Easter dirt cups with peeps- are individual servings of creamy and smooth chocolate pudding followed by a delicious layer of yummy crushed chocolate sandwich cookies (dirt) which are then topped with colorful candy marshmallows rolled in sugar (Easter peeps) creating a trifecta of yum, known as Peep dirt cups!
There’s no cooking involved, just lots of lip-smacking dessertspoonfuls of an Easter Season-inspired dessert!
Why You’ll Love This Dirt Dessert For Easter
For those of you who love their chocolate sandwich cookies in any and every form, you will simply love this easy-to-make recipe that includes those famed Easter Marshmallow Peeps!
- simple ingredients that include your favorite chocolate sandwich cookies
- you can make these in advance and you should!
- those sinfully delicious marshmallow Peeps top the dirt pudding cups
- kid-friendly recipe to make and serve
- the perfect way to use Peeps up when you have leftovers
- these can be made ahead or your guests can make their own
- you’ll find multiple colors of the sweet peeps, allowing you to match any tabletop theme
- the treats can be made with different flavors of the marshmallow treat toppers
- Easter treats with peeps are a refrigerated, single-serve dessert that requires no cooking
- sub in any pudding flavor you want
Equipment Needed To Make Easter Dirt Pudding
- Single-serve parfait glasses
- Mixing Spoon
- Food processor (or a zippered bag, and a rolling pin)
- Mixing bowl
How To Make Easter Dirt Cups With Peeps
Step 1: The Pudding for Dirt Pudding Cups
This step is the most important as it is your base layer and it comes with so many different options.
You’ll want to use Instant pudding and you can choose any flavor which is where the many different options come into play!
Simply prepare your pudding for dirt cups according to the pudding mix directions, and then place it in the refrigerator to set up.
Step 2: Make Easter Cookie Dirt
Using a food processor, just place your Oreo sandwich cookies into the processor bowl, and use the pulse mode until the Oreo cookies are ground into what looks like dirt!
This is what my dirt looked like after I made it, and it is so easy to do, taking only seconds to get it processed to this point.
Alternatively, you could simply make crushed cookies by using a plastic bag and a rolling pin, which creates the same results.
Do make sure if you are using a rolling pin and a plastic bag that you truly crust the cookies and don’t just crumble them, because this dessert is to resemble soft, fine dirt, almost with a sand-like consistency.
Set the prepared dirt aside and let’s get to the last steps keep on reading!
Step 3 for Dirt Pudding Cups with Easter Peeps is Assembly!
Gather your single-serve bowls, place them in a row and then get your pudding mixture and add a generous, but not too generous of a dollop to each individual serving bowl.
Remember, you have to add dirt and some other things to the top, so do not overfill the bowl or the pudding will come out and make a mess down the sides (been there done this, and Yuck!)
The temptation to overfill must be avoided because if you then attempt to press gummies and the peeps in you will have the pudding and dirt oozing over the side, which just creates a grand mess as previously stated.
Step 4: Top The Easter Peep Dirt Pudding Cups with Peeps
You’ve got the pudding for dirt cups in the base layer and you covered that with the cookie dirt, so now you will place the Peep/Peeps onto the top of those layers!
Additionally, and only if you prefer you can add gummy candy or more chocolate candies, or sprinkles to the top around the Peep.
I do suggest that if you are putting gummies into this that you do kind of push them in a bit to the dirt and pudding, making it a bit more realistic.
Instead of using gummies this time, I chose to use mini duck sprinkles to give the cups a pop of yellow, there is a large range of freedom to this Eastertime-Inspired Recipe, so make it how you want!
Step 5: Refrigerate Your Dirt Dessert for Easter
Once these are prepared, you can just place the dirt cups back, covered with plastic wrap or foil, into the freezer, taking caution to not push the plastic wrap into the dirt.
If you are not using these the same day, I would hold putting the peeps on until serving as more than 24 hours in the fridge and these can get a little funky, IMO!
When you are planning to serve these, just take them out of the refrigerator, and add the Peep to them before serving.
Do store in the refrigerator as the base layer of the pudding is made with dairy and that must be refrigerated for food safety!
What To Serve Your Individual Easter Dirt Pudding Cups With?
You can simply add this to any dessert bar, as an option for a cookie, or cake treat that you have.
It makes a great treat for kids and adults alike!
Since it is a dessert, you can serve it with coffee or tea or water, whatever you or your family and guests prefer.
Additional Ways to Serve Your Peep Dirt Cups
A fun addition to the dirt pudding is to make it a creative festival for the kids and adults at your party.
Simply place the dirt cups out, without the Peeps atop and provide them a candy buffet of choices to add to their own pudding cups.
Offer items such as gummies, M&M’s, regular-sized Peeps, and mini Peeps.
Alternatively, you could also make it a dirt cup bar by doing the following:
- add single-serve containers to the buffet line
- place the prepared pudding (2 flavor options chocolate and vanilla) in a bowl with a spoon
- put the container of crushed Oreos in a large serving bowl with a spoon
- provide gummies in a bowl
- also offer a bowl of M&M’s
- don’t forget mini jelly beans they are part of the Easter season after all and so tasty!
