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Beach Bucket Surprise Dessert

Tuesday Treats, Summer, RecipeAmy Wiley2 Comments

I have the most fun, festive summer dessert for you today. You serve it in a beach bucket because it looks like sand… but tastes divine! Dazzle kids and adults alike with this clever treat.


Isn’t it just the cutest? It’s super simple and delicious. This is the perfect kind of thing to serve at a summer play date, pool party, or barbecue.

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Beach Bucket Surprise Dessert


One stick butter, softened

1 8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

2 small boxes of instant vanilla pudding mix

3 1/2 cups milk

12 oz. Cool Whip, thawed

2 packages of Golden Oreos

White and dark chocolate Melting wafers (my grocer substituted a chocolate baking bar in my online order and it worked just fine.)

Shell molds (like these darling ones)

Cute beach bucket (I had to have this flamingo bucket of course!)


Start by making your chocolate shells. Melt a little of each chocolate in the microwave then slightly mix a little of the dark into the white. Just barely swirl the two together, then pour into the molds. Put the mold in the refrigerator to harden. I have a random little mold from our local aquarium that I had to use twice to get enough shells. This one would work much better. The swirled effect makes them look more realistic.


Next, chop cookies very fine in a food processor or blender. This creates the “sand.” The white filling will disappear.


Cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar together in a mixer. In a large bowl, combine milk, pudding, and Cool Whip. Add the butter mixture and mix well. Layer your beach bucket starting with some of the cookie crumbs, then a layer of the cream mixture. Repeat layers, ending with the cookie crumbs. Stick the sand shovel in and add the chocolate shells. Chill until ready to serve.


Doesn’t this just look like a day at the beach? Enjoy!

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