Dirt Cake Recipe


  • Oreos: 36 regular-sized Oreo cookies (you may want a bit extra for adjustments)
  • Cream Cheese: 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • Butter: 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • Powdered Sugar: 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Vanilla Pudding: 2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Milk: 3 1/2 cups cold milk
  • Whipped Topping: 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Gummy Worms: For decoration (optional)


  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Electric mixer (handheld or stand mixer)
  • Food processor or Ziploc bag + rolling pin
  • 9×13 inch baking dish or trifle bowl


1. Make the Oreo “Dirt”

  • Place 30 of your Oreo cookies in the food processor and pulse until you have fine crumbs that resemble “dirt”.
  • If you don’t have a food processor, place the cookies in a Ziploc bag and crush them finely with a rolling pin.
  • Set aside about 1/3 cup of the crushed Oreos for the final topping.

2. Create the Creamy Filling

  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

3. Make the Pudding

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and milk until thickened (about 2 minutes).

4. Combine the Layers

  • Gently fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Fold the pudding mixture into the cream cheese mixture until everything is combined.

5. Assemble in layers

  • Spread about 1 1/2 cups of your Oreo crumbs in the bottom of the baking dish or trifle bowl.
  • Top with half of the creamy pudding mixture.
  • Add another layer of about 1 1/2 cups of Oreo crumbs.
  • Spread the remaining pudding mixture on top.
  • Sprinkle the reserved Oreo crumbs over the pudding.

6. Chill and Decorate

  • Cover and refrigerate your dirt cake for at least 4 hours (or ideally overnight) to allow the flavors to blend and the cookies to soften.
  • Just before serving, add gummy worms to the top for that authentic “dirt” look!


Flavor variations: Try chocolate pudding, chopped Oreos in the filling, or even a peanut butter variation.

Gummy galore: Add gummy spiders, insects, or other gummy creatures for extra fun.

Presentation: A clear trifle bowl really lets you see the beautiful layers.

Single serving: For individual dirt cake cups, layer in the same way using small glasses or jars.


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