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Sand Cups Easy Dessert Recipe | The Rebel Chick

Sand Cups A Fun and Easy Dessert Recipe

Course Dessert
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 -10
Author Jenn Quillen


  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 Small Package Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 1 Tub Cool Whip thawed
  • 1 Package Vanilla Sugar Wafer Cookies 14 oz
  • Clear Plastic Cups 7 oz size
  • Gummy Sharks or similar items for decoration
  • Paper Umbrella Toothpicks


  1. This Sand Cups recipe makes 8-10, 7 ounce cups. (For photos, the cups pictured are smaller)
  2. In a large bowl add milk and pudding mix. Whisk until blended and no longer lumpy, let set for 5 minutes in the refrigerator. Pudding will thicken as it chills.
  3. In a food processor, crush 1 package of sugar wafers to fine crumbs.
  4. Stir whipped topping with pudding mix and add half of the crushed cookies to the mix.
  5. Layer ingredients to make sand cups:
  6. Add 1/2 tablespoon crushed cookies to the bottom of each cup. Fill cup 3/4 full with pudding mix. Then top with more crushed cookies (about 1-1/2 tablespoon)
  7. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Can cover top and refrigerate overnight to finish assembly next day (party prep ahead!)
  8. Decorate with gummy sharks and paper umbrellas before serving.
  9. **Helpful Mom Tip -
  10. I often double the pudding recipe, or just put less "beach" in each cup to make more servings.