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Mini Chocolate Mud Pies with Oreo Crust

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These Mini Chocolate Mud Pies with Oreo Crust are super rich and will tame even the fiercest chocolate craving!

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Okay there is way too much going on in this post, so let’s get started!

Today is a really big day here at Crazy for Crust. Not because of these Mini Chocolate Mud Pies. No, these mini pies, which have an Oreo crust and are filled with flourless chocolate cake and topped with rich ganache, aren’t the main reason for today’s post.

{These pies deserve their own parade, complete with a chocolate cheering section!}

These mud pies are actually inspired by a dessert I had at Flo’s V8 Cafe in California Adventure over the summer. I’ve been dying to copycat those mini pies ever since, and I finally have. For a super special occasion!

Want to know why it’s such a big day here? Because…

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Today Crazy for Crust turns 3!

I seriously can’t even believed I just typed that sentence. I’ve been doing this blog for three years. What started as a “I need something to do while Jordan is at school” has become something that encompasses my entire life; it’s really an extension of me. This blog is my second baby. It’s my business. It’s me, if I came in word form with pictures in two dimensions on the internet.

As I sit here, I’m getting a little emotional over what this blog has become, and how it got here. So I thought I’d put together a list of things I’ve learned in my 3 years of blogging…

1. This blogging thing is hard.

When I decided to start a blog, I had read exactly two blogs before: Bakerella and The Pioneer Woman. Then I said, if they can do it, so can I. {Feel free to totally make fun of me now, I do it every time I think that sentence.}

When I decided to make the leap to full-time blogging (which meant I was turning this into a business, not doing it as a hobby) I started working harder and more than I ever had before. I work the entire time Jordan is at school. I work for two hours in the morning before we leave for school. I work while I wait for her at pick-up. I work while she does her homework. I bring my laptop to the couch after dinner. I work after Jordan goes to bed. I skip parties and girls nights. I work on weekends, during summers, and on vacation. And all that’s just time. As anyone who blogs knows: the knowledge we need is vast. Social media, editing, photography, writing, html, taxes, invoices…the list is endless.

And I love (almost) every minute. Except the taxes. Yuck.

2. You need a support system.

My husband is my biggest champion. I really could not do this without his support. Even though he is the breadwinner in our family and he travels a lot and works constantly, he is always there to help me. He does the school drops and pick-ups when he can. He keeps Jordan entertained after dinner. He takes her out on weekends. He wants me to succeed as much as I do. Our other family members are also amazing supporters of me and my blog. They visit every day, they share on Facebook. They know how hard I work, and I love them for it!

If you’re going to have a blog, you need help outside of blogging. Unless you’re one of those people that never sleeps…but probably even then too.

3. You need a network of “blog” friends (but after awhile you won’t think of them as internet friends anymore).

Other bloggers get this life. Your friends in real life probably won’t, which is why you need people to talk to that get what you do. Find a circle of “blog” friends as soon as possible. These people can be what makes this job enjoyable. I’d like to say a big thank you to my blog friends right now. You all know who you are. You’ve become part of my life and I really love you for it. :)

4. Blogging can fulfill your life, if you let it.

The opportunities I’ve had over the past few years have amazed me. I’ve worked with some amazing people and brands. I’ve made friendships with people all over the place. As a matter of fact, as you read this, on my blog’s third birthday, I am sitting in a hotel room in New Jersey on a trip to the Duncan Hines Test Kitchen. *Mind Blown*

This blogging life is not one I saw for myself. If you had told me three years ago what this would become I would laugh in your face. I’m amazed at what it’s become, and I can only hope I’m here a year from now, celebrating again.

And I really couldn’t have done any of these things without you, my readers. So thank you. I heart every single one of you!

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To show you how much I love you I made you mini mud pies.

Did you read up at the top how it said these mini mud pies are flourless chocolate cake with an Oreo for a crust and chocolate ganache for a topping? (I used Peanut Butter Oreos, because it’s what I had. You can use your favorite!)

Yeah, these babies are amazing. So rich, you’ll need a glass of milk to eat them. These are seriously to die for. If you’re having a rich chocolate craving, these will satisfy it!

I think they’re fitting for a 3rd birthday, what do you think?

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So…a 3rd birthday and some mud pies. Nope, we’re not done with this post! Guess what? Not only is today Crazy for Crusts’ third birthday, but tomorrow is MY actual birthday. So…two birthdays to celebrate.

