Halloween themes: Easy Individual Dirt Cakes

dirt_cakeYou don’t have to be a great baker to have fun with the holidays.  I’m starting to get into the Halloween Spirit.  This isn’t my favorite holiday, but I have plenty of ghastly friends who adore donning costumes, breaking out the dry ice and decorating with spiders and witches!  For them this is the ideal dessert — and it is wickedly good.

The tombstone is made by decorating a Pepperidge Farm Milano cookie.

Halloween themes: how to build Dirt Cakes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Party
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 16
The basis of any spooky dessert is chocolate — it’s dark brown goodness lends itself perfectly to ghosts and goblins. These individual Dirt Cakes become the perfect plot for planning ghosts, goblins and jack-o-lanterns. Let your imagine take you to the dark side.
  • 1 20 ounce package of chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 1/4 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 packages of instant pudding mix (choose your flavor, but chocolate works best for visual impact)
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1 frozen whipped topping tub, thawed
  • 16 8 ounce plastic see-through cups
  1. Put the chocolate sandwich cookies in a food processor pulse until they become fine crumbs. Set aside for later use (this is the dirt).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter or margarine, cream cheese, confectioners sugar and vanilla flavoring. Beat on low speed until combined, then beat on medium speed until smooth. Add the pudding mix and milk to the bowl. Beat on low speed to combine.
  3. Fold the whipped topping into the pudding mixture with a rubber spatula.
  4. In each clear plastic cup, assemble in layers as follows: first layer, 1/3 cookie crumbs; second layer, 1/2 pudding mixture; third layer, 1/3 cookie crumbs; fifth layer, 1/3 cookie crumbs.


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