Sunday, March 22, 2015

Oreo Dirt Cake Dessert Cups

Oreo Dirt Cake Dessert Cups @ menumusings.com
For my son's birthday, he decided that cupcakes just wouldn't do the trick.  "We had cupcakes LAST year!"  Oh my!!  Who knew little boys could be so picky?!  Well then FINE... let them just eat DIRT! My son's teacher is in charge of the school garden, and their class goes out to plant, weed, water and tend the garden regularly.  So to echo the theme, we came up with a plan of making individual Oreo "dirt cake" cups, complete with gummy worms and fake flowers.

Oreo Dirt Cake Dessert Cups @ menumusings.com
You could also certainly make this in a big trifle bowl, but little cups are super fun; and they were a big hit with this group of first graders!  


Ingredients:  (I doubled this recipe for a whole classroom)
  • 1 (16 oz) pkg Oreo cookies
  • 12 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 6 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 4 (3.9 oz) pkgs instant chocolate pudding 
  • 4 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 (16 oz) carton frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • gummy worms
  • embellishments
    • plastic straws
    • artificial flowers

Step-by-Step:  
Place cookies in a food processor and process until they resemble dirt.  Set aside.


In a large bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and butter and mix until creamy.  Set these aside. 

 Whisk or blend together instant pudding mixes and milk until blended.
 Add the pudding mixture into the cream cheese mixture.

Add the whipped topping into the pudding/cream cheese mixture.
Now this will be our "mud."
Get your assembly line ready.
Starting and ending with the "dirt," alternate layers of the cookie crumbs, and pudding mixture in the cups.

Don't forget to sneak in a couple of gummy worms hiding in the dirt.
Just so the flowers won't have to touch the "dirt," snip off about half of a plastic straw and insert them down into the mixture.  This is best done the day/night before so everything can firm up.  (I would give them a minimum of 4-5 hours to chill in the refrigerator.) 
When ready to serve, just insert the clean stems of artificial flowers down into the straws.  
I apologize for all these next photos.  They were made on my phone in the classroom.  :(

Serve to smiling faces!
 The expression says it all.  :)
I hope you enjoyed this easy and fun kids party recipe!
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Written Method:

1.  Place cookies in a food processor and process until they resemble dirt.  Set aside. 

2.  In a large bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and butter and mix until creamy.  Set these aside. 

3. Whisk or blend together instant pudding mixes and milk until blended.

4. Add the pudding mixture into the cream cheese mixture.

5.  Add the whipped topping into the pudding/cream cheese mixture.
6.  Get your assembly line ready.

7. Starting and ending with the "dirt," alternate layers of the cookie crumbs, and pudding mixture in the cups.

8.  Don't forget to sneak in a couple of gummy worms hiding in the dirt.

9.  Just so the flowers won't have to touch the "dirt," snip off about half of a plastic straw and insert them down into the mixture.  This is best done the day/night before so everything can firm up.  (I would give them a minimum of 4-5 hours to chill in the refrigerator.) 

10. When ready to serve, just insert the clean stems of artificial flowers down into the straws.  

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