Thanks for being the bestest blog followers ever! xoxo

Mini Chocolate Mud Pies with Oreo Crust

Yield: 9 mini pies

Mini Chocolate Mud Pies with Oreo Crust

Ingredients

  • 9 Oreo Cookies (any flavor; I used Peanut Butter Oreos)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet or unsweetened chocolate (I used Ghiradelli 60% cacao, but you can also use semi-sweet), chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin pans with 9 cupcake liners. Spray with cooking spray. Place one Oreo in the bottom of each liner.
  2. Place butter and chocolate in a bowl. Set the bowl over a pan of boiling water. (Place 2 inches of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Set the bowl with the chocolate over the top. Make sure no water gets in the bowl or it will ruin the chocolate!) Stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. Add eggs, sugar, and pinch of salt to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat about 5 minutes on level 3 until thick and yellow. (You can use a hand mixer...it will just take longer.)
  4. While the mixer is running on low, slowly add the chocolate to the egg mixture. Mix until all the chocolate has been added, then turn the mixer off and fold the mixture until the egg has completely incorporated into the chocolate.
  5. Scoop batter into prepared pan. I used a 1/4 cup ice cream scoop for this step. You can fill the cups almost to the top, these will not rise.
  6. Bake for about 15-18 minutes, until it barely jiggles and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs. Cool before continuing.
  7. While the mini pies are cooling, make the ganache by add the heavy cream and chocolate chips to a measuring cup or microwave safe bowl. Heat on HIGH for 30-40 seconds. Whisk until the chocolate is dissolved into the warm cream. Let sit at room temperature until it thickens, about 1-2 hours. (You can also speed up this process using the refrigerator.)
  8. Spoon ganache over the top of the mini pies. Serve with a tall glass of milk!

Notes

Flourless Cake recipe adapted from Food Network Magazine.

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Thank you so much for being such great readers and for helping me get to where I am.

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172 Responses to “Mini Chocolate Mud Pies with Oreo Crust”

  1. tanya posted on September 20, 2013 at 3:07 am (#)

    You and your blog are an inspiration Dorothy!! Keep with the phenomenal job!!! Happy birthday Crazy for Crust!

  2. Monica C posted on September 20, 2013 at 3:11 am (#)

    I’d download a recipe book so that I could easily refer to it while cooking in the kithen

  3. Jamie @lifelovelemons posted on September 20, 2013 at 3:14 am (#)

    I’ll down load lots of cookbooks and textbooks! LEss weight to carry around :) These cupcakes look super yummy!

  4. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen posted on September 20, 2013 at 3:44 am (#)

    Happy 3rd Blogiversary, Dorothy! Congratulations to you on a phenomenal job and for making it to year 4! You are an inspiration to many others, that’s for certain. So, thank you for that! Best wishes always, girl! xo

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you Stacy!!

  5. Mollie posted on September 20, 2013 at 4:03 am (#)

    I would download the next A.S. King book that comes out in October because she is one of my favorite authors right now!

  6. Kim Flegal posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:02 am (#)

    Yay! Happy 3rd birthday! :-) Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  7. Kim Flegal posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:07 am (#)

    There are too many books to pick just one! I would probably start with, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

  8. Charlsey G posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:19 am (#)

    I would download Wally Lamb’s new book that comes out next month. So exciting :-)

  9. Tieghan posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:19 am (#)

    Happy, happy, happy 3 years of blogging! You amaze me at what you do and all your recipes, like every single one is amazing (this one included, holy crap!)!! I love the things you have learned, they are SO true! HUGE congrats and have fun in New Jersey!

    Oh and Dorothy, these mini mud pies are in stickin credible! The go chocolate centers, the oreo crust and the ganache topping! Just amazing!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks Tieghan! I’m so glad to have met you. You’re amazing!

  10. Alice posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:25 am (#)

    So many books I long to read, I can’t decide which will be first. Happy Birthdays Dorothy – you’re wonderful!!!

  11. Jackie Huynh posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:26 am (#)

    I’d read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo first!

  12. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:56 am (#)

    Happy 3rd Birthday :)

  13. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on September 20, 2013 at 6:02 am (#)

    Wow you hit 3! That is just so amazing! Thank you for all that you do. Thanks for being just the sweetest person and helping newbies like myself out. Thanks for all the encouraging words and the great post that come off this blog weekly! Congratulations on your blog turning 3 and Happy Birthday tomorrow!!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you Nancy!! :)

  14. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on September 20, 2013 at 6:02 am (#)

    1-HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU AND CRAZY FOR CRUST!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2-Blogging is awesome, esp. the friends, forrealsies <3
    3-OMG THESE MINI PIES I COULD JUST DIIIIIIE. Seriously. Perfection. I waaaant

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks Kayle! I’m so glad I’ve met you through bogging!

