Cooking with my Sugar Bae

Letting your little ones help in the kitchen can be fun…sometimes 🙂 I have had many trials & errors in regards to my pint sized cooking assistants. I’ve learned that the key is to pick recipes that are simple and also fun to make. My son, Giovanni, is always willing to help out, especially if any part of the recipe requires mashing or crumbling. My daughter, Adelina, prefers to pour and mix. Their favorite recipe to help me prepare is Dirt Pudding. They both get giddy over the idea of taking a mallet to a ziploc bag full of Oreo cookies. I usually have to intervene on behalf of the cookies so they don’t get totally annihilated.

I wasn’t always too keen on letting them help me out in the kitchen, especially since the two of them wind up fighting over spoons, mixing bowls and just about every other thing. But allowing them both a chance to learn their way around the kitchen has been freeing for them and me. For one, my son has a growing list of foods and snacks that he can easily prepare for himself, and this is beyond helpful to mommy when I haven’t quite made my way down the steps in the morning. He’s no master chef at this point, but he can make a mean bowl of cereal for himself and little sister.

Cascadian Farm is a favorite organic cereal brand in our house. It can be a challenge finding a cereal that parents approve of and kids love. I have found a happy medium with a lot of Cascadian Farm cereals. They are very low in sugar and taste great. ‘Fruitful O’s’, is a new hit in our house. It was ever so kind of Giovanni to demonstrate exactly how he prepares a bowl in the morning….well sort of 🙂  His sugar sprinkling skills are top notch. 

Below I’ve provided a classic recipe for Dirt Pudding. Always a kid (and adult) favorite at all of our family gatherings. I look forward to sharing more kid friendly recipes with you all. Enjoy!

Dirt Pudding via

dirt pudding


  • 1 (14 ounce) bag Oreo cookies
  • 2 (3 1/2 ounce) packages French vanilla instant pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1cup butter or 14 cup margarine (1/4 cup)
  • 1 (12 ounce) container Cool Whip


  1. Break up cookies. I generally place them in a plastic bags and allow my children to smash them up.
  2. Place 1/2 on bottom of preferred dish and save other 1/2 for topping.
  3. Mix pudding and milk together, set aside.
  4. Mix sugar, cream cheese and butter.
  5. Add sugar mixture to pudding and fold in cool whip.
  6. Pour onto cookies crumbles, and then top with remaining cookies.
  7. Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow time to set.

**Take your dirt pudding to another level by adding gummy worms 🙂

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