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Dirt Dessert

Grab your spoon! This sweet dirt pudding recipe is just so good! —Kristi Linton, Bay City, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3-1/2 cups cold 2% milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 package (15-1/2 ounces) Oreo cookies, crushed
  • Shaved white chocolate, optional


  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes; let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Gradually stir into cream cheese mixture. Fold in whipped topping.
  • Spread 1-1/3 cups of crushed cookies into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Layer with half of the pudding mixture and half of the remaining cookies. Repeat layers. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve with shaved white chocolate if desired.

Dirt Pudding Tips

How do I make worms and dirt?

The easiest way to decorate dirt pudding is with store-bought gummy worms. For dirt, use crushed Oreo cookies.

Can I make dirt pudding without cream cheese?

Classic dirt pudding and this mind-blowing funfetti ice cream cone pie both contain cream cheese and butter, and that’s what makes these no-bake desserts so thick and indulgent. Recipes that don’t use cream cheese won’t have as much body or richness. We created a low-fat version of this recipe, and it uses fat-free and regular cream cheese, but skips the butter.

What if my pudding doesn't set?

As long as you follow the recipe—being sure to use instant pudding mix and to whisk it vigorously until thickened—this is not going to be a problem for you. If you don’t use the right mix or whisk it long enough, the filling might be thin. In that case, try freezing the dirt pudding, then scoop out servings as a frozen dessert! Drizzle with homemade hot fudge for an irresistible mudslide treat.

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Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 278 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 316mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


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  • Joanne
    Dec 22, 2020

    Great kid’s dessert [adults too!]....for a little more drama serve it in a glass flour pot with gummie worms hanging over the top.

  • Leah
    Jul 25, 2020

    We loved making this awesome dessert! I suggest using 2 packages of oreos instead of 1!!! Loved this so so so much! Can’t wait to make it again! :)

  • Angela
    May 10, 2020

    Great recipe! A little advise...Follow the directions of the recipe, not the directions on the pudding boxes. Do the pudding first thing and stick it in the frig so it can really set and get cold. I used nearly all of a 16oz cool whip and beat it in, straight out the freezer, with the cream cheese mix. Then I crushed the Oreos and lastly mixed in the set pudding to the cool whip/cream cheese. Use a family or party size Oreo and layer! You can get 5 thin layers in a 9x13 from this recipe. Finish up the 5th layer with the crushed Oreos. Very good! Thank you for sharing! I printed it out and it's in my recipe box.

  • Naomi
    Apr 13, 2020

    This was my first time doing this. It said let pudding set for 2 minutes....I left it set for 5 minutes it did not firm up. My dirty dessert was soupy like milk shake. Bad!

  • k.a.d
    Sep 6, 2015

    First time to make dirt and it was easy to make

  • deeannwayman
    Jul 18, 2014

    this recipe looks amazing. cant wait to try it

  • Green.devonna
    Apr 24, 2014

    Big Hit with everyone!

  • tyost
    Dec 15, 2011

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  • bjvogt
    Nov 18, 2011

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  • beatntbroken
    Oct 22, 2011

    YUM! I made this for a halloween party. I stuck one of those plastic "bloody" hands in the middle so it looked like someone coming up from the ground. Everyone LOVED it.MDCrab2 I used your recipe. Thank your niece for me ;)