Graveyard Mousse Cups

In our home, holidays are always filled with fun treats and memories in the kitchen with the kids. During my childhood, my mother would make pudding "dirt cups" with my sisters and me every October. They were simply made up of instant pudding, crushed Oreos, and gummy worms. While reminiscing over my favorite holiday treats, I wanted to create dirt cups with a layered chocolate mousse and graveyard topping. The thick, creamy mousse is paired with two layers of crushed Oreos and topped with candy bones and gummy worms.

What You'll Need:

  • 1-1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup pasteurized liquid egg whites
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 chocolate sandwich cookies with white filling (such as Oreo brand), crushed (3/4 cup)
  • Decorating gel (such as Wilton brand)
  • White sandwich cookies with chocolate fiilling (such as Milano by Pepperidge Farm brand)
  • Crushed chocolate sandwich cookies with white filling
  • Gummy worms
  • Edible candy bones

In a small saucepan stir together 1/2 cup of the cream and the egg yolks. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the mixture registers 160 degrees F. Remove from heat. Stir in the chocolate and vanilla until chocolate melts. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl beat the egg whites with an electric mixer on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add sugar, beating on high speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Set aside. In another large bowl beat the remaining 1 cup cream with the mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form. Spoon a small amount of the cream into the chocolate mixture; fold in. Spoon the chocolate mixture into the remaining whipped cream and fold to combine. Fold in the egg white mixture.

Spoon 1 tablespoon of the crushed cookies into the bottom of each of twelve 6-ounce serving dishes. Spoon or pipe mousse mixture into dishes. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.

Use an icing gel pen to write on the white sandwich cookies for the tombstones.

Top with additional crushed cookies, gummy worms, candy bones, and headstone cookies.

Crystal is a creative lifestyle blogger at apumpkinandaprincess.com. She enjoys sharing ideas that inspire others to embrace a creative life with easy projects you can re-create at home. On her site you will find a wide range of ideas including recipes, crafts, home decor, DIY projects, paper crafts, and her obsession with homemade sugar scrubs. You can frequently find baked goods sitting on her counter, satisfying her love of sweets and baking. When she's not creating, Crystal enjoys reading, running, and trips to the coffee shop. She believes in capturing life's beautiful moments by journaling and photographing her family, friends, and everyday life.

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