Molly’s Dirt Cups Will Make You Wonder Why You Ever Settled for Plain Old Chocolate

A classic flavor combo makes the perfect upgrade.

December 10, 2019
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Molly Yeh's Peanut Butter Pudding Dirt Cups with Marzipan Veggies, as seen on Girl Meets Farm, Season 4.

Photo by: Chantell Quernemoen | Brett Quernemoen

Chantell Quernemoen | Brett Quernemoen

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Growing up, there was one dessert that my sisters and I enjoyed making more than any other: dirt cups. We couldn’t believe that we got to eat gummy worms, pudding and Oreo cookies all in one dessert (never mind that the recipe only called for the chocolate part of the Oreo – and we got to eat all the frosting middles while we crushed up the cookies). And then, on top of that, we got to play with our food; We had so much fun layering pudding and cookie crumbs (double-chocolate bliss!) into clear glasses and burying colorful gummy worms down into the delicious “dirt”.

The dirt cup is one of those nostalgic childhood recipes that is pure perfection as far as I remember it. At least, it was until I watched Molly Yeh’s Peanut Butter Pudding Dirt Cups with Marzipan Veggies class on the all-new Food Network Kitchen app.

Her class is full of tips and tricks for making the absolute best pudding dirt cups (like swapping gummy worms for adorable DIY marzipan “veggies” and how to easily temper eggs so that you can make ultra-smooth and creamy pudding from scratch) but my favorite takeaway is honestly so simple; Molly uses peanut butter pudding instead of chocolate.

I never thought that a dirt cup made with anything other than pure chocolate could be as satisfying as the ones I remember from my childhood but the classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter works perfectly. Unlike other versions of the dirt cup (don’t even get me started on the vanilla pudding-based, beach-themed cup!) this chocolate-peanut butter dessert is so rich and satisfying. It feels extra-special – like you’re getting away with eating way too much dessert – just like the dirt cups my sisters and I used to make when we were young.

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