Fudgy Tombstone Parfaits are a delicious Halloween dessert, made with layers of no bake cheesecake, chocolate cookies, and whipped cream. Halloween is less than a week away, so our Progressive Eats crew has put together the perfect menu to celebrate the holiday.

Starting with a festive cocktail and ending with these elegant Halloween Treats, there’s certain to be a dish you’ll want to add to your Halloween menu.

Fudgy Tombstone Parfaits | Luscious layers of Oreo crumbs, cheesecake filling and fudge sauce make with a tombstone cookie make for a terrific Halloween dessert!

Fudgy Tombstone Parfaits

These spooky parfaits are perfect for Halloween with their precariously perched tombstone cookies as a garnish. Easy to build with a layer of Oreo crumbs followed by a no-bake cheesecake filling, then topped with jarred fudge sauce and a crisp cookie to garnish. The most complicated task is piping RIP on each cookie tombstone.

I gave up on melted chocolate, and the grocery store tube of frosting was way too liquid to write anything legible. I found some black icing in a tube at JoAnn Fabrics in the cake decorating aisle and it seemed to work much better. If you are a pro at cake and cookie decorating, this should be a breeze! This Bloody Creme Brulee is another upscale Halloween treat!

Fudgy Tombstone Parfaits | Luscious layers of Oreo crumbs, cheesecake filling and fudge sauce make with a tombstone cookie make for a terrific Halloween dessert!

Halloween and Beyond

These gems are not limited to Halloween. Without the tombstone cookie, they’re still a terrific dessert. An ungarnished cookie would provide a crunchy contrast to the silky fudge and creamy cheesecake filling. And a dollop of whipped cream never hurts, does it? If you need more holiday inspiration, here is the menu for our Progressive Eats Dinner Party:

Progressive Eats Halloween Menu


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Fudgy Tombstone Parfaits Recipe

Fudgy Tombstone Parfaits Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 parfaits

An easy way to turn a luscious parfait into a Halloween treat!



  • 5 Oreos, crushed or pulverized in a food processor
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Cheesecake filling:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ΒΌ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • β…“ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Topping and garnish:

  • Homemade or jarred fudge sauce, gently warmed to pouring consistency
  • Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies
  • Black frosting
  • Cocoa powder, optional, to garnish
  • Whipped cream, optional, to garnish


  1. Mix together Oreo crumbs and melted butter. Divide between 4 glasses, tapping lightly to even the layer. Set aside.
  2. Whip cream cheese with sugar and lemon juice until light and smooth. In another bowl, whip heavy cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.
  3. Carefully fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture till well combined.
  4. Divide the mixture between the 4 glasses, using a clean spoon to gently press into an even layer.
  5. Pour fudge sauce over the cheesecake layer (make sure your sauce isn't too hot) to make a ¼-⅓ inch layer. Set in the refrigerator to chill as you prepare the garnishes.
  6. Pipe RIP onto 4 of the Milano cookies. When frosting is set, press one into each parfait, Add a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder if desired.


Total time does not include chilling time.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 222mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 0gSugar: 22gProtein: 4g


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Progressive Eats

Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month we’re sharing a Halloween Menu, and our event is hosted by Heather, who blogs at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen. We have dishes that show off the colors associated with Halloween, as well as some cute and creepy ideas. No matter your level of Halloween spirit, you’ll find something delicious to add to your repertoire this season!

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.Fudgy Tombstone Parfaits | Luscious layers of Oreo crumbs, cheesecake filling and fudge sauce make with a tombstone cookie make for a terrific Halloween dessert!