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Dirt Cup Pudding Recipe

Today’s Best Recipe is Dirt Cup pudding. They are also called Oreo Dirt Cups.

We also have an “Adult Version” Dirt Cup!

Dirt Cup Pudding is my kiddo’s favorite.

Even as they grow older, they don’t seem to outgrow their love for these oreo dirt cup puddings–they even love to make them!

They ask for them for dessert, to share at birthday parties, or as an after-school snack; the possibilities are endless.

I love that the preparation is almost non-existent!

They are sure to be a hit at your house too!

These easy pudding treats take less than minutes to make and they’re easy.

It’s one of the first desserts my children learned to make because they can help mix the ingredients together and love adding the “dirt” and gummy worms to each cup.

Its layers of creamy chocolate pudding, and fine crumbs of sandwich cookies, topped with gummy creatures, make it a visually fun treat.

There’s a little prep time.

You have to crush cookies.

This is easy with a resealable plastic bag, rolling pin, or food processor.

You can make sand cups using French Vanilla Pudding, vanilla wafers, or Golden Oreos for a fun dessert.

You Only Need Five Ingredients!


That’s it.

No stress.

Five simple recipes you may already have in your pantry are all you need to make this no-bake dessert

  1. Pudding mix
  2. Milk
  3. Cool Whip
  4. Oreos
  5. Gummy worms.

Dirt Cup Pudding Recipe Ingredients:

2 cups of cold milk

1 package (4 oz.) instant chocolate pudding mix (or try homemade chocolate pudding)

3-1/2 cups (8 oz) cool whip (whipped topping, thawed)

1 package (16 oz.) chocolate sandwich cookies

Gummy worms

10 (8 oz) individual clear plastic cups (paper individual cups work too)

How to Make Dirt Cup Pudding:

In a large bowl, add the milk and sprinkle the pudding mix over the top. Use a wire whisk to beat for 2 minutes.

Allow pudding to sit and thicken for about 5 minutes.

Optional: Stir 1/2 cup of the Oreo crumbs into the creamy pudding mixture.

While the pudding mixture thickens, add one Tablespoon of the crushed cookies to the bottom of each cup.

Now, add the whipped topping to the top of the pudding mixture and gently fold it into the pudding.

Fold Gently rather than stir to keep the topping fluffy and airy. Stirring will deflate the mixture.

Next, spoon the instant pudding mixture into the cups, filling about 3/4 full with the pudding mixture.

Top each cut evenly with the crushed cookies.

Add gummy worms to the top of the cups (4 worms seem to be the magic number).

Put dirt cups into the refrigerator for about one hour to chill them.

dirt cup pudding with gummy worms

Super Easy-No Hassel Tip:

Buy prepared pudding cups and then add the toppings.

Substitutes for Classic Dirt Cups:

Use homemade pudding

Add layers of pudding and layers of oreo cookie crumbs to the cup.

You can also substitute for your favorite candy:

gummy candies

candy flowers


Swedish fish

Gummy frogs

sour gummy worms

chocolate chips

dirt cup pudding with spoon

“Adult” Pudding Dirt Cups:

For an adult party these are fun too.

Try substituting 1/2 cup of Bailey’s Irish Cream for the rest of the milk.

1/2 cup Baileys + 1 1/2 cup milk.

Top with crushed Oreos and add the gummy worms!

Easy Dirt Cups

dirt cup pudding with gummy worms

Dirt Cup Pudding Recipe

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Even as they grow older, they don’t seem to outgrow their love for these dirt cup puddings–they even love to make them!


  • 2 cups of cold milk
  • 1 package (4 oz. serving size) instant pudding (chocolate flavor)
  • 3-1/2 cups (8 oz. container whipped topping, thawed)
  • 1 package (16 oz.) chocolate sandwich cookies (crushed into crumbs (use a Ziploc baggie))
  • Gummy worms
  • 10 paper or plastic cups (8 oz. size)


  1. Pour the milk into a mixing bowl and add the pudding mix.
  2. Beat with the wire whisk until well blended (about 2-minutes)
  3. Let pudding stand for five minutes.
  4. Stir whipped topping and 1/2 of the crushed cookies into the pudding (very gently) with rubber scraper until mixture is all the same color
  5. Place about 1 Tablespoon of the remaining crushed cookies into the bottom of each cup
  6. Fill cups about 3/4 full with pudding mixture. Top each cup with the rest of the crushed cookies.
  7. Add gummy worms to decorate.
  8. Put cups into the refrigerator for about one hour to chill them.


Save time and start with pre-packaged pudding cups

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 59mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

The Nutritional Information may not be accurate.

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