In our family, not only do we have an Easter egg hunt, we also hunt for our Easter baskets. When I was growing up, the tradition was to find an original clue on the kitchen table, which would lead you to the next clue, and the next, and the next. Those clues finally led to that much awaited Easter Basket filled with the treats that were saved for special occasions. These are the traditions that we cherish and pass down from generation to generation.
With the holiday weekend among us, we find ourselves once again deciding who is bringing what to the extended family meal. The traditional Easter dinner will be served, with several pies made for dessert. But because we have a big family, with lots of children, I thought it would be nice to bring another aspect of Spring into the Easter Celebration.
Dirt pudding has always been a favorite of the kids. The combination of crushed Oreo cookies and pudding, and of course gummy worms, leads to empty bowls and smiles on their faces. For this year’s Easter celebration, we decided to take it one step further. We used the element of surprise to win over the crowd. The addition of the terracotta pots and fake flowers made everyone take a double take to the edible center piece in the center of the table.
1/2 stick butter (room temperature)
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese (room temperature)
1 c. powdered sugar
3 1/2 c. milk
2 pkgs. instant French vanilla pudding
1 (12 oz.) carton Cool Whip
unglazed terra cotta pots – clay or plastic
Artificial flowers to insert into dessert
12. Place gummy worms in the ‘dirt’.
- 1 lg. pkg. Oreo cookies
- 1/2 stick butter room temperature
- 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese (room temperature)
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 3 1/2 c. milk
- 2 pkgs. instant French vanilla pudding
- 1 12 oz. carton Cool Whip
- unglazed terra cotta pots - clay or plastic
- drinking straws
- Artificial flowers to insert into dessert
- Crush well one whole package of Oreo cookies. Set aside.
- Cream together butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar.
- In separate bowl, mix together milk and pudding mix.
- Add pudding to creamed mixture.
- Fold in Cool Whip.
- Wash and dry flower pots. Place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pot to cover the hole.
- Place a couple of tablespoons of the crushed oreos in the bottom of the pot. Add a tablespoon of pudding mixture.
- Cut straw to 3/4ths the height of the pot. Insert the straw in the center of the pot, allowing the pudding mixture to hold it upright.
- Continue to fill the pot with the pudding mixture until it reaches the height of the straw. Do not cover up the straw.
- Place the stem of the flower into the straw - cut the stem to the height that you want.
- Place the crushed oreos on top of the pudding to represent dirt.
- Place gummy worms in the 'dirt'.