  15. Bethany Becker posted on September 20, 2013 at 6:08 am (#)

    Happy anniversary! I would download anything By Jane Austen first!

  16. janet greenwood posted on September 20, 2013 at 6:33 am (#)

    I love all of the recipes that you post.

  17. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme posted on September 20, 2013 at 6:35 am (#)

    Happy 3rd Birthday (and birthday tomorrow), girlie! I have loved following your blog over the years, you inspire me! Good thing we live on opposite sides of the country or I’d be knocking at your door for all these goodies you make then I’d be in big trouble, lol! You are truly brilliant, my friend! Thanks for sharing your stories, making me laugh and smile with your wit. I look forward to seeing what is to come for CFC. Thanks for letting me be a part of your bday celebration! Happy Birthday and have fun today!! xo

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you Jennifer! I hope someday we get a chance to meet in person!

  18. Karen Q posted on September 20, 2013 at 6:44 am (#)

    First time here (over from FB). This recipe looks divine (not sure if I’m up to it – but might try it when it gets cooler). And congrats on 3 years. I can’t even fathom doing a blog, let alone for 3 years – so Kudos to you!

  19. Lisa posted on September 20, 2013 at 6:47 am (#)

    I love these little cakes! Thanks for posting them!

  20. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life posted on September 20, 2013 at 6:59 am (#)

    I will be in the chocolate cheering section! I love the candle shot and everything about these mini mud pies. Congrats on 3 years; I am so glad I found your blog – your marshmallow cheesecake brownies and zucchini apple cake have become family favorites!

  21. Mom posted on September 20, 2013 at 7:26 am (#)

    Happy BOTH Birthdays! I’m so proud of you (and all of your chocolate)!!! You’ve done a wonderful “job”. Take care and have fun in Jersey.
    I think I would download one of the JD Robb series that I haven’t read. I’ve been planning to go to the library.
    Love you lots, Mom :)

  22. Gayathri posted on September 20, 2013 at 7:31 am (#)

    Happy birthday to you and crazy for crust…
    Mini pies looks amazing…Nice giveaway

  23. Kindra Schoenradt posted on September 20, 2013 at 7:33 am (#)

    Love your blog! I may start one of my own. Will be looking for help possibly. I would download the new book by Nicholas Sparks, not sure what it’s called.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Go for it!! And you know where to find me with questions. :)

  24. Wehaf posted on September 20, 2013 at 7:38 am (#)

    I want to read Gone Girl.

  25. Jillian posted on September 20, 2013 at 8:03 am (#)

    Happy 3rd birthday!!! <3
    I would definitely download some chick lit to read at the beach!

  26. Patty posted on September 20, 2013 at 8:05 am (#)

    Happy birthday, to you and your blog!
    I’d download Ready For Dessert, by David Lebovitz.

  27. Sheila @ Sweet Baked Life posted on September 20, 2013 at 8:28 am (#)

    Happy Birthday Crazy for Crust! I love your blog — your recipes and photos are always amazing.Even though I am a huge dessert fan and baker, I would download Franny’s: Simple Seasonal Italian by Melissa Clark, Andrew Feinberg, and Francine Stephens as I’m always looking to make simple meals for my family!

  28. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry posted on September 20, 2013 at 8:29 am (#)

    Happy double birthday Dorthy! You are an inspiration and these chocolate mud pies need to be made.

  29. Ally posted on September 20, 2013 at 8:33 am (#)

    I’m not sure what I would download first. I’m in the middle of re-reading The Hobbit, and I know I’d love to have that on there, so maybe that would be my choice (:

  30. Ashley @ A Cute Angle posted on September 20, 2013 at 8:36 am (#)

    Great giveaway! I would download The Witness Wore Red by Rebecca Musser. Yummy recipe!

    FYI – giveaway at my blog!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    http://acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

  31. Diana Costello posted on September 20, 2013 at 8:41 am (#)

    I would download Pride and Prejudice…all time favorite book. Happy Birthday Dorothy!!!!!!!!

  32. Mandy's Recipe Box posted on September 20, 2013 at 8:41 am (#)

    Happy Birthday, Crazy for Crust!! I am so glad you were born! Dorothy, you are one of my very most favorite bloggers and I hope you know how much I love and appreciate all you do :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Aw,thank you Mandy! You’re amazing, and I’m so glad I’ve met you through blogging!

