Sunday, May 9, 2010
This dessert ranks in my husband's top 3 all time favorites, and it is so simple! This is one of those desserts you can eat half the pan before you even realize it, so watch out. My husband, Brett and I have a joke with eating dessert that you have to leave a straight cut line in the pan, so if there just happens to be a slanted or jagged cut, we MUST slice off the excess and eat it. The good thing about this recipe is that you can make it fairly low fat or full fat and it pretty much tastes just as good either way. (I typically use all low fat or fat free products in this.) I've only ever made it with Oreos and chocolate pudding, but I imagine you could use any number of cookie / pudding combinations and have yummy results.
This uses cool whip, which is one of those items that I waiver on using. I know it is fake, nothing real about it, yet somehow it tastes so good! There are some things that demand it and there's just no substitute.
(From Kraft Food & Family winter 2007)
35 OREO cookies
6 Tbsp butter, melted
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. sugar
2 Tbsp. cold milk
1 tub (12 oz) COOL WHIP topping, thawed, divided
3 1/4 C. cold milk
2 pkg (4 serving size each) JELLO chocolate instant pudding
Place cookies in food processor and process to form fine crumbs. Transfer to medium bowl. Add butter, mix well. Press firmly onto bottom of 13 x 9 inch dish. Refrigerate 10 minutes. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, sugar and 2 Tbsp. milk in separate bowl wit wire whisk until well blended. Stir in 1 1/4 C. of the whipped topping. Spread over crust.
Pour 3 1/4 C. milk into large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk until well blended. Spoon evenly over cream cheese layer. Let stand 5 minutes or until thickened. Spread remaining whipped topping over pudding layer.
Refrigerate at least 3 hours. Garnish with extra crushed OREO cookies right before serving if desired. Store leftover dessert in refrigerator.
** To make slicing easier, place in freezer one hour prior to serving. (Obviously from my photo, I didn't do this! Maybe next time.)