Layers of rich, chocolatey cookies and creamy chocolate pudding, topped with gold sprinkles, and sour rainbow candy make these St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Dirt Cups taste as good as they look! Grab your pudding mix, oreo crumbs, sprinkles, and rainbow candy and get ready to create the cutest St. Patrick’s Day treats ever.
Dirt Cups are a fun and unique treat that’s incredibly simple to make. With just a few ingredients and a bit of creativity, you can have an easy dessert that’s perfect for serving at family gatherings, parties, or even to give as a gift. Dirt Cups not only taste good but there are also tons of creative ways you can present it. For example, these adorable St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Dirt Cups!
*These dirt cups are also the perfect treasure for the kids to find in this FREE St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt printable game!*
What’s In a Dirt Cup?
Dirt cups are known for their sweet layers of Oreo crumbs and chocolate pudding, usually with a gummy worm or two tossed in as well. Some people like add-in some whipped topping, too. That’s what’s so fun about this recipe! Using the same basic ingredients, you can assemble dirt cups in any size or shape container, and then use different mix-ins and toppings depending on the occasion.
You could make adorable dirt cups for Easter and decorate them with spring or Easter-themed candies. Or make a gross-sounding cake like this Kitty Cat Litter Dirt Cake for a creepy Halloween party dessert!
You could also switch up the flavor of the cookies (think mint, peanut butter, or vanilla) and the pudding (butterscotch, vanilla, banana cream) for a completely different taste. Or you could use brownies or cake in place of the cookies.
The creative options are limitless!
How to Make Pot of Gold Dirt Cups for St. Patrick’s Day
This St. Patrick’s Day dessert dirt cup version is just as simple and cute as a basic dirt cup, possibly even cuter! There are a couple of layers of oreo crumb and chocolate pudding, followed by a layer of gold sprinkles, and a piece of rainbow candy to top it off. The combination of sweet pudding and cookies with the tart and tangy rainbow candy pieces makes this St. Patrick’s Day dessert an all-round favorite!
What You Need
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You don’t need any hard-to-find or special kitchen tools or ingredients to make these Pot of Gold Dirt Cups for St. Patrick’s Day. Here are the supplies and ingredients you will need (the full ingredient list and instructions are in the printable recipe card below.)
Kitchen Tools Needed
- miniature cauldrons – clean new plastic mini cauldrons, about 3 inches in diameter
- blender – to crush the cookies into “dirt”. You could also use a plastic bag and a rolling pin.
St. Patrick’s Day Oreo Dirt Cups Ingredients
This dirt cup recipe calls for just a few basic ingredients, including:
- chocolate sandwich cookies (you could also use mint flavored)
- chocolate pudding
- gold sanding sugar
- gold sprinkles – aka gold cake sequins
- rainbow candy belts or these
Pot of Gold Dirt Cups Instructions
Making these Pot of Gold Dirt Cups is as simple as making the pudding, crushing the cookies, then layering both in mini cauldrons or another type of container. From there, you add the gold sprinkles and then insert a piece of rainbow candy belt. And that’s it!
This St. Patrick’s Day Dirt Cup dessert recipe would also make a great cooking activity for kids. There is no baking or heating needed, and they are as fun for kids to make as they are tasty to eat!
Tips for Making Pot of Gold Dirt Cups
- For the gold ‘coins”, I used Wilton’s Gold Cake Sequins which look like tiny gold coins. And by first adding a light layer of gold sanding sugar, it filled in any spaces between the sequins and I didn’t have to use too many of the gold cake sequins. If you can’t find the gold cake sequins, you could always use gold-colored ball sprinkles instead.
- If you are in a time crunch, you can always use store-bought pudding instead of making it.
- When buying the miniature cauldrons, look for ones that are made with non-toxic materials like the ones I linked to above. Also, wash them well before using them.
- The smaller the containers you use the more dirt cups you’ll be able to make. The cauldrons I used are measure about 3” wide and 2.5” tall, and I got close to 12 dirt cups from one box of pudding.
- Dirt cups can also be served frozen! Just prepare as directed, then freeze 3 hours or until firm. Remove from the freezer just before serving.
How Far in Advance Can I Make Dirt Cup Desserts?
These St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Dirt Cups are easy to pre-make. Just keep them in the fridge until you are ready to serve them. I also usually wait and add the rainbow candy when I am ready to serve, rather than put it in the refrigerator.
Keep in mind though, the cookie crumbs will begin to absorb the moisture from the pudding the longer they stay in the fridge. So while they will still taste great, the texture may change a bit.
How Long Will Leftover Dirt Cups Stay Fresh?
These dirt cups are so yummy, you may not have any leftovers. But if you do, they will keep in the fridge for up to 2 or 3 days. I usually wrap mine tightly with plastic wrap before placing them in the refrigerator.
Pot of Gold Dirt Cups Printable Recipe
- 1 package chocolate sandwich cookies, finely crushed
- 1 5.9 oz instant chocolate pudding mix
- 3 cup milk, cold
- 3 strips rainbow belt candy, cut into 2-3-inch pieces
- gold sanding sugar
- gold cake sequins
- Prepare the chocolate pudding according to package instructions. Let stand for at least five minutes
- In a separate bowl, crush cookies into fine crumbs. Set aside. Cut the rainbow belt candy into 2-3 inch pieces.
- Place about 1 tbsp of crushed cookies into the bottom of each mini cauldron. Then add about 2 tablespoons chocolate pudding on top. Repeat with another layer of cookies, followed by a layer of pudding, finishing with a layer of cookies.
- Add a light dusting of gold sanding sugar, followed by some gold cake sequins.
- Finish up by inserting a piece of rainbow belt sour candy so it is standing up. Bend it slightly to give it a curved appearance.
- Either serve immediately or place cups in fridge to chill before serving.
- cover and refrigerate any leftovers for up to 3 days.
- Dirt cups can also be served frozen. Just prepare as directed, then freeze 3 hours or until firm. Remove from the freezer just before serving.
- if making ahead of time, leave rainbow candy off until ready to serve.
Serving Size:1 dirt cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 5g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.
More St. Patrick’s Day Recipes
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