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Dinosaur Dirt Cups

Rich double chocolate pudding made from scratch is topped with crushed "chocolate sandwich cookie dirt" and a dinosaur.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
chill time 4 hours4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate pudding, dinosaur party idea, dirt cups, easy
Servings: 24 dino dirt cups
Calories: 149kcal


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  • 24 mini 2 ounce dessert cups
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  • 2 cups milk (divided) 1¾ cup and ¼ cup.
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla


  • 24 chocolate sandwich cookies crushed
  • 24 gummy dinosaurs


  • In a medium size bowl, add ¼ cup of the milk and the 2 tbsp. cornstarch to the egg yolks. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, Add the rest of the milk, the sugar, salt, and cocoa powder.
  • While stirring, heat on medium until the mixture is 180 - 190 degrees. This is scalding temperature. You don't want to boil the mixture. Remove from the heat.
  • Slowly drizzle the hot mixture into the egg yolks. This tempers the yolks and keeps them from scrambling. Drizzle about 4-5 ladles full of the hot cocoa mixture into the egg mixture.
  • Return the mixture to the burner and cook on medium until thick and bubbly.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips and butter until melted and incorporated.
  • Pour the warm pudding into a heat-proof bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Press the plastic wrap down on the pudding. The plastic wrap keeps the pudding from forming a skin. Refrigerate for four hours or longer.
  • Once the pudding is chilled. Whip the whipping cream with the vanilla until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold the whipping cream into the chilled pudding until no whipping cream is visible.
  • Pipe the pudding into the 2-ounce dessert cups. Leave enough room for the "dirt cookies"


  • Crush 24 chocolate sandwich cookies and add the crushed cookies to the top of the pudding. Top with a gummy dinosaur. Serve immediately


The pudding can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator for several days.  When ready to serve, whip the cream, fill the dessert cups, and top with the cookies and a dinosaur or gummy worm. 


Serving: 1dino dirt cup | Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 211IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg