Graveyard Chocolate Mousse
Graveyard Chocolate Mousse is creamy chocolate mousse dressed up for Halloween, complete with cookie gravestones.
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!
Chalk up another goal achieved courtesy of my Sunday blogging group, who is doing Halloween posts today (more fun below!). It actually makes summer’s passing feel a little better.
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 family thought that this was one of my best recipes in a long time. In fact, my youngest (aka my “picky daughter”) declared that chocolate mousse was her favorite dessert EVER.
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!
Not that I’d eat two or anything…
Graveyard Chocolate Mousse
- 3 ½ oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate not unsweetened
- 1 cup heavy cream divided
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 ½ Tablespoons sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 Milano cookies cut in half
- 4 oreo cookies filling removed & discarded
- 4 candy pumpkins
- 1 Tablespoon chocolate buttercream see note
- 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.
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.
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The Milano tombstones look so cute in that graveyard! I’m a total chocolate pudding fiend. I’d devour these.
Ohhh yeah! time flies fast, its nearly October, thanks for that delicious reminder
Sounds like a perfect recipe! And a wonderful treat 🙂
I love the way you did this but I have to say that it has been many, many years since I did anything special in terms of food or décor for Halloween! Mark and I somehow always manage to live where there are no children! However that will not stop me from trying your mousse! I have several recipes and more are always welcome!
My oldest has an October birthday, so she is major into fall decorating–some of which includes Halloween. I don’t think anyone is going to get a lot of trick or treaters this year, sadly…
What a cute dessert! When the pickiest eater says it’s the best dessert EVER, you know you’re going to eventually know how to make it I your sleep. Lol!
Yes, I’m glad they weren’t hard Thao!
This looks delicious Inger ! I feel surprised that Haloween is close !!
I know. I can’t believe that time is flying even in a pandemic…
Those are darling! I love the gravestones! I bet it was delicious!
Yes, tasty too, alright!
These are so cute and easy. My toddler will love them!
You should try my meringue ghost cookies then too https://artofnaturalliving.com/2019/10/06/meringue-ghost-cookies/
Ohhh that looks so good! What a fun idea to make these into little individual cups – perfect Halloween dessert!
I love those glasses–they work for cocktails and dessert!
Oh Yum! I have been craving some good chocolate mousse lately. And my son would love the rest of the goodies.
I hadn’t made it in years–silly me!
Those milano cookies are my favorite. So good and the perfect tombstone for these delicious sounding mousse cups.
My youngest ate my first bag of Milanos and I had to go out and buy more 🙂