While my studio is a super spiffy apartment, it is lacking in a few basic amenities. Such as, an oven. Weird, right? I know. I moved in and was somewhat shocked to realize there was no oven! Just two burners, a microwave, and a sink. Oh and no dishwasher, either. So I was talking about it at work once, and then Camille, one of the girls I work with, brought me a box of Jello No-Bake Oreo Cake because she knew I didn’t have an oven! It was really sweet of her. She’s a doll.
So I finally decided to make it the other day because it was so warm out, and my kitchen was finally unpacked enough to make a mess without it being too much to handle.
I’m secretly a huge fan of desserts that come out of a box…I don’t know why that is. And I love Jello. It reminds me of when I used to live in my sorority, and Kim, our cook, used to make sugar-free, fat free Jello desserts – but really good kind. My favorite was a raspberry one with this raspberry cream cheese/cheesecake Jello bottom, graham cracker crust, and a berry Jello gelée on top. Oh man it was to die for. Mmmm…
First, I made the crust. “It’s so easy, a caveman could do it.”
But I’m not. It really is super easy.
Dump the crust mix in a bowl….
…and pour melted butter over the top.
It is my professional opinion that butter just makes everything good. I know I’ve said this before, but its darn near impossible to go wrong with a recipe that starts with butter.
Mash it all up so its a sticky consistency that you can press into a pie pan.
My pie pan was a little on the big side, so the crust didn’t reach all the way up the sides…but oh well. That’s the way the cookie (pie crust) crumbles sometimes.
To make the filling, I started with a couple cups of milk.
Poured the yummy Jello powder on top of the milk…
And then beat it with my favorite piece of kitchen equipment…my hand-held mixer. Good thing my grandma bought me a handheld one, now that I think about it, and not the countertop mixer, because I wouldn’t have a countertop to put it on! Also, I’m holding out for a Cook for the Cure light pink electric mixer…my dream is to have a kitchen with all pink appliances. I’m just crazy like that.
So anyway, I beat the milk and the Jello packet together for about ten minutes, until the batter got thick enough to be completely mixed.
See those ripples? Mmm…
Since the recipe is Cookies & Cream, the next part of the recipe is to add the Oreo cookies to the cream! Oreos remind me of preschool. I don’t know why. Probably because we never were allowed to have food like Oreos in the house growing up. That’s why I have such a soft spot for true junk food now. It’s still such a delicacy. Like Wonderbread. Or Jiff peanut butter. Once for Christmas, my parents bought me a loaf of Wonderbread and a bottle of Jiff, because I was that desperate to fit in with my Wonderbread- and Jiff-eating peers. I was always the weirdo who showed up to lunch with a sprout, tomato, cranberry sauce (homemade, of course) and turkey on pumpernickle rye sandwich. In the third grade. Oh the things that shape us into who we are today. Me, I’ll always be a Pumpernickle who pretends to be a Wonderbread. But you can’t deny your Pumpernickle roots.
Action shots are my favorite. By the way, this picture really shows just how wide my countertop is. And by wide, I mean narrow.
Spoon the filling on to the top of the pie crust…
…and smooth it out to the corners so that it looks like an actual pie.
Then you sprinkle the remaing cookie crumbs on top! It said to put them on after you took it out of the fridge, to serve it, but my kitchen is not big enough to be leaving half-emptied packets of Oreo cookie crumbs lying around. They would have been all over the floor in 2.35 seconds.
Then it goes in the fridge to set!
After it sets for a few hours, its good to go! Time to eat! YUM.
It’s times like these I wish I had a dishwasher. Sigh.