This is the most requested menu item at all family gatherings. If I don’t make it, I might as well not attend. I got this recipe from my mother-in-law, the original Grandma Croy.

1 package (3.4 ounce) instant vanilla pudding
1 cup milk
8 ounces Cool Whip, thawed
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1-2 bananas, sliced
10 fudge stripe cookies, broken in pieces about the size of a dime, reserving a handful for garnish

In a large bowl, mix together the pudding mix and the milk until it thickens. Gently fold in the whipped topping. Add in the rest of the ingredients, stirring until mixed. Garnish the top with the reserved cookies. Chill until ready to serve (it’s best if chilled overnight).

Layla’s Rules for Making Cookie Salad:

1. The cook gets to sample the cookies first.

2. The cook gets possession of all marshmallows that miss the bowl.

3. It’s perfectly legal to steal mandarin oranges from the can as long as the cook’s hand is small enough to fit.

4. The cook gets to lick the spoon (Grammy’s addendum to rule 4 – the cook can’t put the spoon back in the bowl after she’s licked it.)

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