  33. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner posted on September 20, 2013 at 8:44 am (#)

    Happy 3 years! What an awesome achievment! Love your list. I’ve only been blogging since February, but it’s all so true.
    And happy birthday!!
    These mini mud pies look a-m-a-z-i-n-g!

  34. sarah @ Miss Candiquik posted on September 20, 2013 at 8:58 am (#)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, blog & Dorothy! SOO jealous of you because you have this dessert and I don’t. Hope you enjoy your weekend (working on blog stuff ;))!

  35. Heidi F. posted on September 20, 2013 at 9:03 am (#)

    I would get Blackmoore byJulianne Donaldson. I can’t wait for it to come out next week!

  36. Julie posted on September 20, 2013 at 9:25 am (#)

    Happy 3rd Blog Birthday! :) We love your site…keep up the great work!!

  37. Heather @ French Press posted on September 20, 2013 at 10:05 am (#)

    Happy Birthday Crazy for Crust! Hope you are having a terrific time in NJ :)

  38. Shari posted on September 20, 2013 at 10:22 am (#)

    I’m working my way through several mystery series right now, so it would definitely be a mystery!

  39. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on September 20, 2013 at 10:39 am (#)

    I hope you’re having a blast right now girl! Congrats a million times over – you’re totally my hero!

  40. Jenn posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:13 am (#)

    Happy 3rd Birthday, Crazy for Crust. :) If I were lucky enough to win this giveaway, I would download the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series for my eight year old daughter, who just finished the first book and wants to get her hands on the rest.

  41. Sandy Allen posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:16 am (#)

    I have had the pleasure of making a few of your recipes and they rock! Friends complain they are putting on the pounds since I do a fair amount of sharing of your recipes. ;) Congrats on your birthday as well as that of your blog. :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      LOL, I have that problem too! Thanks Sandy!

  42. Victoria posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:18 am (#)

    Happy Birthday!
    Probably I would download the next book I’m on for The Mortal Instruments :)

  43. Kathleen C posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:18 am (#)

    Happy Birthday!! I think I would download Sue Grafton’s new book, W is for Wasted. It’s a mystery, not a guide to getting wasted.

  44. Victoria Schwetje posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:21 am (#)

    I would download my all-time favorite book…A Tale of Two Cities!

  45. candy luvscats kratzer posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:22 am (#)

    Happy Birthday! Love the recipes and reading the comments you get.

  46. Leigh-Anne posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:24 am (#)

    Probably the new Lee Child book. I read a lot though, so anything is possible!

  47. Leah S posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:25 am (#)

    so many books so little time, I don’t even know where I would start :) Happy Blog Birthday!!

  48. Judy posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:26 am (#)

    The new books by Debbie Macomber would be on my new Kindle.

    Congratulations on 3 years of great recipe ideas, and have a very Happy Birthday!

  49. Tonya posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:27 am (#)

    Happy Birthday, to you and your blog!

    What book would I download first? Gosh, I guess I’d need a good recommendation!

  50. Michele posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:31 am (#)

    love this idea!!!

  51. Michelle posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:31 am (#)

    Happy happy happy birthday! I’m hungry!! Now I want to leave work, head home and bake…even though I just made biscotti the other day. Weight loss is going to be challenge this fall. :/ I’m a little behind and download http://www.amazon.com/Gone-Girl-A-Novel-ebook/dp/B006LSZECO/ref=zg_bs_154606011_17

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  53. Rachel @ BubblyNatureCreations.com posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:39 am (#)

    Happy Blog Birthday! Congrats!!!

  54. Jennifer Lynn posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm (#)

    Happy Birthday!!!

  55. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:05 pm (#)

    Girl, first off those mud pies looks so crazy good. Dang it! Now I want chocolate so bad :-)

    Second, I seriously heart you! I am so glad to have been reading your blog for so many years and to have met you and become such great friends. I am so excited to see where you blog takes you in the next year…it’s going to be big, I just know it!!!!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      I am thankful everyday for your friendship Jocelyn – on the blog AND off!! xoxo

  56. GGMcMurray posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm (#)

    Happy 3rd Birthday!
    The first book I would download is “The Final Cut” by Catherine Coulter. Love her books.

  57. Katrina F posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm (#)

    It’s your birthday and we get the goodies? Awesome! I love anything chocolate, and of course I’d love to win the Kindle. I think I would probably download the next Diana Gabdalon book first.

