Graveyard Dessert

Submitted by imjoni

 

CRUST
2 c. chocolate wafer cookie crumbs

1/4 c. granulated sugar

1/2 c. margarine, melted

 

FILLING
8-oz. package cream cheese

12-oz. tub Cool Whip Free, thawed

2 c. boiling water

2 (4-serving) packages orange gelatin

1/2 c. cold water

ice cubes

 

DECORATIONS
1/4 c. chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
7 rectangular shaped sandwich cookies

7 oval shaped sandwich cookies

Decorator icing, brown, green, orange and white

candy corn

candy pumpkins

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a 9 x 13" pan with cooking spray and flour.  To prepare crust, combine 2 cups cookie crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and margarine in a small mixing bowl.  Press firmly into prepared pan.  Bake for 10 minutes then chill.

 

To prepare filling, combine cream cheese, remaining sugar, and 1/2 cup Cool Whip in a mixing bowl.  In another mixing bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water.  Mix cold water and ice cubes together to make 1-1/2 cups.  Stir ice water into gelatin until thickened.  Remove any remaining ice cubes.  Spoon gelatin over cream cheese layer.  Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.  Spread remaining Cool Whip over gelatin layer.

 

Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cookie crumbs.  Decorate as a 'graveyard' by poking sandwich cookies on end into dessert.  Decorate the cookies as tombstones with the decorator icing.  Scatter candy and pumpkins around the surface.