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Dirt - A Fun Kid-Friendly Dessert

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I had a lot of trouble with my ghost because my kitchen was too warm and humid.

Kids of all ages just love this Dirt Cemetery Dessert.

Photo © 2006 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Dirt is a chocolate sandwich cookie and pudding dessert that's perfect for the 4th of July and other summer holidays. Dirt can also be used for a goulish Halloween dessert.

Prep Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1- 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 3-1/2 cups milk
  • two 3-1/2 ounce packages French or regular instant vanilla pudding
  • 1-12 ounce container whipped topping, thawed
  • 1-20 ounce package chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
  • gummy worms
  • 8-inch plastic flower pot (never used for plants)
  • garden trowel (never used in gardening)
  • aluminum foil
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  • ***Below Only Needed for Halloween Dirt Cemetery***
  • flat oblong cookies (like Milanos)
  • tube black gel icing
  • extra whipped topping
  • candy corn

Preparation:

The night or day before serving, cream butter and cream cheese. In another bowl, mix milk, pudding and whipped topping. Combine the mixtures.

Put a small piece of foil over the bottom of the flower pot to cover the holes. Put one third of the cookie crumbs in the flower pot. Next add one half of the filling mixture. Finish the layers with crumbs, filling and top with crumbs. Refrigerate overnight.

Before serving add gummy worms to top of dessert. Use the trowel as the serving utensil.

Dirt Cemetery for Halloween

Instead of a flower pot, put filling in an oblong glass pan (13x11 inches). Top with crumb mixture. For the tombstones, use the oblong cookies. Write "R.I.P." in black gel on each cookie. Gently push tombstones in the Dirt. For ghosts in your cemetery, use spoonfuls of whipped topping slightly swirled. Use the icing again to give the ghosts eyes. Sprinkle with candy corn or have the gummy worms coming in and out of the Dirt.
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