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Creepy Crawler Mud Pie

An easy and fun Halloween treat that the kids can help make. Bake the cookie, frost then top with creepy crawlers!

easy halloween pie recipe

When I was little, nothing gave me more pleasure than making big mud pies in my parents’ backyard. I’d spend hours gathering the best dirt, grass, rocks, sticks and if I was lucky – bugs or worms – until I’d assembled what felt like a muddy masterpiece. Then I’d run into the house (leaving tracks that would now make me cringe – sorry, mom!) to invite my parents out for a “taste” of my creation. It was pure, innocent fun, and I hope to give my kids a backyard someday so they can experience the thrill of daily digging in the dirt.

With Halloween on it’s way, I thought it would be fun to create a mud pie-inspired treat reminiscent of my childhood backyard creations. This “pie” – which is actually a big frosted sugar cookie – is made with three of my favorite ready-made products, so it’s quick to prepare yet still delicious and festive. We’ve already made it twice this month and are making another one for a friend’s Halloween party next weekend. Both kids and adults find this Creepy Crawler Mud Pie hard to resist!

Here’s how to make it.

Start by pressing refrigerated sugar cookie dough into a baking dish (size of the dish is up to you). I used Annie’s Organic Sugar Cookie Dough – but you could definitely make your own instead. Bake until golden brown.

annie's sugar cookie dough

Let the cookie cool completely, then frost with homemade or prepared chocolate frosting. I used Wholesome! Organic Chocolate Frosting which tastes AMAZING and as far as I know is the only organic prepared frosting on the market. It’s perfect for “mud” because the chocolate is rich, dark and spreads easily.

organic chocolate frosting

(Good luck not eating it straight from the container.)

mud pie for halloween

Finally, top with an assortment of gummy creepy crawlers.

surf sweets gummy worms

I used Surf Sweets Gummy Worms (both regular and sour) and Spooky Spiders, for their superior taste and because they satisfy every criteria I can think of when it comes to choosing a better-for-you candy:

•  Made with Organic Fruit Juice
•  No Artificial Colors or Flavors
•   Corn Syrup Free
•  100% Vitamin C per serving
•  Free of the 10 Most Common Allergens
•  Made in a Nut-Free Facility
•  Dairy Free/Casein Free
•  Soy Free
•  Gluten Free
•  Made in the USA

Admittedly, I have a selection of their candies in my pantry year-round, but love these fun seasonal varieties –

surf sweets spooky spiders

which are also great for trick-or-treaters!

surf sweets treat packs

I love serving this “pie” with a tiny shovel or fork to keep with the rustic backyard theme. You can also cut it into bars – just line your dish with parchment paper before baking the cookie and refrigerate the bars for 15 minutes so they separate more easily.

surf sweets mud pie

Enjoy! And don’t forget to get a little dirty!

halloween mud pie

This post is sponsored by Surf Sweets – a brand I’ve loved for a long time. As always, thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting my blog and the brands that make it possible.

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  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    October 24, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I LOVE Mud Pie! This is such a fun recipe to serve at my Halloween party this weekend!

  • Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
    October 25, 2016 at 9:37 am

    I’m a sucker for sour gummy worms, so I NEED to make this 🙂

  • Nicole
    October 25, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    My daughter goes crazy for stuff like this! Super Cute 🙂

  • Amelia Winslow
    October 25, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    My kids loved this too (not surprising) – though I think I may have enjoyed it even more 😉

  • Amelia Winslow
    October 25, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Gummy worms are a weakness of mine too, Jennifer. Luckily these are as “clean” as a gummy worm can get!

  • Amelia Winslow
    October 25, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Isn’t mud pie the best?! (Pretend or real) …Let me know how you like it!

  • Matt @RealFoodByDad
    October 27, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    My boys would love this!

  • Amelia Winslow
    October 28, 2016 at 10:04 am

    It was definitely a hit with both my kids – I had to hide it after it was clear they weren’t going to stop, ha!

  • Gina @Running to the Kitchen
    October 29, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    This is such a cute idea! Those gummy worms look so yummy!!

  • Tyler
    October 31, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    We made this for Halloween and loved it!

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