Possum Pie: an Arkansas pie!

Possum Pie

Who ever very heard of Possum Pie???

I know I hadn’t! But, when Lynn was in the hospital, I bought several magazines so I would have something to read to pass the time. One of the magazines was, “Taste of the South”, and on the front cover was “Possum Pie”! This luscious chocolate pie was featured with the subheading, “The “secret” State Pie of Arkansas”. It must have been a well kept secret because I’ve lived in Arkansas my whole life, and had never heard of it!

But the picture of this pie kept saying, “Make me!” So. I. Did!!!

The Possum Pie Recipe:

The Possum Pie has four layers, but DOES NOT HAVE POSSUM IN IT! Lol!!! It consists of a butter-pecan crust, a cream cheese layer, a chocolate layer, and topped with a whipped cream layer sprinkled with toasted pecans. This pie is similar to the Four-Layer Dessert that is so popular today.

The Possum Pie recipe calls for using heavy whipping cream in the cream cheese layer. While I used it, the next time I make this pie, I’m going to use 1/2 cup of thawed whipped topping (Cool Whip) instead. The whipped topping would make the consistency more firm, I think. I did use Cool Whip for the top instead of whipped cream because of time and convenience, and also used less milk than the recipe called for so the chocolate layer would set up better. That’s just my preference.

This is a wonderfully delicious pie! It does take some time to make it because of the requirements of the different layers, but it is definitely worth it!

What is your favorite chocolate pie recipe?


Possum Pie Recipe

Ingredients for the crust:

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped fine

Ingredients for the cream cheese layer:*

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped (or substitute Cool Whip)

Ingredients for chocolate layer:

  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 2 (3.9-ounce) boxes instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk (I used 1 3/4)

Ingredients for the topping:

  • 1 (8-ounce) Cool Whip, thawed
  • Toasted chopped pecans, as many as you like on top of your pie!


Instructions for crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl, mix crust ingredients together: melted butter, flour and toasted pecans. Stir until combined well.
  4. Place crust mixture in the prepared pie plate. Press into the bottom and up the sides.
  5. Bake crust 18-19 minutes or until lightly browned.
  6. Remove from oven. Set aside to cool completely.

Instructions for cream cheese layer:

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar until smooth.
  2. Fold in the whipped cream.
  3. Spread over the cooled crust.
  4. Place in refrigerator to chill.

Instructions for chocolate layer:

  1. In a separate large bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk.
  2. Add sour cream and whisk until well combined.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

To finish putting the pie together:

  1. Spoon chocolate mixture over the cream cheese layer.
  2. Add Cool Whip on top.
  3. Sprinkle with toasted pecans.
  4. Refrigerate until serving.

*NOTE: If you think the cream cheese layer is too thick, add a little milk until it is the consistency you want–maybe 1 teaspoon at a time.

This recipe has been featured in Meal Plan Monday.


  1. Possum pie is super simple to make. Although I don’t use heavy whipping cream or sour cream in mine. You are right about using whipped cream. 🙂

    • Yes, it is! My Aunt Faye’s Chocolate Refrigerator Pie is similar to this one, which is where I got the idea to use the whipped topping the next time I made it:) The whipped cream just didn’t make the filling as firm as I would have like it:) I’m glad you agree!

  2. Sounds perfectly fabulous. Pinning!

  3. Pat Mays says:

    Back in the 80s the Four Layer Dessert was very popular! It was very similar to this but made in a 13×9 dish. Also we would make it with different pudding flavors! I may have to make one soon! It is so delicious!

  4. Maribeth says:

    Thank you so much for choosing my Possum Pie! I’m grateful:)

  5. Maribeth says:

    Thank you for featuring my Possum Pie in the Meal Plan Monday! Its such a blessing to be a part of this group!


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