Potted Chocolate-Mint Puddings with Cookie Crumble “Dirt”

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I know a lot of people start their gardening projects in March, but I think Earth Day (which happens to be April 22nd) is the perfect day to celebrate the start of the gardening season. The weather is usually a little bit less rainy, and there is more sunshine to go around to help all of those plants and seedlings grow and grow. But to me, a holiday (or day of importance) isn’t special unless there is dessert, and I’ve got some cute Potted Chocolate-Mint Puddings topped with cookie crumble “dirt” to help ring in Earth Day!

Earth Day is the perfect day to gather a bunch of friends together and have a potting party. Everyone brings pots and dirt and seeds and plants, and you spend the whole day getting your hands dirty. And then to celebrate, serve up these cute chocolatey-minty treats. I think what really makes this dessert adorable is that, covering the creamy, cool chocolate pudding is a quite believable surface of cookie crumble dirt, and then the “planted” mint sprig completes the illusion!

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I think what really makes this dessert adorable is the chocolate cookie crumbs (dirt) and the little mint sprig placed on top! I mean, how darling.

Speaking of mint and gardening, mint is one of those herbs that could live through a nuclear disaster. It thrives all year long on my deck here in the Pacific Northwest. So even if you think you have a “black” thumb, you cannot kill mint. It’s the perfect herb to start your gardening year off.

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Potted Chocolate-Mint Puddings
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Chelsia Rief
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Serves: 8
Source: [url href=”http://www.marthastewart.com/350027/potted-chocolate-mint-puddings?czone=holiday/sixty-days-of-summer/activities&czone=holiday/sixty-days-of-summer/activities&czone=holiday/sixty-days-of-summer/activities¢er=276964&gallery=274922&slide=337810″ target=”_blank”]Martha Stewart[/url]
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp from 1 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (1 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp mint extract
  • 1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp unsalted butter, chopped into small pieces
  • 10 wafer cookies, crushed
  • mint sprigs for garnish
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium saucepan. Combine cream, milk, and vanilla in a liquid measuring cup.
  2. Pour 1 cup of cream mixture into sugar mixture and whisk until cornstarch is dissolved. Add the remaining cream mixture and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, and cook until thick (about 5 minutes). Reduce heat to low and add in chocolate. Whisk until chocolate is melted, about one minute.
  3. Remove from heat and add in butter and mint extract, whisking until butter melts. Quickly divide the pudding into 8 4 oz mason jars, leaving about a 1/2 inch from the top. Refrigerate to set the pudding, about 1 1/2 hours.
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  5. Just before servings, pulse cookies in a food processor until finely ground. Top each pudding with about 1 tablespoon of cookie dirt and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve Chilled.
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Chelsia (22 Posts)

Chels is a native Oregonian who dreams of living with all four seasons in Central Oregon. She's a wife and stay at home mom to her three vivacious kiddos whom she home schools. When she's not schooling or chasing after her munchkins, she enjoys reading, bubble baths, and finding clothing/kitchen treasure at thrift stores. But more than all of that, she finds refuge in her kitchen where she and her husband can be found cooking and baking up a storm for their family and friends. You can read more about her culinary endeavors at Catzinthekitchen.com.


2 Comments

  1. I love love love this and your photos! a potting party for earth day is such a good idea. thanks for sharing.

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