Dirt Cake Recipe copy

In late 2013, an exciting new study came out showing that organic milk from pasture raised cows has some significant health benefits over conventional milk. Good-quality soil is a critical component to growing good pastures, and all of our Organic Valley farmers spend a great deal of time making sure their soil is healthy so it will produce high quality pasture for their cows to graze. 

In celebration of spring and all the great things that soil grows for us, I made these cute dirt pudding cups. Don’t let the name fool you though, these little desserts are totally edible! Your favorite chocolate pudding is mixed with some chopped cookies and then layered with ‘dirt’- aka, finely crushed cookies. A few gummy worms on top will complete the treat. This is a perfect baking project to do with kids of nearly any age and it’s a great excuse to start talking with your kids about soil. I shared the finished product with some of the kids in my neighborhood and the dirt pudding was a big hit!

This is one of those recipes that is so quick and easy to throw together that it almost feels a little odd to write out a formal recipe. The steps and ingredients that I used are outlined below, but please feel free to adapt this to make it work for you. Here are a few changes you could make:

  • Instead of instant chocolate pudding, use a different flavor or make your own pudding from scratch
  • Use two (or more) flavors of pudding to make different colored layers of ‘soil’
  • For a light and fluffy pudding, prepare the pudding as directed, then fold in some fresh whipped cream made from Organic Valley heavy whipping cream

Dirt Pudding Cups


  • 1 box organic chocolate pudding mix + the ingredients listed on the box
  • 20 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • gummy worms


  1. Prepare the pudding according to the directions on the box. While the pudding is setting up, coarsely chop the cookies using a food processor (or put the cookies in a plastic bag and smash them with a rolling pin). Remove approximately half the cookies, then crush the remaining cookies until they’re finely ground.
  2. Fold the coarsely crushed cookies into the pudding.
  3. Place a spoonful of the finely ground cookies in the bottom of your serving cups (depending on the size, you could make between 4-6 individual cups). Evenly divide the pudding mixture between the cups then sprinkle the remaining finely ground cookies over the pudding. Top each cup with a few colorful gummy worms. Serve and enjoy!