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Mississippi Mud Pie

This southern favorite is one my family can never get enough of and there are never any leftovers. My grandmother, mother and aunts always made this recipe for family gatherings. Now I make it for everyone because it's so easy to prepare and everyone loves it! —Elizabeth Williston, Thibodaux, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (5.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 container (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • Toasted chopped pecans and chocolate curls, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat flour, pecans and butter until blended. Press into the bottom of a 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove to a wire rack; cool completely.
  • Make chocolate pudding according to package directions; let stand 5 minutes. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth; fold in 1 cup whipped topping. Spread cream cheese mixture over cooled crust. Spread pudding over cream cheese layer; top with remaining whipped topping. If desired, top with additional pecans and chocolate curls.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 466 calories, 29g fat (17g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 214mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Colly
    Nov 18, 2020

    My Sister in-law used to make this. I lost the recipe along time ago. I'm so happy to find it again. Thank you.

  • camillegreen
    Jul 19, 2020

    One of my family's favorite desserts. The name we knew it as was "sex in a pan". It is also good made with walnuts.

  • Sherri
    Jul 8, 2020

    I was delighted to see the in my inbox! My mother made this for years, but the recipe was lost. It is the same recipe and I thank you for sending it out. My family was totally addicted to this pie. It is excellent!

  • Ceege
    May 24, 2020

    I made this years ago for my family and family gatherings. However, my recipe called for "lemon". (On occasion I would sub in chocolate instead). The lemon was cool, light and refreshing. For you lemon lovers out there, give it a try.

  • DDPLoeches
    Jan 20, 2020

    We made this growing up in NC, but with butterscotch pudding (we called it "Butterscotch Dessert"). It was one of my favorite non-chocolate desserts, but I like the chocolate version too!

  • Aquarelle
    Jul 23, 2019

    I live in the opposite end of the country from Louisiana, but have been making this for years. We've always known it as Chocolate Yummy. Normally I tend to not make desserts involving pudding mix and frozen whipped topping, but sometimes you just need to, and children love this. I'm pretty sure that my mother originally received the recipe from my Texas aunt.

  • doranne
    Feb 20, 2019

    This is the best. My family loves it. Didn't change a thing. Thank you, Elizabeth, my family all lived in Thibodaux for many many years. Last name was Tardo, do you know any of them. I believe they are all gone now and one of my cousins lives in Kenner and one in Chalmette...