Sunday, October 25, 2009
Dirt & Worms... Happy Halloween!
I have always loved Halloween and nothing gets me in the spooky spirit more than Halloween treats. This year I decided to make chocolate dirt and gummy worm pudding cups, a classic Halloween treat but with a delicious twist: the cups are made of cookie.
You will need:
1 package refrigerated cookie dough (see details below)
1 package instant chocolate pudding
6-8 Oreo cookies, crushed into crumbs
I started with a well-greased muffin tin and a package of refrigerated cookie dough. Ideally, a chocolate cookie dough would be best since it's brown and the idea is to look like dirt. I couldn't find chocolate cookie dough at Safeway so I tried it with both chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter cookie dough. You could also try using sugar cookie dough and adding cocoa powder to turn it brown. Note that cookie dough without chocolate chips is easier to evenly mold into the muffin tin and easier to remove the cookie cup when done baking.
Divide dough into 2-tablespoon balls. Press each ball of dough into muffin tin, making a thin layer of dough on the bottom and an even layer up the sides, creating a cookie dough cup. The layer on the bottom MUST be thin in order for it to look properly.
Bake about 10 minutes, until browned on the edges and still slightly gooey in the middle. Note that the dough will rise up and look poofy. Don't worry, the middles will sink back down during cooling. Remove tin from oven and let cups cool in the tin for 10-15 minutes. You can gently press down centers of cookie cups with a spoon to re-create the cup shape again, but be careful not to crack and break the cookie.
Once the cups are cooled, carefully cut around edges of cookie with a sharp knife, and gently lift out the cup with a fork. This is where chocolate chip cookies will be more difficult to remove: the chocolate chips stick more to the tin, and you might end up with some holes in the bottom of your cups if you do not remove them carefully.
After cups are cooled completely, lay a gummy worm in the middle of the cup and add a couple teaspoons of chocolate pudding on top. The pudding will help hold the gummy worm in place. Crush up some Oreo cookies into crumbs and sprinkle over pudding and worm.