Now I know what you’re thinking “Dirt Cake? I used to eat that all the time when I was a kid.” But this dessert is so tasty people of all ages love it and it helps to bring back those awesome childhood memories.
This past Saturday my friends and I were getting together for a night of playing cards and just hanging out so we decided we would order pizzas for dinner and I thought I would surprise my crew with this easy to fix tasty dessert!
I followed the basic guidelines given from the recipe online from AllRecipes.com for Dirt Cake
Here is what you’re going to need:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
3 1/2 cups milk
1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping
32 ounces chocolate sandwich cookies with crème filling a.k.a. OREOS!
1 Medium & 1 Large Mixing Bowl
Gummy Worms (optional – but a huge hit )
As far as the ingredients go I tweaked a few things including the container of frozen whipped topping. This recipe calls for 12 oz. container but all I could find were 8 oz. and 16 oz. containers at the store. So rather than portioning it out I just used all 16 ounces because who doesn’t love whipped topping. It added a little more creaminess to the recipe and worked just fine!
I also didn’t measure out 32 ounces of chocolate sandwich cookies. I just used an entire package of Oreos. I think I would have been better off had a used two packages though as I needed more Oreo topping for the very top of the dessert which I didn’t have.
Once you have all your ingredients together we can get started. First thing you want to do is take the butter and cream cheese out of the fridge and let them soften for a few minutes before you begin. This will make the mixing process much easier.
Next thing I did was to put the Oreo’s into a freezer bag.
I then grabbed my trusty meat tenderizing mallet to give those cookies a whack. The “All Recipes” way is to put them in a food processor but since I do not own one of those the good ole meat mallet will have to do. I find that this way leaves some larger chunks of the cookies in the final product but still tastes just great. My friends said they liked the chunks of cookie so it all worked out great!
Next step is to put the Cream Cheese, Butter, and Confectioners’ Sugar in a medium size mixing bowl.
Then using your trusty mixer go to town on this combo until it is nice and smoothly mixed. I just got this brand new mixer for Christmas from my mother and was very excited to put it to the test.
It worked great. It also has different mixing blades you can use for various recipes and comes in a storage case for an easy way to put it away in my pantry.
After the first 3 items are mixed you will want to pull out a large mixing bowl. Here you will combine the Milk, Pudding packets, and the whipped topping.
Since the whipped topping was still a little frozen I used a spoon to scoop it out in smaller chunks so that my mixer would have as tough a time. From here be sure to mix this grouping up really good. It will become that nice color that vanilla pudding has.
Now that both bowls are fully mixed it’s time to mix them together. Pour the ingredients from the medium size mixing bowl into the large and begin to mix again.
Now the most important task after mixing both bowls together is to take off the beaters and be sure to give them a really good lick. Then be sure to control yourself and finish out the recipe because most likely you are just going to want to grab a spoon and dig in right away.
You will now want to get out the serving dish you wish to store the final product. I chose this clear glass bowl so that you can really see the layers. First put down a layer of the cream mix.
Then put down a layer of dirt mix. Since my “dirt” wasn’t as fine as if it had been from a food processor I chose to use my hands to crumble the cookies a little more as I put the layer down.
Repeat, repeat, repeat, until you have all the layers complete. I like to do my layers pretty thin that way when you take a scoop you always get multiple layers.
Toss in the fridge and let chill until you are ready to serve.
Since a few of my friends have kids that were going to be around for our night of cards I decided to toss in the worms for a special treat for them. Turns out this was the best idea I had because all of the adults went crazy for the worms, even more so than the kids.
Hope you enjoy this really simple and hugely successful no bake dessert.
PS. Dirt Cake is not only good for dessert but also for breakfast the next morning. We know it’s not healthy but we couldn’t resist have this treat in the morning too!