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Halloween Dirt Pudding Dessert

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These Halloween graveyard dirt cups are so fun! This is one Halloween dirt pudding dessert you’ll be dying to eat!

Halloween is one of those holidays that just begs for fun desserts. There’s so much you can do with simple ingredients to make a fun and festive treat for adults and children alike!

Try out these fun graveyard dirt pudding cups for your Halloween celebrations this year. All the little ghouls and goblins will devour this simple dirt pudding dessert.

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Pin showing the finished halloween dirt pudding dessert finished and ready to serve with title in blocks at the top of the image.

Making Halloween desserts is so much fun. They’re easy which is great but also so festive…even something as simple as dirt pudding cups can feel extra special.

These halloween dirt pudding dessert cups are great to share. It’s nice to have a treat that is all in one cup so you can let everyone grab their own, no need to worry about dishing out servings of a potentially messy treat.

A side view featured image showing the finished halloween dirt pudding cups.

What is dirt pudding?

“Dirt” pudding. Sounds gross, is actually delicious. Dirt pudding is a fun term that is used to describe pudding that is made with crushed Oreos and cream cheese or whipped topping…soemtimes both. Dirt pudding dessert recipes are usually made in layers and created to look like “dirt” thanks to the crumbly texture of the smashed Oreo cookies!

If you have never made or tried dirt pudding now is your chance! The dirt in this recipe is even better because it’s graveyard dirt…spooky level 10/10!

side view showing the layers of dirt pudding.

Ingredients needed for Halloween dirt pudding cups:

My version of graveyard dirt pudding cups uses chocolate pudding, milk, Cool Whip, Oreo cookies, gummy worms, Milano cookies, chocolate chips, shortening and then you will also need a piping bag and clear plastic cups.

Use the size cups you like. We used 9 ounce clear plastic cups like these, you can use smaller ones and create more of these dirt pudding cups if you want smaller portions and more servings!

A top down look at all the ingredients needed to make these halloween dirt pudding dessert cups.

Can I make substitutions?

In the past year or so Oreo has released gluten free cookies…miracle, I know! You can use whatever kind of cookies you need to, they’ll turn out the same.

You can also substitute sugar free pudding and light cool whip if you want to lighten up the recipe a bit. Another option is to use smaller cups as mentioned above which will make more servings and smaller portions!

A top down look at a bunch of the finished halloween dirt pudding cups ready to eat.

Be careful if you try to substitute different milk. Insane pudding does not set properly with very low fat milk or with milk alternatives.

If you have had success with such things in the past, go for it, if not (like me) you know that you need to make the pudding with regular milk or use a type of pudding that can be cooked to the consistence you want and then use it in the recipe below!

A variety of finished halloween dirt pudding dessert graveyard cups.

Kitchen essentials for tasty recipes like this festive Halloween treat:

When you head into the kitchen to make some of these great recipes you’ll want to have the best tools on hand.

I like half sheet baking pans that are quality (hello no noisy pops or sloshed cookie dough from twisting), I line my cookie sheets with silicone baking mats. These are a must when doing dessert recipes and allow when making anything from fish to pork chops in the oven. They make cleanup a breeze and NOTHING sticks to them.

Of course mixing bowls, a mixerspatula, and some whisks should be on your list if you don’t have ones that you love. I also like to have a set of cooling racks so that my recipes can properly cool before they’re scarfed down by my family!

A finished look at the halloween dirt pudding dessert cups ready to eat.

How to make Halloween dirt pudding dessert cups:

Making these Halloween dirt pudding dessert cups is really simple, I promise. I’ll show you how, step by step, and the end result is so adorable you’ll want to make these as soon as August 1st rolls around…that’s when we can officially start being spooky, right?!

Let’s dive in and get started with these cute and tasty graveyard dirt cups!

Whisking up the pudding.

In a large mixing bowl combine milk and pudding mixes. It is best to use an electric mixer because this mixture is very thick. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. 

