Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip

My lifetime of Halloweens has been a series of epic costume fails. To redeem my dismal history, I’m dressing up my dip instead. Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip is lookin’ spook-tacular and ready to party.

Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip - Tastes just like a chocolate cheesecake with Oreos on top!When I was younger, Halloween was not an issue—with little kids, the “cute” card trumps all. Reference: my younger sister Elizabeth and I, circa 1992.

Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip for Halloween - Brownie cheesecake dip with Oreo dirt and cookie tombstones

Cowgirls for HalloweenAs we age, Halloween costumes become more problematic, as epitomized by my sixth grade dance. While most of the girls in my class wisely dressed as sexy French maids and members of the feline genus, I was too preoccupied writing to my pen pal in Ireland to strategize a socially acceptable Halloween ensemble. This was the result:

Poor ChoiceCould a similar Mean Girls costume party scene be based on my life?

Other memorable costumes included the Halloween I forget about (another) middle school costume dance until the last minute and was forced to improvise with my little sister’s fairy princess costume. Note to all potential fairy princesses: fitting into a bathroom stall with mesh wings is tricky business. The year I wore an authentic pair of leather chaps, complete with the breeze in the back, was also a poor choice, if for no other reason than it garnered the wrong kind of attention.

Nearly two decades later, I’m just as terrible about planning my costumes, mostly because I’ve been holding out hope that I’ll find five other willing bodies to dress as the characters in the board game Clue with me. (Dibs on Miss Scarlet!). Until that glorious day arrives, I’ve decided not to stress about the dress and focus instead on a more attainable Halloween dream: Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip.

The base of this dip tastes like fudgy brownie batter and chocolate cheesecake combined. Spoon licking is welcome and encouraged.
Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip - Tastes just like oreo cheesecake!A layer of crushed Oreos forms the graveyard “dirt,” and a scattering of candy corn adds a festive effect. This dip also gave me an ironclad excuse to buy the candy corn mini-pumpkins, which I find simultaneously excessively sweet and insanely addictive. It’s a conflict best pondered over Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip.

Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip - The best dip for Halloween!The graveyard “tombstones” are vanilla chocolate sandwich cookies (I used dark chocolate Milanos), with some arts and crafts frosting-action. I’m the least craft-inclined person I know, and I managed three little letters. You can too!

Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip-Use Milano cookies to make tombstonesStand the tombstones in the dirt, scatter a bit of candy corn about in an artistic manner, and step back to admire your work. This dip is dressed to impress!

Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake DipFinal note: I’ll make every willing member of my dream Clue Halloween cast their own personal dish of Chocolate Cheesecake Graveyard Dip, with a bag of mini pumpkins on the side, in exchange for dressing up with me. Who’s in?


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Halloween Sangria

Salty Sweet Halloween Chex Mix with Maple Peanuts and Candy Corn

Sweet and Salty Halloween Chex Mix

BONUS RECIPE! For leftover Halloween candy:

Use your leftover candy to make these decadent Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies! Soft, chewy, and loaded with Reeses and Snickers bars

Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies

Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip

A dessert dip that tastes like a decadent chocolate cheesecake. Topped with crunchy chocolate cookie “dirt” and vanilla cookie “tombstones,” this easy recipe is the perfect Halloween treat.

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


Chocolate Cheesecake Dip

  • 1 package cream (8 ounce) cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups, plus 2 tablespoons sifted powdered sugar

To Decorate and Serve

  • Crushed chocolate cream sandwich cookies, enough to cover the dip (about 10)
  • Vanilla sandwich cookies, such as Milanos
  • Black decorating icing
  • Candy corn and pumpkins
  • Graham crackers, apple slices, and/or pretzels, for serving


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About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...


  1. So cute!!! Both the dip and the Halloween pics :) I think you looked pretty cool in the 6th grade one, if I do say so myself.

  2. Oh the days of young halloween costumes…I have a similar one. I wanted to be an Indian. One minor issue. It was freezing that year so a coat went underneath my cloak; I was a marshmallow Indian Man. You could have just rolled me from house to house….

