Sand Pudding Cups

Crumbly and creamy sand pudding cups are a tasty beach inspired treat. Enjoy a quick and easy sandy escape perfect for sharing!!

Sand pudding cups are a fun treat for any occasion, but are especially fun at Luau’s or parties. Bring more beach fun with an Aloha Tropical Smoothie or Dole Whip paired with Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes.

Sand Pudding cups with a beach umbrella

Beach Treats!

Hi, it’s me Lily!! Do you know in Texas there was a beach I LOVED called Surfside Beach. It’s really fun. They have amazing waves, and you can even rent a house there and stay right on the beach. Right before we left Texas, we went one last time with my aunt and cousin. Turns out they just added picnic tables which was perfect because we came there for lunch.

Me, Gavin, Evie and my cousin, Hannah, went out in the ocean and tried to jump over the waves and ride on them. We even got into little ditches that made it look like we were so far out.

Speaking of beaches, we made this recipe awhile back for Sand Pudding Cups. It was inspired by the Dirt Cake Parfaits we made last year. This time we used Golden Oreos and added an umbrella on top to make it look like the beach. We brought the left over Golden Oreos from this recipe to the beach and had them the last time we went there in Texas. I love these Pudding Cups so much – I think your kids would love them too. In fact, you should make them and bring them to the beach – LOL!!

crumbled Oreos on a food processor

crumbled Oreos topped with pudding

Making SAnd Cups

OREO. Begin by smashing up Oreos. I put mine in my food processor and blended until they were crumbs. Set aside.

PUDDING. Mix cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar with mixer in a medium bowl. Fold in cool whip until well blended. In a separate bowl mix pudding mix and milk with a whisk. Once combined well, add pudding to cream cheese mixture.

LAYER + GARNISH. Place a few tablespoons of Oreo crumbs in your cup or small jar. Add some of the creamy mixture (I do this by adding the creamy mixture to a gallon bag and cutting off the corner so it goes in the jar more easily.) Bang down on a wash cloth on the table to get all bubbles out. Add a few more tablespoons of Oreo Crumbs. Top off with some more cream mixture and sprinkle on a few more crumbs. Top off with more crumbs and a drink umbrella.

SERVE. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Crumbled Oreo layered with pudding on clear cups

Tips + Variations

Do not remove the cream filling from the Oreos

Add a couple of dark Oreos to the food processor to give a speckled sand look.

Vanilla wafers will work instead of golden Oreos

Not only can you have fun with the serving container, but you can also have fun with your toppings. As mentioned, I used a simple umbrella, but other fun toppings you could include:

  • Swedish fish
  • Gumballs aka beach ball ;o)
  • Edible sea shells
  • Teddy Grahams with
    • Gummy lifesaver
    • Fruit by the Foot towel

I love being able to see the layers of this dessert so I divided it into 8 oz plastic cups. This is a perfect size for individual servings. I think I was able to get 15 cups give or take a few depending on how full you make them. 

I have also seen this dessert served in mini sand pails found at hobby lobby, amazon and oriental trading. You can even use a large sand pail and have a sand shovel for guests to scoop out their own serving. This seriously is such a fun treat! 

Sand Pudding cups on a colorful towel topped with beach umbrellas

Storing Info

This treat can be made a day or two ahead of time. Cover and STORE in the fridge until serving.

Leftovers can last, covered, in the fridge for about 5 days.   

close up of sand pudding cups topped with beach umbrellas

For more sweet treats try:

 

Create your Lil’ Luna account now!
Sign Up to Save Recipes

Sand Pudding Cups Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Crumbly and creamy sand pudding cups are a tasty beach inspired treat. Enjoy a quick and easy sandy escape perfect for sharing!!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 (depending on cup size and how much you fill each)
Calories 1009 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz cool whip
  • 1 box instant white chocolate pudding (or vanilla) 3.3 oz box
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 package Golden Oreos
  • Drink umbrellas

Instructions
 

  • Begin by smashing up Oreos. I put mine in my food processor and blended until they were crumbs. Set aside.
  • Mix cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar with mixer in a medium bowl. Fold in cool whip until well blended. In a separate bowl mix pudding mix and milk with a whisk. Once combined well, add pudding to cream cheese mixture.
  • Place a few tablespoons of oreo crumbs in your cup or small jar. Add some of the creamy mixture (I do this by adding the creamy mixture to a gallon bag and cutting off the corner so it goes in the jar more easily.) Bang down on a wash cloth on the table to get all bubbles out. Add a few more tablespoons of oreo Crumbs. Top off with some more cream mixture and sprinkle on a few more crumbs. Top off with more crumbs and a drink umbrella.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Like this Recipe?

Pin it now!

Pin It NowPin It Now

Lily

Shop Online

Lil' Luna Products

See All Products

Want more inspiration?

More Recipes You'll Love

Dirt Cake Parfaits

Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 3 votes

Creme Brûlée

5 from 6 votes

Oreo Fluff

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 5 votes

Snicker Apple Salad

Total Time: 5 minutes
4.93 from 13 votes

The Grey Stuff

Total Time: 10 minutes
4.69 from 19 votes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Delight

Total Time: 54 minutes
4.93 from 13 votes

About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

Join the Conversation

Rate and Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




Comments:

  1. Did you use the smaller or largest box of instant pudding? And how many parfaits were you able to make using cups that size?

  2. Can you tell me approximately how many servings it makes in the small cups or whatever you used? I can’t find where it says that above. Thanks!

    1. It doesn’t say. I can’t remember an exact amount. It should make quite a few…10-20, depending on how full you make them. I hope that helps!!

  3. What type of plastic cups did you use?!?! How many ounces do the cups hold??? Or where do you buy the cups from?! Thanks in advance!!!

    1. You could really use any type. I can’t remember where I got those specific ones or how much they hold, but you could find them pretty much anywhere…grocery store, walmart, party city. Hope that helps 🙂

  4. How far ahead of time can these be made? Like, how long can these be in the fridge before the cookie part starts getting soft?

  5. Just wondering if you can Tell me if this recipe makes enough for me to put it into an 8×8 or 9×13 instead of cups? Thank you!