Dirt Recipe: Halloween Graveyard Edition

Halloween Graveyard DirtOur community hosted a Halloween potluck this year and I signed up to make “dirt.” A favorite vanilla pudding, oreo and gummy worm dessert from my childhood, instead of making this in a flower pot, my sister recommended I try a graveyard edition using Milano cookies and icing to make gravestones. So here it is!

Note, there is WAY too much sugar in a typical recipe for “dirt,” so I’ve modified this one so it is not quite as sickly sweet. You don’t need more than a few bites. This recipe makes a huge batch to serve 20-30 people. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 large bag of Oreo cookies (I bought a Halloween bag with orange frosting in the middle)

1/4 cup butter or margarine

2 small packages of instant vanilla pudding

3 1/2 cups milk

1 8oz package of softened cream cheese

1 carton (12 oz) of Cool Whip or other nondairy whipped topping

1 bag of gummy worms

1 bag of Milano cookies (any flavor you like)

1 tube of icing (3.25oz or less)

Directions

1. Place cookies in a self-sealing (Ziploc) bag and crush them into crumbs with a rolling pin or mallet

2. Mix the cream cheese and butter. Set aside. (My original recipe called for sweetening the cream cheese with a cup of confectioner’s sugar, but I found that too sweet and would recommend leaving that out.)

3. Mix the pudding, milk and whipped topping in a second mixing bowl

4. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mix

5. Layer the gummy worms, cookie crumbs and the cream cheese mixture in your baking dish, ending with Oreo cookie crumbs on top. It’s always fun to arrange the worms so they’re sticking out from under the crumbs. You’ll also want to finish the top with some worms.

6. Pipe out “RIP” onto the top of half your Milano cookies (I used 12 total for my graveyard). Arrange the cookies as you like

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