October 31, 2008

happy halloween!

We had a Halloween Potluck lunch today and my contribution was an old favorite - Dirt Cake! Decorated to look like a graveyard, of course, with little headstones bearing each of our names. The cake was a hit, and I had a ton of fun making it with Kate. As you can see from the photo above, we don't have a lot of leftovers!

Here's the recipe for anyone who wants to make this super easy, super tasty treat:

Dirt Cake
1-1/2 lb. bag of Oreo cookies
3/4 stick butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. powdered sguar
4 c. milk
2 sm. packages instant French Vanilla pudding
12 oz. Cool Whip topping, thawed

Crush cookies (cream and all) in a food processor, set aside.
In a large bowl mix milk and pudding until thick, set aside.
In another large bowl blend butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar until creamy.
Slowly add pudding to cream cheese mixture and stir until well mixed.
Fold in whipped topping.
Using a 13x9" pan, starting with cookie crumbs, layer cookies and pudding, ending with cookie crumbs.
Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

(As you can see this is a truly decadent dessert, but if you wanted to cut a little fat and calories, you can use skim milk, reduced fat oreos, reduced fat cream cheese, sugar free/fat free pudding and fat free Cool Whip. It tastes exactly the same - and no one will ever know it's a "healthier" version!)

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