It never fails then whenever my daughter and I run errands during the day, she falls asleep. Last weekend it was just the two of us so we set out to conquer our to-do list all in one day. We had three stops: Target, Jewel Osco and Trader Joe’s. I always leave Trader Joe’s for last because she loves shopping there so much. Between the little shopping carts and her favorite green juice boxes, I can usually use that as bargaining power if she she starts to act up. She was being such a good little helper that I didn’t even have to pull the “we’re not going to Trader Joe’s if you…” Instead, as I was getting ready to tell her how good and she could pick out two things, I noticed her fast asleep in her car seat. We skipped going to TJ’s but I knew I had to do something since she was so well-behaved. I decided to make her some mint pudding cups.
A few weeks ago I bought some mint Oreos. They are addictive and I think I ate about 10 cookies in two hours. My daughter also really liked them and though she didn’t eat as many as I did, she had her fair share. Since we did happen to pick up more mint Oreos while we were shopping, it made perfect sense to use them as a the base of her pudding cups. I used my mini food processor and combined 6 Oreo cookies (two for each serving) and a tablespoon of butter. This was the one part of the assembly process that my daughter hated. If anyone can invent a quiet food processor, I’ll be the first in line to buy it!
After the cookies were ground really fine, I pressed them in the bottom of some mini glass bowls. I bought these bowls at Pier 1 import and I adore them. They come with the cutest little spoons, which my daughter “swiped.” After the food processor, she had lost all interest in helping me. Instead, she became intrigued with my spoons and set off to have a picnic in the living room.
I then made some instant vanilla pudding and added some green food coloring and a 1/4 tsp of mint extract. I instantly poured the pudding into the glass bowls so the pudding would set up nice and smooth. Once the pudding set up, I added some whipped topping and a few green sprinkles for garnish.
This was a super simple dessert but it was colorful and tasty. The addition of the mint extract and mint Oreos made an ordinary pudding cup some special. My daughter is still asking when we’re going to Trader Joe’s (brand loyalty starts at an early age!) but now she’s doing so in-between bites of pudding.
- 6 Mint Oreo cookies
- 1 tbsp butter
- Instant vanilla pudding (small package)
- 2 cups milk
- ¼ tsp mint extract
- green food coloring
- whipped cream
- sugar sprinkles (optional)
- Pulse cookies and butter in a food processor until finely ground.
- Divide the cookie mixture between your serving bowls and press firmly.
- Make pudding according to the package directions, adding ¼ tsp of mint extract and 2-3 drops of green food coloring. Pour the pudding into your serving bowls leaving about ¼ inch for the whipped cream.
- Let the pudding set up and then add whipped cream & sprinkles.
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