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If you are a fan of the classic “Worms in the Dirt” Halloween dessert, get ready for a fun grownup twist on this no-cooking-required recipe with today’s “boo-zy” graveyard pie.
Scare up some fun at your Halloween party by serving up this yummy treat that features Irish cream and coffee liqueur and is topped with gummy worms, candy corn, and candy pumpkins – though you can choose your favorite classic Halloween-themed candies instead.
This recipe is so easy to make – it is the perfect dessert if you are short on time. The only appliances you need for this recipe are a stand mixer (though a hand mixer will work) to make the whipped cream, the microwave to warm up some ingredients, and a food processor to turn the cookies into crumbs.
The bottom is just a layer of cookie crumbs. The second layer is a whipped-together combination of cream cheese, the cream filling from the cookies, whipped cream, and Irish cream liqueur. The third layer is ready-to-make chocolate pudding from the store, chocolate hazelnut spread, chopped hazelnuts, whipped cream, and coffee liqueur.
This pie isn’t one for cutting into pieces: just use a big spoon and scoop out a few spoonfuls on a plate for adults to enjoy! But if you ever want to make a slice-able pie version for smaller parties, you can add melted butter to the bottom cookie crumb layer and bake it to create a firmer crust.
The most important step? Make sure the pie rests in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before you serve it. The ingredients need time to set – because you don’t want to serve a soupy mess to people.
Let’s get scary!
“Boo-zy” Graveyard Pie
- 1 Package of chocolate sandwich cookies (14 oz. size)
- 2 c. Heavy cream to make whipped cream
- 4 oz. Cream cheese
- 2 tbsp. Irish cream liqueur
- 3 c. Chocolate pudding
- ½ c. Chocolate hazelnut spread
- ½ c. Chopped hazelnuts
- 2 tbsp. Coffee liqueur
- Gummy worms
- Candy corn
- Any other Halloween candy for topping
1) Using your preferred mixer, whip the heavy cream until it becomes whipped cream and has stiff peaks.
2) Separate the ingredients of the chocolate sandwich cookies. Place the cookies in one bowl and the cream filling in a second bowl.
3) Add the cream cheese to the bowl with the cream filling. Microwave it for 30 seconds and then mix to combine. Fold in 1 cup of the whipped cream.
4) Add the Irish cream liqueur to the cream mixture and mix to combine. Set aside.
5) In a new mixing bowl, combine the chocolate pudding, hazelnut spread, hazelnuts, and 1 ½ cups of the whipped cream. Add the coffee liqueur in last and mix to combine.
6) Place the cookies in a food processor and process until fine crumbs that resemble graveyard “dirt.”
7) Place a layer of cookie crumbs on the bottom of the serving dish. Pour the cream cheese layer on top and carefully spread it out.
8) Pour in the chocolate layer and carefully spread it out.
9) Add another layer of cookie crumbs.
10) Add any and all candy pieces in whatever arrangement you feel is best. Have fun and be creative!
Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until ready to serve at your Halloween party!
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Recpe and Images by Stacie Morgan