Halloween Treat #1: Spooky Dirt Pudding w/ Coffin Cookies

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Hello, wee nuggets!  In celebration of 31 Days of Halloween (which is a real thing, I assure you), I’ve decided to post one Halloween-themed treat every Saturday.  Unfortunately, I had guests today as well as dance practice, so I was not able to actually post on Saturday.  My apologies, and I will do my best to make sure that doesn’t happen again this month.

Today’s treat is Spooky Dirt Pudding, a delicious, chocolate-based dessert that I used to covet as a kid.  I first encountered it when I was about eight, and the concept of chocolate pudding, Oreo chunks, and candy worms blew my tiny mind.  Since then, it’s always been my go-to for fun treats, especially at Halloween.  So, in an effort to spread the love, I will now share my version of Spooky Dirt Pudding with Coffin Cookies.

First things first.  Gather your ingredients.  You’ll need sugar, flour, cream, butter, vanilla extract, salt, Oreos, and instant chocolate pudding (You can also make homemade chocolate pudding, which I was originally going to do, but it will take an extra four hours.).

The first thing we’re going to make are the Shortbread Coffin Cookies.

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound unsalted butter, soft
  • 1 cup sugar (plus extra for sprinkling)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extra
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (plus more as-needed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Icing/etc for decorating

First, mix together the butter and 1 cup of sugar until they’re just combined.  If you can, use an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Once combined, add the vanilla.

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In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and salt and then add to the butter-and-sugar mixture.  Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together.

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Dump onto a flat surface dusted with flour and shape into a round disk.  Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.  While the dough is chilling, set the oven for 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Once chilled, roll the dough 1/2 inch thick.

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You can now either cut them into the standard 3″ x 1″ size or use a cookie cutter.  I choose a coffin-shaped one.  Place them on an ungreased baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes (depending on how crisp you want them and how fast your oven cooks) until the edges begin to brown.  Allow to cool to room temperature before decorating (You can speed this up by putting them in the fridge.).

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Now we turn our attention to the Dirt Pudding portion.  For this, you’ll need whipped cream, which you can either get in a tub of Cool Whip or do what I do and make your own whipped cream (It’s a lot better.).

If you want to make your own whipped cream, you’ll need:

  • At least 8 oz. heavy cream
  • At least 1/4 cup sugar

Directions

  1. Put a bowl in the freezer for at least 5 minutes — until very cold to the touch.
  2. Pour the heavy cream in the bowl.
  3. Whip with a whisk until stiff peaks start to raise — 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Add sugar in to taste.

And there you have it!  Whipped cream!

Now on to the main event: the pudding.

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Ingredients

  • Box of instant chocolate pudding
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 package of Oreo cookies
  • 8 oz. of the whipped cream of your choice

First, we need to prepare the Oreo base.  Fill a plastic sandwich bag with Oreos, seal, and smash with a rolling pin.  If you plan on making a lot of these puddings, you may just want to dump all of them in a gallon Ziploc bag and smash them (It’s a lot of fun.).

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Next, combine the instant chocolate pudding mix with the milk and whisk until fully combined and goopy.

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Add the whipped cream and combine.

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The pudding will now turn a light brown.  Make sure there are no white streaks in it.  You want it fully combined.

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Now we begin layering the pudding cups.  Add a tablespoon of Oreo crumbs in the bottom of a small plastic cup, spreading evenly.

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Now add about three tablespoons of pudding mixture, spreading evenly.

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Repeat the process once more and top generously with Oreo crumbs.

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Finally, decorate.  It’s fairly common to add gummy worms though anything is good (This is also where we’d add our decorated Coffin Cookies.).

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And there you have it, Spooky Dirt Pudding with Coffin Cookies!  It is a delicious, delectable, and spooky treat perfect for small gatherings and kids’ events (or anyone with Halloween joy in their hearts).  Enjoy!

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