Outrageously delicious, this Mile High Mud Pie is a dynamite ice cream cake. Layers of rich and creamy coffee, chocolate and vanilla ice-cream, ribbons of fudge sauce, cookie crumbles and Reese’s peanut butter cups, with an amazing chocolate cookie crust! A dessert to remember, even non-dessert lovers, love this cake!
Prep Time: 30 minutes Freeze Time: 8 hours Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
1 package creme filled sandwich cookies (I used Back to Nature Chocolate Creme Cookies, or use Oreos, Newman O's, etc.)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter, slightly cooled
3-1/2 gallons of Vanilla, Coffee and Chocolate Ice Cream (or your favorite flavors, see variations below)
1 jar hot fudge sauce (try and buy without High Fructose Corn Syrup) or make my Chewy Hot Fudge
1 recipe "magic shell" or purchase Magic Shell Fudge
1 bag mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, chopped (optional)
1 recipe chocolate ganache (optional)
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup milk chocolate chips (or all semisweet works well too)
1 cup whipping cream
2 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
INSTRUCTIONS COOKIE CRUST AND CRUMBLES
Place the entire package of cookies in the base of a food processor* (or a handful at a time if you have a smaller food processor) and pulse until the cookies are coarse crumbs. Melt 1/2 of a stick (1/4 cup) of butter; pour into food processor while on low/pulse until butter is incorporated. Remove 1-2 tablespoons and set all aside.
ASSEMBLING MUD PIE
First, grab a sturdy freezer and heat friendly bowl, like these traditional clear glass Pyrex bowls, so you can see your layering. Size is your preference, use between 1.5 liter - 2.5 liter bowls.
Making an ice cream cake or mud pie is more art than recipe, it's simply taking your favorite ice creams, toppings, cookies and fillings and making it your own!
Using an ice cream spade (a spatula will work just fine too) scoop about 1-2 inch layers of ice cream and place in the bottom of the bowl. Press using the back of the spade or a large spoon to smooth out completely, or use some parchment or plastic wrap and press down until even. Spoon on a layer of fudge topping over the ice cream. If you need to warm it to pour easier, warm slightly so you don't completely melt your ice cream. FREEZE for 30-60 minutes!
Remove from freezer for your next round of ice cream and toppings. If desired, chop some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate Sandwich Cookies or your favorite candy and place on top of first layer, pressing in slightly. If desired, spoon on some of the cookie crumb crust (be sure to leave plenty for the actual crust) and press into the nooks and crannies filling in any holes and cracks.
NOTE | My son said he liked the "crumbly" cookie parts the best, on one of the cakes I added a second layer of the cookie crumbs to the middle of the cake and omitted the ganache. Scoop and press on your next layer of ice cream and repeat with fudge layer; return to freezer for 1 hour. Or replace a fudge layer with a ganache layer (instructions below). I like to use 2-3 different ice creams in my ice cream cakes, appeals to most. After cookie crust and/or ganache layers are firm to the touch from freezing, add your final layer of ice cream. Smooth and refreeze for 30 minutes.
Finally, pack on your cookie crumb crust and smooth down firmly using parchment paper or plastic wrap. Keep covered and freeze overnight preferably, or at least 4-6 hours.
If making the ganache now is a great time to make it and add to your cake. In a microwave proof bowl pour in your chocolate chips and whipping cream and heat in 30-40 second bursts, stirring well in between. It melts faster than you think and will continue to melt. Do not overheat, it will burn and ruin your ganache. It might be overkill to do both a layer of cookie crumbs AND ganache, but who am I to tell you what to do!
Once smooth, toss in your butter and stir until blended and smooth. Mix in your vanilla and a pinch of salt. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes then spoon over frozen ice cream layer, smoothing to edges and return to fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
HOW TO UN MOLD THE ICE CREAM CAKE
Grab a plate or platter that will fit your Mud Pie creation! Have ready.
Using a small knife, slide around the edge of the cookie crust.
Fill a sink or much larger bowl with hot tap water. Carefully lower the bowl into the water, dip until just before the rim (careful, you don't want to water log your cookie crust). Hold for about a minute.
TIP | If holding the frozen glass bowl is to chilly or the water is to hot, put on some dish washing gloves; extra points for cute gloves!
Place platter upside down on top of bowl; flip holding both the bowl and the plate until bowl is sitting on the plate. You may want to angle the bowl slightly and insert a knife on one edge, gently encouraging the cake to come forth! If it's being stubborn hold in the hot water for another 30 seconds and try again.
Once plated, return to freezer for 30 minutes or more, then if desired before serving, spoon on more fudge sauce, sprinkle with tablespoon of reserved cookie crumbs and/or drizzle with Magic Shell. Remove ice cream cake from freezer 10 minutes prior to serving. Slice into desired size slices, running a long knife under hot tap water or setting in a glass to heat up helps cut the cake easier and leaves a smoother finish. Serve IMMEDIATELY. Freeze leftovers.
Drizzle a little more fudge or topping of choice over top, including magic shell.
Add crushed cookies chunks or chopped Reese's Peanut Butter cups
A dollop of whipped cream
PHEW! It sounds so much harder than it is, it's seriously one of the easiest, no fuss desserts I make and I ALWAYS have people request the "recipe" from me! It's so worth the time in between layers for this work of art!
Flavor Combination Ideas
Mint Chip Ice Cream Cake | Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate, Vanilla Ice Creams - Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Crust - Fudge and use extra cookies in middle (whole, uncrushed) layers.
Thanksgiving Ice Cream Cake | Pumpkin - Vanilla - Pumpkin Ice Creams - Gingersnap or Spice Cookie Crust - Caramel toppings
Mountain Man Ice Cream Cake | Moose Tracks, Chocolate, Vanilla Ice Creams - Chocolate Cookie Crust, Fudge AND Caramel toppings
Christmas Ice Cream Cake | Egg Nog & Vanilla Ice Cream - Blonde OR Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Crust - Caramel or Fudge Toppings
Birthday Cake Ice Cream Cake | Birthday Cake, Vanilla & Chocolate ice creams - Fudge and/or Caramel toppings, rainbow jimmies layer with blonde or chocolate sandwich cookie crust.
Christmas Peppermint Ice Cream Cake | Peppermint, Vanilla and if desired White Chocolate Ice Creams- Layered with Crushed peppermints (candy canes) and white chocolate chips with chocolate crushed cookies layer and chocolate cookie crust.
NOTES No food processor? No problem, working in several batches, place your cookies in a heavy duty plastic ziplock baggie. Using a rolling pin or heavy bottomed bottle, smash your cookies until they resemble coarse crumbs, rolling if needed, then pour into mixing bowl and add melted butter and stir to combine. Soften your ice cream, about 15 minutes on the counter or microwave for 15-20 seconds, no longer. I have been known to "RUSH" the layering process. The cake isn't as pretty if you don't freeze between layering, but guess what? It still tastes amazing, so if you are pressed for time, then do all of your layering without freezing between, work fast and get that baby in the freezer to freeze at least 6-8 hours; preferably overnight. GLUTEN FREE OPTION | Simply insure your ice cream is Gluten Free and replace Oreo's or cookies with Gluten Free Sandwich Cookies.
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