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Dirt Dessert Recipe

Dirt Dessert Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional 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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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."

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!"

lynnpotterusa User ID: 1037004 151718
Reviewed May. 28, 2010

"this does taste good, but when i took it to the office, half was left over. and at work we tend to eat almost anything. maybe i crushed the cookies too fine. the result looked a little muddy and not wonderfully appealing in the pan. you can't really go wrong with cream cheese and butter and sugar! but i think those items were not really necessary. some people thought it was too sweet. i think icecream with oreos and cool whip would be better, and take much less time."

icpelft User ID: 3412310 166226
Reviewed May. 26, 2010

"My ENTIRE family LOVED this! It was gone in one day!!! In fact, we finished it this afternoon and I am re-making it tomorrow morning, as to be ready for lunchtime dessert! It didn't look too appetizing as I was making it, but the next morning after being cold overnight in the 'fridge, I tried it after lunch...WOW...Good Stuff I tell you! Try It!"

mchaput21 User ID: 3922930 165450
Reviewed May. 23, 2010

"This was great. It tasted just like the dirt I used to have as a kid. Instead of putting it in a 13x9 pan, I put it in a large bowl and made a trifle, alternating layers of cookie and pudding mixture."

greenie User ID: 3285354 68575
Reviewed May. 20, 2010

"I make it & put it in a CLEAN-NEW plant dish. Put gummy worms & a plastic flower in it. People always love it"

jdemichei User ID: 2565953 154278
Reviewed May. 19, 2010

"BUTTER??? I don't know about anyone else but I'm not a huge fan of eating uncooked cold butter in my pudding! YUK!! Why do you even need the butter?? I'm confused... anyways I dropped the butter and used all reduced fat, low sugar ingredients and no one could tell otherwise! It was nice and light after a meal."

dia6 User ID: 819517 105761
Reviewed May. 18, 2010

""TRY IT FROZEN". I have been making this for many years and my family prefers it frozen like ice cream. "YUM YUM""

bubala User ID: 4909404 165449
Reviewed May. 18, 2010

"I can't wait to make this for my grandchildren when they come for a sleepover; when they ask what are we having for dessert and the answer will shock them!!!!"

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 165448
Reviewed May. 18, 2010

"This dessert is excellent and so easy to make, it's a keeper for sure. It's one my family makes whenever we want a special dessert and we will be making it many more times."

McDucky User ID: 4701872 68573
Reviewed May. 18, 2010

"I put the worms in the freezer and when you take them out they move on top of the desert I also use light cream cheese 1% milk I use no added suger choc wafers and dream whip for the whipped topping really good for Diabetics when the adjustments are made I haven't used a artificial sweetening for the suger but I would think it would be ok It makes 20 servings so I just use a scant cup of suger"

mommyjenners User ID: 4236548 208970
Reviewed May. 18, 2010

"sooo delish! Layer in a cute wheelbarrow for an extra cute presentation! Also, add gummy worms and artificial flowers!"

EEck User ID: 205362 151594
Reviewed May. 18, 2010

"It's a great dessert that kids love. We always decorate ours with gummy worms. They love it."

wloyd User ID: 1387135 128347
Reviewed May. 18, 2010

"I like the sound of this, and can see how it COULD be healthy if one used light or fat-free choices for the cream cheese, butter, milk, sugar free pudding mix, and frozen topping. Why not put that in the original recipe and then call it healthy?"

theoboehobo User ID: 4933169 97721
Reviewed May. 18, 2010

"I was just wondering... How does this recipe qualify as healthy?? Although, I'm sure it's delicious."

sherirussell User ID: 1783495 166225
Reviewed May. 18, 2010

"I make this very often for youth events at our church. However, I use white chocolate instant pudding mix. This is what my 22 year-old daughter requests for her birthday every year."

missflojo User ID: 4307072 152230
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2009

"my grandma makes this for every holiday or family gathering we have. i love this stuff. then i made it one day for a bring in food day at work and now i am asked to bring it in all the time!!"

maureen young User ID: 3161548 97709
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2009

"I have made this Dirt Desert and i can tell you for sure ,you will make this again and again .It is truly delicious.My family loves it."

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