This nutella cheesecake mousse is the perfect Halloween treat.
When I think back to the kinds of desserts my cousins and I used to always have as kids, the first thing to come to mind always included some sort of “dirt” made out of cookie crumbs. I mean, why not? They’re easy to prepare (probably just pudding mix with pre-crushed cookie crumbs on top and some gummy worms), they look fun and festive (in line with the theme of the occasion) and they taste great. Obviously, this isn’t health food- but hey, we were just kids! As an adult, my love of edible dip hasn’t died but I’m equally obsessed with all things nutella cheesecake.
Well, I’m no longer a young calorie-burning engine but I still like to make yummy edible stuff (cookies!) look like yucky inedible stuff (dirt!) for special eating occasions. So when Halloween rolled along, I thought I would have a bit of childhood fun. First, I had ordered this wooden planter that I planned to use for my bad ass olive dip back in October but it didn’t arrive from Amazon in time. So now I was determined to use it for something! So I whipped up a creamy dreamy dip using my favourite flavours- nutella and cream cheese. Holy heck, yes. Imagine having a nutella cheesecake by the spoonful and then tell me you’re not having a good time.
Making Nutella Cheesecake Mousse into a Graveyard
Then my original plan for my nutella cheesecake was to make my own cookie tombstones but on an impromptu trip to one of my favourite specialty stores, All the Best, I pretty much saw exactly what I was looking for. Shave off an hour from my party prep time? Yes, please. So all in all, this dish could not be easier to pull off. Whip cream and sweeten. Whip nutella and cream cheese together. Fold into one another. Spread into wooden box. Top with cookie crumbs and decorate with fun Halloween themed candies and cookies. I then served it with a platter of fruit for dipping- but let’s be honest, I actually just ate it by the spoon most of the time.
Having said all that, I made this dessert into a Halloween treat, but this could nutella cheesecake mousse easily be done without the theme! Simply scoop or (even better) pipe the mousse into dessert bowls, top with some crumbs and then garnish with some fresh berries. Suddenly you have a sophisticated dessert!
Halloween Nutella Cheesecake Mousse Dip Graveyard
- 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 5 tbsp powdered sugar
- 1 cup plus 2 tbsp Nutella
- 12 oz cream cheese room temperature
- 1/2 cup Oreo cookie crumbs
- Halloween candies
- Rectangle cookies to be tomb stones
- Fruit for dipping
- In a large bowl, whip cream to soft peaks, then add in powdered sugar until combined. Set aside.
- In another medium bowl, mix together the nutella and cream cheese until well combined. Set aside.
- Fold some of the cream into the nutella and beat until combined. Gently fold the cream into the nutella mixture until well combined.
- Line your wooden box with plastic wrap. Fill the box with the mousse and smooth it out to be level. Top with the cookie crumbs.
- Decorate with the cookies and candies and serve with fruit for dipping.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.