Blog Flog: Mud Pie

Ice cream cake was my birthday “cake” of choice growing up, and still it’s funny how people get excited over an ice cream cake or pie – I made a few last summer for my latest cookbook, and each time, everyone was thrilled. And yet they’re as easy as it gets – I enlisted my five year old grand-niece to help assemble one, scooping soft ice cream in alternating flavours into a cookie crust, and sprinkling chopped chocolate bars and mini peanut butter cups in between. As it firmed up in the freezer we made a batch of ganache – warmed cream and chocolate that tastes like a smooth melted truffle – to pour overtop. It was a blast, everyone was thrilled, and we didn’t even need to turn on the oven.

Chapman’s asked if I’d share a recipe using their ice cream, and this was my first thought – because mud pies are the most fun, and can be custom made with any variety of ice cream, paired with any number of cookie crumb crusts – chocolate, ginger, Oreo, Digestive – bash them into crumbs in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin, or blitz them in the food processor, adding enough melted butter to make them hold together like wet send. Press into a pie tin and refrigerate while you soften the ice cream a bit by letting it sit out on the counter. There are so many possibilities! Raspberry sorbet with chocolate crust, Maple Walnut with bashed maple sandwich cookie crust! Caramel Prailine with gingersnap crust. Coffee Toffee with a Hobnob crust. This was Vanilla and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup with chocolate wafer cookie crust! Or… no crust at all: just make a massive pile of ice cream scoops and mix-ins to freeze and serve in wedges with sauce and other toppings.

This is a high payback for minimal effort sort of dessert, one that requires no elaborate decorating (bonus!) and can sit in the freezer until you’re ready for it. Buy two kinds of ice cream and rummage through snack drawers to find chocolate (or chocolate bars) to chop, pretzels to bash, cookies or brownies to crumble, and sprinkle it all on top or between layers, along with some chocolate or caramel sauce. (Small hands get very much into this action, too.) Pop it back into the freezer for an hour or so to firm up before you serve it, or bring it straight to the table.

Feel free to get completely carried away. Make a mess.

Thanks Chapman’s – a Canadian company since 1973! – for supporting what I do by just letting me do my thing.

Mud Pie


March 11, 2020



1 1/4 cups cookie crumbs (chocolate, ginger, Digestive or graham cracker)

1/4 cup butter, melted


2-3 L Chapman's ice cream, softened (two kinds, if possible)

chopped chocolate or chocolate bars, bashed pretzels, nuts, mini marshmallows, broken cookies or bits of brownies, sprinkles or silver dragées


1/2-1 cup whipping cream

1/2-1 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate


1In a small bowl, blend the cookie crumbs and butter until well combined; press into the bottom and up the sides of a pie plate and refrigerate until you’re ready for it. (I do this while the ice cream sits on the countertop to soften.) Spoon the softened ice cream into the shell, layering with add-ins if you like.

2To make the ganache (a fancy name for thick, fudgy chocolate sauce), warm the cream to steaming and pour over the chocolate chips—no need to precisely measure, just aim for about equal parts. Let sit for a few minutes, then whisk until smooth. Pour over the pie, or in between the layers, either before refreezing or at the table (or both). Serves about 12.


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  3. WiseCanadian
    March 12, 2020 at 9:34 am

    The first time I tasted mud pie was in the late 70’s at Smuggler’s Inn in Calgary. It was served more like a brownie rather than pie and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I knew I just had to try to make it myself and was surprised at how easy it was to make, and how deliciously devious it was to eat it. It was the first and last time I attempted to make it for I knew that had I made it a regular routine to make this pie, I most certainly would have to up-size my wardrobe! Thanks for this recipe Julie!

  4. Allina Health For PC
    April 7, 2020 at 6:22 am

    What size pie plate are you using? I have some deep dish 10? pie plates, but I think this is probably better suited to a regular 8? or 9? size? Looks amazing! I may have to make 2, one with raisins for me and one with pecans for my husband ?

  5. Piz Goode
    April 14, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Wow this looks yummy!

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