Make a ghoulish graveyard dessert: A layered treat with gelatin, whipped topping and cookies (1994)
Ingredients for the graveyard dessert
2-1/4 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs, divided
1/2 cup sugar, divided
1/2 (1 stick) margarine, melted [or butter]
1 package (8 ounces) Philadelphia brand cream cheese, softened
1 tub (12 ounces) Cool Whip topping, thawed
2 cups boiling water
1 package (8-serving size) or 2 packages (4 serving size) Jell-O orange gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
Decorations: Assorted rectangle-shaped [oblong] sandwich cookies, decorator icing, candy corn and candy pumpkins
Mix 2 cups of the cookie crumbs, 1/4 cup of the sugar and margarine in 13×9-inch pan; press onto bottom of pan. Refrigerate.
Beat cream cheese and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in bowl until smooth. Stir in half the Cool Whip. Spread over crust.
Stir boiling water into gelatin in bowl for 2 minutes or until completely dissolved. Mix cold water and ice to make 1-1/2 cups. Stir into gelatin until slightly thickened. Remove any remaining ice. Spoon gelatin over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.
Before serving, spread remaining whipped topping over gelatin. Sprinkle with remaining Oreo cookie crumbs. Decorate sandwich cookies with icing to make “tombstones.” Stand tombstones on top of the dessert with candy pumpkins to resemble a graveyard. Cut into squares.
Store leftover dessert in the refrigerator. Makes 15 to 18 servings.
[Editor’s notes: Since this mold offer is from 20 years ago, check out these Halloween-themed candy molds instead. Also: The Jello mixture listed below uses much less water than typical gelatin recipes, to result in a firm “jiggler.”]