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How to Make the Best Oreo Dirt Cake

This delicious Oreo Dirt Cake is one of my family's favorites.


A dirt cake is a great addition to any meal. It is very simple and only has a few ingredients. This recipe is one of my family's favorites.


  • 1 package Oreos
  • 2 packages vanilla instant pudding, (3.4 oz)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 16 oz Cool Whip
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened


  1. Place the Oreos in a plastic bag and crush them. The easiest way to do this is to put them in a gallon-sized plastic bag and smash them with a rolling pin.
  2. Using a whisk or an electric mixer, beat the vanilla instant pudding, milk, Cool Whip, and cream cheese until smooth.
  3. Slowly add the confectioner’s sugar until well-blended.
  4. Place a layer of crushed Oreos on the bottom of a 13x9 cake pan.
  5. Then alternate layers of the cream cheese mixture and Oreos.
  6. Sprinkle Oreos on top for garnish.

What'd You Think?


MB on June 20, 2020:

Great, I didn’t read the reviews first! Guess I just ruined my dessert! It’s super runny, I assumed it was going to thicken in the fridge! Do NOT make this recipe!!!

B on April 12, 2020:

This receipe is awful. Mine turned out so runny and now it’s ruined.

Izzy on March 31, 2020:

Kind of confused after reading the comments I made mine exactly how the direction said and it came out extremely runny I put it in the refrigerator hoping it will set but we’ll see what happens was I supposed to make the pudding prior to because the directions say add everything and then blend until smooth no prior directions of making the putting like box says or anything super annoyed was for a party to now I’m empty handed or a store bought tray YUCK

Nichole on November 27, 2019:

This is my family’s favorite! Don’t know why people had issues just throw it in and mix it together!

Samiang on May 25, 2019:

Easy recipe but I was not a fan of the flavor. I think the issue was the confectioners sugar.

Edit: I used 8oz of cool whip

Beverly Blevins on November 22, 2018:

I forgot add a stick of butter. Mix solids together then add liquids in a little at a time and mix add a little more and mix. Remember the cap of vanilla flavoring add last

Then stir.

Beverly Blevins on November 22, 2018:

Try a cap full of vanilla flavoring and stir liquids in a little bit at a time and stir it makes a difference in the flavor and texture

Lou Ann on July 07, 2018:

I don't understand why so many people are having issues with this. I made it and it turned out perfectly. It doesn't say to make the pudding separate. Just mix it all together. It's instant pudding mix. Maybe that's where your messing this up.

Put the milk in a bowl, add the pudding mix, stir and then add the rest of the ingredients. Easy Peasy!

Elena on May 31, 2018:

Shouldn't you make the instant pudding first, let it set and then add it to cream cheese mixture?

Justine on May 27, 2018:

It's runny I made it just as your directions say! I even added an extra pack of pudding mix and it's still runny

Elmarie on October 11, 2017:

Can it be made the day before a party?

Stef on May 14, 2017:

You just need to add the milk to the pudding separately. then set it aside in the fridge and let it get a little thick. It won't take but maybe five minutes then you can add it to the rest of the recipe. I make this about 10 times a year for family functions and holidays so I know exactly how to make it.

Beth on November 18, 2016:

Do you use the whole oreo cookie (I mean including the cream middle)?

abi on September 17, 2016:

This is non-bake right?

Kerri on May 28, 2016:

Be sure to use a very very large mixing bowl. I bought the family size package of oreo and used all of them. Next time I'm going to try with my stand mixer. Very good though. Will continue using this recipe

Rebecca on April 08, 2016:

Your should've specified that we were JUST TO USE PUDDING MIX!!! Not make the pudding now it's to runny & I gotta pitch it I guess

Melanie on April 01, 2016:

Erica-8 oz is 1 cup, 16 oz is 2 cups

Ashly Christen from Illinois on November 11, 2015:


joe on October 28, 2015:

whats vanilla pudding mix?

Kim on October 05, 2015:

what size boxes of pudding?

Taylor on May 31, 2015:

Can you taste the cream cheese? Will it taste differently?

Aimee on April 22, 2015:

We put gummy worms in ours for an added touch..... Super fun for the kids!!!!

Amy on December 24, 2014:

The cream mixture seems really watery is it suppose to be????

erica on December 23, 2014:

shawn scarborough, this looks incredible please can you translate all to cup sizes, as we don't use ounces in south africa.

Kylie B. on October 13, 2014:

What size of cake pan do you use?

Shawn Scarborough (author) from The Lone Star State on September 06, 2014:

Cindy, I do it by hand but you could also use a mixer

Cindy on September 06, 2014:

Use mixer or do my hand?

Shawn Scarborough (author) from The Lone Star State on April 02, 2013:

Thank you everyone for your comments.

@Hoodie--just add the pudding mix, you do not need to make the pudding separately.

Carla on November 05, 2012:

this oreo dirt cake i have made many of times and my whole family loves it.

poko on August 25, 2012:


Hoodie on May 01, 2012:

With the Vanilla pudding does it need to already be made or do I just add the pudding mix?

Abi on January 31, 2012:

i used this recipe for a demonstrative speech, it was super quick and easy!

Heather Halsey on December 13, 2011:

THis recipe is the awesome ! its so easy to make. My family and i enjoyed each and every bite.

Les Trois Chenes from Videix, Limousin, South West France on July 13, 2011:

Must say it does look like dirt! Wonder what Oreo cookies are.

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