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 I have been making this decadent Fudge Topped Chocolate Ice Cream Pie since I was a newlywed! Easy enough for a beginner cook and decadent enough to serve to special company!

A recipe for “Mississipi Mud Pie” was in a cookbook I received at one of my wedding showers. It was a cookie crust, filled with softened chocolate ice cream and topped with fudge sauce. Over the years, I began adding some Kahlua and even a slosh of brandy to enhance the chocolate flavoring. My family has loved this frozen Chocolate Ice Cream Pie since day one!

Fudge Topped Chocolate Ice Cream Pie slice with a dollop of whipped cream on a white dessert plate

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Fudge Topped Chocolate Ice Cream Pie

This Fudge Topped Chocolate Ice Cream Pie has made an appearance on our summer menu for years. My first few pies were sans a fudge topping, but once my family tasted the upgraded version, there was no looking back. I don’t usually garnish, but for the kick off of Ice Cream Week, I needed a glamorized version. A few dollops of whipped cream and some halved Oreos can turn a simple dessert into a company worthy grand finale. Make this pie a summer tradition at your house, too!

Slice of Fudge Topped Chocolate Ice Cream Pie on a white dessert plate

Tips for How to Make an Ice Cream Pie

No bake desserts are perfect for summer and your family will love this chocolate ice cream pie. Here are a few tips so the process goes smoothly.

  • This crust is formed by pressing a mixture of cookie crumbs, melted butter and a couple spoonfuls of sugar into a greased pie plate. No baking necessary; it’s just popped in the freezer while you let the ice cream soften on the counter.
  • I’ve mixed some booze into the premium chocolate chip ice cream; not enough to make the younger sect cringe, but an ideal amount for flavor enhancement. You may have heard that a bit of coffee helps intensify the chocolate in a dessert, so I always use Kahlua in this recipe. The hubby does not like coffee or anything mocha, but he’s never complained about a slosh of coffee liqueur.
  • Any addition of alcohol will lower the freezing point, keeping the ice cream from becoming rock hard. So having both Kahlua and brandy in small amounts makes for an easy to slice pie.
  • The alcohol is totally optional, so feel free to omit it if prefer not to serve alcohol to your family.
  • Use a jar of the best fudge sauce you can find to cover the ice cream layer. I’ve utilized homemade before, but this is summer, so give yourself a break! 
  • Spreading on the hot fudge sauce is the hardest part of this recipe. The pie must be frozen solid before you start. If it starts melting during the process, pop the pie back in the oven and let it harden again before continuing.

How to Slice a Chocolate Ice Cream Pie

  • With this fudge topping, it’s best to have your fudge topped ice cream pie well frozen before slicing.
  • If you’re serving an ice cream pie without a sticky topping, you’ll want to set it in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes before cutting, so the ice cream softens a bit.
  • PRO-Tip: To slice an ice cream pie, the key is to use a hot dry knife. Run a long serrated knife or other sharp knife under very hot water, then dry it off before slicing. Repeat this process as often as needed.  Note: A serrated knife, like a bread knife, has small teeth like a saw.
  • I use a paper towel to dry the knife as chocolate stains are often a pain to remove from patterned dish towels.

How to Garnish an Ice Cream Pie

If serving this easy, no-bake chocolate ice cream pie to company, you may want to garnish your dessert.  I like to pipe 8 dollops of sweetened whip cream around the perimeter, then insert an Oreo into each mound. This should be done right before serving as you don’t want your whipped cream to be frozen.

Since this recipe serves 8, when it’s sliced. each piece will look like it’s restaurant worthy without a lot of effort. Use an open star tip and a piping bag or a Pampered Chef Easy Decorator.

This same technique can be used for different flavors of ice cream pies. Just take a cue from the ingredients in your pie when choosing what you insert into the whipped cream. Malted milk balls, other cookies and candies would work well. M&M’s could bleed so I’d avoid using them.

