A fluffy cream dessert made with cream cheese, pudding and cool whip. Perfect for a beach theme party.

A Day at the Beach Pudding Dessert:  A fluffy cream dessert made with cream cheese, pudding and cool whip.  Perfect for a beach theme party.

Not only is this dessert fun to look at it’s also yummy to eat.  Not just for a party.  Is your vacation somewhere with a beach?  Celebrate your upcoming vacation with this A Day at the Beach Pudding Dessert!

I chose to put my desserts into small metal pails.  Double the recipe and put it into a large sand bucket!  To add to the look don’t forget to stick the shovel in the top!  The buckets I used are 3 ounces along with some cute mini shovels.  Wondering how I got the sand to look to authentic?  I ground up Vanilla Wafers with a couple of Oreo Cookies.  I love how it turned out. ♥

I also found some amazing disposable mini shovels from Factory Direct Craft.

A Day at the Beach Pudding Dessert

Preparation 20 minutes 2017-10-18T00:20:00+00:00 Serves Fills 10 (3 ounce) buckets     adjust servings


For the Sand

  • 6 ounces vanilla wafers (before grinding)
  • 2 Oreo cookies

For the Filling

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 ounce cool whip, thawed


    For the Sand:

    1. Add the wafers and Oreo cookies to a food processor and pulse until cookies are finely ground.
    2. Take out any large pieces.

    For the Filling:

    1. In a medium bowl add the butter, cream cheese and sugar.
    2. With a hand mixer whip until soft and fluffy.
    3. In another bowl whisk together the pudding with the milk.
    4. Add the pudding mix to the cream cheese mixture.
    5. Beat until combined, fold in the cool whip.
    6. To a 3 ounce bucket; spoon in filling and sprinkle on some of the wafer sand.






    A Day at the Beach Pudding Dessert — 14 Comments

    1. This is similar to a recipe called Sand Cake I use to make at the end of the school year for my Kindergarten Class. They loved it. I will have to try this on my granddaughter.

    2. I love this idea! Just wondered if you could give us inches height and top width of the little pails – there are so many different sizes and they all seem to be listed in inches rather than ounces…or where you found yours? Thanks again for all your great ideas!

      • Hi Kathy, I found these buckets at Hobby Lobby. They measure approx. 2-inches tall and 2-inch wide at the top and then tapper down.

    3. That looks so yummy! And it really does look like sand on top! My kids would love this! And I love how you served it up with cute little pails and shovels!

      • You’re Welcome Jessica. I’m so glad I found them! I order your stuff all the time. If there’s something different I need I know you’ll have it. 🙂

    4. Sheryl, these are so cute! I love your choice to serve them in mini-buckets with shovel spoons. It’s beyond adorable! And that sand looks so real. What a great choice to mix the cookies. My kids will LOVE making and eating this!

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