Growing up, Halloween was a big deal at our house. The decorations, the costumes, the classic movies, it never disappointed and always delivered. Now that my sister and I are grown and have children of our own, we want Halloween to be just as exciting and special for our kiddos as it was for us. One of the Halloween traditions that always seems to stand out above the rest is making treats! Spooky, gooey, fizzy, silly treats that only come to our table once a year. I remember getting to help make some of the fun goodies and be a part of the mess and the laughter. And we encourage our kids to join in the fun now, too!
My sister and I grew up in a big and very busy family. So, if we were going to make a fun Halloween dessert- tasty, simple, and “kid-friendly” was the name of the game. Like using apples, nut butter, and almonds to create “monster mouths”, or fudge-stripe cookies with kisses and icing to put together little “witch hats”. Of course, nothing seemed to beat a nice cup of “witch’s brew” made with sherbet, juice, and soda. It doesn’t take much to have fun with these treats and the best part is, you can make them your own with your favorite sweets! Now we want to take a page from our repertoire of spooky treats and share one of our favorite recipes that our mother always made sure to have available for us to devour during what I like to think is the best part of the year. Enjoy!
- 1 package of chocolate sandwich cookies
- 1 3.9 oz package of instant chocolate pudding mix
- 2 cups of cold milk
- 1 8 oz container of thawed whipped topping
- 6-8 small shortbread cookies
- Decorating gel
- Gummy worms, candy corn (or decorative candies of your choice)
- Place chocolate sandwich cookies in gallon-size storage bag and crush into “dirt” size pieces.
- In a large bowl, mix milk and instant pudding powder and let stand (about 5 minutes or as pudding directions indicate).
- Stir whipped topping into pudding mixture.
- In 6-8 cups or small bowls start with a layer of pudding mixture followed by a thick layer of "dirt." Top with another layer of pudding mixture. *Feel free to sprinkle more dirt on top if you wish!
- Use decorating gel to draw RIP on the back of each shortbread cookie and place cookie inside each cup as a “gravestone”. Use gummy worms, candy corn or other candies to decorate your graveyard cup and enjoy!
Serves 6-8. Refrigerate any leftovers.