Celebrate National Pecan Month With Mississippi Mud Pie

Sunrise Senior Living  |  April 23, 2012

We already know April is National Grilled Cheese Month, but did you know it's National Pecan Month as well? Not only are these tree nuts delicious, but they're incredibly good for your health. In perfect timing, a recent study published in the American College of Nutrition revealed tree nuts are associated with a lower body weight. Additionally, people who consume nuts had a lower amount of health risks in comparison to those who do not eat nuts.

In order to celebrate the month, while doing your body good at the same time, why not try one of the most popular dishes from Sunrise at Siegen, Louisiana? This Mississippi Mud Pie is a favorite at the residence, with many people saying it's reminiscent of what their mom used to make.

Mississippi Mud Pie
Sunrise at Siegen, Louisiana
Serves 12

1 c. pecans, chopped
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. butter or margarine, softened
2 3.9-oz. packages instant chocolate pudding mix
2 c. cold milk
8-oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. confectioners’ sugar
4-5 c. whipped topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine pecans and flour. Mix well, then stir in softened butter. Blend ingredients to cookie dough consistency. Press into bottom of 9'' x 13'' pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove and let cool. Mix cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and 2 cups whipped topping until smooth.

Spread over bottom of crust. Mix pudding mix and milk and let set. Spread over the top of the cream cheese layer. Top with remaining whipped topping and pecan sprinkles. Chill before serving.