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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mud Pie

When we were first married I had some friends, the James family, who introduced me to this pie.  They would make it for Greg's birthday every year.  It is very simple and can be made in a 9 x 13 pan but I like the presentation of it made in a springform pan.  It does need to be started the day before you plan to eat it or plan on getting up very early.  I made this to share with a family with nut allergies but otherwise its fun to add another layer of caramel topping or use peanut butter cup ice cream.

Mud Pie

1 package oreo cookies
1 package cream cheese 8 oz
1 box vanilla ice cream
1 container hot fudge 16 oz or so
1 small container cool whip

1. Spray your pan with cooking spray.  If you are using a springform pan, line the bottom with parchment paper to make it easier to serve.
2. Save 4 oreo cookies to decorate the top of the cake with.  Mash the rest of the oreo cookies in a food processor or in a bag with a rolling pin until the cookies are uniform crumbs.  Mix together with a package of oreo cookies.  Press the cookies into the bottom of your pan for your crust.
3. Soften then ice cream.  You can microwave it on half power for 30 second intervals or leave it on your counter for 20 minutes.  Spread the ice cream over the oreo cookie crust and then freeze until firm.
4. Warm the hot fudge topping and pour it over the ice cream layer.  Freeze until firm.
5. Spread coolwhip on top of the hot fudge and decorate with cookies.  Freeze until firm.
6. Let the pie set out for 5 to 10 minutes before you serve it to let it soften.

Serves 12-15