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Dirt Cake – A Summer Picnic Favorite

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One of my best friends from college, Allison Rue, introduced me to Dirt Cake.  Yes, you read that right, Dirk Cake. It isn’t even really cake, but it is layered like a cake so I am guessing that is where the name comes from.   It sounds gross, but OMGoodness (yes, I loved Zootopia) it is DELICIOUS.  So delicious in fact that I can only make it for the most special of occasions when I know there will never be leftovers because I lack self control. I make it every year for our annual neighborhood party and the kids just gobble it up. It is one of those recipes that I am always asked to share.  So, here is my Dirt Cake recipe for you to enjoy at a summer cookout or on any old night when you need a yummy treat!

Ingredients

1 – 20 oz. bag of Oreo cookies
2- 3 oz. Packages Instant Vanilla Pudding (make sure it is instant)
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 stick of butter (softened)
3 1/2 c. milk
1 package of Cool Whip
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
Gummy worms (optional)

Let’s get mixing!

I always start out by having the kids help me mash up the Oreo cookies in a large plastic bag.  I do this for two reasons:

1. They love to smash things.  Understandable.
2. If I save this part to the end, the Oreo cookies start to magically disappear. Generally it is kids and husbands who steal the cookies, but the cook has been known to sneak a couple too.  If you mash them up, it is harder for the cookies to sneak away undetected.  I can at least follow the trail to find my culprit if they are smooshed and leave a crumb trail.

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While the kids are hammering away at the Oreos, get out a medium sized bowl. Combine the 2 packages of instant vanilla pudding with the milk.  Whisk for two minutes and set aside.

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Get out a second medium sized bowl and mix together the powdered sugar, cream cheese and butter.

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Once those ingredients are completely mixed, add them into the vanilla pudding and mix well.

Now take half of the tub of Cool Whip and fold that into the vanilla mixture as well.  Set the other half of the tub of Cool Whip aside.

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Get Ready to Serve

Now that the ingredients are mixed, it is time to start serving.  I always use a glass bowl so you can see the layers, but you can also serve them in individual clear cups or, lets be honest, just a regular bowl.

Start out by layering the pudding mixture in a smooth layer at the bottom of the bowl.  Top that with a thin layer of the smashed up Oreo crumbles.  Repeat this layering 3-4 times until the pudding mixture is gone.  Top with the remaining 1/2 tub of Cool Whip.  Sprinkle the top with the remaining Oreo crumbles.  Garnish with the gummy worms that are “playing” in the dirt.  (I couldn’t find gummy worms at the store today for the picture, but you get the idea.)

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Voila! Yummy Dirt Cake.

Is this healthy?  Absolutely not.  Is it yummy?  It sure is.  Enjoy!

Dirt Cake

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

1 – 20 oz. bag of Oreo cookies
2- 3 oz. Packages Instant Vanilla Pudding (make sure it is instant)
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 stick of butter (softened)
3 1/2 c. milk
1 package of Cool Whip
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
Gummy worms (optional)

Let’s Get Mixing!

First, mash up the Oreo cookies in a large plastic bag.

In a medium sized bowl, combine the 2 packages of instant vanilla pudding with the milk.  Whisk for two minutes and set aside.

In a second medium sized bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, cream cheese and butter.

Once those ingredients are completely mixed, add them into the vanilla pudding and mix well.

Take half of the tub of Cool Whip and fold that into the vanilla mixture as well.  Set the other half of the tub of Cool Whip aside.

Now that the ingredients are mixed, it is time to start serving.  I always use a glass bowl so you can see the layers, but you can also serve them in individual clear cups.

Start out by layering the pudding mixture in a smooth layer at the bottom of the bowl.  Top that with a thin layer of the smashed up Oreo crumbles.  Repeat this layering 3-4 times until the pudding mixture is gone.  Top with the remaining 1/2 tub of Cool Whip.  Sprinkle the top with the remaining Oreo crumbles.  Garnish with the gummy worms that are “playing” in the dirt.
Enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “Dirt Cake – A Summer Picnic Favorite

  1. Amanda Balla says:

    This is one of my favorite things to make when we go to summer picnics. I bought a flower pot that I use to serve it in and a small garden shovel to use as the serving utensil. I top it off with gummy worms and the kids go crazy over it!

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