  58. Megan McD posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm (#)

    First book I would download would definitely be a cookbook of some sort. Maybe the newest Masterchef book.

  59. Sarah R posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:23 pm (#)

    I’m currently reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, so I would download the next book (no more waiting on the library!). :)

  60. Lisa Goeke posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:23 pm (#)

    congrats! making the easy lemon creme danish! like you I love crescent rolls and if my kids don’t make pizzas or roll them around hotdogs I like to make new things!

  61. karen posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm (#)

    a cookbook, of course, probably something encylopedic, like the joy of cooking.

  62. Ashton posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm (#)

    H-o-l-y crap. Those pies. omg. That’s all.

    And happy birthday babe! Love you! XOXO

  63. Amber posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm (#)

    happy birthday! Thanks for all the great inspiration. I would download fifty shades of gray. haven’t read it yet!

  64. Kay McCaffery posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm (#)

    Congratulations on your blog birthday. I really enjoy your blog & make so many of your great recipes. Thanks so much for all that you share of yourself.

  65. Carri Arrieta posted on September 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm (#)

    Happy Birthday! If I won the Kindle I would download a diabetic cookbook so I could look up recipes while I’m waiting for my kids @practice

  66. Michelle @ Life on the Horizon posted on September 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm (#)

    I would probably download some of the books from Holly Gerth!

    Happy Birthday!

  67. Michelle L. posted on September 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm (#)

    Awesome giveaway, thanks! :) That would be a hard choice because my wishlist is soooo very long & a lot of them haven’t been released yet. One that I can’t wait for is Kresley Cole’s “Endless Knight” due out in October!

  68. Amber posted on September 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm (#)

    I’d love to download Catching Fire, to re-read it before the movie comes out! :)

  69. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on September 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm (#)

    Happy Bloggy Birthday and Happy real birthday! Those cupcakes look INCREDIBLE. OHmylanta- ganache, peanut butter, and flour-less chocolate cake is a winner combination for sure!

  70. Katie posted on September 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm (#)

    Id love to say I’d use the kindle for myself but there’s a good chance my kiddos would quickly confiscate it :) Either way, I’ll share with them!!!

  71. BitsyBet posted on September 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm (#)

    The first book I would download is the new James Patterson book “Gone” which is due to be released the end September.

  72. Kate posted on September 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm (#)

    happy blogiversary! I have a whole list of books i’d want to download!

  73. Chrissy posted on September 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm (#)

    Great Giveaway! I would get Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich. Love her books! Thanks!

  74. Kelsea posted on September 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm (#)

    Happy Birthday x2! I love reading your blog, can’t wait to see what more is in store!

  75. Shannon posted on September 20, 2013 at 2:25 pm (#)

    As I told you recently, thanks for sharing these fantastic recipes….because they make me look on so talented!! Happy 3rd birthday! And I would download the new Jeffery Deaver book….but I can’t remember the title!!!!! obsession or something???

  76. Sarah K posted on September 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm (#)

    I think the first book I download will be Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. Also, this recipe looks AHmazing!

  77. Tiffany Johnson posted on September 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm (#)

    I am new to your blog, but I LOVE it!!!!! The first book I would download…. hmmmm… there’s soooo many!!! Maybe the new Rick Riordan or see what the new recommends are!!!!!

  78. Micheline A. posted on September 20, 2013 at 3:44 pm (#)

    Happy birthday! Thanks for all you share with us!

  79. Becca Roose posted on September 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm (#)

    Happy 3rd birthday. Wow, your blog has grown SO much! These mud pies look amazing, and so does the giveaway. I have no idea what book I would choose, there’s so many!

  80. LoverOfAnythingChocolate posted on September 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm (#)

    The newest MasterChef cookbook!!

  81. Sarah posted on September 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm (#)

    Happy Birthday and Happy Blog Birthday! I just recently started following your blog and following you on instagram and I am so glad I did! You great ideas and recipes! You inspire me to get back in the kitchen! Love it!

  82. Lisa posted on September 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm (#)

    I would download Angels Among Us! Love, love, love your blog! Such yummy recipes, thanks for sharing! :)

  83. Laurie F. posted on September 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm (#)

    Happy Birthday, Dorothy! I hope you have a really fun day tomorrow, and that you are home with Jordan and Mel. Y’all are one of the most fun, nice families we know! I am so jealous that you get to go to the Duncan Hines test kitchen! I will send you an awesome recipe using a Duncan Hines product – using this recipe, which I got from a friend, I won the “Best Chocolate Dessert” contest at my first law firm picnic in San Francisco (prize was brunch for 2 at Domain Chandon, so I was very motivated).

