the recipe remains the same.

This Mud Pie recipe is not like a Mississippi mud pie recipe, using cool whip, but instead, this is more like what you would find at a fancy restaurant, the most famous I suppose would be the Chart House, they serve you a big ol’ slab of Mud pie ice cream cake! Yes please!

Making an ice cream cake or mud pie is more art than recipe, it’s simply taking your favorite ice creams, toppings, cookies and fillings and making it your own! I have some combinations for you to try at the end of this post.

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Simple Ingredients for Mud Pie Cake

Recipe with measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Oreo Cookies | Use regular or gluten-free, change up the flavors, or use Organic chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Butter | this binds the cookie crumbs together making it an amazing layered frozen dessert
  • Ice Cream | Use your favorite ice cream here, my suggestions for the ice cream layers are vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate ice cream, coffee ice cream (classic in mud pie), use at least 2 types for prettier layers.
  • Hot Fudge Sauce | Use this between layers, make your own or buy a quality brand, chocolate sauce would work as well.
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Optional Mix-Ins and Layers

  • Peanut Butter Cups
  • Additional cookie crumbs
  • Caramel topping
  • Chocolate Ganache (recipe below)

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How to make the best Mud Pie Recipe

Speaking of ice cream, I love Alden’s Organic Ice Cream, their coffee chip is delicious and different. Additionally we adore Trader Joe’s Coffee Ice Cream along with their vanilla ice cream!

Step 1 | Make Oreo crust

Place the entire sleeve (box/package) of cookies (family size, about 40 cookies, regular or double stuff) in a food processor (or a handful at a time if you have a smaller food processor) and pulse until the cookies resemble coarse to fine crumbs. Check out my Oreo Cookie Crust post.

Add melted butter to cookie crumbs, mixing to combine, set aside.

Adding butter to Oreo cookie crumbs.
Mix butter with cookie crumbs
Cookie crumb layer in bottom of bowl.
One of the layers of cookie crumbs.

Step 2 | Building Ice Cream Layers

Using an ice cream spade (a spatula will work just fine too) scoop about 1-2 inch layers of ice cream and place in the bottom of the bowl. Press using the back of the spade or a large spoon to smooth out completely, or use some parchment or plastic wrap and press down until smooth.

Spoon a layer of fudge topping over the ice cream. If you need to warm the fudge to pour or spread easier, just warm slightly so you don’t melt your ice cream.

Using a spade to press ice cream into layer.
Spread first ice cream in bottom of bowl
Reeses peanut butter cups being pushing into ice cream.
If desired, press in some chopped peanut butter cups
Drizzling a little hot fudge over cookie crust.
Add layer of cookie crumbs and drizzle of fudge.

Step 3 | Freezing between layers

Freeze for 30-60 minutes between layers if possible! Remove bowl from freezer for your next round of ice cream and toppings.

If desired, chop some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate Sandwich Cookies or your favorite candy and place on top of first layer, pressing in slightly

Spoon on some of the cookie crumb crust (be sure to leave plenty for the final crust) and press into the nooks and crannies filling in any holes and cracks.

Coffee ice cream layer with peanut butter cups.
Coffee ice cream layer
Adding cookie crumbs to middle layer.
Pressing top cookie layer (which will be your bottom)
Another layer of ice cream, cookies and fudge.
Another layer of cookies and fudge
Spreading final layer of ice cream.
Final ice cream layer

Scoop and press on your next layer of ice cream and repeat with fudge topping (or ganache, below) layer; return to freezer for 1 hour.

I use 2-3 different ice creams in my ice cream cakes, at least one of the varieties typically appeals to everyone.

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Add another layer of fudge topping if not making ganache layer (below).

Step 4 | Make Chocolate Ganache Layer (optional)

If making ganache now is a great time to make it and add to your creation. See my post on how to make chocolate ganache.

It might be overkill to do both a layer of cookie crumbs AND ganache, but who am I to tell you what to do! You could also pour it over the top of the cake for an amazing thick layer!

Finally, add your last layer of ice cream after your cookie crust and/or ganache layers are firm to the touch.

Step 4 | Final layer

Be sure to finish with your Oreo crumb crust, while it ends on top, when you un-mold it and it becomes the bottom layer.

Pack on your cookie crumb crust and smooth down firmly using parchment paper or plastic wrap. Keep covered and freeze overnight, or at least 4-6 hours.

