Dirt pie & dirt cups: Chocolate pudding desserts with Oreo crumbs that tasted better than they looked (1990s)

Dirt Pie How to make the old chocolate pudding dessert that tasted better than it looked

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Remember these chocolate desserts made with Oreo crumbs that look like you’re eating straight out of the garden — dirt pie and dirt cups? Here’s how to make these simple, silly desserts the retro ’90s way.

Play in the dirt with your kids

Making pudding dirt cups is a terriffic snacktivity. Mom makes the Jell-O Pudding, then Charlee shovels in the crumbs.

The best part is, when they’re done digging in the dirt, they can dig into their snack! See if your kids agree.

Jello pudding dirt cups (1993)


2 cups cold milk
1 pkg. Jell-O Chocolate Flavor instant pudding
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed
1 pkg. (16 oz.) chocolate sandwich cookies [like Oreo], crushed
8-10 (7 oz.) plastic cups


POUR milk into large bowl, add pudding mix. Beat until well blended. Let sit 5 minutes. Stir in Cool Whip and 1/2 of the cookies.

PLACE 1 tablespoon cookies into the cups. Fill cups 3/4 full with pudding mixture. Top with remaining cookies. Refrigerate 1 hour.

DECORATE with gummy worms and frogs, candy flowers or chopped nuts.

Jell-o pudding dirt cups Oreo crumbs recipe (1993)

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Dirt Pie: Dish the dirt with your kids. (1990)

With Cool Whip, your kids will love helping you make this Dirt Pie delicious. Dish after dish.

Vintage Dirt Pie recipe from 1990

Dirt Pie How to make the old chocolate pudding dessert that tasted better than it looked

Dirt Pie with pudding & Oreos

Yield: 1 pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 package Jell-O chocolate flavor instant pudding and pie filling
  • 3-1/2 cups Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed
  • 20 chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped nuts
  • 1 packaged graham cracker pie crust


  1. Pour milk into medium bowl.
  2. Add pudding mix.
  3. Beat with wire whisk until well blended, 1 to 2 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.
  4. Fold in whipped topping.
  5. Stir 1 cup of the cookies and the “peanut mix” into pudding mixture.
  6. Spoon into pie crust.
  7. Sprinkle with remaining cookies.
  8. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours.
  9. Garnish with gumdrop flowers, if desired.


*Instead of peanuts, you can use granola chunks, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, chopped peanuts, or a combination.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 630Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 416mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 4gSugar: 33gProtein: 13g

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