    I would first download the new James Patterson novel.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Thanks Laurie! It was such a fabulous trip. :)

  84. Barbara Bradford posted on September 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm (#)

    Happy birthday !! The first book I would choose is My Brief History by Stephen Hawking.

  85. Linda posted on September 20, 2013 at 4:46 pm (#)

    Happy B-Day. I would download Pioneer Woman’s Cookbook.

  86. Ben Park posted on September 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm (#)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

    • Ben Park replied on September 20th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      and the first book I will get is Harry Potter.

  87. Shawna Mixon posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:08 pm (#)

    Thanks for showing us all kinds of yummy treats! And Happy 3rd Birthday! :)

  88. manuela lumbreras posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:15 pm (#)

    felicidades por tu aniversario que cumpas muchos mas

  89. Kathy posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:23 pm (#)

    Congratulations on 3 years of sharing with us and Happy Birthday too. I would like to try a Kindle.

  90. Marti posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:23 pm (#)

    Happy 3rd Birthday and many more to come! :) Cat Sitter among the Pigeons is what I would download first. It’s a book for cat lovers with a cute story to go along with it!

    Marti

  91. michelle posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm (#)

    happy 3rd birthday!!! amazing how fast time flies. So glad to “know” you :)

  92. ferrell downey posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:34 pm (#)

    I would download a book on DIY recipes for home cleaning products, etc.

  93. Dorothy Vesperman posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:35 pm (#)

    Hi Dorothy, HAPPY 3rd BLOG BIRTHDAY!!!! What a great trip to be on to celebrate your 3rd Birthday!! You have a great blog, and you will be here for many years!!! What I have learned about you so far, I have to say, you are a very caring, fun person – us Dorothy’s need to stick together!!! Stay in the moment and enjoy that great trip. You so deserve it!!
    Hugs from Dorothy V.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Thank you so much Dorothy! Thanks for being such a loyal reader!

  94. Ann posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm (#)

    The Art of War by Sun Tzu

  95. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm (#)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you have an amazing weekend at the DH test kitchen!

  96. Barbara Mc posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:45 pm (#)

    Happy Anniversary/Birthday! It’s been so long since I’ve sat down to read, because when I’m in a situation I could read – I don’t have a kindle :(. I have one on my pc, but I’m always busy ready the blogs of all you awesome gals when I’m on the pc! I am totally hooked. I’d have to download Janet Evanovich’s latest, whatever that would be. Love her books!

    • Barbara Mc replied on September 20th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Duh, meant busy reading the blogs…..

  97. heather posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:53 pm (#)

    happy birthday!! I would download 50 shades of grey first

  98. Meryl posted on September 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm (#)

    I’d download a Herman Hesse novel.

  99. Lou posted on September 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm (#)

    “You Can’t Go Home Again” by Thomas Wolfe.

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  101. Dina posted on September 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm (#)

    they sound yummy!

  102. Laura M posted on September 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm (#)

    Congrats on 3 years!! The mini mud pies look so yummy – can’t wait to try them myself! My first download would be The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  103. Virginia posted on September 20, 2013 at 7:01 pm (#)

    I would download the new book coming out soon, by Ann Rule. The name escapes me at the moment but I have it on my Wishlist. I have read all her books. This recipe for Mud Pies looks delicious. will be sure to try it.

  104. Missi posted on September 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm (#)

    Happy birthday! Love reading and drooling over every post!

  105. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen posted on September 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm (#)

    Ahhh happy birthday Crazy for Crust, & congrats on all of your hard work for the past few years!! That is such a great accomplishment! I can relate to everything you wrote – blogging is such hard work! You are so talented…your recipes are so creative and your photography blows me away every time. Keep up the great work, I love Crazy for Crust! :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Aw, thanks Kristi!! You’re so sweet. Thanks for being with me on this journey!

  106. Sherry posted on September 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm (#)

    Love all your recipes!

  107. Marcia S. posted on September 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm (#)

    The mud pies look delicious! Happy anniversary! I would love the Kindle Fire HD, and would download lots of my favorite books.

  108. Phyllis posted on September 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm (#)

    Happy Birthday! I would download Pioneer Woman’s cookbook.

  109. Tahnycooks posted on September 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm (#)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO your blog and YOU!! I look forward to getting your post! As soon as they pop up on my screen I can barely get over the your site fast enough! Love it!

