Here’s another no-bake recipe; sorry, but life is just not always what we expect, no? I’ll get back to baking soon, but right now I’m at a time where I need less time/fuss recipes. So my youngest munchkin turned 6! I can’t believe it; my boys are just growing way too fast. Being super strapped for time, I suggested this for his dessert and he loved it. I adapted it from a recipe that was given to me twenty years ago (gulp :)). It’s wonderfully creamy with a hit of chocolate and is pretty fast to put together (I think I took 30 minutes start to finish.).
All you need are Oreo cookies, vanilla pudding mix, milk, butter, cream cheese, and confectioner’s sugar. I use lactose-free, fat-free milk ’cause that’s what I drink. I also use Neufchatel cream cheese, which is lower in fat yet still really good, but everything else is the non-low versions. Feel free to lighten up this recipe as you so desire with low sugar/fat or sugar free / fat free products.
EAT DIRT DESSERT
2 small packages (6.8 oz, 192 g all total) of instant vanilla pudding mix
4 cups (900 g) cold milk
1 stick (1/2 c., 113 g) butter
1/3 c. (45 g) confectioner’s sugar
1 package (8 oz, 227 g) Neufchatel cream cheese
1-1/2 containers (12 oz, 340 g all total) cool whip, thawed in the fridge
1-1/2 packages (24 oz, 680 g all total) Oreos (I use regular; use whichever you prefer.)
1. Put pudding mix in a large bowl. Mix in milk and set aside for a few minutes to firm up some.
2. Cream together butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Use medium to medium-high speed and the flat beater if using a stand mixer.
3. Sift the confectioner’s sugar if lumpy and add to the butter/cream cheese mixture. Mix well.
4. Stir in prepared pudding and cool whip.
5. Place Oreo cookies about a dozen at a time in a ziploc bag and smash with a rolling pin or the back of a small, sturdy frying pan. An 8″ cast iron skillet makes quick work of this :)) Once turned to crumbs, place in a medium bowl and set aside. Don’t worry if they’re a bit lumpy. Continue until all cookies are crushed.
6. Layer the cookies and cream mixtures in a trifle dish, clean flower pot, clean dump truck (serve with a shovel :)), or other deep dish, starting and ending with the dirt. Sprinkle dirt layers with colorful sprinkles if so desired; I don’t, but it would be very colorful and kids would love it :)). If you have any leftover cream mixture, it freezes well so you can save it.
7. I sprinkled the top with candy sprinkles, but you can add gummy worms or wrap the bottom of a plant in plastic wrap and stick it down in there to make it look like a potted plant.