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Jul 20

No Bake Mocha Mud Pie Dessert

Who remembers Mocha Mud Pie? Show of hands? Anyone?

How about Jamocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream?

This No Bake Mocha Mud Pie Dessert is all of those combined. Call it a chocolate delight, a lush dessert, or a chocolate lasagna; whatever it is it’s absolutely delicious.

No Bake Mocha Mud Pie Dessert - layers of Oreos, pudding, and coffee flavors all rolled into one lush!

Last week I almost burst into tears in a dressing room. Happy tears. Let me explain.

For over the past year, ever since “waisted” dresses have come back into fashion, I’ve spent hours trying on every single dress in pretty much every single store with the same result: they look horrible on me. I have a really short waist. As in, pitifully short.

Do you know what someone with a really short waist looks like in a baggy cotton dress with an elastic waistband? An orange with arms and legs.

{In darker moments I may have been known to compare myself to Gru, from Despicable Me.}

Anyway, for the past year I’ve hardly bought any new dresses. In my past life BB (before blogging) that would have been fine. BB, I’d wear the same dress for 8 anniversaries. What changed in 2013? Blog Conferences. Brand trips. Ones with photos. That go online. No one wants to be caught photographed in the same dress from 6 months ago.

{In fact, as I was packing for Miami, an email came in from BlogHer Food 2013. It had my photo in it, in a black sundress with a pink shrug. Both of those items were in my suitcase to wear night one.}

Anyway, I’ve been looking for a new cute dress that could do double duty for my anniversary and BlogHer in San Jose. I was finished with yet another fruitless trip to the mall, beaten down by the short-waist syndrome (seriously – find me an affordable dress not cut at the waist and I’ll give you 26 dozen cookies) when I saw the petite section in Banana Republic.

I figured, why not try? I grabbed a cute LBD (waisted) in a petite size and headed to the dressing room, where the almost-sobbing occurred.


Moral of the story? If you have a short waist and are still wearing the same sundresses from 2009 because you’d rather shoot yourself than look like an apple with arms, check out the petite section. You’ll be happy.

You know what else makes me happy? Mocha and no-bake desserts.

Like this No Bake Mocha Mud Pie Dessert-Lush-Lasagna-Delight.

No Bake Mocha Mud Pie Dessert - layers of Oreos, pudding, and coffee flavors all rolled into one lush!

I had the idea to make a Mud Pie Dessert, with coffee in the cream cheese layer. I was going to call it No Bake Mud Pie Dessert….and then I started googling.

I really had no idea a Mud Pie didn’t normally have coffee in it. It doesn’t. It’s just vanilla. I guess I ate at TGIFridays way too much as a kid, because to me, Mud Pie meant MOCHA.

Which is why I put that pesky Mocha in the title. To differentiate this dessert from the normal mud pie lushes out there.

This dessert also has about 10,000 names. Delight, dessert, lasagna, lush. Whatever, let’s just call it the easiest and best no bake dessert out there.

No Bake Mocha Mud Pie Dessert - layers of Oreos, pudding, and coffee flavors all rolled into one lush!

Like my Lemon Dessert a few months ago, this starts with Oreos as the crust. The crust isn’t a solid crust, like a graham cracker one. It’s mixed with softened butter and just kind of layered in to the pan.

The first layer is a cream cheese layer that’s sweetened with powdered sugar and given body with Cool Whip. To make the “mocha” I added some super strong coffee to it. My directions use instant coffee granules, so be sure to pick some up at the store. I love having those little packets on hand for baking.

The chocolate layer is simple pudding. I really love the Jell-O chocolate fudge flavor over the chocolate one, but you can use your favorite. The top is more Cool Whip and then the hallmark of the TIGFriday’s mud pie: almonds and hot fudge.

{Note for the Cool Whip haters: I’ve never made this with whipped cream. If you try it, let me know how it holds up. Or you can make your own Cool Whip.}

This dessert does need some time to chill before serving, so plan accordingly. 4 hours is plenty of time, but it can also be made overnight.

Then I dare you to stop at one piece.

No Bake Mocha Mud Pie Dessert - layers of Oreos, pudding, and coffee flavors all rolled into one lush!

Not stopping at one piece may contribute to my Gru problem, but whatever. This lush is worth it!

No Bake Mocha Mud Pie Dessert

Yield: 9 servings

This Mocha Mud Pie Dessert is also known as chocolate dream, chocolate lasagna, and a lush dessert. Whatever it's name - it's the best! Coffee flavored cream cheese, chocolate pudding, and Oreos all meet in the perfect no bake dessert.


