Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Candy Bar Dessert

This is a very simple, "old-fashioned", icebox-type dessert.  It also can serve a crowd.  Allow yourself time for it to chill.  This is not a dessert that can be whipped up right before dinner.


Recipe Notes
You can do many things to make this dessert either more fattening or less fattening.  I have made this as "skinny" as possible without sacrificing too much taste.  The one note that my mom made was to not substitute skim milk in the pudding layer - 2% is as low-fat as she suggested you go.  Therefore, I incorporated 2% milk into the dessert I made last weekend.

  • 2 c. Oreo cookie crumbs (either store bought or made from Oreo cookies)
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted
  • 1/2 c. sugar, divided
  • 8 oz. low-fat cream cheese
  • 1 tub Cool Whip Light or Cool Whip Free (I used Cool Whip Free)
  • 2 packages Jell-O instant chocolate pudding
  • 3 c. milk (may be 2% but not skim)
  • 1 c. Heath bits
1.  Spray 9x13 glass dish with cooking spray.
2.  Combine Oreo crumbs, 1/4 c. sugar, and melted butter in a bowl.
3.  Press Oreo crumb mixture into the bottom of the casserole dish and chill 10 minutes/
4.  Meanwhile, beat cream cheese with remaining 1/4 c. sugar.  Fold in 1/2 tub Cool Whip.
5.  Spread sweetened cream cheese layer over Oreo crust. 
6.  Sprinkle 1/2 c. Heath bits over cream cheese layer.
7.  Beat pudding and 3 c. milk until pudding has thickened and is soft-set.  Spread over cream cheese layer.
8.  Spread remaining Cool Whip over pudding layer.  Sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 c. Heath bits.
9.  Chill at least two hours before serving.

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