Dunkaroos are one of those childhood treats that I think about and I swear I can taste them. I know that if I got my hands on them and ate a pack, my craving would probably be satisfied and I could move on with my life. But since you can’t find them in the United States anymore, I’ve been left to my own devices.
I saw this post on BuzzFeed one day and liked the idea of it, but I made a few alterations – I cut down on the amount of yogurt (and used Vanilla flavored), and used slightly more Lite Cool Whip. I also added extra sprinkles, because… sprinkles. I used animal crackers to scoop some out and give it a try, and let me tell you – it was pretty darn close to the taste I remembered. And then I remembered what I used to do as a kid: scoop the frosting into a bowl, crush the crackers, and mix it all together. So what do you think I did next? I scooped some of the dip into a bowl, crushed some animal crackers and mixed it all together.
Verdict: I still love doing that.
I realized that if I turned the crushed animal crackers into a crust, it would be essentially the same thing and be slightly more presentable for a party. The crust is crumbly and the slices you cut aren’t going to be picture perfect and solid like a piece of pumpkin pie – but you won’t care when you taste it. I promise you.
Plus, Saturday is an epic Pi Day (3/14/15 = 3.1415…) so you obviously need to make some sort of pie. And this counts, I swear. You have my blessing.
As long as you can handle that you’re going have the urge to pull back your hair with a scrunchie and cuddle up with some Beanie Babies to watch Saved by the Bell, there’s no reason you shouldn’t make this right now.
- 4 cups animal crackers
- 6 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 box Funfetti cake mix (18.9 oz)
- 1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt (I use fat-free)
- 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip (I use Lite)
- Rainbow sprinkles, for topping
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray pie plate with non-stick spray and set aside.
- In a food processor, combine animal crackers, brown sugar and process until you have fine crumbs.
- Add melted butter and process until crumbs are all evenly moistened.
- Press crumbs firmly into bottom and up the sides of prepared plate.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Let cool completely.
- In a large bowl, combine Funfetti mix, yogurt and Cool Whip and stir until well combined.
- Pour into cooled crust and top with additional sprinkles. Place in fridge to set and firm for 2 hours or overnight. Slice, serve and enjoy!