May 8, 2012

Dirt Cake


This is a fun recipe to make with children.  They love it–making and eating! It is especially good to theme in with planting season–plant seeds while waiting for it to chill.  You can even make this individually in small pots for a dirt-themed party.

1 1/4 lb Oreo cookies, crushed
1 c. powdered sugar
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, melted
3 1/2 c. milk
12 oz. cool whip
2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding

In a large mixing bowl, blend powdered sugar, butter, and cream cheese. Add 1/2 c. milk and blend (I like to use a hand mixer). Add pudding and 3 c. milk and blend. Gently fold in cool whip with a rubber spatula.

In a 12 X 12 inch dish, layer 1/3 Oreos, 1/2 mixture, 1/3 Oreos, 1/2 mixture and top with 1/3 Oreos. Chill for one hour.

Optional: Can add gummy worms for fun!

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Banana Puddin’

Fruit Bowl and Place Setting

1 1/3 c. sugar
2 T. flour
pinch of salt
2 c. milk
2 eggs
2 t. vanilla
1/2 stick butter
1 box Nilla Wafers
1 large container Cool Whip, thawed
8 ripe bananas, sliced (May want to sprinkle a bit of fruit fresh on top of the slices to keep bananas from turning brown.)

Stir together in large sauce pan, 1 1/3 c. sugar, 2 T. flour, pinch of salt, 1 c. milk. Heat on medium-low for 5 minutes. Stir together eggs and 1 c. milk in dish. Slowly stir into pan mixture. Cook on medium low, stirring frequently until mixture coats the spoon. Remove custard from heat and add vanilla and butter. Cool.

In a trifle dish (I like this one from Pampered Chef), layer wafers, 2 bananas, then 1/3 custard mixture, then 1/3 whipped topping. Then layer wafers, 2 bananas, 1/3 custard mixture, whipped topping. Then layer wafers, 2 bananas, 1/3 custard mixture, whipped topping and last two bananas on top. Chill for at least two hours before serving.

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