Dirt…It’s for dessert

No, I have not gone completely nuts! I am not feeding my kids dirt, intentionally anyway. I did however stumble upon an old memory and set out to reincarnate it. I have very fond memories of my Nanny (the name my cousins and I called our grandmother) bringing a certain dessert to all the church potlucks. She would pull a stool over to the counter and let me help her crush, mix, and scoop. Then she prepared its final presentation carefully and quite creatively. It was always the first thing to run out-you had to be at the front of the line if you wanted any!

Tonight we are going over to my in-laws’ house for dinner and I know they both like chocolate. This recipe is quite satisfying on that respect and doesn’t require heating up the house with the oven. Not to mention ot only has 4 ingredients and is super kid-friendly.

Start by crushing up a pack of chocolate sandwich cookies like Oreos. I always use the store brand and it turns out just fine. Punky and Bay both love to use the Ninja chopper so I throw a handful of cookies in and snap on the lid and let the kids whirl ’em up. Put all the cookie crumbs in a bowl and set aside.

Mix up 2 packs of instant chocolate pudding and let it set for a couple of minutes. You want a whip cream texture for the next step.

Fold in a small tub of whipped topping like Cool-Whip. Don’t go fancy if you don’t want to though, store brand is fine here too. Also, dont be too worried about a few lumps, but the smoother you can get it the better the presentation.

Now if you want to mimic Nanny’s impressive delivery, you’ll need a clean 1-gallon plastic flower pot. If it has a hole in the bottom, line it with some plastic wrap so you dont lose any of the chocolatey goodness. Start layering with about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch of cookie crumbs and top with a similar amount of the pudding mix. Alternate these layers, being sure to end with cookie crumbs on top. Add some gummy worms to the top couple of layers if you want.

Stick it in the fridge to set nicely for at least an hour. When you’re ready to deliver it, stick in a cheap bouquet of fake flowers. (Dollar Tree anyone?)

And, voila, you’ve got Nanny’s Dirt Cake!

Nanny's Locally Famous Dirt Cake

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