Whether it’s mud season or chocolate season, this dessert will put a simle on your face. Have your kids (or grown up kids) help you assemble this decadent–and 100 percent edible–chocolate mud pie.
2 1/2 cups chocolate wafers (about 1 9-oz. box) or chocolate graham crackers
6 tbsp. melted butter
1 qt. chocolate ice cream
1/2 cup chocolate fudge topping
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, chocolate cookie chunks, nuts, M&M’s, or mini marshmallows
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered hot cocoa mix
1. To make the crust, place the cookies in a plastic bag, seal it and crush them with a rolling pin until they resemble dirt.
2. Mix 1 1/2 cups of the crushed cookies with the melted butter and press into a 9-inch pie pan. Freeze for 20 minutes.
3. Let the chocolate ice cream soften for about 10 minutes (or microwave it for a few seconds). Spread half of it onto the bottom of the chilled crust.
4. Dig 8 holes in the ice cream and fill each with a tablespoon of fudge topping. Freeze again for 10 minutes or until the topping is firm. If the remaining ice cream begins to melt, place it in the freezer.
5. Stir the chocolate chip “rocks” into the remaining ice cream and spread it over the top of the pie. Return the pie to the freezer.
6. Beat the heavy cream at high speed until it thickens (3 to 5 minutes). Add the cocoa mix and beat 2 minutes more, until stiff.
7. Spread the cream evenly over the top of the pie. Sprinkle with the remaining chocolate cookie “dirt,” then cover with plastic wrap and freeze the pie for another 3 to 4 hours. Serves 6 to 8.