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Mini Chocolate Mud Pies with Oreo Crust

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!

Mini Chocolate Mud Pies with Oreo Crust - chocolate to the extreme! | | #pie #chocolate

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?

Mini Chocolate Mud Pies with Oreo Crust - chocolate to the extreme! | | #pie #chocolate

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


  • 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


  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 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!

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

Mini Chocolate Mud Pies with Peanut Butter Oreo Crust

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

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

    they sound yummy!


  2. 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! :)


  3. 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.


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

    Happy birthday! Love reading and drooling over every post!


  5. 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!


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

    Love all your recipes!


  7. 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.


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

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


  9. 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!!!!!


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

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


  11. 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.


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

    I think I would download Jane Austen books.


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

    Happy 3rd Birthday! I would download a cookbook.


  14. 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:)


  15. 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.


  16. 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


  17. 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!!


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

    50 Shades of Gray!


  19. 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!


  20. 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!


  21. 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!


  22. 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


  23. 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.


  24. 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.


  25. 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!


  26. 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!


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

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


  28. 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


  29. 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!


  30. 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! :)


  31. 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!!


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

    Happy Birthday


  33. 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. šŸ˜‰ Thanks!


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

    Happy Happy Birthday!


  35. 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.


  36. 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!


  37. 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!


  38. 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!!


  39. 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!

  40. Vera Zecevic ā€“ 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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