Oreo Dirt Cups

oreo dirt cupsOreo dirt cups are a simple snack/dessert cup which can be used across a variety of occasions and themes including: birthdays, holidays, springtime, dinosaurs, or excavation. Feel free to get creative! Have your kids help. Cooking provides opportunities for kids to work on reading, math, and direction following. And it can provide a sensory experience if they can do some of the work with their hands.

Oreo Dirt Cup Ingredients:

  • Oreo’s (choose any type of your liking),
  • Unsalted butter (at room temperature),
  • Powdered sugar,
  • Cream cheese,
  • Instant pudding packages x2 – chocolate,
  • Milk (or similar),
  • Cool Whip,
  • Gummy worms, candy eggs, dinosaur or excavator figurines, and
  • Serving cups (preferably see through).


  1. Crush the entire Oreo package (or desired amount) and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, prepare ½ unsalted butter stick, 1 cup powdered sugar, and 8 oz. of cream cheese. Mix or blend until smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, prepare 2 packages of instant chocolate pudding, and mix with 3 ½ cups of milk.
  4. Fold 12 oz of Cool Whip into the pudding mixture.
  5. Combine cream cheese mixture (see above) with the pudding mixture. Mix together until well combined.
  6. In individual serving cups of your choice, layer the following:
    1. Pudding mixture first
    2. Gummy worms, or dinosaur “eggs” next (if using)
    3. Layer of crushed Oreos
    4. Repeat this layering process until the cup is full. A thin layer of crushed Oreos should be the final layer.
    5. If using dinosaur or excavator figurines, place these atop the final layer of crushed Oreos.
  7. Enjoy your Oreo dirt cups!

For additional ideas on how to include kids in cooking, check out Cooking with Kids Part 1 and Part 2.