These Easter dirt cups are a delicious chocolate pudding recipe topped with Oreos, Easter Peeps bunnies, candy eggs, and edible grass. Kids will love the playful decorations and can easily put their own twist on them with their favorite Easter candy!
- Instant Chocolate Pudding: this recipe uses an instant pudding mix. If you use a cook 'n' serve package of pudding, be sure to let the pudding fully cool before adding the cool whip.
- Milk: keep the milk chilled in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it.
- Cool Whip: I like to use the original cool whip, but the reduced-fat kind will work as well. The cool whip adds additional creaminess and volume to the pudding, but if you'd like to make these dirt cups without cool whip, feel free to leave it out or substitute with homemade whipped cream.
- Oreos: Oreo crumbs get mixed into the pudding as well as create the top layer of "dirt".
- Toppings: you can use a variety of candy to decorate these dirt pudding cups. I would recommend placing a Peeps marshmallow in the center surrounded by candy eggs and some kind of candy grass.
Please see the full list of ingredients and measurements at the bottom of the post.
SUBSTITUTIONS & VARIATIONS
One of the great things about these cups is how versatile they are. The basic formula to make this Easter dirt cup recipe is: pudding layer + crushed cookies + Easter candy decorations. You can customize each piece of the equation!
- Pudding - we used a chocolate flavor, but you could also use peanut butter or butterscotch for other flavors that would look like dirt. However, you could also use something like white chocolate, cheesecake or vanilla pudding for this fun dessert!
- Cookies Crumbs - Oreos are a classic choice for dirt cups and you can pair your favorite Oreo flavor with your preferred pudding! Peanut butter pudding and chocolate Oreos anyone? You can also use chocolate graham crackers, or any kind of chocolate cookies you enjoy. They even sell chocolate graham cracker crumbs at the store if you want the convenience of pre-crushed cookies!
- Easter Candy - I love the little bunny marshmallows that Peeps makes for this recipe, but you could use the classic Peeps chicks as well. Then it's up to you to decide what other candies to add. You could use m&ms, Jelly beans, Cadbury eggs (I'd get the minis!), etc. For the grass, keep it simple with some green sprinkles, or buy "edible grass" from the candy aisle. You could also use coconut flakes and dye them with green food coloring.
HOW TO MAKE THESE EASTER PUDDING CUPS
Start by making the pudding: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the instant pudding mix and milk. It will begin to thicken, and you want to mix them together for about one minute. Let it rest for about 5 minutes, allowing it to thicken even more.
While the pudding is resting, make the Oreo "dirt". The fastest method to do this is pulsing the Oreos in a food processor until the cookies turn into small crumbs. You could also put the cookies in a sealed large zip-top bag and roll over them with a rolling pin.
Fold in the cool whip and ½ cup Oreo crumbs, cover the mixture, and chill in the refrigerator for one hour.
Portion out the pudding into individual cups. I found these adorable silicone garden pots, but you could use any container that can hold ½ cup of pudding plus a little extra for the toppings. Clear plastic cups or small glass cups are also a popular option for showing off the layers.
To decorate, you can either stick the Peeps bunnies in the center of the pudding cup and then cover the top layer with Oreo crumbs, or cover with the crumbs first and then place the bunny in the center. Finish with sprouts of grass and a few candy eggs.
CAN I MAKE THESE AHEAD OF TIME?
You can make the pudding up to five days ahead of time, but hold off on decorating them because the dyes from the candies will leak into the pudding, and softer candies like the Peeps and grass will lose their structure if they're sitting in the pudding for a long period of time.
Easter Dirt Cups
- 5.8 ounce package of chocolate flavor instant pudding
- 3 cups whole milk, cold
- 8 ounces cool whip
- 15 Oreos
- Peeps Marshmallow Bunnies
- Whoopers Robin Eggs
- Candy grass
- Whisk together the milk and pudding in a large mixing bowl for one minute until smooth. It will begin to thicken as you whisk. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- While the pudding rests, add the oreos into a food processor and pulse until they form a fine crumb.
- After the pudding has rested for 5 minutes, fold in the cool whip and ½ cup oreo crumbs.
- Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Portion thep pudding mixture into individual cups and top with crushed Oreos, bunny Peeps, chocolate eggs, and edible grass.
- Makes about 5 cups of pudding total.
- We served individual cups of ½ cup pudding and about 1 ½ teaspoon crushed oreo on top, one bunny peep, two to three eggs and some edible grass.
- The edible grass I found was supposed to be apple flavored, but it actually had very little taste. The purpose of the grass is decoration, and not contributing to the flavors of the treat.
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