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Dirt Pudding Jars

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.  

Jars of dirt pudding with layers of Oreo crumbs, chocolate pudding mixture and a gummy worm on top.

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.

spoonful of dirt pudding being lifted out of jar.

     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.

    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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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!

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Maureen

Monday 29th of March 2021

I don't see "pudding mix" listed in your list of ingredients. What size box of pudding mix does this recipe call for?

Carlee

Monday 29th of March 2021

Oh my goodness! It's 2 3.4 ounce boxes.

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 24th of March 2021

I just love making dirt pudding! Why have I never thought to make it in Mason jars! Such a good idea and these looks so delicious!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Friday 28th of April 2017

I have to make this the next time my nephew is back in the states! He would have fun with it! Working for a waste/recycling company, we could really get into a discussion about producing less waste! And, it's sooo easy to do once you become aware of what you are bringing home from the stores! And reuse what you can! Like those egg cartons... give them to someone you know who raises chickens :) Easy place to start!

Carlee

Friday 28th of April 2017

Ha! I'm sure between the two of us we'd have plenty of stories. And we always save those egg cartons in hopes they come back full again ;-)

Jessica Jarrell

Thursday 27th of April 2017

These are so cute! Perfect for the kiddos. I agree with you about the Earth- how is it political? If there's no place for us to live, no food for us to eat, then all the other issues are completely mute. It's been years for me too since I've had dirt pudding, but I think I'm having a craving now :-)

Carlee

Friday 28th of April 2017

I agree completely, hopefully one of these days we'll get it straight! I hadn't had it in a while either, but now I'm hooked again!

Debbie

Monday 24th of April 2017

Hi Carlee, I have missed reading your blog! It doesn't take much for us all to do our bit for the planet, lots of littles make a lot!

I do love the sound of dirt pudding and it's certainly not something I have ever come across before! I'd have to put gummy worms in, just to see the look on peoples faces when they pull one out.

xx

Carlee

Tuesday 25th of April 2017

I've missed you too! It really doesn't take much, if we all just make a few small changes it really could make a big difference. We grew up with the gummy worms as decoration which was always fun. My mom used to make something similar with vanilla cookies and served it in a clean sand bucket with a sand shovel too. I need to do that sometime!

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