Dirt Cake

This might be one of my most favorite recipes ever. Ever.

It's probably because it has Oreos in it.

One of the reasons why I like this dessert so much is because my mom and I used to make it all the time when I was younger. She would mix up the pudding part and I would go outside on the back porch with the package of Oreos and hit it with this thing...I'm not sure what it's called, but it's from my mom's knife set and has a wooden handle with a long metal stick and kind of resembles a magic wand...I know you know what I'm talking about. Then my mom would pour the pudding in the bowl, I'd cover it in crushed Oreos, maybe eat a couple pieces, and then my mom would pour on another layer or pudding.

This was the first time I made this recipe completely on my own, and I was surprised at how easy it was! It's really not that surprising, but it's been years since we last made it. And now I want to share it with you!

I halved this recipe in the pictures above, but this is the whole recipe.

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20 oz package of Oreos
2 3 oz (or 3.5 oz) packages of instant vanilla pudding
3 1/2 cups milk
1/2 stick of butter, room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
16 oz container of cool whip
Gummie worms (optional)
  • In a medium bowl, mix the two packages of vanilla pudding and the milk. 
  • In a second small/medium bowl, blend butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar.
  • In a food processor, blender, or a ziploc bag with a hammer (that's what I did), crush up the Oreos. You do not want a bunch of crumbs. You want the Oreos to be in chunks, but there will be some crumbs in there, too. Then you can transfer the Oreos to a bowl. 
  • Now go back to the first bowl and stir the pudding. It should be thicker now. 
  • Add the cream cheese mixture and half the container of cool whip to the pudding and mix well. 
  • In a large clear bowl (clear so you can see the layers), pour a layer of pudding. Cover it with a layer of Oreos. Repeat until you're out of pudding and Oreos. 
  • Decorate with gummie worms if you want. I was actually kind of sad I forgot to buy them.
  • And enjoy!

Another reason why I love this recipe is because when it comes to choosing Oreos and pudding, there are tons of options. I literally stood in front of the Oreos at Publix for awhile trying to decide on what kind of Oreos I wanted to use. You could do chocolate pudding with the chocolate filled Oreos. You could do chocolate pudding with mint Oreos, which I was very tempted to do. Then there are birthday cake Oreos, the double decker Oreos with chocolate and vanilla filling, and then there are seasonal Oreos. So many possibilities. 

I also made a version of this recipe for my football season ebook! Which I'm hoping will be finished by the end of next week. I still have two recipes I need to make. But I used the birthday cake Oreos and tinted the pudding green. It turned out really well. Can't want for y'all to see it!


  1. This is one of my favorite desserts. I think an excellent summer dessert, and a good one for tailgating.

    The thing you smashed up the Oreos with is a "sharpening steel" which us typically part of a kitchen knife set.

    1. Oh, thanks. I tried to Google what it was, but you know...I didn't know what it was called so it didn't really help.

  2. Looks so beautiful in the glass dish!

  3. Very nice - lovely photography. No baking so I might be able to make this!

    1. Thanks! You should definitely try it. :)

  4. This dessert tastes absolutely delicious! Great summer dessert!

  5. Wow! I'll take mine with a glass of milk. This really looks delicious.

  6. I used to make this dessert in single serving dishes with little gummi worms in each one. I had completely forgotten about it until now! Yay for fun and easy Oreo desserts!

    1. I totally meant to buy gummy worms and was so disappointed when I got home and realized I didn't have any! It's definitely more fun with gummy worms, though. :)