Oreo Dirt Cake

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Oreo Dirt Cake from Marty's Musings

My son who just turned 14 requested Oreo Dirt Cake for his birthday dinner dessert. Since he made it for me last Mother’s Day I thought I would return the favor and honor his wishes!

Little did I know I would be taking enough liberties with the recipe that I wanted to post about the changes I made (and show you a much better picture!)

Oreo Dirt Cake from Marty's Musings

The printable recipe is below but I”ll tell you what I did differently from the earlier recipe.

I used chocolate pudding this time instead of vanilla (your preference).

Instead of mixing the butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar in one bowl and the pudding mix, milk and whipped topping in a separate one, I mixed them all in one bowl (according to the directions below).

I also used a 9×13 pan (either glass or metal is fine) instead of an 8 inch diameter bowl.

Take this dessert to your favorite potluck dinner, and you will love the compliments you receive!

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Oreo Dirt Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
Scrumptious mixture of crushed oreos with a pudding, cream cheese, powdered sugar and whipped topping filling.
  • ½ stick of butter
  • 1 8-oz. pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 (3.5 oz.) packages instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3½ cups milk
  • 1 (16 oz.) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 large package oreo cookies with creme filling
  1. Break cookies apart and grind in food processor or blender.The white creme will disappear.
  2. Mix butter, cream cheese and sugar in largest mixing bowl.
  3. Add pudding and milk and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add whipped topping and mix gently.
  5. Layer in a 9x13 dish, alternating creme and cookie layers. Finish with cookies on top.
  6. Chill until ready to serve (24 hours if possible).
Can substitute vanilla pudding for chocolate. Can use extra oreo cookie crumbs if that is your preference. May serve in an 8 inch diameter dish (new flower pot) and add gummy worms on the top with a trowel to serve with on the side. Any kind of oreos are fine: generic, double stuffed, chocolate filled.



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  1. We aren’t dessert eaters, but I do like Oreo cookies. And I have to say, this cake looks and sounds so yummy!!! Thanks for sharing.
    Debbie 🙂

  2. I Stumbled this post. Yum!

  3. Oh this looks fab!

    Would love for you to link it and your other cake recipes up at my new Empty Your Archive link party which is a chance to dust off great posts from your archive – there is a focus this week on big cakes – would really love to see you there, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

  4. Rebecca Turner says:

    So this is 1/2 stick of butter and not 1/2 cup? Similar recipes call for 1/2 cup, so I’m hesitant. And is a 14 oz pack of Oreos the “large” package? Thanks for your help! I need to make this tonight! Ah!

  5. Oooo I’ve never heard of dirt cake before but it looks fab.
    I’d love for you to share this at a link party I’m hosting 😀


  6. Yummm! This was one of my favorite desserts as a kid. We used chocolate pudding, too. And added gummy worms. Thanks for the delicious reminder- I’ll definitely have to make this for my little guys! 🙂

    I would love for you to stop by and link this post up with our new link party, Much Ado About Monday, if you get a chance. http://www.huckleberrylove.com/2013/04/much-ado-about-monday-no-3.html

  7. Yum! I was just having a conversation about dirt cake last night! Can’t wait to try your version. I’m visiting from It’s Overflowing.
    Christy @ http://www.creatingabeautifullife.net/

  8. Thanks for stopping by and linking up an awesome project. Stop by again soon!

    Have a great week!

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  9. You got my attention at Oreos!!! Yummy ! I’m pinning onto my Good Eats board. Came hopping over from The Shabby Creek Cottage party! have a great week.

  10. I make an oreo dirt pie, but it sounds yummy as a cake!

  11. This looks wonderful! I know I could eat more than my fair share of this concoction.

  12. This is a classic recipe! Perfect for summer!! And I love your version. Pinning!

  13. This stuff is great when I first made it. But, dont leave it on the counter
    For more than 30 min. it will start tasting like vomit. Not sure if it was the
    Cookies or the pudding but I wasted alot of good dessert.

    • Hi, Amanda. That is great advice about leaving this dessert out! When you have so many dairy products mixed together it’s definitely a good idea to serve it and then immediately refrigerate it again. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Hi I’m from Australia – what would be an equivalent to ‘container frozen topping’? Thanks!!

  15. Sorry ‘container of frozen whipped topping’

  16. I’ve wended my way here through several other blogs, and am just captivated—started yours with the wonderful china cabinet in your kitchen. The little marks on the side—are they knotty pine coming through, or did you actually distress the wood intentionally. I’ve had a fifties knotty-pine hutch for many years, and have been longing to paint it a pale cream, to house all my scattered-and-packed-away pastel dishes.
    I’ve had a can of KILZ for quite some time, in preparation for the day I’d actually get that thing toted upstairs and out in to the open air, and was wondering if you just painted right over the plain wood.

    And the Oreo Cake (called Dirt Cake by my kids growing up, as opposed to Ugly Cake, which is the one where you make the batter in the pan, sprinkle on cocoa/sugar, pour on boiling water and bake)—this made me laugh out loud. I scrolled down and scrolled down, enjoying and wishing for some, and then there came other goodies and others, each as tempting as the last, and I heard myself say, as one would to a youngster who just won’t stop—“Will you HUSH?!”

    Do forgive me. I got carried away with all the chocolate.


    • Hi, Rachel. Thanks so much for commenting and being so genuine! I love connecting with my readers and am so tickled you visited several posts! I’d love if you’d join our email list (on the top right) and then you wouldn’t miss anything! Have a great day!

  17. Do you add your cookies crumbs together/mix with all your other ingredients?

  18. This is a great one from my childhood. My aunt would make it but call it “worms in dirt” she would add gummy worms to this recipe. It was always fun to have!!!!!!

  19. I grew up with my mom making this and it was always fun to throw a gummy worm or two kinda peeking out of the “Dirt” when you’re ready to serve it.

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