Pudding ready to set in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, place Oreos in the food processor and finely chop. If you don’t have a food processor you can place them in a large zip top bag and crush with a rolling pin or mallet. 

Oreo cookies In the food processor ready to be crushed.

Remove the pudding mixture from the refrigerator and mix in whipped topping. 

Whipped topping being mixed into the pudding.

Place about ½ and inch of crushed Oreo at the bottom of each cup. Spoon pudding mixture evenly into each cup and top with a thick layer of crushed Oreos. Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. 

Ingredients ready to be layered into pudding cups

Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl or double boiler. Place in a piping bag and cut a small hole in the tip. Use the chocolate to decorate Milano cookies like gravestones or ghosts. 

Cookie headstones being created.

Remove the pudding cups from the refrigerator and press the bottom half of a Milano cookie into each cup. Decorate with gummy worms and sprinkles to create a mini “graveyard” 

Decorating with worms and grave stone cookies for the final touches on the halloween dirt pudding dessert.

Serve immediately. 

Close up of the finished halloween dirt pudding dessert cups ready to serve.

Looking for more easy to make recipes?!

Kids will love recipes like Easy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe, Ruby Tuesday Potato Cheese Soup Recipe, Ruby Tuesday Biscuits, Apple Hand Pies with Canned Pie Filling, No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies, Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe, and Fudge Recipes!

I love to make Delicious Acorn Squash Casseroles, Easy Squash and Zucchini Casserole, Pork Chop Sheet Pan Dinner, Lemon Chicken Tortellini Salad, Easy No Bake Key Lime Pie, BLT Pasta Salad Recipe, Beef Pot Pie Recipe, Ham and Pineapple Pasta Salad, and Creamy Cauliflower Soup | Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup Recipe!

A top down look at the finished halloween dirt pudding cups with worms and gravestone ready to eat.

If you just want some simple no bake desserts you have to try Easy No Bake Key Lime Pie, No Bake Christmas Cookies, No Bake Pumpkin Dessert, Easy No Bake Cracker Candy Treats, No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies, Easy No-Bake Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe, Delicious Cannoli Dip, and Chocolate Cheesecake Pie With Pudding!

Personally I wouldn’t miss out on Fried Apples Recipe, Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream, Coconut Pineapple Ice Cream, Delicious Homemade Apple Ice Cream, Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe, or Italian Pasta Salad With Pepperoni!

Printable Halloween Dirt Pudding Dessert Recipe:

Yield: 6 Servings

Halloween Dirt Pudding Dessert

Featured image showing the finished Halloween dirt pudding dessert cups ready to eat.

These Halloween graveyard dirt cups are so fun! This is one Halloween dirt pudding dessert you'll be dying to eat!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Packages Chocolate Pudding
  • 3 Cups Milk
  • 1 Tub Cool Whip
  • 10-12 Oreos
  • Gummy Worms
  • Milano Cookies
  • ½ Cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Tbsp Shortening
  • Piping Bag
  • 9oz Clear Plastic Cups (or smaller)

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine milk and pudding mixes. It is best to use an electric mixer because this mixture is very thick. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place Oreos in the food processor and finely chop. If you don’t have a food processor you can place them in a large zip top bag and crush with a rolling pin or mallet.
  3. Remove the pudding mixture from the refrigerator and mix in whipped topping.
  4. Place about ½ and inch of crushed Oreo at the bottom of each cup. Spoon pudding mixture evenly into each cup and top with a thick layer of crushed Oreos. Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  5. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl or double boiler.
  6. Place in a piping bag and cut a small hole in the tip. Use the chocolate to decorate Milano cookies like gravestones or ghosts.
  7. Remove the pudding cups from the refrigerator and press the bottom half of a Milano cookie into each cup. Decorate with gummy worms and sprinkles to create a mini “graveyard”
  8. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 372Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 220mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 2gSugar: 32gProtein: 6g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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