Ingredients - about 6-8 portions
Method1. Finely crush the Oreos in a food processor or in heavy duty Ziploc bag using a rolling pin. Use the entire cookie and let the processor grind it to fine breadcrumbs. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE FILLING FROM COOKIES.
2. In large bowl mix the instant vanilla pudding with the milk using an electric mixer or whisk. Then while still runny, add the thawed cool whip (lite is fine) and beat together until smooth.
3. In another bowl mix the softened cream cheese with the soft butter. Then mix in the powdered sugar.
4. Then mix both bowls together using an electric mixer until totally blended and no visible streaks. Try and do this while vanilla pudding mix is still quite soft. The mixture will set reasonably firm on sitting.
5. Depending how you want to use this, then in either a dish equivalent to an 8 x 8" or in approx 6 small custard cups or a 6" deep plastic flower pot layer the cream mix with cookie crumbs. The order of the layers is cookies-pudding-cookies-pudding-cookies.
NotesInstead of a birthday cake, decorate a dirt pie with either gummy worms or with Disney/Burger King characters. Alternatively for an adult party, use a [clean new] flower pot and plant with silk flowers. For a Halloween party, decorate a 9 x 13" with candy corn, Viennese finger gravestones and Russell Stover Foil covered Halloween monster chocolates.
3 times the recipe fills two 9 x 13" glass lasagna pans with a layer of crumbs on the bottom; one layer of filling and then topped with crumbs. You need one 30 oz bag of cookies for this amount. Sprinkle approximately 1 cup of cookie crumbs on base of glass pan.
5 times the recipe fills three 9 x 13" glass lasagna pans.
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