Chocolate Cheesecake Dirt Cups

Chocolate Cheesecake Dirt Cups taste like a fancy dessert but look like fun kid food. They’re an enjoyable spring or summertime activity for kids. Young chefs will have fun making their treat and eating it too!

Chocolate Cheesecake Dirt Cups

Traditionally “dirt in a cup” is a fun kids dessert made with chocolate pudding, topped with crumbled chocolate cookies and gummy worms. It’s a silly dessert that kids love! I know I always did.

So, I decided after my daughter finished reading her book about garden fairies making dirt in a cup would be a fun themed food to celebrate the book. But I’m not a huge a huge fan of boxed pudding so I decided to take the opportunity to create a fancier kids treat. And it’s not much more complicated than making boxed pudding, but tastes so much better!

Using ingredients I had on hand — cream cheese, heavy cream and chocolate chips, I whipped up the base of the dirt. Using my stand mixer — one of my most loved kitchen appliances (thanks Kitchen Aid!) I whipped the cream cheese and then mixed in vanilla and heavy cream.

I melted the chocolate chips and once cooled I added the chocolate to the mixture. The I put the dirt in the cups, topped it with crumbled chocolate cookies and some gummy worms. I used clear plastic cups so the kids could see the layers. This recipe fills 6, 9 ounce cups about 2/3s full, but next time I make it I’m going to buy cups that are half the size so I can have 12 servings. It’s such a rich, chocolatey dessert that you really don’t need a large cup full. My youngest is 3, and there was no way he could finish the entire cup. But I’m sure older kids, would have finished it and licked the spoon!

Chocolate Cheesecake Dirt Cups

The combo of cream cheese, heavy cream and chocolate create a perfectly rich, creamy and chocolatey dessert you’ll probably want to save one for yourself. I know I couldn’t help but sneak a few bites, I mean I really can’t resist a delicious chocolate dessert. If you don’t have kids just forego the cookies and gummy worms, serve the chocolate cheesecake in pretty dishes and top with fresh strawberries and/or raspberries. That would be so tasty. Next time I think I’ll make the adult version too.

I love making fun food with my kids. They get so excited about themed food. Recently, we finished learning about ocean animals in science so I made the kids squid dogs. They loved it! My youngest thought his squid dog was so fun he wanted to keep it as a toy!

Bringing smiles to my children’s faces is one of my favorite part of cooking. What’s your favorite fun kid food?

Chocolate Cheesecake Dirt Cups

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Chocolate Cheesecake Dirt Cups
Chocolate Cheesecake Dirt Cups taste like a fancy dessert but look like fun kid food. There an enjoyable spring or summertime activity for kids. Young chefs will have fun making their treat and eating it too!
Chocolate Cheesecake Dirt Cups
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Chocolate Cheesecake Dirt Cups
Instructions
  1. Set the cream cheese on the counter to get room temperature.
  2. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for about 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir. Repeat heating at 20 second intervals, stirring between each until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Let cool.
  3. In a stand mixer, mix the cream cheese until it has a whipped or fluffy consistency, about 1 minute. Add the vanilla and mix to incorporate.
  4. Add the cream and mix until it has more of a whipped consistency, about 1 minute.
  5. While the mixer is on low, slowly pour in the chocolate and mix until incorporated.
  6. Pour into 6, 9 ounce clear plastic cups until about 2/3s full. Or alternately, serve into 12 smaller clear cups. I used 6 cups but it’s rich so I think 12 cups would be better, especially for younger kids.
  7. Using a food processor, blender or a baggie with a mallet, crush about 10 chocolate cookies. Top the chocolate cheesecake filling with the crumbled cookies.
  8. Add as many gummy worms as desired. I like to put at least one on top and one digging in and/or poking over the top of the cup.

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