Gram’s Mississippi Mud Pie

When I first met Jon’s grandma she told me how much he loves her Mississippi Mud Pie. So when it came to his birthday this last year I thought it would be great to surprise him with a Mississippi Mud Pie dessert. Little did I know, there are approximately a million different recipes out there. I randomly selected a recipe I thought looked the best (having never made it before) but the consensus was that it was not like grandma’s.

Luckily, Gram was kind enough to mail us the recipe to her mud pie a few months later. Thank goodness, because her recipe is amazing. It’s a perfect dessert for a large group (or just a dessert-loving husband). Hope you enjoy this classic recipe from Jon’s Gram!

Mississippi Mud Pie

Gram’s Mississippi Mud Pie


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, divided
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 cartons cool whip, thawed and divided
  • 2 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 packages instant chocolate pudding mix
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place flour in a small bowl, cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in 1/2 cup walnuts. Press onto bottom of ungreased 13x9in baking dish. Bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar until smooth. Fold in one carton of whipped topping. Spread mixture over crust.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk milk an pudding mix for 2 minutes. Gently spread over cream cheese layer. Top with remaining cool whip. Sprinkle the res of the walnuts over the cool whip. Refrigerate 1-2 hours before serving.
Mississippi Mud Pie