    These look incredible BTW!!!!!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 11:51 am

      Thank you Tahny!!!

  110. Liz posted on September 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm (#)

    Happy 3rd blog birthday and Happy Birthday to YOU too! Have an awesome weekend! :)

  111. Stephanie posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:28 pm (#)

    Happy Birthday Crazy for Crust! Thats so cool. 3 years yay!!! Its hard keeping up a blog week after week and you made it 3 years :)

    • Stephanie replied on September 20th, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      I would download either The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman or The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations by Ree Drummond . So many great books out there thanks to amazon.

  112. Linda Montes posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:36 pm (#)

    I think I would download Jane Austen books.

  113. Deb posted on September 21, 2013 at 1:50 am (#)

    Happy 3rd Birthday! I would download a cookbook.

  114. mamasmith posted on September 21, 2013 at 5:05 am (#)

    Great story – great blog – great recipe. Congrats – I love your blog:) As a chocolate addict, this one looks like a winner, a must-try and most likely a new family favorite:)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 11:51 am

      Thank you so much!

  115. Beth @ Hungry Happenings posted on September 21, 2013 at 5:32 am (#)

    Happy blogiversary and birthday. Your hard work really shows. You should be very proud of everything you have accomplished.

    • Beth @ Hungry Happenings replied on September 21st, 2013 at 5:33 am

      Oh and I’d download Nicholas Sparks’ “The Longest Ride.”

  116. Kristin posted on September 21, 2013 at 6:03 am (#)

    Happy 3rd Birthday to Crazy for Crust! I don’t know where I’d be had I not found your blog! (Ok, that sounds a little dramatic, but hey…:)

    Blogging is so fulfilling. You’re right about that. It’s a whole of world that most people don’t understand/can’t understand. Have fun testing cake!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Thank you Kristin! I’m so happy to have met you on this journey! :) xoxo

  117. Jen C posted on September 21, 2013 at 6:43 am (#)

    I now offer to make dessert of any get together so I can try another of you wonderful recipes!!

  118. Michelle C posted on September 21, 2013 at 8:15 am (#)

    50 Shades of Gray!

  119. Abbie @ Needs Salt posted on September 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm (#)

    These mini mud pies look so decadent! I love the oreo crust. <3 They're perfect!
    Pinning.

  120. Monica posted on September 21, 2013 at 1:38 pm (#)

    Happy 3rd blog birthday! Oh my goodness – these look insane. You had me at chocolate but then I learn it’s flourless chocolate cake *and* ganache too. I love that!

  121. Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground posted on September 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm (#)

    Happy 3rd bloggiversary, Dorothy!!! I’m so glad to have ‘met’ you on your journey! As for the Kindle, I would download a cookbook, of course. :-) Can’t wait to hear about the Test Kitchen trip.
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Thank you Tracey, ditto!

  122. Nancy @ gottagetbaked posted on September 21, 2013 at 7:06 pm (#)

    Dorothy, happy 3rd blogiversary and happy birthday, girl! You definitely deserve these mud pies (brilliant touch with the oreo crust!). These photos are gorgeous and I want to reach into my screen and stuff that deliciousness into my face. I love your blog. You’re funny, smart, thoughtful and charming, plus you make the best stuff. You deserve all the success you’ve had with your blog and I know it’s just going to get bigger ‘n better!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Thank you SO much Nancy!!!! xoxo

  123. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker posted on September 22, 2013 at 6:56 am (#)

    Happy birthday to you and the blog!!! Your hard work is so inspiring :). Thanks for sharing your blogging lessons as well.

  124. Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies posted on September 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm (#)

    Happy third blog-a-versary! And these flourless chocolate cakes/pies look amazing! I can’t believe how rich and fudgy they look. I have always loved flourless chocolate cake (a little too much, perhaps!), so it’s perfect that this recipe makes a single serving portion.

  125. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on September 23, 2013 at 7:26 am (#)

    First of all – that flourless cake looks sinfully good! Second – happy happy birthday – to you and your blog!! I know I’m a few days late, but I mean it! You are so right about how much goes into blogging. You really have no idea until you do it yourself. What you’ve built in 3 years is so awesome – congrats!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Thank you so much Lindsay!

  126. Jennifer | Bake or Break posted on September 23, 2013 at 9:34 am (#)

    Happy blog birthday and you birthday!!! It was so nice to meet you at Duncan Hines this weekend. I wish we’d had more time to visit with each other!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 11:40 am

      I know, me too! It was a whirlwind! It was great to meet you too Jennifer!

