Adult Dirt Dessert

Not adult like booze…adult like chocolate mousse instead of chocolate pudding, and white chocolate ghosts and Milano cookies instead of gummy worms.

Although a boozy version of this would be kind of awesome. That may need to happen next…

Adult Dirt Dessert! Such a cute Halloween dessert from The Culinary Capers!

But for real you guys, this stuff is like crack. It’s dangerous, addictive, and when it’s gone, you’ll cry for more.

It’s soooooooper rich, so a little goes a long way, but the sad part is, even though your mouth is going AH STOP TOO RICH, your stomach is all BUT I HAVE ROOM! I HAVE ROOM FOR MORE!

And that just leads to multiple servings a day. So you’re better off making this for a party where you are forced to share, rather than keep a batch in your fridge, and sporadically attack it with a spoon.

Adult Dirt Dessert! Such a cute Halloween dessert from The Culinary Capers!

Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything…


  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 bar white chocolate, melted
  • 12 Oreos, crushed
  • 6 Milano cookies
  • Black icing
  • Wax paper or parchment paper
  • Lollipop/cake pop sticks


1. To make the mousse, in a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 3/4 cup heavy cream. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until mixture coats back of spoon, 3 to 4 minutes, but don’t let it boil. Remove from heat; whisk in melted chocolate and vanilla. Strain into a bowl; chill until cool.

2. With an electric mixer, beat remaining 1 1/4 cups heavy cream with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar until stiff peaks form. Stir 1/3 of whipped cream into cooled custard mixture, then gently fold in the rest with a rubber spatula.

3. Spoon into serving dishes; chill, covered, at least 30 minutes and up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

4. While your mousse is chilling, sketch some ghosty shapes on your wax/parchment paper. Here’s the template I used, but feel free to get creative with your own! Put your white chocolate in a small ziplock bag, and microwave at 30 second intervals until fully melted.


5. Flip the paper over (graphite does not equal tasty ghosts), and snip the very tip off the ziplock bag filled with melted chocolate. Trace the outline of your ghost, then fill it in with chocolate. Feel free to go thick here, you’ll want the depth when you add the stick. Place you lollipop stick on top of the melted chocolate ghost shape, gently press, so the stick goes into the chocolate, but not all the way through to the paper, then drizzle with more melted chocolate to make sure it stays secure.

6. Let your ghosts cool completely before you try to remove them. While you wait, you can pipe R.I.P (or anything else you like) on your Milano cookies – these will become your gravestones.

7. When everything is dry/chilled, press the gravestones and the ghost sticks into each dish of mousse, then sprinkle with crushed Oreos* and chill until you’re ready to serve!

*I totally forgot to take pictures after I added the Oreos. Maybe because I was too busy licking the bowl clean.


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