Get ready for a Halloween treat that is super fun to make and even more fun to eat! This cheesecake dip is perfect for kids and grown-ups alike, combining a creamy base with crunchy chocolate cookie “dirt” and vanilla cookie “tombstones”. It’s simple to whip up in just 15 minutes, and packed with flavor, making it the perfect addition to your Halloween festivities.
What’s really cool about this recipe is how easy it is to make, even for little hands. It’s not just a yummy dessert, but also a great way to have fun and get creative with your kids. Plus, you can make it ahead of time, so you have one less thing to worry about on the big day!
If you’re looking for more spooky and fun recipes to try this Halloween, make sure to check out the Halloween Recipe Collection on my blog. You’ll find other fun treats like Ghost Marshmallow Popcorn Balls, Halloween Chocolate Dirt Cake, Hocus Pocus Cookies, Halloween Taco Dip, Halloween Snack Mix, Candy Corn Jello Cups, and Halloween Dirt Cupcakes that are sure to be a hit at your Halloween celebration!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Kid-Friendly: This recipe is a great way to get kids excited about helping in the kitchen. The easy steps and the fun decorating part are sure to make it a hit with the little ones, helping to create happy Halloween memories.
- No-Bake Dessert: When you’re busy getting ready for Halloween, a no-bake recipe is a real time-saver. It’s quick to make and you don’t have to worry about using the oven, which makes the whole process a breeze.
- Fun to Decorate: The best part of this recipe is decorating it. You can have lots of fun making “dirt” with crushed chocolate cookies and “tombstones” with vanilla cookies.
Ingredients In Recipe
- Cream Cheese: This is the main ingredient that makes the dip so creamy and yummy. Make sure it’s soft before you start, to get the smoothest dip. If you want, you can use a low-fat version to make it a bit healthier.
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: This gives the dip a rich chocolate flavor. If you prefer a lighter chocolate taste, you can use a little less.
- Powdered Sugar: Adds sweetness to the dip. You can change the amount to make it just right for you.
- Oreos and Milano Cookies: These are for decorating the dip and making it look like a spooky graveyard. You can also try different cookies to make it your own special creation.
Complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.
How To Make The Chocolate Cheesecake Dip
- Crushing the Oreos: Place Oreo cookies in a zip-top bag and crush them using a rolling pin until they resemble coarse soil. This will be the first layer of your spooky graveyard dessert. Set aside.
- Preparing the Base: In a large bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and butter. Whip them together until they are smooth and creamy. Add the unsweetened cocoa powder and mix it thoroughly.
- Mixing the Ingredients: Gradually add the powdered sugar while continuing to whip, ensuring that the sugar is well incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Adjust the consistency as needed, adding the milk one tablespoon at a time, and whip until you reach a smooth and dip-like consistency.
- Assembling the Graveyard: Transfer the dip to a 1-quart dish, spreading it evenly to form the base of your graveyard. Sprinkle the crushed Oreos over the dip to form the “soil” of the graveyard.
- Decorate: Prepare the tombstones using Milano cookies, writing phrases such as “RIP”, “BOO”, and “C U LATER” with black icing or melted chocolate, and inserting them into the dip at regular intervals. Decorate the graveyard further with candy corn, pumpkin candies, and sprinkles to add a festive and spooky touch.
Wondering what to serve with your Halloween Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip?
- You can use graham crackers or vanilla wafers, which are sweet and crunchy, making them great friends with the chocolate dip.
- If you like a mix of sweet and salty flavors, pretzels are a super choice. They add a crunchy twist to the creamy dip.
- Want to add some healthy options to your snack table? Try crisp apple slices! They are fresh and go really well with the chocolate dip.
- Marshmallows can also be a hit, making dipping into the chocolate mix a fun little activity.
- You can also try fresh strawberries for a burst of freshness or Rice Krispie treats for a crispy bite.
Mix and match these to make your snack table look fun and taste awesome!
- Cookie Crushing: You can crush the Oreos easily in a zip-top bag with a rolling pin or use a food processor to get the right texture quickly.
- Writing on Cookies: To write on the Milano cookies, you can use a small piping bag or a zip-top bag with a tiny corner cut off, and fill it with melted chocolate. You can also use black icing to write spooky words.
- Milk Adjustment: Add the milk slowly to make sure your dip doesn’t get too runny. It’s always easier to add more later if you need to.
- Creative Decorations: Let the kids come up with their own ideas for decorating the graveyard. They can add small toy spiders or other Halloween items to make it even more festive.
Storing and Make Ahead Tips
- Making Ahead: The best part about this recipe is that you can prepare the cheesecake dip a day before your Halloween party. Just cover it and store it in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to serve, give it a good stir to refresh the texture, and then add the decorations.
- Freezing and Thawing the Dip: If you decide to freeze the dip, you can do so by placing it in an airtight container. When you’re ready to enjoy it, remember to thaw it in the fridge overnight. Before serving, give it a good stir to bring back its creamy texture.
- Storing Leftovers: If you have any leftover dip, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Yes, you can! Choose any cookie that can stand up and has a flat side to write on. You can try different shapes and sizes to make your graveyard unique. Try Keebler Vienna Fingers, Biscoff cookies, or Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookies.
You can use small Halloween candies, chocolate chips, or even edible flowers to decorate your graveyard. Be as creative as you want!
Yes, you can use dairy-free alternatives for the cream cheese and butter, and use non-dairy milk to make it suitable for everyone.
I hope you’re excited to try this super fun cheesecake dip! It’s not just a tasty treat, but also a great way to enjoy Halloween with your family. I’d love to hear what you think, so please rate and review the recipe, and don’t forget to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board. Happy Halloween!
- 10 crushed Oreos
- 6 Milano cookies
- Black icing or melted chocolate, for writing on Milano cookies
- Candy corn
- Pumpkin candies
- Prepare the Oreo Soil: Place 10 Oreos in a zip-top bag and crush them using a rolling pin until they resemble coarse soil. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the softened cream cheese and unsalted butter. Using a hand mixer, whip them together until smooth and creamy.
- To the cream cheese mixture, add the unsweetened cocoa powder and vanilla extract. Continue to whip until the ingredients are well combined.
- Gradually add the powdered sugar to the mixture while continuing to whip. Ensure that the sugar is well incorporated and the mixture is smooth.
- As needed, add the milk to the mixture, one tablespoon at a time, and whip until you reach a smooth and dip-like consistency.
- Transfer the dip to a 1-quart dish, spreading it evenly to form the base of your graveyard.
- Sprinkle the crushed Oreos over the dip to form the "soil" of the graveyard.
- Prepare the Tombstones: On each Milano cookie, write phrases such as "RIP", "BOO", and "C U LATER" using the black icing or melted chocolate. Insert these "tombstones" into the dip at regular intervals.
- Decorate the graveyard with candy corn, pumpkin candies, and sprinkles to add a festive and spooky touch.
- Serve the dip with additional cookies or crackers for dipping. Enjoy your spooky Halloween graveyard chocolate cheesecake dip!
- Feel free to adjust the amount of powdered sugar according to your taste preference.
- You can also add a few drops of orange food coloring to the dip for a more Halloween-y vibe.
- This dip pairs wonderfully with graham crackers, pretzels, or fruit slices for dipping.
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