  127. vanillasugarblog posted on September 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm (#)

    Oh my gosh, I would download ALL the American Test Kitchen Cookbooks!
    Heavens yes!

  128. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on September 24, 2013 at 6:27 am (#)

    Yay! You rule and I am SO glad we’re bloggy BFFs :) and that we live so close — it’s seriously been a dream come true and a blessing to have you nearby to vent and to understand all this crazy blogging stuff I go through (since everyone else just seems to think I like spending hours on Pinterest — it’s my JOB, bro!) Happy Birthday to your sweet blog!!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 24th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      LOL – TOTALLY! xoxo

  129. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on September 24, 2013 at 7:41 am (#)

    Happy Blogiversary! :) These mini pies are the perfect way to celebrate!

  130. Amy posted on September 24, 2013 at 8:44 pm (#)

    Slightly belated, but HAPPY 3RD BLOGGING BIRTHDAY DOROTHY!!! You are a blogging superstar! Seriously, in just 3 short years, you’ve come this far — going to a Duncan Hines event in NJ! — and there are only GREAT things waiting for you in the future. You’re going to be one of the “big ones,” I just know it! :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 25th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you Amy!

  131. Renee @ Awesome on $20 posted on September 24, 2013 at 11:48 pm (#)

    Thank you so much for being an inspiration to new bloggers like me. I completely look up to you, and I’m so glad I got to get a hug from you. You and these mini pies are amazing.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 25th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      You’re sweet Renee! It was so awesome to meet you!!

  132. Lara posted on September 25, 2013 at 11:08 am (#)

    Happy Birthday

  133. Beth Gallagher posted on September 25, 2013 at 11:15 am (#)

    Wow, do those look FABULOUS!!! I’m going to make them tomorrow – just because. ;) Thanks!

  134. Susie posted on September 25, 2013 at 11:20 am (#)

    Happy Happy Birthday!

  135. Doris Henson posted on September 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm (#)

    Happy Birthday!! :-) Thanks for the chance to win this….I’ve wanted one for so long.

  136. Robin Coxon posted on September 25, 2013 at 12:52 pm (#)

    Congratulations on your third anniversary for your blog. I enjoy all the recipes you share. With much anticipation I’m hoping to be the lucky one to win the Kindle. Thanks for the chance.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 25th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks Robin! Fingers crossed for you!

  137. Tammy posted on November 6, 2013 at 6:11 am (#)

    Holy mackerel – am SO making these this weekend. Happy blog birthday – I love love love it!

  138. laurasmess posted on November 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm (#)

    Naw! Happy third blogiversary Dorothy! So happy that this journey has been fulfilling for you. I do agree that blogging is hard… exhausting at times, particularly if you’re working full time as well (me! Argh!). But it’s entirely worth it, particularly due to the amazing people in the blogosphere that become fast friends. Like you, I see my blogging friends as ‘actual’ friends now, not internet friends. I wish I could meet everyone face to face one day! Anyway, here’s to many, many more blog birthdays. You do an incredible job with your writing, photography and recipes. It’s always a joy to see what you create! Hugs xx

    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 7th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Thank you so much for all your kind words Laura!!

  139. Teri posted on January 14, 2014 at 8:29 am (#)

    Happy anniversary! I wanted to bring to your attention that the recipe ingredient list calls for BITTERSWEET (or semi-sweet) chocolate but the method mentioned “Place the butter and UNsweetened chocolate in a bowl”. Now, I am going to take the leap that the list was correct because it only calls for 1/4 cup sugar and for all that un sweetened chocolate, you would need considerably more. That aside, this recipe looks TO.DIE.FOR. I cant wait to make this!! Thanks for your most excellent blog…here’s to many more!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 14th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you for catching that Teri! I’ll fix it now. Semi-sweet it is. :)

      • Teri replied on January 15th, 2014 at 9:13 am

        Call me crazy, Dorothy…but now your list says “semi-sweet or unsweetened chocolate”. I believe your original said “6 oz semi sweet or milk chocolate” but the METHOD said unsweetened. You fixed the part in the method but now it says unsweetened in the lng, list. That much unsweetened would require at least 2 cups of sugar. Not to step on toes or anything but I suspect you meant semi or milk chocolate and NOT unsweetened. (unless the whole recipe was modified to increase the sugar substantially). I am making this tonight….I just cant wait any longer. Chocolate LOVE!

  140. Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden posted on January 22, 2014 at 2:45 pm (#)

    Hi Dorothy,
    I’ve featured your yummy birthday treat on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

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