Today I have Punxsutawney Phil Pudding in honor of Groundhog Day. In Madison we actually have Jimmy the Groundhog to let us know how long winter will be – although in Wisconsin we know it will always be long… However, Punxsutawney is better known and makes for a better name than Jimmy the Groundhog Pudding…
The original recipe said it made 20 servings which is a lot more than I wanted so I cut the recipe in half. This was enough for a couple servings to keep for me and matt and enough for Matt to take a treat in for his office. The original recipe also called for another set of layers over what I put together, but I’m pretty happy with the results!
Recipe (Idea initially seen on Domesticated Lady Recipe adapted from Taste of Home )
The amounts are for half of what the original called for. I still think it made a large amount of dessert about 15-20 ½ cup servings.
- 1 ¾ cup cold milk
- 1 package (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
- 3 oz cream cheese at room temperature (the original recipe would have called for 4 oz, but this way I was able to use one of those little blocks of cream cheese)
- 2 Tbsp butter at room temperature
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 8 oz thawed whipped topping (The original recipe called for 6, but I just got the smallest container at the store and used the whole amount)
- ½ package cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
Using an electric mixer blend the milk and pudding mix together for 2 minutes. Set aside for two minutes. During that time use your mixer to blend the butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar (you are going to blend the mixtures together in the end so you don’t need to clean the beaters). Incorporate the pudding mix into the cream cheese mix then fold in the whipped topping.
Matt crushed the sandwich cookies for me in a plastic ziplock bag using a rolling pin. Spread a thin layer of the crushed cookies on the bottom of your serving dish. If you want multiple layers, scoop ½ of the pudding mixture, top with crushed cookies, and then repeat with another layer.
Alternatively, you could do what I did an scoop all of the pudding mixture on top of the first layer of crushed cookies and cover with another layer of crushed cookies.
Regardless of the number of layers, the pudding should be refrigerated for at least 1 hour before serving.
I thought this family of groundhogs was pretty cute!