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Fudgy Tombstone Parfaits

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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

Fudgy Tombstone Parfaits

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

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 parfaits



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

Cheesecake filling::

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 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. Carefully fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture till well combined. Divide the mixture between the 4 glasses, using a clean spoon to gently press into an even layer.
  3. Pour fudge sauce over cheesecake layer (make sure your sauce isn't too hot) to make a ΒΌ-1/3 inch layer. Set in refrigerator to chill as you prepare the garnishes.
  4. 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: 365 Total Fat: 28g Saturated Fat: 15g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 82mg Sodium: 222mg Carbohydrates: 28g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 22g Protein: 4g

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!



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32 comments on “Fudgy Tombstone Parfaits”

  1. Love these parfait for a festive Halloween treat!

  2. What a yummy dessert! They look so cute and somewhat reminds me of those Minions πŸ˜€

  3. A nice dessert for a more sophisticated Halloween party:@)

  4. These are adorable, a perfect Halloween treat for those who might not like it as gross and creepy as some. πŸ˜‰ Plus, yummy!

  5. Aww – those are adorable and sound delicious! You are right about a dollop of whipped cream never hurting …. Super cute!

  6. Love these festive and delicious Halloween treats, and how cute are those jars in your second shot! Such a great idea with the milanos, Liz!

  7. You make the best desserts Liz, the parfaits are the perfect size, love those weck jars.

  8. Oh my my….Can I get a bigger jar and where’s my spoon? Love this Halloween treats, Liz! And this looks so freaky-licious

  9. Such a cute and delicious Halloween treat!

  10. These are awesome, Liz! Plus: a reason to buy Milano cookies (just in case I needed a reason)! I love that you can remove the tombstones and serve these for Whenever!

  11. So dang cute Liz and I love using the Milano cookies to make the tombstones – brilliant! These would be the perfect finish to a great Halloween evening. Another winner Liz!

  12. These parfaits look so cute…and perfect for Halloween…I would love to dig my spoon in it and taste all the layers…yum!
    Have a wonderful week Liz πŸ™‚

  13. What adorable parfaits! A delicious end to a Halloween dinner.

  14. These are so cute. Perfect dessert for Halloween.

  15. This is totally cute! Love those tombstones — very clever. And parfaits! My mom used to make parfaits all the time when I was a kid, but it’s been ages since I’ve had one. These look great — thanks!

  16. Clever! However, I don’t like Halloween. I didn’t grow up with it and I must admit…not something I partake in as a result.

  17. What a fun way to celebrate Halloween! They look delicious!

  18. Liz these are too cute. I love the gravestone using Milano cookies. Great idea!

  19. So cute. But honestly, they sound and look delicious too which isn’t often the case with Halloween treats.

  20. These fudgy tombstone parfaits would be great for my Halloween party next week.

  21. HA–I was just looking for a great idea for our Halloween party this weekend, this is so adorable! Definitely putting this one on the list of spooky desserts. Thanks, Liz!

  22. Love how festive these fudgy tombstone parfaits look. Such a delicious way to celebrate Halloween. Loved them. πŸ™‚

  23. Hello… really yummy your fudge Halloween tombstone! πŸ™‚
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  24. Such a clever way ti use Milano cookies. They’re versatile too. I just saw them used as ghosts ina similar manner. GREG

  25. Cute Halloween treat- yummy too! πŸ™‚

  26. I will RIP after I get a bite of your other-worldly divine cheesecake with the Oreo crust! =)

  27. Liz, I love the way this parfait combines cookies – my two childhood faves (Oreos and Milanos). If I don’t get to it for Halloween, I could definitely go for this as a grown-up treat without the tombstone. But I wouldn’t give up the Milano for anything – I’ll just stand it up straight and leave off the RIP:)

  28. These are so cute Liz and sound fantastic; what a wonderful and easy to make treat (barring the lettering!). These would be great all year long too so that’s even better!

  29. These parfaits are sooo cute!! I love how they’re still classy even when Halloween themed-a very tricky feat! Also….CHOCOLAAAATE yumminess!

  30. Hope you had a great Halloween, dear! The dessert is so cute! xoxo

  31. Liz!! These are fantastic!!! I love the chocolate in them! OOO and that tombstone is awesome.

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