Calling all Oreo fans! Let’s make some chocolate dirt pudding for Christmas. These fun Oreo Christmas inspired dirt cups are a dessert that the whole family will love.
Your kids will enjoy helping you make these dirt cups which use waffle cones on top for delightfully delicious Christmas trees that add an extra sweetness and crunch to the recipe.
Add on some adorable Frosty the snowman gummies, gingerbread men and snowflake sprinkles and your dirt recipe will have everyone dreaming of sugar plums tonight!
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What is dirt pudding?
Dirt pudding is a fun dessert that uses crushed Oreo cookies for a dirt like base and mixes it with chocolate pudding for a creamy pudding with a nice crunch for added texture.
Dirt cups are often thought of as a Halloween dessert. (See my Halloween dirt cup recipe here.) Because of the color of the dirt, this pudding lends itself to this holiday.
But don’t stop there! Each holiday can enjoy their own version of the Oreo dirt pudding recipe. For Thanksgiving, I made teepee shaped dirt cups to give the impression of Native American nomadic tribe homes.
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Making Chocolate Dirt Pudding for Christmas
My Christmas version of this dirt dessert uses similar ingredients to the Thanksgiving recipe. Once again, I chose Oreo Thins cookies so that I didn’t have to remove the center filling area, since it is much lighter than in a normal Oreo cookie.
You’ll need these supplies for the Christmas tree dirt cups:
- Fat free, sugar free pudding mix
- Skim milk
- Oreo Thins cookies
- Waffle cones
- Vanilla frosting
- Green gel food coloring
- Edible Christmas stars
- Snowflake sprinkles
- Multicolor sugar pearls
- Gingerbread and ornament icing decorations
- Frosty Snowman gummies
- Plastic cups
Making the Christmas dirt recipe
Oreo dirt pudding is just normal pudding mix which is layered with cookie crumbs for texture. Start by making your pudding.
An instant pudding gives you the taste of homemade pudding in just five minutes, instead of making it on the stove top. No heat, no mess and easy for the kids to help out!
I used skim milk when making the Christmas dessert cups to save a few calories, and also used a fat free sugar free pudding mix for the same reason.
Next, it is time to make the dirt crumbs. Place the Oreo thins in a food processor and pulse until they are crumbly and look like dirt.
Since I used Oreo thins, there is no need to remove the creamy center filling. It is very light in this cookie and the crumbs will work well even without removing it. This saves time.
For the final step of the Oreo dirt pudding, mix the pudding with the “dirt” crumbs. Do this by layering the two.
Start with the pudding, add a layer of crumbs and end with the pudding.
This dirt pudding mixture forms the base for the decorated Christmas trees to sit on.
Once the pudding is layered, add some snowflake sprinkles on the top layer of pudding to resemble snow. After all, it’s Christmas time!
Adding decorated trees to the Christmas dirt pudding recipe
Waffle cones are the perfect shape to make the Christmas trees. The are just the right size to sit into the top of the dirt cups.
First, tint your white frosting with some green paste food coloring. Stir well until you have the green color you are looking for. I used two drops for a lightish green color.
Use a knife to add your green frosting to the waffle cones until they are completely colored and look like trees. Don’t worry too much about making the frosting look identical.
When the waffle cones were frosted, I used the knife to pull the frosting out to resemble the look of fir branches
Tp me, this row of trees looks just like a windswept forest and the are the perfect topper for my dirt pudding recipe.
Decorating the Christmas trees
We’ll be using a variety of sprinkles to decorate the Christmas trees.
Multi colored sugar pearls look like ornaments on the tree and a yellow candy star shape also graces the top of each tree.
Some snowflake sprinkles give a winter wonderland effect on the trees and matches the snow on the ground which covers the dirt pudding cups.
Note: If you will be serving this dirt dessert later in the day, I suggest decorating the Christmas trees to this stage (separate from the dirt cups.) You can then add the trees and the rest of the decorations to the pudding mixture at serving time.
This will keep the waffle cones from becoming soft in the pudding.
Finishing the Christmas dirt cup decorations
At serving time, add the decorated trees to the center of the Christmas treat cups on top of the snowflake sprinkles.
To finish, add a Frosty the snowman gummy and a gingerbread man cake decoration standing up as a festive garnish.
Tada! The finished Christmas tree dirt cup is ready to enjoy!
This Oreo dirt pudding recipe is smooth and rich with a luscious chocolate flavor. Crushed cookie crumbs adds extra sweetness and a nice texture to the dessert.
The dessert is sweet and crunchy and just perfect for a snack after a round of Christmas gift wrapping.
More Christmas dessert ideas that the kids will love.
If you love having fun with food and cooking with kids as much as I do, be sure to check out these recipes. All are kid-inspired and perfect for Christmas.
- Meringue Christmas Stocking Cookies – Crisp and light meringues that are shaped like a Christmas stocking.
- DIY Christmas Cookie Ornaments – The only problem will be whether to eat these cookies or hang them on the Christmas tree!
- Mini Christmas pizzas – Small, individual sized tree shaped pizzas with your favorite toppings.
- Gingerbread house tutorial – If you enjoy making gingerbread houses, check out this post that shows lots of tips for a fun candy house.
- Holiday shaped brownie pops – Use a boxed brownie mix and cookie cutters to make some festive Christmas treats.
- Christmas tree cupcakes – This dessert also features a Christmas tree topper with a strawberry surprise center!
- Peppermint bark with holiday shapes – Everyone loves this tasty Christmas snack.
- Christmas angel cookies – Delicate and light angel shaped cookies that kids will really enjoy.
Pin this Oreo dirt pudding recipe for Christmas
Would you like a reminder of these Christmas tree dirt cups? Just pin this photo to one of your Christmas boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.
You can also watch the video on YouTube.
- 2 boxes of fat free, sugar free chocolate pudding mix
- 4 cups of fat free milk
- 6 oz of Oreo Thins cookies
- 6 waffle cones
- 1/2 container of sugar free white frosting
- Green gel paste food coloring
- 6 candy stars
- Multicolored sugar pearls
- Snowflake sprinkles
- 6 snowman gummies
- 6 gingerbread cake decorations
- Place the Oreo cookies into a food processor and pulse until they become a dirt like crumb mixture.
- Combine the skim milk and pudding mix, and whisk for five minutes until thick.
- Layer the chocolate pudding and dirt mixture, starting and ending with the chocolate pudding (you will have a layer of crumbs in the center of the pudding.)
- Sprinkle the pudding with edible snowflake sprinkles.
- Place the pudding in the fridge while you decorate the trees.
- Combine the vanilla frosting with green gel paste food coloring to get your desired green color. I used 2 drops to get a light green tint.
- Use a knife to cover the waffle cones with the green frosting, pulling it away here and there to resemble fir branches.
- Add an edible yellow canny star to the top of each tree.
- Use tweezers to add the multi color sugar pearls as ornaments and the white snowflakes to decorate the trees.
- Carefully add the decorated Christmas trees to the top of the dirt pudding cups.
- Add a snowman gummy and gingerbread cake decoration.
- Serve immediately.
You will also need 6 clear wide plastic cups and tweezers to add the decorations to the trees.
If you plan to serve this dessert later, keep the decorated trees in an air tight container and add at serving time. The waffle cone will go soft if added to the pudding too soon.
Serving Size:1 dirt cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 498Total Fat: 16.6gSaturated Fat: 5gUnsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 694.9mgCarbohydrates: 84.7gFiber: 16.8gSugar: 35.5gProtein: 9.1g