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee (or one single-serve packet)
  • 20 Oreos
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (regular or 1/3 less fat), softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip, divided (regular, light, or fat-free)
  • 1 box (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate or chocolate fudge pudding mix
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed


  1. Mix the water and the instant coffee in a measuring cup and let it sit for a few minutes to dissolve.
  2. Meanwhile, make the crust. Place the Oreos in a a gallon size ziploc bag and seal it almost all the way (you need to leave some room for the air to escape). Roll with a rolling pin until you get coarse crumbs. Place crumbs in a medium sized bowl and stir in softened butter.
  3. Press the crust into a 9x9 baking dish. The crust won’t be solid, it will be more chunky and loose.
  4. Place cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until smooth. Whisk in powdered sugar and coffee.
  5. Stir in one cup of cool whip. Gently spread over the crust.
  6. Wipe out one of the bowls you’ve already used (no need to wash). Add the pudding mix and milk and whisk until smooth. Once pudding has set up (just a minute or so), spread over cream cheese layer. Spread the remaining Cool
  7. Whip over the top.
  8. Cover and chill for 4 hours or overnight.
  9. Before serving, place warmed hot fudge ice cream topping in a sandwich sized ziploc bag. Cut off one tip and pipe criss-cross stripes on top of the Cool Whip. Sprinkle with almonds.

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38 comments on “No Bake Mocha Mud Pie Dessert

  1. Glad you found your dress and have fun in San Jose! Please have at least 5 drinks for me, and say hi to everyone 🙂

    And this dessert looks awesome. Love that it’s no-bake and this baby was not easy to shoot. Things in a pan, that are kind of ‘messy’ are so hard for me. And you made these images just jump off the page, Dorothy! I even notice your precise squirt bottle drizzles that are then covered up by almonds. You put some TIME into this thing 🙂


  2. Just YUM. This sounds to-die-for! Congratulations on finding the perfect dress. That is very exciting!


  3. Jamoca Almond Fudge brings back such happy memories! When I was young and had a metabolism, I used to get those in milkshake form constantly and then eat all the almonds at the bottom. Amazingness.
    So I’m quite eager to try this! It looks beyond delicious. Love the almonds on top!
    And congrats on finding a dress! My mom had the same experience with tops. It’s all about petites!


  4. I’m so happy you found a great dress! It is such a good feeling to really love what you are wearing! I hope you have an amazing time at the conference! This dessert looks so incredible! What an awesome treat for summer


  5. Oh my god. This looks amazing. I love the presentation with the chocolate drizzle and the sliced almonds. SO yum! 🙂


  6. You made this just for me, right? Because Oreos…and Cool Whip. I’m sharing this along with the other one you gave me for my no-bake week. And by sharing, I mean posting. Because if this was actually sitting in front of me, I wouldn’t actually share. Obvi.


  7. Oh man, this looks incredible! I want to dive right in! And great news about the dress. It always feels amazing to find the perfect one! 🙂


  8. Congrats on finding your dress, Dorothy! Isn’t that such a great feeling? I’m loving this no bake pie, especially since it’s mocha flavored. Perfect for my coffee-loving self! Pinned!


  9. Yay on the dress! Also, this dessert – WANT!


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  11. I don’t care what you call it, I WANT IT!


  12. I cannot wait to see you and this super cute dress in SJ in just 4 days!! (Ohmygosh, where did the time go?? I haven’t even thought about packing, let alone lined up all of my blog posts. Ahh!) And this dessert? I’m officially obsessed. Oreos, chocolate, coffee… Life seriously doesn’t get much better than that!


  13. This looks amazing, I just want to dive right in! Also love that it’s no bake. Perfect for summertime! 🙂


  14. Wow! This looks ooey gooey and delicious! Love it!


  15. This looks freaking amazing, Dorothy. *Commence screen licking!* Pinning.

    I’m sure no-one would even think you were wearing the same dress. If getting ‘lapped’ wearing the same dress is bad, I need a shopping spree, stat.


  16. Delish! I think that somewhere there is a requirement that coffee & chocolate go together. 🙂 I always add coffee or espresso to chocolate desserts. This is great due to the no bake rule.

    Glad you found a dress you like and that fits! Have fun in SJ ~ 🙂



  17. This reminds me of a dessert my aunt used to make when we were kids… except hers didn’t include the coffee! I HAVE to try this!!


  18. This looks like a dessert my aunt used to make when I was younger — it was amazing! This looks even better, and this needs to be made very soon!


  19. Dang! Jamocha Almond Fudge ice cream is my all-time favorite! I have got to have this mud pie — bring it on! And glad you found a great new dress! 🙂


  20. Clear a path so I can dive in head first!!


  21. This looks amazing! Like a fusion of my “Sex in a Pan” recipe and tiramisu! I have pinned it an will make it soon!


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  25. What a wonderful dessert and yes, this works perfectly with homemade whipped cream.  I find Cool Whip  too sweet for many desserts and I use 35% heavy whipping cream whipped without sugar – a little more work but absolutely sinful and mouthwatering. 


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 5th, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      That’s great to know Mary, thank you!


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  33. Hi Dorthy, 
    This looks amazing and I was so excited to try it but when I made it, and mixed the pudding and the milk together it never “set”, it was super runny and when I poured it over the other layer it sunk into the sides and the crust absorbed it. 

    Any idea why this happened? 


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  35. can you freeze this?


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