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Oreo Dirt Cake with Chocolate Pudding

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Everyone has heard of Oreo Dirt Cake because it’s such a crowd pleaser! Dress it up for kids with gummy worms or serve it plain but DON’T MISS THIS RECIPE!

Oreo Dirt Cake with crumbled oreos in dark pan

Quick tips for making Oreo Dirt Cake:

  • Can be made with chocolate OR vanilla pudding.
  • Can use a new flower pot and add gummy worms for a “real” dirt cake.
  • Serve in a 9×13 dish or glass bowl.
  • Perfect for potluck dinners and family gatherings.

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 original recipe that I wanted to post about the changes I made (and show you a much better picture!)

A close up of a bowl, with Cake and Oreo

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. This is really just a personal preference (or availability in my case!)

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’m all about convenience!

The oreo crumbs and pudding layers give this dessert the look of a trifle if you serve it in a glass bowl. (You can see a picture of the dessert from my friend Melissa here.)

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

If you’re familiar with this recipe it’s often served at kids parties in a bowl with gummy worms on top.

Needless to say, although my 14-year-old loves gummy worms I skipped that part!

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

Oreo Dirt Cake from Marty's Musings-3

Oreo Dirt Cake with Chocolate Pudding

A close up of a bowl, with Cake and Oreo
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Oreo Dirt Cake with Chocolate Pudding

Everyone has heard of Oreo Dirt Cake because it’s such a crowd pleaser! Dress it up for kids with gummy worms or serve it plain but DON’T MISS THIS RECIPE!
Keyword Oreo Dirt Cake
Servings 10 people
Author Marty's Musings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 8-oz pkg cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 3.5 oz pkgs instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 16 oz container frozen whipped topping thawed
  • 1 large pkg Oreo cookies with creme filling

Instructions

  • Break cookies apart and grind in food processor or blender. The white creme will disappear.
  • Mix butter, cream cheese and sugar in largest mixing bowl.
  • Add pudding and milk and mix thoroughly.
  • Add whipped topping and mix gently.
  • Layer in a 9x13 dish, alternating creme and cookie layers. Finish with cookies on top.
  • Chill until ready to serve (24 hours if possible).

Notes

This recipe can be made with vanilla or chocolate INSTANT pudding.
The size package of cookies depends on how much you love Oreos! Use less or more than called for according to taste.
A popular way to serve this is in a flower pot with gummy worms on top.

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  5. 5 stars
    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!!!!!!

  6. 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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