Oreo sandwich cookies and cool, creamy pudding are a classic combination that you can make into several different types of desserts, whether you prefer a slice of refrigerator pie, a layered dessert or a frozen treat. Try pairing Oreos with chocolate pudding, or, for more Oreo flavor, make a dessert with Oreo cookie pudding mix, a white pudding blended with real cookie pieces.
Oreo pudding desserts layered with cream cheese and whipped cream can be found on the dessert table at many a potluck dinner, but the variations on this classic are almost unlimited. Start with an Oreo cookie base in the bottom of a glass dish, using either crushed Oreo crumbs or crumbs mixed with butter to make a crust. Mix cream cheese with whipped topping and spread this mixture over the cookie base. Add another layer with your choice of pudding. Alternate layers until you reach the top of the dish, finishing with a layer of whipped cream or whipped topping. Other layers you might try include crushed candy, a second flavor of pudding, caramel or chocolate fudge sauce. A large trifle dish showcases the layers in this dessert for a more impressive presentation.
An Oreo pudding pie with a cookie crust and creamy pudding filling requires minimal preparation time and is ready to serve as soon as the pudding sets. Grind Oreo cookies in a food processor or blender to a fine texture; mix in melted butter to moisten the cookies. A standard 8- to 9-inch pie pan requires roughly 20 to 24 cookies and 1 stick of butter to make a crust. Pack the mixture into a pie dish or similar pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit to set the crust if you omit the cream filling from the cookies. Fill with your choice of chocolate or Oreo pudding. Use a cook-and-serve pudding that uses less milk to achieve a firmer filling. Finish with whipped topping and crushed Oreo cookies.
Perfect for a garden party or as a gag dessert for a nature lover, an Oreo dirt pudding can fool guests into believing real dirt is part of the menu. Crush an entire package of Oreos and reserve one-third of the crushed cookies. Mix two-thirds of a package of crushed Oreos with chocolate pudding and cream cheese. For a standard 14-ounce package of Oreos, use one 8-ounce package of softened cream cheese and 2 3.4-ounce boxes of pudding mix prepared according to package directions. Put the mixture in a serving dish and top with the remaining one-third of the crushed cookies so it resembles a layer of fine, crumbled dirt. Top the dessert with a few gummy worms. Serve the "dirt" pudding in a new, clean galvanized pail with a new garden trowel to use as a serving spoon to make the dirt look more realistic.
Homemade Oreo pudding pops combine two classic frozen desserts: pudding pops and cookies-and-cream ice cream. Crush Oreo cookies into small pieces or finely ground crumbs. Prepare your choice of pudding flavor according to package directions, and stir the Oreo cookie pieces into the pudding until evenly distributed. Divide the pudding mixture evenly into your choice of Popsicle molds. You can purchase plastic molds specifically to make the long, slender pudding pops like those in your grocer's freezer. Alternatively, fill small paper cups with the pudding mixture for easy, inexpensive Popsicle molds. Add a Popsicle stick to the center of each mold or cup, and place in the freezer for several hours until completely frozen.