  3. Erin, you are the cutest!! oh my gawd, loved seeing those photos!! and love this graveyard dip!!! too cute!!

  4. This is such a great idea and I LOVE seeing old photos like that! Cuties!

  5. Ok, it’s the gravestones that puts this dip over the top. I mean, you must be high-fiving yourself, they are waaaaaaaay to cute. My kids are gonna love making this with me. Who cares they can’t spell, or really read? oh well.

    Cutest costume photos, to funny. And my husband has flatly refused to buy me the Anna Frozen gown for $300 on Amazon. Flatly refused I tell you! I think he’s being a little unreasonable. And in exchange, he won’t wear his banana costume this year! Ridiculous. Although he dressed as Prince Charming last year WITH the stockings, didn’t fight too hard on the stockings either……I think we’re moving in the right direction.

  6. You are totally rockin those halloween outfits. What a great dip and I’m off to go check it out.

  7. I will dress up in anything crazy to score a bowl of this dip! YUM! Besides, I’ve been trying to talk my daughter to go trick or treating with me and she says she’s too old – when did 15 become too old to trick or treat? Or is it me?
    I think your 6th grade Halloween outfit ROCKED!

  8. You are totally the cutest! Thinking about my childhood costumes makes me cringe. This dip is so adorable….such a fun idea!

  9. Oh my goodness I love these flashback pictures. You need to find a way to incorporate more into your posts, they’re just adorable. And how cute is this dip?!

  10. Oh my gosh, this cheesecake dip is simply adorable! Love the blast from the past, too!

  11. I totally suck at dressing up for Halloween so I’m really digging this “Dress up your dip” !!! Looks amazing!

  12. haha oh man I’m the same way – I am horribleeee at coming up with costumes. So I just don’t anymore :) lol much prefer cooking for it anyway!

    Love this dip – it’s so fun!

  13. I don’t even dress up for Halloween anymore! If I’m invited to a party, I’ll haphazardly throw together a mock Britney Spears outfit or slap on a pair of black jeans, black tank top and call myself a cat. (And p.s. I totally dressed up as a french maid in the seventh grade, and the pictures are embarrassingly HORRIFYING.)

  14. Can I be Miss Peacock?! Absolutely loving this dip…fun and delicious!

  15. Wow this graveyard cheesecake dip looks incredible! Even though Halloween is not that big here in Australia, it’s definitely a recipe I have saved to recreate. Love your pics too!

  16. Darling pictures. I lived on a farm. So trick or treating didn’t really happen to me. I had a terrible time coming up with costumes for my kids! BUT this dip—that looks so good if I was a dog (thinking costumes here) I would have an excuse to roll in it.

  17. So creative! Looks awesome! I wasn’t really big into dressing up for Halloween until we started going to our friend’s annual Halloween party- it is a costume required party and we learned out lesson the first year in not really “dressing up”.

  18. I would totally dress up as the people from Clue with you! Love that idea! This is adorable. My kids would love it!

  19. Oh Gosh… they are so cute! What a great idea, Erin! Love those!!

  20. OMG Erin, you are adorable..I heart your photos and the graveyard dip, so cool. My office is doing an afternoon halloween party thing, Australians don’t really do Halloween, so thats why we are doing arvo tea. :) Anyways, thanks for the cute idea. You rock!

  21. Hehe you are too adorable girl :) Loved the costumes and this dip! So fun and festive :)

  22. This is too cute! I’m hosting a Halloween dinner party and this would be a fun dessert! I also totally fail at costumes. My worst was the year I decided to wear all white with a yellow circle on my stomach and devil horns–a deviled eggs. ;)

  23. That is so cute!!!
    I’ve never made anything for Halloween, so I’ve been wanting to make something cute and fun this year!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  24. Such a great idea for this dip Erin! I love chocolate cheesecake dip and will try it, even if I don’t have tome to decorate it. Pictures are amazing !

  25. hahahahhaa! I love those old pics!

  26. Want to make this, but the ingredient list calls for extra fine granulated sugar and the directions say brown sugar. Which is correct?

    • Hi Jean! It should be brown sugar (I used light brown, but light or dark would be just fine). Sorry for the confusion! I’ll work on making sure this is updated ASAP. Thanks for letting me know!

  27. Erin, this is such a cute idea. I may try it this weekend.

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