I just had to include this hilariously named Arkansas favorite as part of my American Eats series.  Not only is it incredibly popular and found all over the state of Arkansas, but my curiosity was immediately piqued by the name possum pie.  As soon as I saw this on a list of popular Arkansas recipes I was simultaneously repulsed and intrigued.

Arkansas Possum Pie
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Chilling Time
4 hrs
Total Time
45 mins
Arkansas Possum Pie is a creamy, layered chocolate and cream cheese pie in a pecan shortbread crust that is sure to please!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: possum pie, southern dessert recipe
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 519 kcal


Pecan Shortbread Crust
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup pecans, chopped
Cream Cheese Layer
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Pudding Layer
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
3 egg yolks
2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Whipped Cream Topping
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 tablespoons chopped pecans
grated chocolate


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Melt the butter, then combine the butter, flour, brown sugar and pecans by stirring with a fork. 
Bake for about 15-20 minutes, just until the crust begins to brown around the edges. Remove from oven and cool completely. 
Cream Cheese Filling
In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and heavy cream using a hand mixer until smooth.  Spread over bottom of the cooled pecan pie crust.
Chocolate Layer
Combine the sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, flour, and salt in a medium saucepan and whisk well.
In a separate bowl, combine the egg yolks and milk and whisk well, then add to the sugar and cocoa powder mixture in the sauce pan, whisking to combine. 
Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until pudding begins to thicken and bubble, about 7-10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the butter and vanilla, stirring just until the butter is melted and combined.  Transfer the chocolate pudding to a shallow bowl and cover with a plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming, then refrigerate for 30 minutes to help the filling cool down. 
When the filling has mostly cooled down, remove the plastic wrap and stir, then spread over the cream cheese layer.  Cover the pie with plastic wrap, then refrigerate for 4 hours until set. 
Whipped Cream Topping
Beat the heavy cream with the powdered sugar and vanilla using a hand mixer until whipped cream forms and holds it's shape when betters are removed.  Spread the whipped cream over the top of the chocolate pudding layer and sprinkle with a handful of chopped pecans and chocolate shavings before slicing and serving.

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