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Fudge Topped Chocolate Ice Cream Pie

An easy peasy ice cream pie with 3 layers of decadent chocolate deliciousness!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 8 servings


  • 1 9-ounce package of chocolate wafer cookies (or 22 chocolate sandwich cookies), processed or crushed into fine crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (omit if using sandwich cookies)
  • 1-quart premium chocolate-chocolate chip ice cream (or another favorite flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
  • 1 jar fudge sauce (mine was 12.25 ounces)
  • Sweetened whipped cream, halved chocolate sandwich cookies to garnish


  1. Mix cookie crumbs, melted butter, and sugar (if using) in a medium bowl. Pat into a greased, 9-inch pie plate. Freeze.
  2. Set out ice cream to soften while crust freezes.
  3. Mix softened ice cream, brandy, and Kahlua. Dump into the center of frozen crust and use an offset spatula to smooth top. Freeze till solid, a few hours.
  4. Put large spoonfuls of fudge sauce over top of ice cream and quickly spread to cover. Ice cream will start melting so you may need to patch with more sauce if it breaks through the topping. Place in the freezer.
  5. Whip cream and pipe small mounds onto parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze and use to garnish the finished cake. Place a half cookie onto each whipped cream mound if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 852Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 419mgCarbohydrates: 98gFiber: 5gSugar: 73gProtein: 11g


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80 comments on “Fudge Topped Chocolate Ice Cream Pie”

  1. There you go making my mouth water again for dessert! This is a great way to start off the day for me I need that pie right now! hugs have a great week! XO

  2. I love ice cream, and now I want a piece of your gorgeous pie for breakfast, Please? Our ice cream maker died last year and we never replaced it. This Cuisinart Ice Cream maker would be perfect.

  3. This look amazing and I love the pictures:D

  4. My favorite is blackberry Ice cream!

  5. Dessert is my weak spot, especially those that have chocolate! It’s only morning here but I could seriously go for a piece of this right now!

  6. I adore the looks and sound of this pie! All that chocolate has me swooning!

  7. Wow! I need this in my life!

  8. I want this PIIIEEEE!!!! All the chocolate! I can hardly stand it, Liz!

  9. Every time I see that pie pic I drool a little bit more. That fudge topping is killing me!!!

  10. Liz, this is such a beautiful, elegant, decadent dessert that’s still simple to make. I love it. As a die hard chocoholic, I don’t think I’d be sharing this with anybody! And I’m loving all of the helpful tips you’re including in your posts. Adding liquor is a definite must!

  11. Your pie looks so decadent, Liz! I am sitting here commenting while having an empty grumbling stomach and I just want to eat a piece of this! And it has Kahlua… perfect!

  12. OOoo…Kaluha and brandy. yes please! this is a masterpiece!

  13. My favorite flavor of ice cream is Vanilla. There is nothing better than a big bowl of vanilla ice cream with hot fudge sauce, yummy 🙂

  14. I just stumbled over this cake recipe and know I don’t want anything else but this. NOW. 🙂 Coffee liquor is a great idea, my family would love this!

  15. I love vanilla ice cream. You can add things to make it different or just eat it plain.

  16. Ice cream is my weakness! I can honestly say that I have never met an ice cream that I didn’t like 🙂 Your ice cream pie looks delicious! Pinned!

  17. Seriously how do you make all this awesome decadent food and not eat ALLLL of it!

    I need to know! I lack self control and so I usually don’t make this stuff unless it’s for a party and someone else will eat the rest!

  18. How delicious Liz, then I ready you added brandy and Kahula, my kind of ice cream pie for sure!! 🙂

  19. Mackinac Island Fudge.

  20. That crust!!!!! The rest of it looks amazing, but I’m such a sucker for a good chocolate crust. The oreo garnish is just about the extent of my garnishing as well!!

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.

  21. Liz, this ice cream pie rocks. . I did not get my act together in enough time so could not participate this week . . but I will be supporting you all and wishing I had some ice cream pie right about now!

  22. oh I forgot. . fave flavor of ice cream. . homemade. . anything with cheesecake. . otherwise, chocolate or chocolate peanut butter!!

  23. Truthfully, I think vanilla is hard to beat! Your pie looks great, love that it’s totally no bake for the summer:@)

  24. I can certainly see why this has become a family tradition! Thank you for sharing such a delicious treat with us today! I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

  25. Now this is my kind of pie!! Yummmmmm! Great giveaway, thanks!

  26. I don’t know how you know what my favorites are but week after week you keep posting about them. This pie is gorgeous.

  27. If there was magic in the world, it would literally be all inside this one incredible pie 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  28. That fudge sauce over top sealed the deal for me! This ice cream pie looks amazing!

  29. This pie is fantastic. My favorite flavor is cookies and cream or coconut. But I also love a good vanilla topped with hot fudge.

