Individual Pudding Dirt Cups

Pudding dirt cup

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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Chill: 60 mins
  • Servings: 10 servings

This dirt dessert recipe is a great cooking activity for kids, as there is no baking or heating necessary, it uses few ingredients, and each kid can customize their individual cup with as much or as little "dirt" as desired.

Made with chocolate pudding, crushed Oreos, and gummy worms, these pudding dirt cups are as fun for the kids to make as they are tasty to eat. Try innovative presentations using ceramic plant pots, or check our variations for other fun ideas.

Use our dirt dessert as treats for Halloween parties, birthday celebrations, or kids' play dates. For larger groups, or for a different presentation, try our dirt cake instead.

If you're looking for some additional delicious Oreo recipes, try an Oreo milkshake.


  • 2 cups milk (cold)
  • 1 (3.9-ounce) package instant chocolate pudding 
  • 8 ounces whipped topping (frozen, such as Cool Whip, thawed)
  • 1 1/2 cups sandwich cookies (such as Oreos, crushed, divided)
  • 20 gummy worms

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Gather the ingredients
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  2. Whisk together the milk and instant pudding for 2 minutes, until pudding is completely dissolved. Let stand 5 minutes to thicken.

    Whisk pudding
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  3. Stir in frozen whipped topping and 1/2 cup of the crushed cookies.

    Stir in frozen whipped topping
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  4. Spoon into 10 individual cups.

    Put mixture in cups
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  5. Sprinkle remaining crushed cookies over the pudding mixture. Top each cup with 2 gummy worms. Chill until ready to serve.

    Sprinkle crushed cookies over pudding
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  6. Enjoy.

Other Fun Ideas and Flavors

You can make your own "dirt" or "sand" cups using other types of cookies and puddings. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Sandy Beach: Use crushed golden Oreos or graham crackers and vanilla pudding. Decorate with little gummy bears "sunbathing" under cocktail umbrellas.
  • Dirty Rainbow: Use food coloring to color vanilla pudding in the colors of your choice. Alternate layers of different colored pudding and crushed cookie "sand." Decorate with colorful gummy drops.
  • Romantic Red Velvet: Use crushed Red Velvet Oreos and vanilla pudding to make individual cups. Mix chopped maraschino cherries onto the whipped topping. Decorate with crushed cookies and red gummy hearts.
  • Dirty Espresso Tiramisu: For an adult version, soak the Oreos in 1 cup of espresso coffee and a shot of whiskey. Use vanilla pudding and make layers in individual cups. Decorate with chocolate-covered coffee beans and unsoaked Oreo "dirt."

How to Store

  • Keep your cups chilled until serving time. If you have leftover cups, cover them with plastic wrap and eat within 2 to 3 days. The cookies will get soggy, but the flavor will still be delicious. Add freshly crushed cookies to bring back some crunch.