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Oreo Dirt Cake {Easy, No Bake Dessert}

Oreo Dirt Cake {Easy, No Bake Dessert}



This easy, no bake Oreo dirt cake recipe is the perfect treat to cool down the hot summer day, or to serve at your next potluck or BBQ! Made with crushed Oreos layered between white chocolate pudding and cream cheese mixture, it’s truly a classic summer treat to have around!   

We’re a big dessert family but in the summer when it’s sizzling hot, the idea of turning on the oven doesn’t sound like a good idea.  The summer heat isn’t going to stop me from making homemade desserts, though. So, I just turn to my favorite no-bake dessert recipes instead. 

Oreo dirt cake recipe

I can remember eating dirt cake at birthday parties as a kid and I started making my own dirt cakes when I was old enough to measure the ingredients. I have been tweaking this recipe for years! I finally think that it is perfect enough to share with everyone so you, too, can enjoy this amazing, easy no bake dessert all summer long.

Oreo dirt cake recipe

My make ahead recipe is great for kids parties, cookouts or just to serve on a Friday night after a long week at work. A big bowl of Oreo Dirt Cake is always a good idea!

Ingredients for Oreo Dirt Cake

There are many ways to make a dirt cake and many different ingredients you can use. From different brands of pudding to alternate milks, you can really tweak this recipe in many ways. I happen to think it is perfect exactly as written but you will need to test it out for yourself! Here are the ingredients you will need:

recipe for dirt cake with oreo cookies

  • OREO cookies– Oreo cookie crumbs are the “dirt” in the dirt cake. They are dark and sweet and actually look like dirt. You can sometimes find cookie crumbs in the grocery store, already ground and ready to use. These will work great! But a pack of oreos pulsed in the food processor will also work. 
  • butter– Melted butter is blended into the Oreo crumbs to make a pie crust. It is very similar to a graham cracker crust but totally chocolatey. 
  • cream cheese– A little cream cheese makes the filling creamy and rich. It also helps stabilize the filling, making it hold its shape when cut. 
  • powdered sugar-A little powdered sugar softens the cream cheese and also makes the filling super sweet. This is a dessert after all, it needs to be sweet! 
  • instant white chocolate Pudding– I love using white chocolate pudding to make dirt cake. The bright white color looks great next to the dark Oreo crumbs. It is also a sweet, flavorful pudding that really screams of summer. 
  • milk– I use whole milk to make the pudding since it gives the pudding a rich taste and texture. You can use other types of milk but they won’t be nearly as decadent as whole milk. I have had success with oat milk and it tasted good but not as great as whole milk can be. 
  • whipped topping– Whipped topping is folded into the pudding and cream cheese mix, lightening the filling and making it fluffy and easy to slice.

You will need a few different kitchen tools to make this dirt cake recipe. A food processor and small bowl are needed to mix the Oreo cookie crust. Two large bowls, a hand mixer and a rubber spatula are needed to make the filling. But I bet you already have all of these things in your kitchen ready to go! 

How to Make Oreo Dirt Cake

For the Crust: 

recipe for dirt cake with oreo cookies

1. Add cookies to food processor and crush to fine crumbs. 

2. Reserve about 1 cup of crumbs and add the remaining crumbs to a large bowl.

3. Melt butter in microwave safe bowl. 

4. Combine melted butter and crumbs to form a crust.

Oreo dirt cake recipe

5. Press cookie mixture into 13×9 baking dish.

6. Place in refrigerator to chill while making filling.

For the Filling:

easy oreo dirt cake recipe

1. In a large bowl, combine pudding and milk until completely smooth.

2. Place in refrigerator 10-15 minutes or until set.

how to make oreo dirt cake

3. In another large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth and creamy, then add the powdered sugar and beat until well combined.

4. Fold in whipped topping.

Oreo dirt cake ingredients

5. Remove the pudding from refrigerator and fold into cream cheese mixture.

easy oreo dirt cake recipe

6. Remove crust from refrigerator and spread filling evenly over crust. 

7. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs. 

8. Place in refrigerator 2-3 hours or overnight to set. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Tips and Tricks for Making Oreo Dirt Cake

I have made this Oreo dirt cake so many times and have figured out a few little tips and tricks that really help the recipe turn out perfectly. Take a look at these before you start mixing so you can really get a good idea about how to make the cake. 

Oreo dirt cake recipe

  1. Chill overnight– The cake is ready to eat the moment the recipe is done but it really benefits from sitting in the fridge overnight. This will allow the pudding filling to set up and get firm enough to slice. 
  2. Add gummy worms–  Gummy worms coming out of a dirt cake is pure fun. I have even found gummy bugs in the past that can go on top of the Oreo cake. Make this dessert whimsical and exciting! 
  3. Change up the pudding– I have made this recipe with all different types of pudding. Vanilla, banana, chocolate and even mint pudding all work well. Just keep in mind that the color will change with the flavor!
  4. Soften the cream cheese– It will blend in so much better and be super smooth when soft. You don’t want any chunky cream cheese pieces in your Oreo dirt cake!

Now, on to my favorite tips- presentation!