  30. hi, drooling over your pie, yum!!! my favorite pie has always been peach even as a little girl, that is what i asked for every year for my birthday over cake. thanks so much for a chance to win such awesome prizes

  31. Your my kinda girl! I love a little booze in my ice cream too. 🙂 The pie looks amazing!

  32. Knocking it out of the park as always! Care to trade slices?

  33. Hi Liz, what a gorgeous looking pie, I’m a big fan of anything chocolate.

  34. wow definitely craving a slice.. anything chocolate related is always a hit in my books!

  35. This looks insanely delicious!! I don’t want to make it because I know I would probably eat the whole thing!

  36. You had me at ice cream pie! This looks decadent and delicious!

  37. This looks sooooooooo rich and to die for!

  38. Liz, I have to tell you that since I saw your ice cream in Facebook I dream about it ! Soo goood !!!

  39. You always know, Liz, how to make good thing even better 😀

  40. There’s nothing that speaks more of summer than ice cream. I love the look of this ice cream pie and how wonderful would this be on a hot summer’s day. We are in the depths of our winter with lots of grey skies and rain and I’m longing for hot sunshine and icy cold ice cream xx

  41. (((DROOLING)))
    in Minnesota.
    This sinful pie must be devoured immediately! xxx

  42. Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla!

  43. Great tip, Liz! The Oreo halves atop the cream do glamorize the pie…And I am quite certain they enhance the already crazy good creation with the fudgy topping =)

  44. Hi Liz – this looks so darn good! When I pinned it I decided I wanted to post it in the Just Dessert Recipes FB group that I help Jen from Jen’s Favorite Cookies administer. It’s a great group and Tuesdays are my day to post and moderate etc… Anyway, I’ve gotten your permission in the past to get the photos so I hope that still stands! Thanks! If you ever want to be added, just let me know and I’ll do it!

  45. This looks divine, especially for a hot day in August! (or September, December, February, etc. You get the idea! LOL)

  46. Lizzy,
    This looks fantastic. My hubby would just love this.

  47. You had me at fudge topped!! and the cookie crumb crust put it over the top!! Thanks for another gorgeous dessert recipe, Liz!!

  48. Coffee Oreo. Have you ever heard of a better combination than that? Mmmmm. just MMMM!!!

  49. You make the best chocolate desserts! That fudge toppings calling my name!

  50. My favorite flavor of ice cream is butter pecan or maybe maple walnut.

  51. Oh my goodness! Look at how decadent and fudgy this pie is! I wish this would magically appear in my freezer right…. now! 😉

  52. ooooh la la!!! This pie is super lovely and CRAZY delish! The chocolate decadence levels are out of control PERFECT

  53. My favorite ice cream flavor is definitely Haggen Daaz Bourbon Pecan. SO good!

  54. Wow wow wow, I want to dive right in!

  55. I’m still full from Charisse’s birthday dinner but I’d find room for a slice of this baby!

  56. You can never have too much chocolate in your life!

  57. Oh YUM!! This sounds sinfully good!

  58. This looks SO yummy! I must try this one!

  59. I need to make this for my boys minus the Kahlua and brandy. Looks completely sinful!

  60. I am drooling at 7am ! WOW!

  61. Oh my thats one mouth watering piece of pie!! can I have a piece please 🙂

  62. This is certainly a dessert for the chocolate lover. YUM!

  63. yep made me drool again everytime I see it!

  64. This is the perfect summertime dessert, looks absolutely delicious and luscious. I love you upped the game with the fudge topping.

  65. Looks delicious

  66. That tart has my name written all over it! Delicious!

  67. This dessert has my name written all over it!

  68. Dear Liz, what a decadent summertime treat! This ice cream pie looks so delicious, I certainly wouldn’t mind a slice right now, a very big slice that is!

  69. What a scrumptious pie! I think I am going to have a small slice this morning. Nothing wrong with that, right?

  70. This is a gorgeous chocolate pie! I’m excited to make it again as it’s always a huge hit whenever I serve it!

  71. We absolutely loved this!! The Kahlua took it to the next level yum!!!!

  72. I’m fairly certain that every single part of this recipe makes me happy. SO delicious!

  73. When I need a chocolate fix, this is what I make!

  74. This is heavenly! I’m a sucker for anything with chocolate in it.

  75. The fudge topping took this pie to the next level! It was perfect!

  76. This was really amazing! I loved how easy it was to make!

  77. Chocolate on top of chocolate?? I’m in!

  78. What a tasty treat!! This looks like the perfect solution to a chocolate craving!

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