I had seen the designs for years. Chocolate mousse, decorated for Halloween, complete with gravestones. Yes, it was on my “to do” list for… forever!
The mousse, a rich chocolatey custard lightened up with fresh whipped cream, was actually quite easy. In fact the most challenging part was folding in the whipped cream so I didn’t have any little white pillows left.
Graveyard Chocolate Mousse Styling
But the styling for Halloween made it really fun!
I used Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies for easy gravestones–just cut in half. Ultimately the biggest challenge in the whole project was writing the “RIP” on them. I tried melted chocolate at first, but it was hard to get it to a temperature where it would flow but not run.
Finally, my oldest suggested buttercream. She’s taken to baking a lot during Covid and is starting to develop some real skills. Since we only needed a small quantity of frosting, we decided to use a baggie with the tiniest hole cut in instead of a piping bag. She was nervous tackling the piping but in the end, the shakiest, creepiest, writing actually looked the best.
The recipe came from Epicurious, but I simplified it slightly and cut it in half. There are far too many sweet treats coming our way to have extras right now!
Melt chocolate in a double boiler or metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring regularly until melted. Remove pan from heat but keep bowl on top to stay warm. There are pre-filled decorating tubes that might make the cookie decorating (writing RIP) process easier. Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
Whisk together 1/3 cup cream, eggs yolks, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan. Whisk over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until it registers 160°F on thermometer, about 3-5 minutes. Strain mixture into a bowl and stir in vanilla and melted chocolate until well combined. Let cool until to about room temperature (I alternated putting into freezer for a few minutes, then whisking since I was in a hurry)
Beat remaining 2/3 cup cream until stiff. Fold one fourth of whipped cream into chocolate custard to lighten, then fold in remaining cream gently but thoroughly.
Spoon mousse into 4 dessert dishes or glasses and refrigerate for at least an hour.
To decorate for Halloween, twist and removed center filling of 4 oreo cookies. Crush wafer sections to form the graveyard “dirt” and sprinkle on top of chilled mousse.
Cut the Milano cookies in half to form 4 gravestones. Put buttercream in a baggie and cut the smallest hole you can. Write RIP on the cookie halves.
Set a cookie gravestone and cany pumpkin in each mousse serving.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 574Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 165mgSodium: 87mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 5gSugar: 27gProtein: 7g
Melt chocolate in a double boiler or metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring regularly until melted. Remove pan from heat but keep bowl on top to stay warm.
There are pre-filled decorating tubes that might make the cookie decorating (writing RIP) process easier.
Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
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