The Halloween season is upon us. And nothing says spooktacular flavor more than good old fashioned dirt dessert. During this time of the year I make this classic dessert for my family. It sounds disgusting but couldn’t be more appetizing. I always use a recipe that I found from Taste of Home for my dirt dessert creation.
This recipe is incredibly simple to make and is always a crowd favorite. Essentially you just smash the cookies, mix the remaining ingredients, and layer. No muss no fuss and most importantly, no bake! This treat can me whipped up in a matter of minutes and disappears just as quickly.
- 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
- 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. Yield: 20 servings.
Nutritional Facts 1/2 cup equals 317 calories, 16 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 387 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.
For extra creep factor add gummy worms or spiders to this recipe. You can even top it with bubblegum that looks like eyeballs (which can be purchased online or at Party City)
If you are using the generic version of Oreos please be aware that the dessert might taste a little different but will still be a yummy treat for all.
Be sure that the butter and cream cheese is at room temperature before you beat the mixture. Otherwise lumps will be in your dessert and that is NOT a yummy treat for all.
If you don’t want to use instant boxed pudding you can substitute 4 individual snack pack puddings instead and just omit the milk.
To add even more creep factor to this dessert try adding bright orange or green food coloring to the pudding mixture and serve in a plastic cauldron (available for purchase online or at your local party supply store.)
Baltimore City residents can purchase the ingredients for this recipe at the following locations:
711 West 40th Street
Baltimore, MD. 21211
Eddie’s of Roland Park
5113 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD. 21212