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A Spooky Graveyard Avocado Cheesecake for Halloween

Written by our friend Rachel Mathews of asouthernfairytale.com

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting.
Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados.

I love Halloween; it’s one of my favorite holidays. I love the spooky, the celebration, the pumpkins, the sights, smells, sounds and the fun of Halloween. I want to BOO and wear costumes, make all the things pumpkin and candy corn. I want to dress up and cavort and celebrate the great pumpkin, and shout hocus pocus, and trick or treat.

My daughter has decided that Halloween is her favorite holiday, so that gives me even more of an excuse to play, decorate, bake, and go full tilt with all things Halloween.

One of our favorite things to make around Halloween is dirt cake. Dirt cakes really just lend themselves to Halloween – ‘dirt’, worms, sticks, branches… the possibilities are endless and only limited only by imagination.

Ghoulish Avocado Cheesecake

I’ve been playing around with dirt cakes for as long as I can remember, and this year, well I’ve taken it to a whole new level of ghoulish. This graveyard avocado cheesecake is ghoulish, delicious, and best of all – green.

avocado cheesecakeIt’s a wonderful marriage of ice cream cake meets cheesecake meets dirt cake meets Halloween.

My kids said it was Frankensteinish and awesome. Those are pretty fabulous compliments from an almost 11 and an 8 year old.

The best thing about this Graveyard Avocado Cheesecake – it’s ridiculously easy to throw together, and the shock when you cut into it and it’s green – priceless.

The California Avocados add the hauntingly ghoulish green tinge, and they add a creamy richness that can’t be matched.

If you’re wondering if there are other ways to incorporate California Avocados into more desserts, you can! They’re great in cookies, brownies, pudding and more!

GRAVEYARD AVOCADO CHEESECAKE

Preparation: 4 hours, 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes
Serves: 8

Ingredients:
1 ripe Fresh California Avocado, peeled and seeded
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 (8-oz.) block cream cheese
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 (6-oz.) pre-made chocolate pie crust
12 chocolate sandwich cookies, processed into crumbs

Instructions:
In a mixing bowl whip together the California Avocado, powdered sugar, cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract until smooth.
Pour the mixture into the pre-made chocolate pie shell. Cover with saran wrap and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
Once the cake is frozen, top with the crushed cookies and turn it into a spooky graveyard!
Keep it in the freezer until just before serving, about 15 minutes.
Slice and serve to the delight of your friends and family.
*For an extra spooky touch, you can add candy worms, Halloween candy pumpkins, marshmallow ghosts, sandwich cookies that you can turn into gravestones, etc….

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