Saturday, April 2, 2011

Flower Pot Mud Pie

I hadn’t made this in a while and decided it was the ideal dessert for our April Fool’s Day Craft Nite potluck! I was so so right! It turned out FANTASTIC! The secret… real whipped cream. You can use Cool Whip, but you really don’t want to… :o)

Crush up chocolate sandwich cookies in your food processor to make the “dirt”. You don’t even need to remove the filling. Just process the heck out of them and they’ll look just like potting soil.

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mud pie 04Then make your filling.

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First whip 1 cup of whipping cream until thick. Stir together 4 Tablespoons of powdered sugar and 1 Tablespoon of instant clear gel (to stabilize cream). Add to whipped cream along with 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Whip until very thick. *You can also use an 8oz tub of whipped topping.

Cream 4 oz softened cream cheese

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Mix until smooth

Beat 1 3/4 cups milk with one 3 oz box of chocolate instant pudding mix until thick.

Mix together the pudding and cream cheese mixture.

Fold in whipped cream.

mud pie 07mud pie 08Now begin to layer the mud pie into a small plastic flowerpot (be sure to clean it well before using). First place a piece of parchment, wax paper or plastic wrap in the bottom of the pot.

mud pie 02Cover with some of your cookie crumbs.

mud pie 06Top with some of the filling

mud pie 09Sprinkle with more cookie crumbs. Continue to layer, ending with crumbs on top.

mud pie 10Stick a bunch of artificial flowers (be sure to clean these, too) into the pot for a fun finished look. You can also throw in some gummy worms for fun!

mud pie 11Store in the fridge until ready to serve. This is best if not made too much in advance.  

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