Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr
This recipe was posted in response to a request for Halloween desserts. My birthday is on Halloween, and my mom made this adorable dessert many times for my birthday parties as a child. Feel free to be as elaborate as you like with the graveyard "decorations". There's lots of fun candy out there to experiment with. I hope you and your family enjoy this as much as I did! Cook time is chill time.
- 15 Oreo cookies
- 3 cups cold milk
- 2 (3 1/2 ounce) packages instant chocolate pudding mix
- 1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip, thawed
- oval shaped vanilla cookies (to be used as the headstones Nabisco or Pepperidge Farm Milano work well!)
- candy corn or candy corn, pupmkins
- gummy worms
- tubes of decorating icing (orange, red and brown are nice)
- Crush the oreo cookies in a plastic bag using a rolling pin, or in a food processor.
- Pour milk into large bowl.
- Add pudding mixes.
- Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes or until well blended.
- Let pudding stand 5 minutes.
- Gently stir in 1/2 each of the whipped topping and crushed cookies.
- Spoon into 13x9-inch dish; sprinkle with remaining crushed cookies to be the"dirt" of the graveyard.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour or until ready to serve.
- Decorate the remaining cookies with assorted icings to resemble tombstones,"RIP" and"BOO" are nice sayings; stand up cookies in top of dessert like graves.
- Add candies and plastic"scary" creatures, if using.
- Drop remaining whipped topping by spoonfuls onto dessert to resemble ghosts.
- What works best is to make the cool-whip"ghosts" ahead on a cookie sheet and store them in the freezer until ready to use.
- That way they don't flop over.
- Two or three small, round dollups of cool-whip (like a snowman) make nice looking ghosts.
- You should be able to make 2 or 3 ghosts.
- Remove"ghosts" from the freezer and give them"eyes" and a"mouth" using the brown decorating icing.
- Place"ghosts" in the graveyard.
- Small plastic spiders, cobwebs, or mini monsters are a nice addition too.
- To serve, just scoop out into bowls.
- Store leftover dessert in refrigerator.
I made a very similar recipe--identical, actually, except that it had no ghosts or gummy worms--that I found in a Jello cookbook and it was the hit of my Halloween party! Try ringing the "graveyard" with a candycorn fence, and scatter some candy around between the tombstones.
I absolutely LOVE this recipe. It is so cute and fun for kids to help make around Halloween. I have even buried a mini coffin in the pudding for a party.