Peeps Pudding Dirt Cups are a delightful dessert that combines the creamy goodness of chocolate pudding with the crunch of crushed Oreos and the sweetness of Peeps marshmallow candies. These adorable cups are perfect for Easter or any springtime celebration, and they're sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. It's our version of an Easter dirt cup.
These Peeps Pudding Cups are the perfect dessert for adding a touch of whimsy to your Easter celebration or any springtime event.
With layers of creamy chocolate pudding, crushed Oreos, vibrant green coconut, and adorable Peeps marshmallow candies, these cups are not only delicious but also adorable!
It's our take on the classic favorite dirt cup, but it's an Easter dirt cup.
If you enjoy this cute Easter treat, be sure to check out our adorable bunny sugar cookies!
What You'll Love About This Recipe
- Kid-Friendly: Children will adore the cute Peeps and the sweet, chocolatey flavors.
- Easy Preparation: This recipe is beginner-friendly and requires minimal cooking skills.
- Visual Appeal: Peeps Pudding Cups make a stunning presentation for special occasions.
- Customizable: You can experiment with different Peeps colors and decorations to suit the occasion.
Instant chocolate pudding: Look for your favorite brand of instant chocolate pudding mix in the store. It's an essential ingredient for that rich and chocolaty flavor.
Milk: Whole milk works best for a creamier texture, but you can use any kind of milk you like – whether it's skim, 2%, or even a non-dairy alternative like almond milk.
Oreo cookies, crushed: You'll want to use classic chocolate sandwich cookies for this recipe. Their sweet and crunchy cookies provide a fantastic base for your cups.
Sweetened shredded coconut: Make sure to pick up sweetened shredded coconut from the store. This coconut adds a subtle sweetness and a delightful texture to your dessert.
Bunny Peeps: Choose your favorite Peeps colors to match the theme of your event. These iconic marshmallow bunnies are not just cute; they're a tasty treat too!
Chick Peeps: Mix and match Peeps colors to add variety to your dessert display. These little marshmallow chicks are sure to make your cups even more adorable.
Mini chocolate eggs: These mini eggs will serve as both a delicious topping and a delightful decoration for your Peeps Pudding Cups. They're easy to find during the spring season.
Green food coloring: Whether you have gel or liquid food coloring, you'll need just a few drops to dye your shredded coconut and give it that vibrant green hue. It adds a burst of color to your dessert.
- 4 Pudding Cups or Glasses: Choose transparent cups or glasses to showcase the layers.
- Zip-top Bag: For dyeing the shredded coconut.
- Spatula or Spoon: For layering the ingredients.
- Decorative Toothpicks (optional): To help secure Peeps and chocolate eggs.
If you don't have pudding cups or glasses, you can use small mason jars or any clear, individual-serving containers you have on hand.
Begin by whisking together the chocolate pudding mix and milk in a large bowl. Continue whisking for approximately 5 minutes, ensuring that all the pudding mix has dissolved. This step is essential to achieve a smooth and creamy texture.
Allow the pudding mixture to rest for about 5 minutes. During this time, it will thicken, which is exactly what we want for our Peeps Pudding Cups.
Take your chosen cups or glasses and start by covering the bottom with a layer of crushed Oreo cookies. This layer provides a yummy crunch at the base of your dessert.
Next, carefully fill each cup or glass halfway with the prepared chocolate pudding mixture. Use a spoon or spatula to ensure an even layer.
Add another layer of crushed Oreos on top of the pudding in each cup. This additional layer of cookie crumbles adds extra texture and flavor.
Continue filling each cup or glass with the chocolate pudding mixture, leaving a small amount of space at the top for decorations.
Sprinkle a thin, even layer of Oreo cookies over the top of each cup. This step not only enhances the visual appeal but also adds a satisfying crunch to each bite.
Now, it's time to create the vibrant green coconut. Place the sweetened shredded coconut into a zip-top bag, and add 3 to 4 drops of green food coloring.
Seal the bag and gently squeeze and shake it to evenly coat the coconut pieces with the food coloring. Keep squishing the bag until all the coconut is dyed green.
Once your coconut is beautifully green, sprinkle it generously over the top of each pudding cup. This green layer not only adds a pop of color but also a hint of coconut flavor that pairs wonderfully with the chocolate.
To complete the look, press one bunny Peep and one chick Peep into the top of each cup. The Peeps will add a playful touch to your dessert.
Finally, decorate each cup with three mini chocolate eggs. Feel free to get creative with your arrangements, making each cup unique.
Your Peeps Pudding Cups are now ready to be chilled and enjoyed!
For a more vibrant green color in your coconut, you can add a drop or two of food coloring and knead the coconut inside the sealed bag until you achieve your desired shade.
Pudding Flavor: While chocolate pudding is the classic choice, you can experiment with other flavors like vanilla or butterscotch.
Cookies: If you're not a fan of Oreos, you can substitute with other chocolate cookies or graham crackers.
Peeps Varieties: Feel free to use different Peeps shapes and colors to suit your occasion.
Mini Eggs: If you can't find mini chocolate eggs, try using chocolate chips or colorful sprinkles for decoration.
- Fruity Twist: Add a layer of fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries) between the pudding and Oreos for a burst of fruity flavor.
- Nutty Crunch: Enhance the texture and flavor by sprinkling some chopped nuts, such as almonds or pecans, over the top of your cups. Nuts add a delightful crunch and a hint of nuttiness to the dessert.
- Minty Fresh: For a touch of coolness, try using mint chocolate chips in place of the mini chocolate eggs. The minty flavor pairs perfectly with the creamy pudding.
Properly storing your Peeps Pudding Cups is essential to maintain their freshness and taste:
Fridge Storage: If you have leftovers or need to make these cups ahead of time, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can stay fresh for up to 2-3 days, but for the best texture and appearance, enjoy them within the first day or two.
Freezer Storage (Not Recommended): While you can technically freeze Peeps Pudding Cups, it's not ideal. Freezing may alter the texture and appearance of the dessert, making it less enjoyable. If you must freeze them, place them in an airtight container, but remember that they're best enjoyed fresh.
Reheating: These cups are meant to be served chilled, so there's no need to reheat them. Simply take them out of the fridge and enjoy their delightful taste and texture.
Peeps Pudding Dirt Cups
- 1 package instant chocolate pudding 5.85 ounces
- 3 cups milk
- 15 Oreo cookies crushed
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 4 bunny Peeps
- 4 chick Peeps
- 12 mini chocolate eggs
- Green food coloring
- Whisk chocolate pudding mix and milk for 5 minutes until fully dissolved.
- Allow pudding to thicken for 5 minutes.
- Layer each cup with crushed Oreos, then add chocolate pudding halfway.
- Top with more crushed Oreos.
- Finish filling cups with pudding, leaving room at the top.
- Sprinkle green coconut on top.
- Add one bunny and one chick Peep to each cup.
- Decorate with mini chocolate eggs.
- Chill for 4 hours before serving.
Yes, you can experiment with other flavors like vanilla or butterscotch to suit your preference. If you go with a lighter color pudding, I suggest subbing the chocolate oreos with the vanilla ones for a nicer looking dessert.
Absolutely! You can prepare Peeps Pudding Cups a day in advance and store them in the fridge until you're ready to serve.
Yes, you can substitute with other chocolate cookies or graham crackers if you prefer a different cookie flavor.
If you can't find mini chocolate eggs, you can use chocolate chips or colorful sprinkles for decoration.
Peeps Pudding Cups can be refrigerated for up to 2-3 days. However, for the best texture and appearance, it's ideal to enjoy them within the first day or two.