I love me a good no-bake dessert! Yesterday we spent the first part of the afternoon at our neighbor kid's birthday party, and then afterward I decided to come home and get busy in the kitchen. We were planning on having our neighbor friends over later in the evening to watch Pitch Perfect 2 (!!!) so I wanted to make something yummy that we could all enjoy. I decided to default to our go-to dessert: 4 layer Dalmatian Cake! It's not actually a "cake", hence the "no bake" part of the title. But it's delicious! I've been meaning to share it for a year or two now, but later is better than never, right?
I already had all of the ingredients on hand since I went to Walmart last week and picked up the Pitch Perfect 2 dvd and had this dessert on the brain. It was super easy to whip up in no time and after a couple of hours in the fridge it was beyond perfect. Normally we make it once every few months or so, and we leave it in the fridge with a spoon so we can just grab a bite here and there. That might sound silly, but this dessert hits the spot, and a little goes a long way. We sent half home with our neighbors last night but half of this casserole dish will last us a solid week. If you're having friends over or going to a get together, make this! I swear it will be a MAJOR hit!
No-Bake Refrigerator Dalmatian Cake
prep time: 25 minutes
serves: entirely too many (ha!)
1 package regular Oreos
6 tbsp melted butter
8oz cream cheese
1/4 c sugar
3 1/4 c milk
(2) 3.9oz packages instant chocolate pudding
12oz Cool Whip
Semisweet chocolate chips
Step One: Put all 36 oreos in a gallon ziplock bag (Yes, all 36! Resist the urge to eat a few! Or don't. Do your thing!) and crush them up. Dump them in a bowl and add your 6 tbsp of melted butter. Transfer this mixture to the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish and press them into the bottom to form a crust. Pop the dish in the fridge while you prepare the next layer.
Step Two: Mix 8oz cream cheese with a mixer until fluffy. Add 2 tbsp cold milk, 1 1/4c sugar, and 1 c Cool Whip. Spread this mixture over the crushed Oreo base.
Step Three: Mix your 2 packages of instant chocolate pudding with the remainder of your milk (just under 3 1/4 c). Stir well and let sit for 5 minutes. Once the pudding has thickened, spread it out over the cream cheese/Cool Whip layer.
Step Four: Spread the remainder of your Cool Whip over the top of the pudding layer. (We have the best luck with scooping the Cool Whip out and letting it soften up before spreading it). Finish your dessert off with a sprinkle of semisweet chocolate chips. Place it in the fridge for a couple of hours so it can set. (The Oreos get so soft!) Then eat your hearts out!
Looks delicious, no? YUM!
Have y'all seen Pitch Perfect 2 yet? Mike and I saw it in theaters the night before leaving for Mexico and oh my lawd! We were rolling! I can think of very few sequels that lived up to the original movie's hype, but PP2 does just that. Our neighbors hadn't seen it yet so it was fun to watch it with them. When I dropped into our local Walmart I scooped up the Blu-Ray/Soundtrack combo pack because it came with a CD featuring some of the most memorable songs from Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 (but only while supplies last, so scoot to it!) Linden and I popped some popcorn and had a little dance party that afternoon. He loves "Cups" (I do, too! I can't help but belt out the entire thing haha) You should see that kid dance! Anyway, I'm pretty sure everyone got a kick out of the dessert and the movie, so we basically had a pretty awesome Sunday night. No complaints here!