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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’ spooktacular 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 Halloween
As 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 Choice
Could 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.

Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip - Tastes just like oreo cheesecake!

Fun and Festive Graveyard Cheesecake Dip

The base of this dip tastes like fudgy brownie batter and chocolate cheesecake combined. Spoon licking is welcome and encouraged.

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 this 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!

Stand 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 Dip-Use Milano cookies to make tombstones

Make Ahead and Storage Tips

  • To Make Ahead. Prepare the dip through Step 1 a few hours in advance, then cover and store it in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, top with the cookies and decorations.
  • To Store. Cover leftover dip, and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip
Final 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?


Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip

5 from 4 votes
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.

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Servings: 6 servings


Chocolate Cheesecake Dip:

  • 1 package cream cheese (8 ounces) at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick) 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 sifted powdered sugar plus 2 tablespoons

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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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. 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. ;)

  2. 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

  3. 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 !

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

    1. 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!

  5. If you leave out the cocoa powder would this just taste like regular cheesecake dip or would anything else need to be added to it?

    1. Hi Katie! I’ve only tested the dip as written, so anything else would be an experiment. If you decide to play around with it, I’d love to hear how it goes! You may also want to check out my Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip.

  6. I know I’m late to the game here, but this is so adorable! This will be a great recipe to make with my kids, and they will love the idea of dipping treats in a treat! Also, I thought I was the only one in LOVE with Clue, and I’ve never thought about dressing up as the characters! I think I’m going to have to arrange for my family to do that next year!! Thanks for the great content and ideas! :)5 stars

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