Dirt Dessert Recipe
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Dirt Dessert Recipe

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Perhaps “Down and Dirty Dessert” would be a better name for this delicious concoction from Kristi Linton of Bay City, Michigan, because you're going to want to put a spoon in each hand and go to town! It's just that good!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:20 servings
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

Nutritional Facts

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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. Yield: 20 servings.
Originally published as Dirt Dessert in Light & Tasty

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k.a.d User ID: 7427500 232379
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2015

"First time to make dirt and it was easy to make"

deeannwayman User ID: 7596537 208971
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2014

"this recipe looks amazing. cant wait to try it"

Green.devonna User ID: 5724021 97736
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"Big Hit with everyone!"

beatntbroken User ID: 6210650 166315
Reviewed 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 ;)"

WandaLiz User ID: 5842441 154279
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"I have never made this with vanilla pudding-I use chocolate pudding and I also add gummy worms for the kids."

massfin User ID: 2708452 96169
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

"I love this dessert! Everyone in my family loves this dessert whenever we want something special."

MDCrab2 User ID: 751507 97726
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"I was confused about all the comments about butter in this recipe, so I checked the recipe my niece makes for all our gatherings. She let us know she wouldn't be able to make the picnic on the 4th ,so that someone else would make it because she knows everyone looks forward to it. I thought I would post it in case anyone would like to try this one.


1 cup confectioner’s sugar

8 oz. cream cheese

1 pkg. (3 oz.) vanilla pudding mix (instant)

1 tsp. vanilla

1 ½ cups milk

16 oz. Cool Whip

24 oz. Oreo Cookies, crushed. (Buy 2-1 lb. pkgs. Only use 1 ½)

Cream confectioner’s sugar and cream cheese until fluffy.

Add vanilla pudding mix powder, vanilla and milk. Mix until smooth

Fold in Cool Whip

NOTE: Use your biggest bowl for mixing and folding. Makes a lot.

Layer as follows

1 layer pudding mixture

1 layer crushed cookies

1 layer pudding mixture

1 layer crushed cookies





icpelft User ID: 3412310 96164
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"I am making this AGAIN, but for our church picnic. Everyone has loved it everytime I have made it thus far. Hey...why is everyone so hung up on the whole "healthy" label part?! Common sense would tell you to substitute light or fat free for the higher fat content items/sugar items, etc. I don't think there is a recipe at Taste of Home that I haven't altered in some way...the recipe is just a new idea I enjoy trying for my family and you can customize it however you wish. Frankly, after half a month in Ireland, bring on the good food America has to offer! How about we just eat some and then go for a bike ride or run post or pre eating? Life is short, enjoy!"

Barry_Allen3 User ID: 5219645 151735
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2010

"How in the world does this get a "healthy" rating??"

anisson User ID: 4764179 166228
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"I made this for my very picky family on our Memorial Day get-together. Everyone loved it. Very little was left over at the end of the day. I made few minor changes... I omitted the butter all together, I used skim milk and white chocolate sugar free pudding mix. Next time I will try the sugar free vanilla pudding and possibly the chocolate graham crackers in place of the Oreo cookies to cut down on calories. It was yummy!"

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