These Birds Nest Easter Dirt Cups are the epitome of welcoming Spring and all things that remind us a new season is upon us.
For another nostalgia classic, try these Peanut Butter Dirt Cups!
I don’t know about you guys but dirt cups bring back such nostalgia for me.
My mother use to make them for all our school parties before everything had to be in individual packages due to allergies.
One of my favorite dirt cups she would make, was a sandy dirt cup, which is made with white OREOS and vanilla pudding.
These dirt cups resemble more of a beach than the dirt, but since I’m keeping with the theme of “dirt cups” I named them as such.
These Birds Nest Easter Dirt Cups are so stinkin’ cute, I can’t even stand it!
PEEPS also bring back nostalgia for me. They were always part of my Easter basket and now, being a parent, they are always a part of my children’s baskets as well.
They love them and PEEPS was gracious enough to send us a large package full of #PEEPSChick & #PEEPS Bunny and these ADORABLE slippers for my kids. They were elated and they both came in their favorite colors!
This was one of the first recipes I had to make for the week because my kids were begging to eat all the PEEPS.
I used some of the PEEPS pink bunny in these Marshmallow Bunny Cupcakes and then I used the yellow chicks for these Birds Nest Easter Dirt Cups.
For these Birds Nest Dirt Cups I used Lemon pudding.
There is something about lemon and citrus that screams fall to me and I also have a banana pudding recipe coming later this week so I didn’t want to double up.
DIRT CUP FLAVORS
While the classic dirt cup is made with chocolate OREOS and chocolate pudding, I decided to use Lemon Pudding and vanilla OREOS
I’ve also made Peanut Butter Dirt Cups but here are a few other dirt cup flavor combos that would be delicious;
Lemon pudding and Lemon OREO
Chocolate pudding and Mint OREO
Chocolate pudding and regular OREO
Butterscotch pudding and Vanilla OREO
HOW TO MAKE BIRDS NEST EASTER DIRT CUPS
First off, I used another childhood favorite; potato sticks.
I mixed the potato sticks with a light colored brown candy melt to resemble a nest. Mixed those together and allowed them to cool. Then I broke them into pieces and set aside.
Sometimes, I love the convenience of a boxed instant pudding mix, so that’s what I did for these dirt cups.
I made an instant lemon pudding and allowed it to chill.
Meanwhile, I crushed up some vanilla OREOS.
Next, I folded in a container of whipped topping.
I placed crumbled cookies into the bottom of a glass. Topped with the lemon pudding mixture, more crumbled cookies, lemon pudding and finally the potato stick “birds nest”
Finally, I topped the dirt cups with a PEEPS chick and some egg shaped chocolate candies.
Viola, here’s a lovely Springtime bird chilling in her nest with her baby eggs.
These Birds Nest Easter Dirt Cups are a delicious way to bring a little sunshine into your day!
Birds Nest Easter Dirt Cups
Yield 6 servings
These Birds Nest Easter Dirt Cups are the epitome of welcoming Spring and all things that remind us a new season is upon us.
- 1 (4.5 oz. bag) Potato Sticks Original
- 1 (8 oz. bag) Salted Caramel Flavor Candy Melts, I used 1 cup from the bag
- 20 Golden OREO cookies, crushed
- 1 (3.4oz) Jell-O Instant Lemon Pudding
- 2 cups milk
- 1 container Cool Whip
- 6 PEEPs Chicks
- 18 candy coated chocolate eggs
- Place potato sticks into a bowl.
- Melt candy melts into a microwave safe liquid measuring cup. Pour into bowl with potato sticks and stir to combine. Lay out on a parchment lined sheet pan and allow to set. Break into pieces.
- Make instant pudding according to package directions. Fold in whipped topping.
- Place 2 tablespoons crushed cookies into the bottom of 6 (9oz) glasses. Place 1/4 cup pudding mixture on top. Top with 2 more tablespoons of crushed cookies and evenly divided the remaining pudding.
- Top with broken potato stick pieces, top with PEEP chick and candy-coated chocolate eggs
These Birds Nest Easter Dirt Cups would look adorable on your Easter brunch table or Springtime Soiree.
They’re super quick and easy to make and everyone will adore and devour them!
Thank you to PEEPS for sending us the wonderful care package. Thankfully, I fit into the striped slippers too so my daughter can share with me!
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Thursday #SpringSweetsWeek Recipes
- Berry Chia Scones with Lemon Glaze by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Birds Nest Easter Dirt Cups by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
- Blueberry Lemon Coffee Cake by Our Good Life
- Bunny Cards by The Freshman Cook
- Chocolate Crepe Cake Roll by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Chocolate Fruit Pizza by Creative Southern Home
- Chocolate Panna Cotta by The Gingered Whisk
- Cottontail Confetti Krispies by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Creamy Lemon Cheesecake Parfaits by Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Easter Chocolate Bark by Sweet Beginnings
- Easter Fudge by Family Around the Table
- Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles by Kate’s Recipe Box
- Fun Spring Meringues by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Funfetti White Chocolate Brownies by Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats
- Lemon Cookie Bars by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Lemon Raspberry Yogurt Parfaits by The Tip Garden
- Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake by House of Nash Eats
- Panna Cotta with Berry Coulis by Cookaholic Wife
- Spring Rolo Pretzel Bites by Blogghetti
- Spring Sugar Cookie Cake by Books n’ Cooks
- Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes by The Crumby Kitchen
- Sugar Cookie Dough Frosting by Cooking With Carlee
- Vegan Banana Split Cake by The Baking Fairy
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Lisa Kerhin says
Yummy treats for sure and those PEEP slippers are way too cute. I love how easy these are to make
Megan, they are so cute. My kids would love making these
These are ADORABLE!! I love the combination of the stacks and the dirt and pudding. SO delicious.
Wendy Klik says
I haven’t made dirt cups in years. I’ll have to whip some up and surprise the new Teen and the Angel Face.
These are so cute! I love dirt pudding and your version is perfect for spring. The nests and peeps are the perfect topping!
Jan Thomas says
What a fun and festive treat for a spring party!
Leanne | Crumb Top Baking says
I made dirt cups with peeps last year for Easter, and they were a huge hit with family. I was planning to make them again this year, so I’ll definitely give your recipe a try!
These are so fun and I love the flavors in these!
Terri Steffes says
Love these! I cannot wait to make them for my great nieces and nephews. I will win the Auntie award again!
Valentina | The Baking Fairy says
These little pudding cups are just too cute! Those salted caramel nests on top sound dreamy!
I remember potato sticks. Very clever choice for your dirt cups! Sounds tasty too!
Cheese Curd In Paradise says
This is soooooo cute! I love the flavor combo you picked as well.
Jaida ~ Sweet Beginnings says
I love these! And the fact that you used lemon pudding – girl….you had me right there!!
Liz @ Books n' Cooks says
Love this recipe – thank you! I definitely need to make this with my kids. And I personally love the idea of sandy dirt cups!
Teri@The Freshman Cook says
What a sweet, fun Easter treat! Cute and delicious!