It was summer of 1990 and my parents and I went out to TGIFriday’s for dessert. This was kind of a big deal in my world, as a family we didn’t go out much, and we certainly didn’t have dessert! I chose the Mocha Mud Pie and was in love, so much so that I had to read all the ingredients and try to make it at home. Not difficult at all, given that it had about five ingredients, but this was my first experiment in deconstructing a recipe, and it’s still a favorite in the heat of the summer.
Mocha Mud Pie
1 package of Oreo cookies
1/2 stick butter
1 quart coffee ice cream (Breyer’s)
1 quart chocolate ice cream (Breyer’s)
1 jar Hot Fudge topping
Slivered almonds for garnish
Set the ice creams on the counter to thaw while making the base layer. Annihilate the cookies in a food processor until you have crumbs. In a bowl, combine the cookie crumbs with melted butter until wet. Set aside 1/3 c of the mixture for later. Spread the cookies in a 13×9 pan to make the base layer. Scoop out the coffee ice cream and spread it over the cookie layer, using the entire quart. Do the same with the chocolate ice cream, spreading it over the coffee layer. Freeze for 1 hour. Pour the remaining cookie crumbs over the top and freeze until ready to serve. Cut into 3×3 inch squares and top with hot fudge and almonds.