Cookies and Cream Mousse Flowerpots

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Flowerpot Mousse

Every now and then, I like to ask myself deep questions or share them with friends. I’ve done this before, but here I go again:

-How does available space get filled so fast?

-Why doesn’t healthy food taste like brownies?

-If a tree falls in the forest and we think there’s nobody to hear, did it maybe crush the one person who was out for an early morning stroll?

-How do you keep small children occupied on endless snow days when you’re all trapped together in the house?

I have very few answers, but the last one has to be projects, projects, projects. Keep those little hands busy!

Flowerpot Mousse

Everyone’s different, and here’s my confession of the day: I am a better mom when I do the job part-time. In other words, I love my kids, but I also need my teaching job, and not just for the big bucks. It keeps me sane. Teenagers are fun to work with. And it also helps me appreciate my time with little sticky-handed people at home more.

Flowerpot Mousse

On a recent series of snow days, I enlisted the help of my gang to make these flowerpots. Don’t be alarmed: these pots have never been used for anything but food! Don’t use ones you find in your garden shed. Did I need to say that?

Flowerpot Mousse

I chose springy colors because, well, a girl can wish. After that, the fun begins! The cookies and cream mousse is simplicity itself. You melt chocolate and fold it into Cool Whip.

Flowerpot Mousse

Once that’s done, you mix it up well and add crushed Oreos. Stirring is the fun part!

And you have to let everyone have a turn.

Flowerpot Mousse

Once the mousse is done, you begin filling your flowerpots. You can fill them as high as you like. I dolloped out generous helpings, but then again,  I had a lot of helpers. Not just my own kids, either. Some other kids showed up at some point. I’m not sure how that happens, but my house is a magnet for crumb-crunchers.

Flowerpot Mousse

Make sure the mousse in the flowerpot is evened out on top before adding your Oreo “dirt.” It looks just like dirt, by the way. Very appetizing.

Flowerpot Mousse

Then comes your garnish in the form of gummy worms (many of which were eaten in the process of making these, oops) and some lovely floral cocktail sticks. It’s what I had. You can use the same, or be really ambitious and make edible flowers.

Flowerpot Mousse

The kids got a little too enthusiastic with their garnishes, by the way. But whatevs.

Flowerpot Mousse

And when they were done, they were proud. And sugared up. And hyper. And I was a puddle on the floor.

Flowerpot Mousse

But now, faithful readers, I’m back at work, i.e. the magical place where I can go to the bathroom by myself and even (gasp!) finish a sentence. It’s glorious.

Hey, I don’t have any answers. Life is tough and full of puzzling conundrums. But I do know that doing a project with kids is enough to take down even the best of mothers, so I’m proud to be still standing with cookies and cream mousse in hand. I mean, flowerpot.


Cookies and Cream Mousse Flowerpots


16 oz. Cool Whip
1 cup chocolate chips
8-10 Oreos, crushed
Garnish and Materials
4-6 small flowerpots
8-10 Oreos, crushed
gummy worms
flower-shaped cocktail sticks


  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.
  2. Add the Cool Whip and fold the melted chocolate into the Cool Whip until there are no streaks remaining. Stir in the crushed Oreos. Note: you can crush the Oreos in a food processor or by hand, using a plastic baggie and a rolling pin.
  3. Spoon the mousse into the flower pots, evening out the top. Sprinkle the rest of the crushed Oreos on top, putting on enough to make the top resemble dirt.
  4. Garnish with gummy worms and flower cocktail sticks as desired.
  5. Store in the refrigerator.



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Love your thought-provoking questions, Mir! I wish I had the answers! And your kids are just the cutest! These flower pots are so creative! I absolutely love this. And that cookies and cream mousse sounds like the perfect dessert!
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    1. Mir

      I have no answers, Gayle. Just sugar. The mousse did taste pretty fab!

  2. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    Mir – When I tell people that I work with teenagers, they usually shudder or say “I give you a lot of credit”. There are times when teens can be challenging, but they really are an interesting group of people who have a lot to offer. I’m sure having children is a total 180 from working at the high school level. Your projects seem to bright the kiddos’ moods! Growing up, my mom was all about crafts, games, and baking on snow days, too.
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    1. Mir

      I’ve worked with teens for a long time now, Erin, and they are fantastic. People who shudder are pretty much stereotyping a huge group of people. Their loss!

  3. mira

    Looks like these cuties had so much fun! Great, very creative project Mir! I hope there are no more snow days this year 🙂
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    1. Mir

      They did have fun, and I’m grateful that the weather is in the 50s. Please let it stay above freezing. PLEASE!

  4. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

    These little pots are just the cutest, Mir. And what a great way to entertain the kiddos during a snow day!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Jen! I had to do something before they totally destroyed me!

  5. Rachelle

    This was hilarious, Mir and your kids are just adorable!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Rachelle! I think they are, but I’m biased. 🙂

  6. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Okay 1) Your children!!!!!!!!!!!!! So cute 🙂 2) This is so nostalgic to me, as I used to go crazy for the pot of dirt at TGI Fridays haha
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    1. Mir

      I totally forgot about the pot of dirt! I’ve only been to Friday’s once, shockingly. And thanks! Their cuteness remedies the hard work they require!

  7. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    These are so, SO cute. Oh, if only healthy food did taste like brownies. That would be the best!
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    1. Mir

      It would be. But then maybe we wouldn’t want it as much. Who knows? I wouldn’t mind finding out!

  8. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    These are sooo fun! Great original idea!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Jocelyn. I was feeling crafty!

  9. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    That mousse is to die for. Jordan had dirt pots one time and hated them because the bottom was chocolate pudding (!!!) but I bet she’d totally go to town on this. Who doesn’t love OREOS??
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    1. Mir

      Poor Jordan! I would not have liked that, either. Pudding is not a favorite. Mousse is a whole other animal, though. Thanks, Dorothy!

  10. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    I used to love worms and dirt cups (or something like that) when I was little. I love the flower version and may have to try these just so I can feel like a kid again 😉
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    1. Mir

      That sounds like a plan, Megan! I love eating snacks from my childhood. It’s kind of like time traveling!

  11. Manali @ CookWithManali

    This is so creative! What a fun way to keep kids busy 🙂 and Mir your kids are adorable, so cute!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Manali! I remember the snow days B.C. (before chidren) when I just slept all day!

  12. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    Those are absolutely adorable Mir! I love them. And my kids would love them too! And we could dream about spring while making them!
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    1. Mir

      Gotta tell ya, Stacey, the kiddos loved these. So I think you should try them! Hope it’s spring soon, for real.

  13. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel

    this is such a cute idea. how much fun would it be to do this. i dont care what age you are- its just fun!
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    1. Mir

      True enough, Kelsey! I had a ton of this, and I am not a child. Well, not technically…

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