There is no love sincerer than the love of food -George Bernard Shaw

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mud Pies

Okay, I love mud pies. The first time I ever had a mud pie was in elementary school when we had some sort of Farm Day where we got to milk "cows" (painted black and white barrels with gloves attached on the bottom), make butter from scratch, and eat mud pies! I thought they were awesome, but my mom never made them and I've never really found a decent recipe to make my own. So I was excited when I found that Janet from had two mud pie recipes on her blog that I could try! One was her grandmothers original recipe that called for coconut that I didn't have, and the other was for chocolate peanut butter ones, but I generally don't like cooking with peanut butter because the flavor can be pretty dominant. SO I chose to make the plain recipe minus the coconut!

My suggestions with this recipe:

-Don't do that! Though my mud pies came out tasty, they felt like they were missing something. They also were prone to falling apart easily, I'm hoping that the coconut will solve all of these problems for my next batch.

-I'm definitely going to have to get over my peanut butter fear, because I felt like my batch was a little too cocoa-y! Peanut butter might just be the missing link!

The best part about these (besides being utterly delicious!) is that it's a no-bake recipe! As easy as rice-krispie treats!

Mud Pies

2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup shortening
5 tbsp cocoa
1 cup fine coconut
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups quick cooking oats

1. In a saucepan, stir together the sugar, milk, shortening, cocoa, salt and vanilla. Bring to a boil and remove from heat at once.

2. Add oats and coconut. Stir well.

3. Cool a bit and drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheets lined with waxed paper. Chill until set.


  1. I have a recipe that's been handed down from my mom. It's rich but so good. Let me know if you would like the recipe.

  2. A couple of things before I give you the recipe...

    * Since you love p.b. like I do, may I suggest using Skippy's Honey Roast Creamy peanut butter. When used in peanut butter balls, it is SO good. I can give you my recipe, if you want. It is the easiest thing to make.

    * You go to school full time, work full time, have a boyfriend, cook when you find the time AND you blog about it. You are pretty amazing. Back in my college days (CSU Fullerton..I heard you may go there, too?), I was working full time, engaged to be married and in a fraternity. I know how difficult it can be to keep it all together. I figure if you can blog with everything on your plate, there's no reason I can't blog about cooking also. Wish me luck.

    * This recipe is for Mississippi Mud Cake (not pies). I make it for Mike to take to the guys at Warner Bros. since they request it. A lot!


    8 oz butter, room temp
    2 c sugar
    4 eggs, slightly beaten
    1 1/2 t vanilla extract
    1 1/2 c flour
    1 1/2 t baking powder
    2 T cocoa
    1 1/2 c coconut
    1 1/2 c walnuts (or pecans)
    dash salt

    a couple of hand full of mini marshmallows or a jar of marshmallow cream (mini's are easiest to work with)

    1 box pordered sugar
    4 oz butter room temp.
    1/2 c evaporated milk
    1/3 c cocoa
    1 t vanilla extract

    * cream butter and sugar together
    * add eggs and vanilla, mix well
    * add flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa in batches
    * fold in nuts and coconut
    * bake at 350 deg. in a 9 x 13 greased and floured pan for about an hour.

    * while it's hot, add marshmallows and let cool on a rack.

    * mix frosting ingredients together and spread over the top.

  3. I think I've made something like this before, but it was called no-bake cookies.

  4. Thanks for the tips and the recipe Uncle David. I cant wait to try it!