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Halloween Pudding Cups

This Halloween Pudding Cups recipe is a fun and delicious option for the tiny ghosts and goblins to make and enjoy! They’re a seasonal parfait featuring layers of crushed Oreo cookies, a chocolate pudding mousse and decorated with Halloween sprinkles, cookies and peep ghosts.


Easy Halloween Pudding Cups

These fun little graveyard dirt pudding cups are an edible craft the whole family can make. From the tiniest family members to the adults, Grandma and Grandpa. They’re made using convenience items by design making the ingredients simple to find and easy  to assemble.


How to Make the Best Halloween Pudding Cups Recipe

  • Ingredients you make homemade graveyard Halloween Pudding Cups: Two family size packages or Oreo cookies, two packages of instant chocolate pudding or fudge pudding mix, 4 cups whole milk, 1 cup chocolate syrup or pourable ice cream topping, one 16 ounce frozen whipped topping, thawed. (Cool Whip or similar private label brand.)
  • Kitchen gadgets you’ll need: 18 clear disposable cups or similar glass or plastic containers. a hand mixer or a stand mixer, a food processor, measuring cups and spoons, a rubber spatula or large spoon plus a tray or sheet pan to move the pudding cups easily in and out of the refrigerator.
  • The amounts in this simple dirt cup recipe can easily be halved or doubled depending on the amount of chocolate pudding cups that you need to make.
  • When decorating the Milano cookies, a toothpick can be helpful to form the letters for the writing. It doesn’t have to be perfect, a little wonky works fine here. You could also use a different cookie that’s similar in shape and size. They should just be smooth enough to write on.
  • When assembling in advance, it’s best to wait and finish the top with the decorated cookies, ghost marshmallows, and pumpkins until just before serving. Chilling can change the texture and the pumpkins and ghosts may harden and the cookies soften. It’s best to add those decorations just before serving.
  • You can replace the whipped topping with 4 cups of homemade sweetened whipped cream, if preferred.
  • Keep leftover Halloween Pudding Cups covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. I don’t suggest freezing. Please note, the toppings may soften.

More Halloween Desserts to Make

Fun sweets are a must-make for Halloween whether you’re hosting a gathering or just looking for something fun to enjoy. More Halloween desserts you may also like to try:


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Halloween Pudding Cups

Prep Time30 minutes
Chill time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate-pudding-cups, chocolate-pudding-recipes, halloween-pudding-cups
Servings: 18 servings (may vary)


  • 2 1.3 oz packages Oreo Cookies (family size)
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 3.4oz boxes instant chocolate or fudge pudding mix
  • 1 16 oz frozen whipped topping thawed
  • 1 cup chocolate syrup OR chocolate fudge ice cream topping (ice cream topping should be pourable)
  • 9 Milano Cookies
  • 9 ghost peeps
  • 1-2 tubes black cookie icing
  • mini candy pumpkins and Halloween sprinkles


  • Using an 8 cup food processor, pulse Oreo cookies in batches. Pour crumbs into a medium size bowl and set aside.
  • Using an electric hand mixer whip together pudding mix and milk on medium speed until beginning to thicken.
  • Fold in whipped topping using a large spoon or rubber spatula by hand until fully combined. Add 1/2 cup chocolate syrup, fold through. (It's fine if it looks a little uneven)
  • To assemble: Arrange (18) 9-ounce cups or containers on a large sheet pan or tray. Add 2 tablespoons cookie crumbs to the bottom of each cup.
  • Add a scant ¼ cup of whipped pudding mix over crumbs. Repeat with 2 tablespoons of cookie crumbs and the remaining pudding.
  • Top each cup with 1 tablespoon cookie crumbs. To the reserved crumbs left in the mixing bowl, mix 1/2 cup of remaining chocolate syrup. Stir until moistened. Set moistened crumbs aside and cups into the refrigerator while you decorate the Milano cookies. (this will be the dirt on top)
  • Use tubes of black cookie icing to decorate the Milano cookies to say “RIP” or "Game Over" or any fun sayings you want. Let dry, then add one to 9 of the cups. (Tip: Use the tip of a toothpick to help shape the letters for the writing.)
  • Add peep ghosts to the other 9 cups. pressing them gently into the pudding. Take the moistened cookie crumbs and sprinkle on top of each cup to resemble fresh uneven Earth.
  • Add the mini pumpkin candies and sprinkle with colorful Halloween nonpareils.
  • Chill for 2 hours until serving or serve immediately.
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