Halloween is always one of the most fun times of the year. The spirit of Autumn, ghouls, goblins, witches, Hocus Pocus on TV, and of course, trick or treating. Although I don't dress up anymore, I can absolutely get my tricks on in the kitchen by whipping up this incredibly easy halloween graveyard, aka a chocolate pudding dirt cake recipe. Delicious chocolate pudding with a thick layer of crumbled chocolate cookie sandwiches, topped with halloween decor... I mean, this is the best treat for anyone to enjoy!
Dirt cakes, or even cups of dirt, can be a very seasonal dessert to serve, with varying different flavors or ingredients such as gummy worms and other types of decor.
What are the ingredients for this recipe?
My recipe for creating the perfectly easy halloween dirt cake is made with just two ingredients: pudding, and crumbled chocolate sandwich cookies.
- Pudding: I prefer the classic Kozy Shack chocolate pudding, but you can use just about any type or brand of pudding that suits your needs
- Crumbled Cookies: The typical chocolate cookie sandwich with creme inside is what I used here! Tossed in a food processor until it forms crumbs.
See the recipe card below for specific information about quanitites.
How do I make this halloween graveyard dirt cake?
When I say this recipe is made in 15 minutes, I'm not kidding. It takes just a few minutes to blend the chocolate cookies together, layer in the pudding, and top with the cookies, and voila, the graveyard is served!
Step 1: In a food processor, add in the chocolate cookie sandwiches and cover.
Step 2: Blend or pulse until the cookies become a fine crumble. Set aside.
Step 3: Take a medium-sized casserole dish/pyrex/glass tupperware and scoop 3-4 large tablespoons of pudding into the dish. With a spatula or the back of a spoon, spread the pudding evenly across the dish.
Step 4: Top with crumbled cookies. Add in the halloween decorations such as graveyard tombstones and creepy monster hands.
HINT: If you want to prep this recipe ahead of time, you can blend the cookie sandwiches the day before, then layer the pudding the next day. In my experience, the cookie crumbles get soft when they sit on the pudding for an extended amount of time, so the best bet would be to serve as fresh as possible.
Recipe Swaps and Substitutions
Any of my recipes are adaptable for dietary or allergy needs. For this particular dessert, here's a few of my recommendations for swaps and subs to fit your needs!
- Pudding: There are so many different types of pudding out there now, so find the brand and flavor that works best for you. Whole Foods has a super yummy almond-milk chocolate pudding, juuuust sayin...
- Cookies: I love Newman's Own gluten free cookie sandwiches, and I am sure there are a bunch more options for my vegan friends here, too.
Not into the whole graveyard thing? Not a problem. This recipe was originally inspired by those "cups of dirt" that a familiar chain restaurant would offer on their menu many, many years ago. If you want to make this recipe with kids or make it a little of "handheld," here's what I suggest:
- Cups: Add the pudding to smaller cups, layer in the crumbled cookies, and then more pudding, then sprinkle in halloween sprinkles for a festive decor.
- Worms: No, not the real worms, but gummy worms! Add those in to either the cups or the graveyard for added sweetness and spooky factor.
- Pudding Ice Cream: You can actually place the pudding in the freezer and enjoy it kind of like ice cream, although you may want to add the cookie crumbles after it comes out of the freezer. Let the pudding sit in freezer-friendly cups or molds overnight, then serve the next day.
Kitchen Tools and Equipment
For this dirt cake recipe, you only need two standard equipment found in the kitchen:
- Food Processor
- Glass or ceramic dish
Other than that, simple tools like a spoon or spatula are also needed.
Can I store this recipe?
Yes, the good thing is you can definitely store this recipe in the fridge in the same dish or container you made it in. If you wrap the dish in tight plastic wrap, or in the container with airtight seal, it will stay for 3-4 days. However, as I mentioned above, the cookie crumbles will soften, so be mindful if you want to prep ahead of time or if you don't mind having soggy crumbles (haha, soggy crumbles...)
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Halloween Graveyard (Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cake) Recipe
- food processor
- glass or ceramic dish
- 10 chocolate sandwich cookies
- 1 cup chocolate pudding
- In a food processor, add in the chocolate cookie sandwiches and cover. Blend or pulse until the cookies become a fine crumble. Set aside.
- Take a medium-sized casserole dish/pyrex/glass tupperware and scoop 3-4 large tablespoons of pudding into the dish.
- With a spatula or the back of a spoon, spread the pudding evenly across the dish. Top with crumbled cookies. Add in the halloween decorations such as graveyard tombstones and creepy monster hands.
- Add in the halloween decorations such as graveyard tombstones and creepy monster hands.