Golden Oreo Sand Pudding

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Golden Oreo Sand Pudding is such a fun summer treat! You make Oreo cookie “sand” and layer it with pudding to create a beach themed dessert that looks just like sand.

Golden Oreo Cookie Sand Pudding - perfect for a summer/beach party! | Persnickety Plates

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This past weekend one of my besties threw a bridal shower for her little sister. She is having a beachy theme so we thought it would be fun to make sand pudding. My mom made it for my brother’s graduation party last year and it was a big hit. It’s basically dirt cake, but looks like sand. The bride wanted chocolate so we made a sand/vanilla bucket and a dirt/chocolate bucket. I think it’s fun and it got rave reviews.


Sand pudding is a fun dessert, much like a trifle or parfait, that uses crushed Oreo cookies to look like sand. And let me tell you, it really does look like sand! You layer the crushed cookies with pudding to make an easy dessert that everyone loves.


  • Golden Oreos – You’ll need the whole package, but you’ll scrape the centers out.
  • Classic Oreos – When you mix in a few classic Oreos, it really makes the sand look realistic.
  • Cream Cheese – Softened to room temperature.
  • Butter – Also softened to room temperature.
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Pudding – You’ll need two 3.9oz packages of instant pudding mix. I use vanilla. Banana will work, too.
  • Milk – I use 2% because that’s what I usually have on hand.
  • Cool Whip – Thawed.

Golden Oreo Cookie Sand Pudding - perfect for a summer/beach party! | Persnickety Plates


Making Golden Oreo Sand Pudding is really easy since it’s a no-bake treat, but it does require a little bit of time to assemble.

First, scrape all of the fillings out of the Oreos. This step is optional, to some, but I find this dessert to have enough sugar, so I scrape out the centers.

Next, crush the Oreos in a food processor (use the entire package of Golden Oreos with a couple black/classic Oreos to make the sand realistic looking) until you have a sand-like texture.

Then, in a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar.

In another large bowl, whisk together the pudding mixes and milk. Then add it to the cream cheese mixture.

Finally, gently fold in the Cool Whip.

Now you’re ready to assemble your dessert. I like to serve it out of a bucket (the dollar store usually has cute ones!) to keep with the theme. Start with a layer of sand, then alternate sand/pudding until your bucket is full, making sure to end with sand.

That’s it! You’re ready to serve and enjoy.

Golden Oreo Cookie Sand Pudding - perfect for a summer/beach party! | Persnickety Plates


Sand pudding should be kept covered in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.


  • Mini Food Processor – to crush all of the cookies.
  • Sand Buckets & Shovels – Like I said, you can usually find these at the dollar store, but ordering online is always an option.
  • Mixing Bowls – You’ll need a few mixing bowls to prep the layers for the sand pudding.



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Golden Oreo Sand Pudding

Melissa Williams
Golden Oreo Sand Pudding is such a fun summer treat! You make Oreo cookie "sand" and layer it with pudding to create a beach themed dessert that looks just like sand.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 483 kcal


  • 1 package Golden Oreos centers scraped out
  • 4 classic Oreos centers scraped out
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup butter
  • cup powdered sugar
  • 2 3.9 oz vanilla instant pudding or banana
  • 2 ¾ cup milk
  • 12 oz Cool Whip thawed
  • Bucket & shovel usually you can find these at the dollar store


  • Scrape out the center cream in the Oreos.
  • In a food processor, combine the golden Oreos and the regular Oreos & crush until sand-like.
  • In a separate bowl, cream together the softened cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar.
  • In another bowl, mix together the pudding mixes & milk. Add to cream cheese mixture.
  • Fold in Cool Whip.
  • Layer into buckets – sand, pudding, sand, pudding, etc. making sure you end with sand.
  • Scoop out with the shovels & enjoy!


Serving: 1gCalories: 483kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 6gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 348mgPotassium: 208mgSugar: 37gVitamin A: 615IUCalcium: 149mgIron: 1.5mg

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  1. Mama Jodi says

    This is so much fun. It would be great for any beach party. Thanks!

  2. Heidi Fowler says

    What a fun idea! My daughter would love it for her swim party. I’m hosting a linky party “One Creative Weekend” at OneCreativeMommy.com. I’d love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you’d like to share.

  3. Toodie says

    I haven’t done anything like this in a very long time, like ever. LOL What fun this would be for a beach theme dinner!

  4. Christa says

    I adied the cream from the middle of the cookie to the cream cheese butter powder sugar mixture and it worked well

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’ve heard quite a few people say they leave the middles in but I was hoping to slightly cut down on the sweetness 😉

  5. Amanda Inman says

    How much of each ingredient does the recipe call for?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Do you see the recipe card just above the comments?

    • Amanda Inman says

      I do now, not to begin with. Sorry

    • Melissa Williams says

      Ok, good. I wanted to make sure everything is working right! 🙂

  6. Phyllis says

    Hi. I am about to make the golden Oreo sand. I am tripling the recipe as I need it for 30 people. Just to make sure, I need 64oz of pudding mix right from box. Before mixing. It just seems like a lot.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Hi Phyllis. No, not 64 oz. The recipe as written calls for two 3.9 oz boxes of instant pudding so to triple it, you would need 6 boxes (23.4 oz total).

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