Mud Pie

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This Mud Pie Recipe is made with creamy layers of sweetened cream cheese, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream over a crunchy and buttery crust. Decadent, rich, delicious!

Mud Pie layered pudding dessert on a speckled plate

Traditional Mud Pie

This mud pie recipe is simple to make, yet rich and indulgent, just the way a good dessert should be! We love to make it during the summertime because it’s cool and refreshing, and serves a crowd. It’s perfect for summer picnics, barbecues or backyard gatherings or even quiet summer nights on the patio when the mood calls for something sweet. The combination of buttery crust, cream cheese layer, silky chocolate pudding and fluffy whipped topping make this a dessert that is absolutely to die for!

Mud pie dessert in a 9x13 clear baking dish

Suggestions for Mud Pie Recipe

  • The chocolate pudding layer can be easily swapped out for any other kind of pudding flavor. We have made it with pistachio pudding, butterscotch and lemon and they’re all so tasty! You could also try cookies and cream, chocolate mint, or plain vanilla. The pudding layers completely change the entire dynamic of the dessert, making it wonderfully versatile and delicious.
  • For an added layer of crunch, add crushed up candy bar or chopped walnuts or pecans to the top as a garnish.
  • If you’re taking this dessert to a picnic or potluck, it’s best to chill until the last minute, then slice immediately before serving, so the layers hold their shape.
  • Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to five days. I love leftovers because the crust gets nice and soft and mixes beautifully with the layers. So yummy!
Side view of mud pie on a plate with layers of pudding, cream cheese, and cool whip

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Close up view of mud pie layered dessert

Mud Pie

5 from 10 votes
This Mud Pie Recipe is made with creamy layers of sweetened cream cheese, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream over a crunchy and buttery crust. Decadent, rich, delicious!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15


  • 9 X 13 inch Pan
  • Hand Mixer


For the crust:

For the cream cheese layer:

For the pudding layer:

  • 2 packs instant pudding (small packages) 1 butterscotch and 1 chocolate
  • 2 1/2 cups milk cold

For the topping:


For the Crust:

  • Mix thoroughly and press into the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 to 20 min, then cool.

For the cream cheese layer:

  • Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and cool whip til smooth.
  • Spread evenly over cooled crust.

For the pudding layer:

  • Beat for 2 minutes then spread evenly over the cream cheese layer.

For the topping:

  • Spread on remaining cool whip and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.


Nutrition Information

Calories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 4gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 134mgPotassium: 137mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 503IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 91mgIron: 1mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. Oh yum, what a lovely dessert. Looks delicious, creamy but so light. I will definitely make this for my family. They will love it.

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