Food + Wine

Oreos, Cool Whip and Pudding, Oh My!

Yes, I realize I am dropping a lot of product names in this post.  No, I was not paid to write this recipe. Yes, you can use any old chocolate-cream-filled sandwich cookie and any frozen, non-dairy whipped topping, but those names don’t really roll off the tongue like Oreos and Cool Whip do, do they?

Let’s get a couple things straight.  If you follow my blog at all you know that my recipes range from the very gourmet, made-from-scratch and fancy to the down-right-easy, open-that-can and dump-it-in.  I get a lot of mixed reactions for the various recipes I post here.  I’m either getting criticism from the chefs for my recipes like the one below or getting ignored my the non-cooks who read the word, dredge and then briskly exit the page.  But I happen to believe that delicious comes in all shapes and sizes and forms.  And, depending on the mood I’m in or the occasion, or the crowd, I will make something different.

I was raised on Cool Whip and Oreos and pudding from a box.  My grandmother made me strawberry shortcake with a biscuit from a can and cool whip from a plastic tub and for that reason, I will never, ever stop using either for as long as I live.  Do I make my own biscuits?  Sure.  Do I whip my own cream?  Of course.  Do I make my own pudding?  Yup.  Do I make my own cookies?  Yes, often.  But sometimes it is just so darn fun to whip up an absolutely delicious dessert in less than 20 minutes with your baby daughter clinging to your hip.

So I encourage you to enjoy this delicious and short-cut filled dessert!!

*Chocolate Cookie Pudding Mess

-Pulse, in the food processor, 16 Oreos until completely ground and add in 2 TB unsalted butter, melted and a couple good pinches of kosher salt.  Pulse again until the cookie crumbles are all moistened.  Pat this into an ungreased 9x9in glass baking dish.  Press firmly and evenly.
-In a large mixing bowl, with an electric beater or stand mixer, beat 1 8 oz package of (room temperature) neufchatel cream cheese, 1/2 cup nutella and 1/2 cup powdered sugar.  Beat this until smooth.  Add 8 ounces cool whip (you will need 16 oz total, so either buy 2 8 oz containers or the larger 16 oz one) and beat again until well combined. Spread over crust.
-Sprinkle with 8 oreos, crushed, and 7 ounces of dark chocolate, chopped or use semi sweet chocolate chips.
-In the same mixing bowl, beat 1 3.9 oz package of chocolate pudding mix with 1 cup of cold milk until well combined and slightly thickened.  Add 8 oz more of cool whip and beat again until well combined.  Spread this over your crushed cookies and chocolate.
-Sprinkle the top with 8 more oreos, crushed, and another ounce or so of dark chocolate, chopped.
-Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for 2-3 hours.

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