I went through a period where whenever I was visiting home and my mom would ask me what I wanted to eat, I’d always respond with “Dirt Pudding”. My mom would use this giant spoon to serve it with, then Kaysie and I would have a contest where we’d try to shove the entire spoon, of course filled with dirt pudding, in our mouths. As time went on, that tradition became known as “The Aunt Barbie”, and now whenever the giant spoon is used, someone has to try to stuff the entire thing in their mouth.
Matt, Gray, and I visited my parents this past weekend, and the giant spoon was used to serve the corn pudding. When I told Kaysie I thought I’d write a blog post about dirt pudding and the giant spoon, she graciously agreed to demonstrate our special skill. She’s such a good sport.
Of all the things I’ve taught her — playing lookie with her food, being a zit, the meaning of contraband — this is the one thing I’m most proud of.
Now to the recipe. A while back we were invited to a cookout, and of course, I was slotted to bring dessert. When I asked for requests, my only instruction was to perhaps make two — one of the families coming had 8 kids! That’s when I thought of dirt pudding — it’s easy, and it can feed lots of people.
- 1 (14 ounce) bag Oreo cookies
- 2 (3 1/2 ounce) packages French vanilla instant pudding
- 3 cups milk
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
- 1⁄4 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 (12 ounce) container Cool Whip, thawed
Break up cookies, put 1/2 on bottom of casserole dish and save other 1/2 for topping. Mix pudding and milk together, set aside. Mix sugar, cream cheese and butter. Add sugar mixture to pudding; fold in cool whip. Pour onto cookies, top with remaining cookies. Chill until ready to serve.