Abt-solutely Delicious: Halloween Edition
If you’re looking for a simple and quick snack to serve this Halloween, we suggest trying out this spook-tacular Chocolate Cheesecake Graveyard Dip. Not only is it absolutely delicious, but it’s a ton of fun to decorate, AND did we mention it’s delicious? So get ready to bring out that creative side and rock your Halloween party with a spooky treat!
Imagine combining chocolate cheesecake with brownie batter, which is absolutely mouthwatering and basically what the base of this dip tastes like. The process of whipping up the dip itself is extremely simple. All you need is some cream cheese, unsalted butter, cocoa powder, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, milk and sifted powdered sugar. (scroll down for full recipe)
Then comes the fun part, the decorating! First you’re going to spread the “dirt” (crushed Oreos) on top of the “graveyard” of dip. Then, create some “tombstones” from milk chocolate Milanos (you can use any similarly-shaped cookie), and use decorating icing to add some spooky messages.
Once you’re done decorating, stand the tombstones in the dirt and scatter some Halloween themed candies around it. Finally, step back to admire your masterpiece and enjoy!
Chocolate Cheesecake Dip
1 package cream (8 ounce) cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups, plus 2 tablespoons of sifted powdered sugar
To Decorate and Serve
Crushed chocolate cream Oreo cookies, enough to cover the dip
Sandwich cookies, such as Milanos®
Black decorating icing
Candy corn, pumpkin and skeleton candy
Graham crackers and pretzels, for serving
>>> In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Sift in cocoa powder, then add brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt and milk. Beat on low speed until the cocoa powder is incorporated, then increase speed to high, until very well combined. Sift in powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating slowly after each addition to incorporate. Increase speed to high and beat until smooth and light, about 3 minutes. Transfer dip to a serving dish and smooth top with a spatula.
>>> Spread crushed chocolate cookies over the top of dip to form “dirt.” With decorating icing, write “RIP” on cookies, then stand upright in dip to form “tombstones.” Scatter candy corn and candy pumpkins over top to decorate. Serve with graham crackers, sliced apples or pretzels as desired.