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I think Dirty Pudding might the simplest, easiest recipe in my rotation. With the use of Cool Whip and instant pudding mix it comes together super fast, makes enough to feed a decent amount of people and is inexpensive to make which is always great.
It shouldn’t be unfamiliar if you’ve ever made any sort of no-bake cookies and cream dessert. Kids love making this in my experience and bonus: they can lick the bowl and utensils without the risk of food poisoning as with cake batter and cookie dough.
Dirty Pudding is my husband’s all-time favorite dessert, which is saying a lot because the man loves sugar. There’s a reason honey’s in the name of this here endeavor.
This recipe was given to me by my husband’s grandmother, and I haven’t changed a thing. She served it at the very first Thanksgiving I went to at her house (that’s when I found out it was his favorite).
Well, I’m lying: I’ve been making it ‘extra dirty’ recently by using a party pack of Double Stuf Oreos instead of the usual family pack of regular Oreos. This was by request, tho!
2 packages instant vanilla pudding (use the small 3.4 ounce boxes, I use Jell-O brand)
1 package Cool Whip (12-ounce package, thawed )
In a medium-sized bowl, combine pudding mix and milk. Place in the fridge while you prepare everything else.
Crush your Oreos. I like a rough, uneven consistency so I put them in a bag and beat the shit out of it with a rolling pin or in a bowl and go at them with a potato masher. You can use a food processor, leave them whole, or chop them with a knife. Set aside.
In another bowl, cream together the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla until combined.
Your pudding should be ready because you bought instant, so pull that out now. Use a spatula to fold in your Cool Whip. Do this in small batches and be gentle. When the streaks are gone, fold in the cream cheese mixture the same way.
How you present it is really up to you. You can see how I choose to do it on Instagram, by layering it like a parfait in a trifle dish. I also reserve some whole Oreos of decoration.
Let it set in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.