Monday, November 1, 2010

Contest Entry - Grave Digger Cookie Cups

Contest:  Nestle Toll House Spooktacular Baking Activity
Entered by ME!  Grave Digger Cookie Cups

Let me first try to explain how big Halloween is in my family, it rivals Christmas for decorations and  excitement.  As a kid my family always went all out for Halloween.  We would brainstorm our costumes all year long and Mom would made creative costumes.  My brother was a refrigerator one year.  Dad lived to take us trick or treating, we would fill up a whole pillow case with candy, stop by the house dump our load and keep going. As an adult, I just happened to buy a house in Woburn, a block of Main Street, the location of the country's largest Halloween Parade.  The Woburn Halloween Parade brings approximately 100,000 people to our little city to watch this huge 2+ hour event on the last Sunday of October.  This year it lands on Halloween - love it!  Every year we have a huge party with more kids than we can fit in our house.  I will do a whole blog on our Halloween party and the parade this year.  I am happy to report that my young boys have already "caught the bug" and love dressing up for Halloween.  Anyway as you can see, we go all out for Halloween and I just could not miss the chance to enter a Halloween theme contest.

This recipe is a variation on a simple trifle recipe I have seen but never made. Super easy to make and can easily be transformed into a spooky Halloween treat.  Turns out I already lost this competition.  Glad I entered it anyway, it was a fun one to lose.  I will be posting more Halloween treats later this week!

Grave Digger Cups

1 36 oz Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Scoop & Bake Bowl
1 package of instant chocolate pudding
2 cups of milk
1 cup frozen whipped topping
1 cup marshmallow cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon 
24 gummy worms
8+ gummy bears 
1 cup Nestle Premium White Chocolate Chips
1 can white decorative icing with writing tip
8 9oz clear drinking cups

Scoop and bake 24 cookies following the directions on the Nestle package, this should use about 2/3 of the cookie dough. With the remaining 1/3 cookie dough, spread very thin in a 8X8 pan and bake for 10-12 minutes. The cookie bar should be cooked on the crisper side. Cool all cookies completely. Prepare instant pudding using 2 cups of milk as directed on the package and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Combine whipped topping, marshmallow cream and cinnamon in bowl then beat with electric mixer for 2 minutes or until creamy and frothy. When cookies are fully cooled place 6 cookies at a time in a food processor and pulse until very fine crumbs. Make crumbs of all 24 cookies. Cut the cookie bar into 8 equal sized rectangles.

Using a heaping tablespoon of each create layers in the follow order in the clear plastic cup: cookie crumbs, place gummy bear in center, pudding, gummy worm, cookie crumbs, marshmallow/cream, gummy worm, cookie crumbs, pudding, gummy worm, cookie crumbs. Gently pat the top layer with the back of a clean spoon to secure the whole cup. 

Using white piping icing from a can, spell RIP on the “tombstone” cookie rectangles from the cookie bar. Place the tombstone in the “dirt”. Using Nestle Premium White Chocolate Chips outline the “grave”.

When placing worms in the “dirt” have them wiggle through the layers. Place a gummy bear on top in the outlined grave. For a variation on the party game, put a gummy bear in only one cup, the person who find the single bear wins. 

Serves 8

Pass out spoons and start digging your grave!

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