I very rarely make cutesy food. It’s not my thing. Yes, I have a seven year old who loves to eat nasty gummy candies the shape of feet (no, I’m not joking.. it’s a real thing). And he would love if I made more fun kid friendly food. But nope, he’s generally stuck with the banana bread, muffins, chocolate chip cookies, trail mix (maybe with a pumpkin-shaped marshmallow thrown in) … you know, the basics!
So to even be posting this super fun recipe, it’s a little weird to me. You’re probably thinking that my son begged and begged until he finally got this mama to make a Halloween-themed dirt cup, right? Wrong! This was all my wife’s doing.
That’s right! When her birthday, which she celebrated earlier this week, started getting closer, I started dreaming up these spooky and grand layered cakes. Ones with spider webs. Maybe a vampire-themed tier. It was going to be awesome. And then I asked her what flavors she wanted, and she says…
“You know what I want for my birthday? I want dirt cups!” ….
All those awesome ideas… deflated.
But the birthday girl wants dirt cups, and she will have dirt cups.
“Oh! And can you put pumpkin in them too??!”
Sure thing… Dirt cups with pumpkin.
So that was that. Although I was pretty bummed at first to not be making something amazing, when it came down to it, I was thrilled to be making these cute little Graveyards because they only took about 30 minutes to put together!
Talk about perfect for a last-minute Halloween treat, right?
Only one more day… if you haven’t come up with the perfect little treat to eat on Halloween, this is it! It would also be perfect on Thanksgiving. Just change up the candies on top. These Oreo Turkeys would actually look pretty dang cute on top, don’t you think??
- 2 boxes of Jell-o chocolate pudding
- 6 cups milk (I used 1%)
- 1 15- ounce can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 2 containers of Cool Whip (I used fat free)
- 1 package of chocolate sandwich cookies , processed into crumbs
- 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- gummy worms , oval-shaped cookies for tombstones (I used Pepperidge Farms Milano), candy pumpkins, etc
In a large bowl, combine chocolate pudding and milk. Whisk for about 2 minutes, and set into the refrigerator while you mix the pumpkin.
In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin, 1 container of Cool Whip, pumpkin pie spice, and brown sugar. Stir until completely combined.
Add the remaining container of Cool Whip to the chocolate pudding and mix until just combined.
In small plastic cups, layer the chocolate pudding, cookie crumbs, and pumpkin mixture. Top with a final layer of cookie crumbs to look like dirt. Decorate with worms, "tombstones" and any other candy you'd like.
Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.