Mississippi Mud Pie
Our approach to Mississippi mud pie was clear: When in doubt, add more chocolate.
Why This Recipe Works
The different layers of this intense chocolate pie are said to be named for the Mississippi River’s silty bottom, but there’s nothing muddy about its flavor or texture. We used crushed chocolate wafer cookies and melted butter to form the crust, which we pressed and baked briefly before adding the brownie-like layer. To achieve the perfect gooey texture for this layer, we relied on a mixture of molasses-rich dark brown sugar and bittersweet chocolate and baked it until it was slightly underdone. Once this layer was fully chilled, we added the mousse: a simple mixture of melted and cooled milk chocolate, confectioners’ sugar, and cocoa powder folded into whipped cream. For a crunchy topping, we toasted chocolate wafer cookie pieces with melted butter, cocoa, and sugar and sprinkled them over the mousse layer.