Thursday, June 13, 2013

[Recipe Share] Dirt Pudding

If you never got to dig in a sand bucket of 'dirt and worms' as a kid, I'm sending you a big comforting hug, and insist you go make yourself an indulgent batch now!  Sure, dirt pudding is no classy mini personalized summer berry tarts or grown up chianti flavored cupcakes, but it's family friendly, fun, and freaking delicious!

There are about 100 different variations on how to make this.  I reduced the amount of powdered sugar and used 1/3 fat cream cheese and omitted the butter that a lot of recipes include.  I also used two different puddings, when most make it easy and just use one (2 boxes) - which reduces clean up.

1 8oz package cream cheese (softened)
1 small box vanilla pudding
1 small box chocolate pudding
3 C milk (separated)
1 package oreos
1 container Cool Whip (thawed)
1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • Get out the food processor and puree those oreos.  I used about a sleeve (1/3) for each layer, so it might be easier to do them in batches as you go depending on the size of your food processor.
  • Prepare pudding as directed, however instead of 2 C cold milk in each batch, I used 1 1/2C to keep it dense since it becomes part of a mixture.  Refrigerate for at least 5 minutes or until set.
  • Mix together cream cheese, cool whip, and powdered sugar.  When pudding is set, divide cream cheese mixture in half and mix each with pudding until blended.  
  • Layer each pudding mixture between crumbled oreos and top with finely ground oreos and gummy worms.  Refrigerate for an hour or two before serving

This is also the base for a great pudding trifle if you need a fun dessert for a potluck or family party.  You can add food coloring to make it holiday appropriate (add red and blue to divided vanilla pudding for Fourth of July) or use chopped snickers bars, Nilla wafers, or even fresh berries for the cookie layers.  It's so easy to get creative and it's sure to please everyone young and old!

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