This beach party pudding is the perfect kid friendly recipe. It’s super easy to make, there’s no baking, and it’s really cute. The kids have just as much fun making it as they do eating it.
From the time my kids were able to stand they have been in the kitchen, it makes the best classroom! Through cooking they have learned so much about life. It has taught them about mathematics, history, God, good eating habits, good hygiene, how to work together, how to follow directions, independence, and the list goes on. There’s a lot that can be learned from a simple recipe!
I’m proud to say that all of my kids have a passion for food, especially my oldest, who is studying culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco and working at Mulvaney’s B&L. The only downside to him being on the west coast is that he took my glamdaughter with him. I really miss having my little bug in the kitchen with me, teaching her about life through food. I know her daddy has her cook with him when he’s not busy, but I’m really missing that time with her.
I recently decided that I’m not going to let the miles that separate us get in the way. The first thing I did was buy her an Easy-Bake Oven, which she can use when she wants to get creative. Then I decided I wanted to do something that was a little more personal, something shared between me and her. Every couple of weeks I send her a “Grandma’s Goodies” package, which contains a little money, a shopping list, and a kid friendly recipe.
She loves receiving “Grandma’s Goodies” because she knows that it’s time to cook with grandma (using video), go shopping, and make something that everyone will ooh and aah over. I love that I still can play a part in teaching her about life through food.
2 packages Pecan Sandies cookies
2 packages vanilla pudding
2 3/4 cup milk
8 ounces cool whip
1/2 cup sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup confectioner sugar
gummy worms, fish or sharks
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Kid Friendly Beach Party Pudding Recipe
Step 1: Crumble cookies.
Step 2: Stir together vanilla pudding and 2 1/2 cups milk, let stand to thicken.
Step 3: Whip together, butter, cheese, sugar and the remaining milk.
Step 4: Fold the Cool Whip into the pudding, then fold in the cheese mixture.
Step 5: In a serving bowl (or beach bucket) layer the cookie crumbs and pudding mixture, starting with the cookies, then top with candy.
- 2 packages Pecan Sandies cookies
- 2 packages vanilla pudding, instant
- 2¾ cups milk
- 1 (8 ounce) Cool Whip
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup confectioners sugar
- gummy worms, gummy fish or chocolate sea shells
- Crumble cookies.
- Stir together vanilla pudding and 2½ cups milk, let stand to thicken.
- Whip together, butter, cheese, sugar and the remaining milk.
- Fold the Cool Whip into the pudding, then fold in the cheese mixture.
- In a serving bowl (or sand bucket) layer the cookie crumbs and pudding mixture, starting with the cookies.
- Top with candy.
There’s nothing better than spending some fun time with your children (or grandchildren) and if you can work in a few life lessons while doing it, well that’s a blessing for both of you.
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I LOVE this!!!!! What a wonderful idea to stay connected and create special memories with your granddaughter! My children grew up half a country away from their grandmas at a time when technology wasn’t there to make the miles seem less. (We used to joke about the science fiction-like idea of a phone where you could see the person on the other end!) I understand completely how important your special “Grandma’s Goodies” care packages are to maintaining that very special bond! I will be pinning all of the kid friendly ideas you share for “future reference”. 🙂
My grandparents passed away when I was very young so I was never able to experience that special bond. When I became a grandparent I made a vow that my little bug would have the best grandma ever. It’s a little more challenging now that she’s so far away, but we’re making the best of it.