Decorations: melted chocolate for spider web,chocolate & caramel sauces for drizzle, whipped cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Chocolate Cookie Crust
Place cookies in a large resealable plastic bag. Seal.
Using a rolling pin, give the crumbs a few taps then roll them until they are fine crumbs. You can also use a chopper, such as the Ninja chopper model I love. It does everything from nuts to cookies, onions to chicken.
Place crumbs in a medium bowl and combine with melted butter and sugar.
Press into bottom and up sides of a springform pan.
Bake for 8 minutes and let cool.
In an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar together.
Turn to lower speed and add pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract.
Stir in cool whip.
Refrigerate until ready to use and cookie crust is cool.
Pour into cookie crust and smooth top.
If you want to decorate for Halloween, melt ¼ cup chocolate chips and place in a small baggie. Close and make small slit in one corner. Make your spider web. Place a plastic spider on the cake and you're ready to go.
If you want to decorate for a non-Halloween dessert, you can decorate with whipped cream then drizzle chocolate sauce and caramel sauce over top.