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Dirt N’ Worms – A Classic Halloween Treat

21 Oct


Fall is my absolute favorite time of year – a time for some classic baking, stuff like apple pie, apple crisp, spice cake, pumpkin muffins and pie, cookies, breads…the list goes on. And on.


But fall means more than baking – it means it’s time to celebrate Halloween! Ghosts, scary movies, costumes, candy – what’s not to love about this spooky holiday? One of the best parts of Halloween is dressing up and heading to parties with friends, and since I never like to arrive empty handed to a party, I wanted to make something different and appropriately Halloween themed. I asked my husband for help on this, and he immediately came up with the idea of making dirt and worms. I initially scoffed at this suggestion, thinking “that’s for little kids”, but then I realized – oreos, pudding, gummies – what’s not to like about dirt and worms?


Dirt and Worms
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp. butter, softened
2 (3 oz.) pkgs. instant French vanilla pudding
3 c. milk
12-16 oz. Cool Whip
1 lg. pkg. Oreo cookies
Gummi worms



In small bowl mix together cream cheese and butter. Set aside. In another bowl mix together puddings and milk. Combine above mixtures and fold in Cool Whip.
Crush Oreo cookies. Layer in serving bowl as follows:
1/3 cookie crumbs
1/2 pudding mix
1/2 gummi worms
1/3 cookie crumbs
Rest of pudding mix
Rest of gummi worms and crumbs, allowing some “worms” to peek through the “dirt”

It was delicious and everyone loved it, it’s a hit for those of all ages, and a fun dessert to bring along to a Halloween gathering! Or…any gathering for that matter!

Cute Cookie Shortcuts For Every Season….Including Disney Season?

19 Mar

I am the first to admit I am a huge Disney World fan, so much so that I have another blog dedicated to the reasons why Disney World is fun for adults too (not just kids!), so anytime I can Disney-fy something, I usually take advantage, and baking is no exception

Which is why I was thrilled to see these at adorable Valentine’s Day themed ready to bake cookies at my grocery store (they also had ones with Cinderella’s slipper on them)

And I also recently spotted these cute Minnie Mouse Easter ones (how exactly they fit into an “Easter” theme I am not sure, but they are still cute, and made double sense for me since I will be spending Easter in Disney World!)

These adorable cookies are a great project you can let your kids help with, because they are fast and easy and basically just involved plopping some dough chunks onto a cookie sheet

Another plus is they come in varieties for pretty much every season and occasion you can think of, from halloween to spring to easter to christmas to thanksgiving to st patrick’s day to valentine’s day to spring…..ok, you get the idea! Check out Pillsbury’s full line of cookies Here

One slight negative I have found with this type of cookie is that when they bake, they don’t spread out as nicely as I would like – I bake them for longer than stated on the package thinking this might help them spread, but it doesn’t…..

I personally miss the rolls of slice n bake cookies with the picture images in them, sometimes the images got a little distorted when you cut them, but I found as long as the dough was nice and cold and you cut it with a sharp knife, that wasn’t really an issue. My grocery store doesn’t seem to carry the rolls of dough with the images on them anymore, just the pre formed ‘ready to bake’ ones, which honestly doesn’t deter me from buying them, I just wish they came out more flat!

….And that also doesn’t stop me from eating (a lot of) them!