These Halloween Dirt Pudding Cups have all of the sweet fun of a deliciously ghastly snack! Tombstones!? 👻Yep! Eyeballs? 👀 Check! Snakes!? 🐍CHECK!
When my daughter was in grade school, it was my turn to bring something to her classroom party.
I was a single mom at the time, and in the usual busyness found a basic recipe for creating gravestones with Milano cookies from Pepperidge Farm!
So clever. It was a cookie pressed into a cupcake with a bit of Oreo “dirt.” I dipped a toothpick into some chocolate glaze for the RIP on the “headstones.” ⚰️
VY-OH-LAY! A gross snack only a kid could love. 🎃
Unless you’re an adult who loves cereal marshmallows, crushed Oreos, gummy snakes, and lots of chocolate pudding.
Then this is a fun and easy Halloween dessert only everyone will love.
Here’s our riff on this creepy-crawly snack, taking it over the top with a layer of “teeth/gravel” in the dirt, eyeballs, pumpkins and gummy snakes nestled in the dirt on top.
From the side these look a lot like pretty creepy monsters and being able to see through the cups adds to the fun.
Grab a friend, a kid, or a friend’s kid, and start making these Halloween party treats!
- We used an Oreo Pie Crust because it’s easily crushed with a wooden spoon in a bowl and you don’t end up with the sticky mess from the white stuff. That said, you can absolutely crush up whole Oreos (a closed zipper bag and a rolling pin will do it) if you want instead.
- We found that you can chill the cookies in the freezer for 15 minutes before you start writing the “RIP” to help the icing set on the cookies, and then refrigerate them after to help keep the black icing gel from running or spreading.
- Remember not to add anything to the cups until you create the sprinkle rim, because you’ll need to turn the pudding-coated cup rims upside down into the plate of sprinkles. (Imagine you are trying to get salt rims onto margarita glasses.) That said, this adds a bit more time to the process, so if you don’t have time or it’s not going well, abandon this step. Stressing over sprinkles isn’t what we’re about.
- You can get the candy eyeballs from Amazon but we found candy eyeballs at the local Walmart. We found all of the ingredients at Walmart, in fact.
- If you prefer to make the chocolate fudge pudding with non-dairy milk, we discovered that it can be tricky. Food Network reports back:
To make Jell-O pudding with almond milk, whisk the Cook & Serve pudding mix into 2 cups of refrigerated unsweetened almond milk in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil on medium heat, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and let sit untouched for at least 5 minutes. We found that if you mixed the pudding within that 5-minute window, it became lumpy, so it’s important to let it sit for the full 5 minutes.
Supplies to gather
- Small Plate or saucer to make sprinkle rims
- Large Mixing Bowl or zipper bag/rolling pin to crush the Oreo crust
- Whisk & Medium Mixing Bowl to make the pudding
- Measuring Spoons
- Small Scraper/Spatula to layer in the ingredients
- Clear Snack Cups (Size: 5.5 oz)
- Chocolate Fudge Pudding
- 2% or Whole Milk
- Black or Black & Orange Sprinkles
- Oreo Pie Crust
- Cereal Marshmallow Bits
- Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies (any flavor)
- Black Icing Gel
- Mellocreme Pumpkins
- Pairs of Haribo Snakes
- Candy Eyeballs
The bottom line
So you ended up making these fun Halloween Dirt Pudding Cups for yourself, didn’t you?
And more power to you!
There’s fun in every cup, and you deserve it!
Here’s even more to add to your delicious Halloween rotation:
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- 20 Halloween Cookies
- NEW! Easy & Fun Halloween Trail Mix
- 19 Haunting Halloween Snacks!
- 25 Halloween Cakes
- 30 Boo-tiful Halloween Appetizers
- 30 Halloween Punch Recipes
- 1 Box Instant Jell-O Chocolate Fudge Pudding
- 2 c Cold Milk (2% or whole work best)
- ¼ c Black or Black & Orange Sprinkles
- 1 Oreo Pie Crust
- 1 c White Marshmallow Bits
- 6 Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies (any flavor)
- 1 Tube of Black Icing Gel
- 6 Mellocreme Pumpkins
- 6 Pairs of Haribo Twin Snakes
- 30 Candy Eyeballs
- Put the package of cookies in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- When cold to the touch but not completely frozen, use the black writing gel to carefully write “RIP” toward the top rounded end of the Milano cookies. (The bottom half will get pressed into the “dirt.”
- Place the cookies with writing on a plate in one layer in the fridge to stiffen the gel, so it doesn’t smear or drip.
- Make pudding according to “quick-set/5-minute pudding” directions on the package. Set aside.
- Crush the Oreo crust into fine crumbs. Set aside.
- Time to assemble the Halloween Dirt Pudding:
- Pour the sprinkles onto a saucer or small plate (imagine you are salting margarita glass rims).
- Gently dip the cup rim into the pudding and twist to remove excess.
- Then dip the pudding-coated rims into the sprinkles to create the sprinkle flourish. (See photo.)
Starting at the bottom of the cup:
- Layer 1 - 1 t of the Oreo crumbs on the bottom of the cup.
- Layer 2 - 2 T of pudding.
- Layer 3 - 4 t of marshmallow bits
- Layer 4 - 4 T of pudding.
- Layer 5 - 4 t of Oreo crumbs for the top layer.
- Repeat Step #6 for the rest of the cups.
- Once you’ve assembled your cups, remove “tombstones” from the fridge.
- Time to add the toppings to the “grave”:
- Gently press 1 Milano Cookie “tombstone” about halfway into the dirt at an angle. It will lean slightly on the inside edge of the cup.
- Add 1 Mellowcreme Pumpkin to each cup.
- Add 2 Snakes (I cut mine in half, you don’t have to cut yours if you don’t want to)
- Add 5 Eyeball Candies
- Repeat Step #9 for the rest of the cups.
- If not serving right away, place on a platter and cover the cups very loosely until ready to serve. Texture and taste will be at their best if eaten within two hours of creating these Halloween Dirt Pudding Cups.
If not served right away, place on a platter and loosely cover until ready to serve. Serve within two hours for best texture and flavor.
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