Drizzling on final fudge layer.
Drizzle on a little more sauce
Top cookie crust with hand patting.
Then press cookie layer (which will be your bottom)

Step 5 | Unmolding the Mud Pie Ice Cream Cake

Grab a plate or platter that will fit your Mud Pie recipe creation! Set aside. Using a small knife or butter knife, slide around the edge of the cookie crust, just to release it.

Fill sink or much larger bowl with hot tap water. Carefully lower the bowl into the water, dip until just before the rim (careful, you don’t want to water log your cookie crust). Hold for about a minute*.

*If holding the frozen glass bowl is too chilly or the water is to hot, put on some dishwashing gloves; extra points for cute gloves!

Place plate or platter on top of bowl; flip over while holding both the bowl and the plate until bowl is sitting on the plate.

Removing ice cream cake from mold bowl.
Carefully lift bowl off the mud pie
Unmolded mud pie cake.
Refreeze for 30 minutes

Pulling the bowl up slightly angled, insert a knife on one edge, gently encouraging the cake to come forth! If it’s being stubborn hold in the hot water for another 30 seconds and try again.

Once plated, return to freezer for 30 minutes. then if desired before serving, spoon on more fudge sauce, sprinkle with tablespoon of reserved cookie crumbs and/or drizzle with Magic Shell.

Remove ice cream cake from freezer 10 minutes prior to serving.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How to slice ice cream cake

For each individual slice, run a long knife under hot tap water or set in a glass of water, then wipe clean. This will give you a cleaner cut when slicing. Serve IMMEDIATELY. Return balance of uneaten cake to freezer.

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If desired, slice the entire chocolate lovers cake and using the backside of a knife, push wax or parchment between slices for easier serving.

Serving Mud Pie

Once sliced, drizzle a little additional chocolate syrup on top of the pie and don’t forget a dollop of homemade whipped cream.

Variations

  • Drizzle a little more hot fudge sauce or topping of choice over top, including magic shell.
  • Toss on crushed cookies chunks, chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, M&Ms, etc
  • Pipe a dollop of homemade whipped cream
  • Add jimmies! Jimmies always make it festive!
  • Want it more like a frozen dirt cake? Add gummy worms, they would be so fun peeking out of the chocolate crust.
  • Using a chocolate bar and a vegetable peeler, peeling away from you on the bar, make chocolate shavings.

PHEW! It sounds so much harder than it is, it’s seriously one of the easiest, no fuss desserts I make and it’s consistently a requested recipe! It’s so worth the time in between layers for this work of art!

Customization & Substitutions

  • Birthday Cake Ice Cream Cake | Birthday Cake, Vanilla & Chocolate ice creams – Fudge and/or Caramel toppings, rainbow jimmies layer with blonde or chocolate sandwich cookie crust.
  • Mint Chip Ice Cream Cake | Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate, Vanilla Ice Creams – Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Crust – Fudge and use extra cookies in middle (whole, un-crushed) layers.
  • Mountain Man Ice Cream Cake | Moose Tracks, Chocolate, Vanilla Ice Creams – Chocolate Cookie Crust, Fudge AND Caramel toppings and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

HOLIDAY ICE CREAM CAKE IDEAS

  • Halloween Ice Cream Cake | Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream, and Dark (Black) Chocolate Ice Cream; Halloween colored sprinkles and jimmies, Chocolate Cookie Crust + Middle Layer of Chocolate Ganache. If desired, tint the Vanilla ice cream orange!
  • Thanksgiving Ice Cream Cake | Pumpkin – Vanilla – Pumpkin Ice Creams – Golden Oreo Cookie Crust or Spice Cookie Crust – Caramel toppings
  • Eggnog Ice Cream Cake | Eggnog ice cream & Vanilla Ice Cream – Chocolate OR Golden or blonde Sandwich Cookie Crust – Caramel or Fudge Toppings and layering, perfect for the holidays when Egg Nog abounds!
  • Chocolate-Peppermint Ice Cream Cake | Peppermint, Vanilla and White Chocolate Ice Creams- Layered with Crushed peppermints (candy canes) and white chocolate chips with chocolate crushed cookies layer and chocolate cookie crust. Perfect for Christmas and New Year.
Mud Pie layered in dome shape ready to serve.

I would love to hear how you layered your classic mud pie! This is a personal favorite of ours! Be sure to give it a 5 star rating and comment below the recipe.

You might like these other no bake, easy ice cream recipes!

  • Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Cake
  • Circus Animal No Churn Ice Cream
  • Rose Pistachio No Churn Ice Cream
  • Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream
  • Lemon Ice Cream {Lemon Gelato}

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