Pig in the Mud

Munchkin had been planning a princess birthday party for months, when two weeks before her party she suddenly fell in love with pigs and decided that she wanted a farm animal birthday party instead. We bought plastic pigs to stick on her birthday cake, had her party at a local park that had a small barn complete with cows, sheep, and pigs, and for dessert we served these Pigs in the Mud.  Plastic cups of delicious, creamy chocolate coconut pudding with buttery little pig shaped sugar cookies sitting on top. It was the perfect ending to the most perfect Farm Animal 3rd Birthday there ever was! :)

Pig in the Mud
Makes 12

1. Prepare chocolate coconut pudding as directed below and chill for one hour.
2. Prepare pig shaped sugar cookies as directed below, frost with a thin glaze of pink icing, and allow to dry until frosting is firm to the touch.
3. In 12 small plastic cups, place a generous spoonful of chocolate pudding.
4. Just before serving, place a sugar cookie piggy on top.
5. Enjoy your delicious treat while feeling like a kid again! :)

Chocolate Coconut Pudding 
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 can (almost 2 cups) coconut milk
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup cornstarch

1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together cornstarch, sugar, salt, and both milks.
2. Continue stirring occasionally and bring to a simmer, then allow to simmer 3 minutes or until mixture coats the back of the spoon and is smooth and thickened.
3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and chocolate chips, whisking until smooth.
4. Pour through a strainer to get rid of any lumps and then pour into a large glass bowl.
5. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.

Piggy Sugar Cookies (Makes 1 dozen)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 large egg
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

1. Beat powdered sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, and almond extract together until well mixed.
2. Stir in flour and baking powder until incorporated, wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 375 and cover baking sheets with parchment paper.
4. Divide dough in half and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness on a well floured surface.
5. Using floured cookie cutters, cut into desired shapes and place on prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
6. Bake at 375 for 7-8 minutes or until edges are light brown, then cool completely on a cooling rack.
7. In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar with a drop or two of red food coloring and just enough milk to make it spreadable. Brush each cookie with icing and allow to dry until firm to the touch.

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