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Dirt pudding jars are a childhood favorite treat that is sure to become an instant favorite again. Crushed cookies, creamy pudding and cream cheese make such a delicious no bake dessert!

Layers of vanilla pudding mixture and chocolate oreo crumbs layered in jars to make dirt pudding.

Creamy delicious pudding between layers of chocolate cookie crumbs. Dirt pudding is a favorite for good reason, it is such a fabulous combination.

Put those layers in glass jars to make fun individually sized desserts. That way there is no mess at serving time, just give everyone a jar and a spoon and you’re ready to go!

These dirt pudding jars are always a hit. So much so that my sister wanted them as part of her dessert buffet at her wedding.

We have also served them with little carrot shaped candies on top for Easter parties. Decorate them with gummy worms for a child’s party or garden gathering.

While we love the single serve jars, you can also make this recipe in a 9×13 pan or a trifle bowl. Just sprinkle half of the cookie crumbs on the bottom of the pan.

bowl of cream cheese mixture, bowl of pudding mixture and container of whipped topping ready to be mixed together into pudding layer for dirt pudding.

Dollop bits of the pudding over top of the crumbs, gently spreading it around to smooth it out. Then distribute the remaining crumbs over the top of the pudding mixture.

Our favorite way to have dirt pudding is as written, with vanilla pudding. However, you can substitute in chocolate pudding for a more dirt like look if you prefer.

Bowl of prepared vanilla pudding mixture and chocolate cookie crumbs in food processor ready to be layered into dirt pudding.

Original Post from Earth Day 2017

     Tomorrow is Earth Day! Hooray!  I have worked in the environmental industry in one way or another for almost a dozen years. (Uff! How did that happen?!)  

So I feel like I have a little bit to say on the matter.  But I tend to shy away from political matters here on the blog.  

To be honest, I am not sure how taking care of the one earth that we have is political.  But then I suppose everything is anymore.  So I will tread lightly and stick to the basics.

     So we’ll skim over what we all learned in grade school. If nothing else I think we can all use to consume a little less.

   We can bring a fabric bag to the store rather than get a plastic one.  We can use reusable water bottles.

jars of layers of pudding and cookie crumbs with carrot candies on top

    Our brown bag lunches can be in reusable bags instead with reusable containers.  We can all recycle.  There is no need to be putting items in the landfill that can have a new life as something else.

   Of course that is all low hanging fruit, but I figured telling you not to hose dry cleaning chemicals down the floor drain wouldn’t apply to most of you. 😉

   Besides if we all take just a few small steps in the right direction we can make a big change for the earth as a whole.

   Do you do anything to celebrate Earth Day?  I think we will spend the day getting our garden ready for planting.

    I have also seen some really cute crafts on Pinterest.  Maybe little dude and I will have to try to do one of those.  What we should definitely do is celebrate with some dirt pudding!

Layers of vanilla pudding and Oreo crumbs in jars for individual sized dirt puddings.

   It is funny, because it had been years since we had dirt pudding last.  Then my sister requested it for her birthday this year.

    Then we made single serve jars of dirt pudding for her wedding along with all sorts of other treats.  Then I just couldn’t help but to make it again for our Easter party.

    I thought it would be fun studded with carrots.  I actually made a double batch.

    One batch went into a trifle bowl and the other went into jars.  That way some were easy grab and go treats, so everyone could get back out to the egg hunt.

     But if people wanted just a little scoop (I don’t get it either!), they were able to take as much or as little as they wanted.  We didn’t have much left.

spoonful of dirt pudding being lifted out of jar.

    I think it is because it has such fond childhood memories for so many.  Of course you could go full retro on it and add the gummy worms, but chocolate carrots were a fun change of pace!

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Yield: 12 8 oz Jars

Dirt Pudding Jars

Layers of vanilla pudding and Oreo crumbs in jars for individual sized dirt puddings.

This childhood favorite treat is sure to become an instant favorite again. Crushed cookies, creamy pudding and cream cheese make such a delicious dessert!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 2 (3.4 oz) boxes vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz whipped topping
  • 14.3 oz Oreos, crushed

Instructions

  1. Mix together pudding mix and cold milk. Chill while preparing the rest.
  2. Cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and mix until combined. 
  3. Stir in the pudding mixture and then the whipped topping.
  4. Layer 1/3 of the crushed Oreos in a trifle dish, 9×13 pan or a dozen 8 oz jars. 
  5. Top with 1/2 of the pudding mixture. 
  6. Layer with more Oreos, pudding and then the rest of the Oreos. 
  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

Substitute in chocolate pudding instead of vanilla for a darker more chocolaty dirt pudding.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 258mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 5g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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