Southerners are famous (or maybe it’s notorious) for taking perfectly good desserts and amping them up to out-of-this-world delicious.  Are you familiar with Krispy Kreme bread pudding?  Really, whoever had that idea was nuts.  This house favorite does the same thing with the old standby of Oreos and milk – think Oreo heaven.

Honestly, it’s not a good idea to judge a dessert on it’s nutritional value.  It’s not there to give you energy or strength for the day.  It doesn’t have the responsibility of adding nutrients or fiber to your diet.  It’s not a part of the meal for any reason but pure pleasure.  Based on that requirement, this dessert is divine.  Fix it when you need a fast one for a crowd – you don’t want to be left with much of this in your fridge.  It might be worth adding an extra mile to your jog today.  :)

Oreo Heaven Dessert
1 package Oreos
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 16 ounce container Cool Whip
1 8 ounce package cream cheese
1 6 ounce instant chocolate pudding mix
2 1/2 cups milk

Crush Oreos (they do not need to be finely crushed) and stir in melted butter.  Put 3/4 of Oreo mixture in bottom of a 9′x13′ pan and spread evenly to create a crust.  In your mixer beat cream cheese and sugar until very creamy.  Fold in half of the Cool Whip.  Spread this cream cheese mixture over the Oreo crust.  I find it helpful to drop the cream cheese in large dollops and then gently spread them out with a plastic spatula.  Next, whisk the pudding into the milk until it begins to thicken.  Pour pudding evenly over cream cheese layer.  Pop the pan into the refrigerator for 20 minutes to allow the pudding to chill and set-up.  After pudding is set, gently spread the remaining Cool Whip over the dessert and sprinkle with Oreo crumb topping.  Enjoy!

This dessert is rich!  The 9′x13′ makes enough to feed at least a dozen!

post and pictures by Sunshine