It was my birthday last week. My ultimate favorite birthday dessert is dirt cake.....you know, chocolate pudding mixed with Cool Whip layered with crushed Oreos and gummy worms. But I have now reached an age where my palate has refined a bit (a little bit) and I was wanting something less processed with a bit (a little bit) of an adult feel.
This fit the bill! Happy birthday to me.
Adult Dirt Cake
2 Tbsp Dutch unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
3 Tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 cups half & half
1 cup skim milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
6 oz dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 tsp mint extract
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, chopped
12 chocolate wafer cookies (please do not use sugar free)
1 tsp black sea salt (Hawaiian sea salt)
6 gummy worms
Combine sugar, cornstarch, and cocoa in a nonstick saucepan. Whisk together half & half, milk, and vanilla in a smaller bowl.
Pour milk mixture into sugar mixture, and whisk until cornstarch is dissolved. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, and cook until thick, 3-5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add chocolate and stir until chocolate melts, about 1 minute.
Remove from heat and add mint extract and butter, and whisk until butter melts. Quickly divide pudding, stirring constantly to prevent sides from setting up, among six 4-ounce glasses. Leave 1/2 inch of space at the top of each. Refrigerate until set, 1-2 hours.
Just before serving, place a gummy worm onto pudding. Place cookies in a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Stir in sea salt, then scoop 2-3 Tbsp of cookie crumbs onto the top of each pudding cup and serve.