I am very lucky to have grown up in the Midwest. We had big backyards to play in, safe neighborhoods to roam until dusk, clear blue skies, and stars that you can actually see. Best of all, a dessert with whipped cream, cream cheese, butter, and cookies is totally acceptable, if not welcomed.
I'm now able to laugh at all of our "hillbilly" concoctions with weird names and a complete excess of butter (among other unhealthy ingredients). I'll be sure to share tons with you over time, I'm sure, but for now I'm just going to focus on a couple. Let's talk dirt pudding!
1/2 cup butter
1 pkg. cream cheese (8 oz.)
3/4 cup sugar
1 pkg. instant pudding (3.5 oz, chocolate or vanilla)
2 cups milk
1 pkg. whipped cream (12 oz.)
1 pkg. Oreos, crushed
Mix the first three ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix the next three. Combine the two and mix. Layer the mixture and the crushed Oreos. Chill until ready to serve.
Want to make it spooky for Halloween? Add some gummy worms and/or gravestones.
Next up is bacon wrapped dates. WARNING: These are very addictive. It's a sweet and salty mix with some crunch from the bacon added to the caramelization of the dates. I know anything is better with bacon, but this combo is out of this world delicious.
This is very easy. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wrap 1/2 piece of bacon around one pitted date. Make sure the pit is actually out so you don't have any unpleasant surprises. If you like, you can stuff it with various cheeses and/or nuts, but I like it just the way it is. Bake for 20 minutes or until crispy. Enjoy!
Want to make it spooky for Halloween? Good thing you don't need to do much! Just label them as bacon wrapped cockroaches and you'll be sure to scare the guests!