As seen on The Live Well Network.
Years ago, I decided to have a Christmas party. I didn’t realize it then, but the party would become a tradition and I’m convinced my friends are still in my life because of the dessert. Memorize this recipe and you too shall be blessed with many friends. Just in case this does not work, I’ve included steps from the book How to Win Friends and Influence People.
- 1 package Oreo cookies
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 qt. Dryer’s chocolate ice cream
- 1 qt. Dryer’s French vanilla ice cream
- 1 qt. Dryer’s coffee ice cream
- 1 – 12.25 oz. container butterscotch syrup
- 1 – 16 oz. container Hershey’s chocolate syrup
- Homemade whipped cream
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 – 10 oz. jar maraschino cherries (with the stem is best because it looks really cool and your friends might like to tie the stem in a knot with their tongue or they might just set it aside which is fine too but not really as cool)
I still get a little teary-eyed when I make it. Oh, you’re still here?
1. Become genuinely interested in other people.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Oreo’s 100th birthday than to share this Mud Pie with you, unless, of course, we were to sit in front of a fire with a whole container of Oreos and eat them all together.
Place one package of Oreos in a food processor. Process until crumbly. Pour 1/2 cup (one stick) of melted butter over cookies & turn on again to create crust. Taste test.
Using a 10-inch springform pan, press Oreo crust into pan.
Lovely. Set aside.
Line up ice creams. Allow to set out on counter for 15-30 minutes to soften just enough so you can work with them. Taste test each.
Heat about 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter in a pan on medium low heat. Keep stirring until melted. Taste test.
Pour peanut butter over crust & gently spread.
Carefully spread chocolate ice cream over peanut butter, making sure to leave no holes. Latex gloves can be very handy for projects like this to prevent major messes while you use your hands. Using your hands is best because it will help melt the ice cream enough to smooth it out better.
Drizzle with butterscotch and Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Taste test chocolate. Taste test butterscotch. Butterscotch and I go way back. We’re BFFs. I used to have an orange kitty named Butterscotch.
3. Remember that a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
By the way, did I ever tell you that I made these in mini cheesecake pans for dotter’s prom dinner. They were a hit. I’m pretty sure the people at that party will never forget me, I mean, the mud pies. Or me.
4. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
Next, layer vanilla ice cream into pan. Drizzle with butterscotch and chocolate syrup. Did I ever tell you that I once owned a cat name Butterscotch? I love cats. Dogs are cute too but I really love cats.
5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interest.
Finally, finish the layers with coffee ice cream. Smoooooth out to perfection. There will be a little bit of leftover coffee ice cream. This is for taste testing.
Remember, the brand of ice cream you use with make all the difference in the world. Wait for the good stuff to go on sale and stock up.
Cover with a piece of parchment paper and place in freezer in a balanced fashion as to prevent mess. Not that I know about melted ice cream messes in the freezer or anything. Leave in freezer overnight or for at least about 2-3 hours to firm.
Allow mud pie to sit out to soften for about 20-30 minutes before removing pan and cutting.
Score into 16 pieces or if you want bigger friends score into 8 pieces.
Wipe knife clean between cuts and slice. Do not lick. That would be dangerous.
6. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.
Top with everything delicious and serve immediately. Of course, be sure to take the first piece so you can make sure it tastes right.
I hope you find these tips bring you more friends. I know they’ve made a big difference in my life. Maybe not as much of a difference as learning to cook has but my cat & I have a great relationship.