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Mississippi Mud Pie

This popular pie is sure to please everyone's sweet tooth and is very simple to make.

  • prep: 45 mins
    total time: 4 hours
  • servings: 10




  • All-purpose flour, for work surface
  • Our Favorite Pie Crust
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped, plus 1/2 ounce shaved
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured work surface, roll dough out to a 12-inch round. Fit into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Using kitchen shears, trim crust, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Fold edge under then crimp with your fingers. Prick bottom all over with a fork; refrigerate 30 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Line with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until edges are just beginning to turn golden. Remove parchment and pie weights, and return shell to oven. Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until golden all over. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.

  3. Step 3

    In a medium heatproof bowl, set over, not in, a pan of simmering water, melt 2 ounces of the chocolate. Brush bottom of cooled shell with chocolate and scatter pecans over.

  4. Step 4

    Using the same bowl, set over simmering water, melt butter with remaining 6 ounces of chocolate.

  5. Step 5

    Using an electric mixer on high, beat eggs, granulated sugar, corn syrup, and salt until thick and batter falls back in a ribbon when beaters are lifted from bowl, about 3 minutes. Gently fold butter-chocolate mixture into egg mixture. Pour into pie shell. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until top forms a crust and filling is just set.

  6. Step 6

    Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then refrigerate until well chilled.

  7. Step 7

    Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream with confectioners' sugar until soft peaks form. Top cooled pie with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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Reviews (24)

  • 5 Mar, 2013

    Hi there,
    I was wondering if one can replace the pecan nuts with almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts?
    Thx for your help :)

  • 26 Nov, 2009

    The link for pie crust is not for a chocolate pie crust. The picture clearly shows a chocolate crust.What?????The last recipe I used from this site had missing ingredients and was later amended. Too late for me.

  • 26 May, 2009

    I've always known Mississippi mud pie to be made with coffee ice cream as the filling...

  • 4 Aug, 2008


  • 22 Jul, 2008

    Search this site for the "Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie" recipe (which is also good) and you will find a recipe for the chocolate cookie-crumb crust.

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    No!!! Maple syrup would ruin this recipe.

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    The photo appears to show a chocolate crust, not the same as in the recipe for "Our Favorite Pie Crust." You can sometimes purchase a pre-made chocolate crumb crust in an aluminum pan, or make your own if you can find Nabisco/Kraft Chocolate Wafer Cookies, which are not easy to find!

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    Here's a homemade substitute recipe for corn syrup:
    Corn syrup is WAY different than maple syrup.

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    Corn Syrup Substitute

    For 1 cup, use 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar or firmly packed brown sugar plus 1/4 cup liquid (use liquid called for in recipe).

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    2 c. white sugar, 3/4 c. water, 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar, Dash of salt
    Combine all ingredients in a heavy, large pan. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and put cover on it for 3 minutes to get sugar crystals off the sides of the pan. Uncover and cook until it reaches soft ball stage. Stir often.
    Cool syrup

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    I made this on Sunday for guests after a dinner of fajitas. I just realized I forgot the corn syrup! It turned out great! I will definately make this again.........and I'll add the corn syrup next time. It was easy and delicious!

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    One could use Lyle's golden syrup in place of corn syrup I bet. And if you live in Europe, you can find this.

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    Yes, where is the chocolate pie crust recipe. The photo is chocolate but the video shows a regular crust.

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    I used sugar-free chocolate cookies for the crust and sugar-free Cool Whip instead of the heavy cream and sugar for the topping. It tasted great. My whole family enjoyed it.

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    I, too, was hoping there is an acceptable replacement for corn syrup. I have family members and friends who cannot have any corn products, so wonder if rice syrup, or honey, would work equally well?

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    vickymarrugat - No. Maple syrup will not replace corn syrup. The flavor of maple syrup is too strong. There is really no exact substitute for corn syrup. However, you might be able to use honey. It is basically the same texture. Another possibility would be to make a syrup of equal parts water and granulated sugar. Boil slowly until the desired thickness is achieved.

    Good luck!

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    Corn Syrup is a bit thicker, and also with the maple flavor i'm not sure how it would come out... you could substitute golden syrup or honey and probably get better results (although the honey would be really sweet)

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    Don't know if this is the problem, but the recipe calls for melted chocolate coating the pie shell. That might explain the conflict.

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    The recipe said to paint the crust with the melted chocolate, therfore, making the pie crust chocolate. you do this AFTER it's baked, hence it was not in the pie crust recipe.

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    the photograph certainly suggests a chocolate pie crust, but the recipe provides for a standard crust....

  • 29 Feb, 2008

    I live in a country where it is not possible to find corn syrup, is it possible to replace it by maple syrup ? Thanks

  • 29 Feb, 2008

    I live in a country where it is not possible to find corn syrup, is it possible to replace it by maple syrup ? Thanks

  • 25 Feb, 2008

    In the ingredient list, you'll notice that "Our Favorite Pie Crust" is shown in blue. If you click on that, it will lead you to the classic pie crust recipe, rather than the cookie crust.

  • 16 Feb, 2008

    In the picture that's not a classic pie crust as the recipe looks like a chocolate cookie crust. Where's that recipe?