Grey Stuff has taken the world by storm! And despite the odd name, this sweet treat is one you will instantly fall in love with! All you need is some Oreos, pudding mix, and whipped toppings. Along with a few flavoring ingredients, you can create a refreshing snack that you can serve on any occasion!
Why is it called Grey Stuff?
What could possibly be appealing about a recipe with the name “Grey Stuff”? But trust me, don’t knock it until you try it!
Grey Stuff is the name of a treat from the movie Beauty And The Beast. In the “Be Our Guest” scene, Lumière (the candelabra) offers Belle a taste of the Grey Stuff. Ever since the entire globe became fascinated by it! So much so that Disney even released a recipe!
So what is this delicious dessert? Well, Grey Stuff is essentially an Oreo pudding piped directly onto a soft chewy sugar cookie. These bites are uber refreshing because you make them with whipped topping.
Disneylands’ Version Of Grey Stuff
As Disney obviously invented this sweet treat, they were also the first to release a recipe for it. But, theirs are a little bit different from mine.
You can find them at the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom Park. There, they serve it more like a cupcake. The vanilla pudding mixture is placed on a cupcake base instead of a cookie.
You can also find some Princess And The Frog beignets at Disneyland. You can find my recipe (made with no yeast) here.
Tips To Make The Grey Stuff From Be Our Guest
• You have to rest the cookie dough. Otherwise, once they start baking, they will immediately spread far too much and come out like wafer cookies. Resting them allows the butter to be set before the cookies are baked. Do not skip this step.
• You can also buy sugar cookies if you’d like. But, making homemade cookies will always give better cookies. The flavor and texture will be superior to any store-bought product.
• You can get really creative with the flavor of these Grey Stuff treats. You can substitute the vanilla instant pudding mix with any other flavor you’d like. But, remember this isn’t the authentic recipe. You may also need to add some gray food coloring to make the mixture a proper gray.
What Does It Taste Like?
Grey Stuff has a very simplistic, yet super sophisticated flavor. You’d be surprised how few ingredients you need to create such a delicious treat.
The pudding part of the recipe is extremely smooth, creamy, and very refreshing. It is made using mainly vanilla and chocolate-flavored ingredients. And, because you combine them with Oreo cookie crumbs, you will also have a bit of texture with each bite.
The pudding can be enjoyed on its own, but I highly recommend serving it on sugar cookies. This will add more texture and makes a great serving vessel!
How To Store The Grey Stuff From Beauty And The Beast
If you are lucky enough to have any leftover Grey stuff cookies, then you can store them inside the fridge for up to 5 days.
Put them into an airtight container. Otherwise, they will absorb any roaming aromas in the fridge. Also, store them away from meat and very aromatic ingredients (like garlic and onions).
Can You Freeze This Grey Stuff Recipe?
Believe it or not, but you can freeze this Grey Stuff recipe! It is extremely stable and will defrost in a couple of minutes. It is also not likely to separate once thawed.
To freeze them, place them inside an airtight container. Wrap the entire container with foil to protect your treats from freezer burn. Then, place them in the freezer and keep them there for up to 2 months.
How To Tell If The Grey Stuff Has Gone Bad?
Grey Stuff contains instant pudding mix which is very shelf stable. But, the dairy products in the recipe will cause it to go off relatively quickly if you don’t store it properly.
The first sign of Grey Stuff going off is that the pudding mix will start separating. Water will start leaching from it and it will lose its firm shape.
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Grey Stuff From Beauty And The Beast
For the sugar cookies
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened at room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 3/4 cups cake flour, sifted
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Pinch of fine salt
For the Grey Stuff
- 1 1/2 cups cold milk
- 1 package (3.5 ounces) of instant vanilla pudding mix
- 15 Oreos
- 1 (8 ounces) container of whipped topping, thawed
- 3 tbsp instant chocolate pudding mix
- Edible sugar pearls
- Start making the cookies first. Cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla until they become light and fluffy. Next, add the egg and mix until it is incorporated. Finally, add the dry ingredients and mix until you have a dough.
- Wrap the cookie dough in plastic or saran wrap and allow it to rest in the fridge for 1 hour.
- While the dough is chilling, make the Grey Stuff recipe. In a mixing bowl. Whisk together the cold milk and vanilla pudding mix. Once you have a uniform mixture, set the pudding in the fridge to chill.
- Next, crush the Oreos until you have a fine crumb. Then, mix them with the set vanilla pudding mixture and mix them well.
- Fold in the thawed Cool Whip frosting and chocolate pudding mix. Make sure your ingredients are uniformly combined. Then, again, allow the mixture to set in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Now you can continue making your cookies. You can also preheat your oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Then, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it's about 2 1/2 inches in thickness.
- Cut out the cookies with a fluted cutter. You should be able to get between 8-12, depending on your cutter size.
- Place your cookies on a lined cookie sheet. Then, bake them for 8-12 minutes or until they are set, but not yet browned. Remove them and allow them to cool completely.
- To assemble the Grey Stuff dessert, place the pudding into a piping bag. Then, add a big swirl of your Grey stuff pudding onto each sugar cookie. Top them with edible pearls and enjoy!