- Share a bowl of the different Peep flavors all separated: Classic, Party Cake, Hot Tamale, Cotton Candy, Donut Shop Coffee, Wild Berry, Sour Melon, Tropical Burst, Chocolate Pudding, etc., offering a large variety of choices and personalization
- Don’t forget to have everyone at the party take a photo of their creations and add a # to it and tag you on Instagram, sharing your family’s fun memories of Easter!
Popular Substitutions & Additions For This Easy Easter Dessert Recipe
- Instead of pudding, you can use a cool whip, whipped up, and add a little green, pink or yellow food coloring.
- Use different flavors of pudding: butterscotch, chocolate, vanilla, banana, etc.
- Oreos are a great sandwich cookie, but you can use any brand you prefer and you can use vanilla sandwich cookies too, although they won’t look like dirt!
- Add flavoring to the cool whip, such as mint to create a cool sensation when eating.
- Use small Peeps instead of large ones
- instead of individual servings you can adapt the dirt recipe into a large serving dish and create a fun scene using all of the different Peeps available: Classic, Party Cake, Hot Tamale, Cotton Candy, Donut Shop Coffee, Wild Berry, Sour Melon, Tropical Burst, Chocolate Pudding, etc.
- Don’t just use the standard colors of Peeps: green, yellow, purple, and pink, try out the new colors that are offered with the new flavors: brown, red, speckled, etc.
How To Store Easter Dirt Cups With Peeps
The Best Way To Store Easter Dirt Pudding Leftover
You will want to make sure to cover the dirt cups and keep them stored in the refrigerator.
Again, as there is dairy in the pudding mix or the Cool Whip you are using.
How Long Will Easter Dirt Cups with Peeps Last In the Fridge?
You can store these for up to 3 days, however, I would suggest removing the Peeps if they have been added to the cup of dessert.
Easter Peep FAQs
Can I Store My Peeps After Easter If I Buy too Many?
Yes! In fact, did you know that you can FREEZE Peeps?
If you see these marshmallow treats on sale after the holiday, grab them, freeze them and use them next year, it is so worth the cost savings!
Can I Use Peeps in Any Other Recipes?
In our house, we use these tasty sweets as mix-ins for our Krispy rice treats and they are delicious and make them more colorful!
Plus if you make sweet potatoes and need a marshmallow, well these sub in just the same and you won’t need the brown sugar you might have added in, since there is the sugar coating on these!
Did You Know There Are A Lot Of Peep Flavors?
Yes, there are a lot of flavors when it comes to Peeps, so you are not limited to just the simple classic flavors, that are basically marshmallow-flavor.
Do I Have To Use Just One Color Peep?
The world is your oyster so color it up with every and any of the fabulous Peep colors that you love!
You’ll find pink, white, orange, red, speckled, purple, green, yellow, brown, etc.
Other Easter Recipes and Inspiration You’ll Love
- looking for a simple craft, try my Topiary made out of Chicks.
- in search of a great ham recipe with a bone-in? Try this honey ham with a bone
- or if you want to prepare a boneless ham then try this recipe!
- are you hosting a morning brunch and seeking a fresh loaf of Cinnamon Bread for the morning?
- Want to create a very different Easter basket? You’ll love this Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon
Enjoy! ~ Dana Xo
Don’t Forget To Come Back And Let Me Know How Your Easter Dirt Cups with Peeps Turned Out!
Here’s the recipe card, so be sure to bookmark the page for reference and of course print the recipe to use!
- 14 Sandwich cookies (Oreos work well)
- 3.5 Oz package of the pudding - flavor your choice, I prefer vanilla or chocolate
- 2 Cups of 2% Milk for pudding, prepare according to box instructions
- 4 Peeps: any color and any flavor
- Sprinkles or gummies or both
- 4 custard bowls - single serve bowls
- Prepare your instant pudding according to the package directions and then place it in the fridge
- Next, you will crush your sandwich cookies (Oreos) using either a rolling pin and a sealed plastic bag, or using a food processor on pulse mode.
- Set this aside once you are done.
- Unassemble the conjoined Peeps and set them aside
- Place the single-serve bowls in your workspace.
- Retrieve the pudding from the refrigerator
- Add a dollop of pudding to each bowl, never coming near the rim, you want to leave space as you are adding other ingredients on here and it will overflow if you push down when adding in the gummies and peeps.
- Now top the pudding with a generous sprinkle of the crushed dirt from the sandwich cookies you prepared
- Top this with gummies (if using) as well as your Peep.
- Return these to the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
- If you read the post above you can see what I suggest about Peep placement and when.
- Refrigerate any leftovers and do not place these desserts out until they are ready to be consumed.
Instant Pudding in the flavor of your choice (we use chocolate or vanilla)
Also, remember if you want fewer calories, opt for skim milk or coconut milk, etc. (do consider food allergies too).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1251Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 25gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 293mgSodium: 1147mgCarbohydrates: 180gFiber: 4gSugar: 52gProtein: 38g