braces-friendly treat, dirt cake cups

This is such a fun recipe for spring/summer parties or cookouts.  And as long as the braces-wearer avoids the gummy worms, it is a great braces-friendly recipe.   Here is the recipe and a link for you to watch how it is done!


Original recipe makes 1 medium size flower pot

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 32 ounces chocolate sandwich cookies with cream filling


  1. Chop cookies very fine in food processor. The white cream will disappear.
  2. Mix butter, cream cheese, and sugar in bowl.
  3. In a large bowl mix milk, pudding and whipped topping together.
  4. Combine pudding mixture and cream mixture together.
  5. Layer in new and cleaned flower pot (with foil on the bottom to cover the hole), starting with cookies then cream mixture. Repeat layers.
  6. Chill until ready to serve.
  7. Add artificial flowers and gummy worms for fun. Enjoy!

Another idea:  You can substitute vanilla cream cookies and put it in a beach pail to make a “Sand Cake”.  Decorate with edible white chocolate shells!