Recipe: Graveyard Chocolate Dirt Pudding Cake

Recipe: Graveyard Chocolate Dirt Pudding Cake

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Meghan Splawn
Oct 30, 2018
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

Do you remember eating pudding cups with crushed cookies and worms at every Halloween party as a kid? My birthday falls just before Halloween, and this is something I requested at every costume birthday party from the time I was 6 until I turned 10.

Now I'm delighted to introduce my own kids (and our neighbors) to this classic treat. Here's how you can make your own party-sized pudding graveyard this Halloween.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

A Tiny Tip for Better Instant Pudding

While I appreciate the pure joy of homemade pudding, when I am cooking with my two eager children I skip the from-scratch chocolate pudding and turn to the quicker instant box. But the box still needs a little help.

The trick for making this pudding thick enough to hold the cookie dirt and graves is to use slightly less milk for the pudding than the package calls for.

As for decorating your pudding graveyard, we love Milano cookies (just three bucks on Amazon!) for gravestones, plus candy corn pumpkins and gummy worms of course, but feel free to add your own sweet flair.

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Graveyard Cake

Serves 24

  • 2 (5-ounce) boxes

    instant chocolate pudding

  • 6 cups

    cold whole milk

  • 1 (10-ounce) package

    chocolate sandwich cookies

  • 1 (7-ounce) package

    Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies

  • Gummy worms or pumpkin candy corns (optional)

Combine the pudding mix with the milk and whisk to combine. Pour into a 13x9-inch baking dish and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

While the pudding sets, place the chocolate sandwich cookies in a large zip-top bag and crush using a rolling pin.

Top the pudding with the crushed cookies and place a Milano cookie every 2 inches, staggering their placement, to look like a graveyard. Add gummy worms or pumpkin candy corns, if using. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

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