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Dirt Pudding

This Dirt Pudding is an easy dessert that kids and adults both love!

This Dirt Pudding brings joy wherever it goes–it’s a favorite of kids and adults alike!

Dirt pudding is a classic creamy dessert that's loved by kids and adults alike!

If given the choice, the Mr. ALWAYS picks this Dirt Pudding over any other dessert. It doesn’t matter what the competition looks like. It doesn’t matter if it’s the creamiest, most decadent, fudgiest, prettiest dessert on the planet. The Mr. will choose this. In fact, I’ve stopped bothering to ask. If I want to try a new recipe for a dessert, I better just do it (or hope that I don’t have the ingredients for Dirt Pudding on hand so I can weasel my way out of it). It’s not that he doesn’t like other desserts. It’s just that he LOVES Dirt Pudding.

Truthfully, I can’t blame him. I mean, really, what’s not to like? Loaded with Oreos, pudding, cream cheese, and Cool Whip, this is bound to be a crowd pleaser. Plus, the gummy worms make it actually resemble dirt. Appetizing right?

This Dirt Pudding recipe is perfect for family gathering and loved by kids and adults alike!

While I like to tease the Mr. about his undying affection for Dirt Pudding, I’m awfully fond of it myself. It was a childhood favorite and continues to be the most popular dessert at any potluck. Plus, it’s a cinch to whip together. Sure, you could do this up the hard way with homemade pudding and freshly whipped cream. Heck, you could even make your own Oreos. But really, the joy of this recipe is in the ease of its assembly. Crush a few oreos, beat a few different kinds of dairy products together, and you’ve got yourself a stellar dessert. Plus, you can change up the pudding combinations based on your mood. My favorite is a mixture of milk chocolate and french vanilla. The Mr. prefers all fudge chocolate pudding. I’ve tried cheesecake and mint combinations before too.

This crowd pleasing Dirt Pudding disappears at parties!

I made this especially for my son’s farm themed second birthday, so serving this in a pail with lots of gummy worms on top was a must. The worms are also perfect for a Halloween party, although you might want to trade the pail for a fun and festive flower pot. You could even put this in a plastic pumpkin! However you make your dirt, it’s sure to be a hit!

Dirt Pudding

Prep Time 30 minutesPrep Time
Cook Time 3 minsCook Time
Total Time 30 mins Total Time
Serves 15

Creamy pudding and crumbled Oreos combine to make this much loved dessert.


  • 1 1/2 (14 ounce) packages Oreos
  • 6 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 small boxes instant pudding (use all chocolate, all vanilla, or a mix of two. I prefer all French vanilla pudding)
  • 12 ounces whipped topping, thawed
  • Gummy worms (optional)


  1.  Place oreos in a large ziplock bag and seal. Use a rolling pin to crush oreos. Pour melted butter in the bag and shake to combine. 
  2. Whisk the milk and pudding mix together in a bowl until starting to thicken, about 2 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Place the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium high speed until the mixture is smooth and no lumps remain.
    Fold the pudding in, beating on low speed until well combined. Stir in whipped topping.
  4. If you're using a large play pail to serve the pudding, you might want to place the whipped topping lid upside down in the bottom. This shortens the pail and makes it so the pudding will go all the way up to the top. Place a layer of Oreos at the bottom. Put a layer of the pudding mixture over top. Repeat until both are gone, beginning and ending with the Oreos. Arrange gummy worms on top. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.


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  • Elizabeth December 28, 2011, 4:02 PM

    Confession: I love this stuff.

  • Phoebe August 17, 2013, 2:40 AM

    Thank you!!!! 🙂 Wonderful recipe and directions!

  • Karly October 19, 2017, 10:30 AM

    This is one treat I’ll never grow out of! So fun and so delicious- just no denying it!

    • Courtney October 20, 2017, 3:07 PM

      Agreed! I still can’t resist!

  • Terra October 19, 2017, 3:23 PM

    I love this! And your blog it my blog goal!! Thanks for all the great posts!

    • Courtney October 20, 2017, 3:07 PM

      Wow! What an awesome compliment. You just made my day!

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