This Ice Cream Mud Pie has an Oreo crust, and layers of chocolate, vanilla and peppermint. You can use your own favorite flavors. This pie is always a crowd pleaser and it's easy, fun, and can be made ahead.
Of the countless desserts I love, an ice cream mud pie is my go-to dessert whenever I host a dinner.
I love making mud pies for dinner parties because they're super easy and fun. They present beautifully and everyone loves them. Everyone! Oh, and you can make them well in advance.
And as simple as it is to make, it tastes complex and amazing!
Ingredients for this Ice Cream Mud Pie
- Oreo cookies
- unsalted butter
- chocolate ice cream
- peppermint ice cream
- vanilla bean ice cream
How to Make it
- Choose a very good quality of ice cream.
- I love the flavor combination in this ice cream mud pie, but please choose your favorite flavors. They should compliment each other, and vary in color.
- Have the time and patience to wait until each layer of ice cream is 100% frozen before adding the next.
- Make sure the ice creams are the proper consistency — they should be soft but not at all melted when you add them to the pie.
- To make this pie gluten-free, you can use Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies or Gluten-Free Joe Joe's from Trader Joes.
How far ahead can you make it?
You can make Frozen Chocolate Peppermint Pie at least one day ahead of time. Imagine, your dessert for your dinner party being totally ready to serve a whole day before your guests arrive. Brilliant.
It will obviously keep for a long time because it's frozen, but the fresher the better for a party, so I don't usually make it more than two days ahead.
Ice Cream Combination Ideas
You can choose any flavors of ice cream you like!
I have two favorite flavor combinations.
- Chocolate and Peppermint. When you make the recipe below, you'll understand why.
- Chocolate and Coffee. Who can resist mocha?
And McConnell’s is my brand of choice. My favorite flavors? Dark Chocolate Chips & Nibs, Turkish Coffee and Peppermint Stick. I almost always add vanilla in the mix. It goes with most other flavors and the additional layer is pretty.
(This is not a sponsored post, I just love McConnell’s and it's my favorite for mud pies.)
I really hope you try this Ice Cream Mud Pie recipe and love it as much as my family and I do.
You also might be interested in my Individual Mud Pies with Espresso Chocolate Sauce. 🙂
Ice Cream Mud Pie Recipe
- approximately 40 Oreo cookies (or other brand of chocolate sandwich cookies you like — gluten-free is okay too!)
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 pint chocolate ice cream (I use McConnell's Dark Chocolate Chips & Nibs)
- 1 pint peppermint ice cream (I use McConnell's Peppermint Stick)
- 1 pint vanilla bean ice cream (I used McConnell's Vanilla Bean)
- Set the chocolate ice cream out to soften while you make the crust.
- Make crust. To make the crust, use a food processor to finely grind the Oreos until they're smooth and without large cookie chunks. Pour the ground Oreos into a large mixing bowl and remove about 1 cup. Then add the melted butter to what’s remaining in the mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Shape crust. Add the butter-Oreo mixture to a 9 ½ inch pie plate. Using your hands, gently press the mixture to evenly coat the inside of the plate (bottom and all the way up the sides) to form the crust. It should be about ¼ inch thick. Put the plate in the freezer until firm, about 10 minutes.
- Assemble, freeze, repeat. Spread the pint of chocolate ice cream evenly on the crust. Use a small, flat- bottomed spreader to make the layer smooth. Sprinkle a little less than half of the reserved 1 cup of Oreo crumbs evenly over the ice-cream and return the pie plate to the freezer for at least 40 minutes. After about 20 minutes of freezing time, set the peppermint ice cream out to soften. Being sure the chocolate layer is frozen solid, spread the peppermint ice cream on top and sprinkle it evenly with all but about 2 tablespoons of the Oreo crumbs. Again, freeze for about 40 minutes and now set the vanilla ice-cream out to soften about 20 minutes in. Being sure the peppermint layer is frozen solid, spread the vanilla ice-cream on top, and this time, follow with a sprinkling of the last 2 tablespoons of the Oreo crumbs.
- Freeze, serve. The pie should be kept in the freezer for at least 1 hour before serving, and for easier slicing, remove it from the freezer about 10 minutes before serving.
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