Growing up, one of the coolest desserts my mom made was her dirt cake recipe. I was a ‘tomboy’ growing up, so I thought it was hysterical that I was eating “dirt”. Then, we added gummy worms to make it look like worms were coming out of the dirt in the flower pot and it was even more comical to a young me at the time.
These are the types of memories that I want my girls to have when they are my age and cooking with their own kids. I was actually talking to my mom about this a little while ago and she actually gave me the recipe for dirt cakes that she had written down. It means a lot to me to have the actual recipe in her handwriting that one day I will also be able to pass on to my girls too.
I started writing out my own recipes as I make them and keep them in a book, so that my girls will always be able to have my recipes in my handwriting too. In a digital word, I think sometimes we loose focus or even loose the notion that handwritten things are becoming a distant past and not realizing how it may affect our children growing up to never have anything with our handwriting on it that sparks their own memories.
Now, I’m not saying that all children will need or even want something handwritten, maybe the memories that we are making in the kitchen will be enough for them, but I definitely think we need to reflect and consider what memories we are leaving our kids. For me, it’s hard sometimes to even realize that I’m getting older. I feel sometimes like I’m still 21 years old and tomorrow I’ll wake up and need to get ready for class again. I know from speaking to friends, and even Andrew, that I’m not the only one that feels like this. We forget that we’ve grown up and are or almost are 30-somethings. Shoot, half of the time, I’m looking around for the adult to tell me what to do and then remembering that I am the adult. I’m the one in charge. And that’s scary sometimes. So, trying to really realize that and accept that, I want to make sure that I’m giving a gift that is timeless for my girls to have.
Sibbles favorite part about this recipe was when daddy gave her a mallet to crush the cookies. Oh, Daddy!
I’m excited to share this recipe with you guys today! It’s perfect for Easter just around the corner with our dye-free strawberry carrots on top. If you are making in the summer, just push some gummy worms inside!
- One medium terra cotta plant dish or 5 3x3 recyclable planters
- 2 packages (8oz each) cream cheese, softened
- 2 small instant vanilla pudding
- 2 cups homemade whipped topping
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 packages chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1/4 cup carrot juice (fresh or store bought), brought to room temperature
- 1/2 cup white chocolate, melted
- 1 tsp coconut oil, melted
- In a mixer, cream together butter and cream cheese.
- Add the whipped topping, sugar, milk, and pudding, and beat on a low setting until thick.
- In a recyclable or terra cotta pot, alternate crushed cookies and filling, ending with cookies on top.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- An hour before serving, mix together the melted chocolate, carrot juice, and coconut oil.
- Dip the strawberries (leaves still attached) in the orange mixture.
- Place on a wax paper covered baking sheet.
- Place in freezer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from freezer and carefully peel off each strawberry and re-dip in the chocolate mixture.
- Place back in freezer for an additional 10 minutes.
- Remove, place in dirt cakes, and serve.
- Add in strawberry carrots, gummy worms, artificial flower, or any other desired toppings.
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