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Halloween Dirt Cups

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Say hello to the best Halloween Dirt Cups! These are a simple semi-homemade, no-bake dessert that is a hit with kids and adults alike. Chocolate pudding, Oreo cookies, gummy worms, and graham crackers – it doesn’t get much tastier!

Halloween is the perfect time to bring out all the fun desserts. Make a spread and include some Witch Hat Peanut Butter Cookies, a Frankenstein Cookie, Halloween Oreo Balls, and the best Gourmet Caramel Apples!

Side shot of a Halloween dirt cup.

Graveyard Pudding Cups

Did you grow up watching scary movies? I did not. We also don’t watch them as a family so our boys are in our camp. CAN’T DO SCARY MOVIES. This can be a problem when they are both with girls who actually like watching creepy movies. I laugh at the stories they’ve told me about closing their eyes while “watching”!

So when I call these pudding cups scary, I mean that they are OUR version of that. Cute and sweet…but not really scary! These are FUN Graveyard Pudding Cups!

Reasons to love these

  1. Semi-Homemade. These pudding cups are definitely not what I’d call homemade. They use short-cuts with store-bought cool whip (instead of whipping your own), a boxed pudding, and Oreo cookies. No reason to make homemade cookies for these, ya’ll!
  2. Simple. For the reasons above, these are so simple to make. It’s just a 20-minute dessert!
  3. Kid Friendly. The kiddos are going to love these! They are fun and a little bit scary (HA!), and who doesn’t love pudding, cookies, and gummy worms all at once?!
  4. Delicious. All joking aside, the adults love these too because they are creamy and delicious. I made them in our empty nest, and while I sent some next door, Mike and I gobbled up the rest!
A spoonful of the dirt cup.

Ingredients Used

Simple and mostly pantry staples are needed for these fun Halloween treats!

  • Chocolate Pudding – You’ll need one small box of instant chocolate pudding.
  • Milk – I recommend going with 2% milk or even whole milk. Stay away from skim, if possible.
  • Cool Whip – Just a simple store-bought container of cool whip. So easy!
  • Cream Cheese – Use just four ounces of cream cheese to add some extra creaminess to the pudding.
  • Oreos – Crushed up Oreo cookies is the DIRT in this recipe!
  • Gummy Worms – Use whatever variety of gummy worms you can find.
  • Graham Cracker Sticks – For the “gravestone”, I used some graham cracker sticks and used some edible gel to write RIP. So scary, right? 😀

How to make Dirt Cups

It’s simple to double this recipe if you are having a large party. These will be a huge hit!

  1. Mix pudding. In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to blend the milk and instant chocolate pudding. Mix until the mixture thickens.
  2. Mix cool whip and cream cheese. In a separate bowl, use the hand mixer to combine the cool whip and cream cheese until creamy.
  3. Combine. Pour the cool whip and cream cheese into the pudding mixture, and mix again until very well combined. The mixture should be thick.
  4. Crush Oreos. Use a food processor to crush the Oreo cookies (to make dirt).
  5. Layer. Use some jars or clear cups to layer the dirt cups. Start by spooning some of the pudding, then some crushed Oreos, and repeat. Top with your favorite gummy worms.
  6. Add graham cracker stick. Use some edible gel to write RIP on the graham cracker stick, and add it the dirt cups. This is an optional step but cute!
Overhead shot of dirt cups with gummy worms.

Storing

  • If you’re making these in advance, wait to add the gummy worms and graham sticks until serving.
  • You can also make the pudding and keep it chilled. Then assemble right before party time.
  • These stay well in the refrigerator (before adding worms and grahams) for up to four days.

Pro-Tip: Use clear class or jars or cups for serving. That way you can clearly see the layers of pudding and cookie crumbs!

Side shot of jars of dirt cups.

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xoxo ~Sue

Side shot of a Halloween dirt cup.

Halloween Dirt Cups

Sue Ringsdorf
Say hello to the best Halloween Dirt Cups! These are a simple semi-homemade, no-bake dessert that is a hit with kids and adults alike. Chocolate pudding, Oreo cookies, gummy worms, and graham crackers – it doesn't get much tastier!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 434 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3.9 oz. instant chocolate pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 oz. cool whip
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 16 oz. Oreo cookies – crushed
  • gummy worms
  • graham crackers and edible writing gel

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to blend the milk and instant chocolate pudding. Mix until the mixture thickens.
  • In a separate bowl, use the hand mixer to combine the cool whip and cream cheese until creamy.
  • Pour the cool whip and cream cheese into the pudding mixture, and mix again until very well combined. The mixture should be thick.
  • Use a food processor to crush the Oreo cookies (to make dirt).
  • Use some jars or clear cups to layer the dirt cups. Start by spooning some of the pudding, then some crushed Oreos, and repeat. Top with your favorite gummy worms.
  • Use some edible gel to write RIP on the graham cracker stick, and add it the dirt cups.

Notes

Storing

  • If you’re making these in advance, wait to add the gummy worms and graham sticks until serving.
  • You can also make the pudding and keep it chilled. Then assemble right before party time.
  • These stay well in the refrigerator (before adding worms and grahams) for up to four days.
Pro-Tip: Use clear class or jars or cups for serving. That way you can clearly see the layers of pudding and cookie crumbs!

Nutrition

Calories: 434kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 7gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 550mgPotassium: 293mgFiber: 2gSugar: 41gVitamin A: 357IUCalcium: 132mgIron: 5mg
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4 Comments

  1. This is what I am talking about. Fun all year, but during Halloween it’s a dream come true!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      You really can’t go wrong! 🙂

  2. LOVED making these for a Halloween themed treat!! Super easy and beyond delicious!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Us big kids like them too! 🙂

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