How to Serve Oreo Dirt Cake

I typically make my dirt cake in a 9×13 pan just like in the recipe. However, you can make dirt cake in almost anything!

Oreo dirt cake recipe

Here are a few of my favorite “vessels” for dirt cake:

  • Layer the cake into a large glass trifle bowl. The clear sides enable you to see the pretty layers of the cake and it makes this simple, fun cake look fancy. Stick some gummy worms on the sides of the glass dish for some extra fun!
  • Put the dirt cake in mini plastic beach buckets. Kids will love using a small shovel to dig in the “dirt”. Just be sure to use new, clean buckets and pails!
  • Use small plastic cups to make individual dirt cakes. Guests at your party can grab a cup and easily eat the cake without you ever needing to slice and serve. 

No matter how you serve your dirt cake creation, be sure to make it in advance, get it checked off your to-do list and allow the cake to set up overnight. That brings me to my next point…

Storage and Freezing Oreo Dirt Cake

Leftover Oreo Dirt Cake can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also wrap the cake tightly in an airtight container and freeze it for up to a month. When you are ready to enjoy your dirt cake, just tahw it in the fridge overnight and it will be as good as new!

Recipe FAQ’s

Why is it called dirt cake?

Because the Oreo cookie crumbs on top look like dirt! The whole cake looks like a mini dirt garden, crawling with gummy worms. It is just a fun, silly name that happens to perfectly describe how the cake looks. 

How long should you refrigerate dirt cake?

Overnight is definitely best. If you can get the cake in the fridge for at least 4 hours before slicing, you should be good. You just want the cake to be in the fridge long enough to set and get firm. 

How do you make edible dirt?

Pulse the OREOs in a food processor or blender to make beautiful “dirt” crumbs. Making dirts is so easy and tasty! 

I hope you give my Oreo dirt cake recipe a try. It is fun, easy and a summer dessert that both kids and adults will love. It definitely brings back childhood memories for me and is still one of my favorite go-to summer cakes! Enjoy!

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Try these other easy dessert recipes! 

No Bake Mocha Icebox Cake 

Mint Chocolate Bark 

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Pumpkin Dump Cake

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Oreo Dirt Cake {Easy, No Bake Dessert}


  • Author: Jocelyn Brown
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2-3 hours freezing time
  • Total Time: 37 minute
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

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This easy, no bake Oreo dirt cake recipe is the perfect treat to cool down the hot summer day, or to serve at your next potluck or BBQ! Made with crushed Oreos layered between white chocolate pudding and cream cheese mixture, it’s truly a classic summer treat to have around!   


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 package (14.3 oz) Oreo cookies 
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted 
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 
  • ½ cup powdered sugar 
  • 2 small boxes (4 serving size each) Instant white chocolate pudding 
  • 3 cups milk 
  • 2 tubs (8 oz each) whipped topping, thawed

Instructions

For the Crust: 

1. Add cookies to food processor and crush to fine crumbs. 

2. Reserve about 1 cup of crumbs and add the remaining crumbs to a large bowl.

3. Melt butter in microwave safe bowl. 

4. Combine melted butter and crumbs to form a crust.

5. Press cookie mixture into 13×9 baking dish.

6. Place in refrigerator to chill while making filling.

For the Filling:

1. In a large bowl, combine pudding and milk until completely smooth.

2. Place in refrigerator 10-15 minutes or until set.

3. In another large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth and creamy, then add the powdered sugar and beat until well combined.

4. Fold in whipped topping.

5. Remove the pudding from refrigerator and fold into cream cheese mixture.

6. Remove crust from refrigerator and spread filling evenly over crust. 

7. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs. 

8. Place in refrigerator 2-3 hours or overnight to set. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

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A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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27 Comments

  1. 08/09/2022 / 12:47 pm

    I love a good no bake recipe and this Oreo Dirt Cake would be perfect for me bake in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

  2. 07/29/2022 / 10:49 pm

    I love oreo! The cake looks so delicious 😍 I need to try this recipe ❤️

  3. 07/29/2022 / 2:25 am

    My kids love anything with Oreos! Such a quick and easy dessert idea as well!

  4. Lynn
    07/29/2022 / 2:08 am

    My mom used to make us something like this when we were kids! Thanks for the reminder I’m going to make this for my kids next week!

  5. Mila R
    07/28/2022 / 8:11 pm

    I also can remember eating dirt cake at parties as a kid. Oreo dirt cake looks like a good twist!

  6. 07/28/2022 / 2:43 pm

    All our neighborhood kids love this! We bring it to our neighborhood socials.

  7. 07/28/2022 / 12:55 pm

    Summer is perfect for no-bake desserts. This looks yummy!

  8. 07/27/2022 / 6:13 pm

    Anything made with Oreos is bound to be a hit in my household! And I like that this is a no bake recipe, which makes it that much more convenient.

  9. Neely Moldovan
    07/27/2022 / 6:09 pm

    Seems like a crowd pleaser. The perfect thing to make when having friends over.

  10. Catalina
    07/27/2022 / 4:39 pm

    Oh my goodness! This Oreo dessert looks irresistible! Must make it soon!

  11. 07/27/2022 / 2:14 pm

    I love Oreo so much. This is the perfect way to cool off in the summer 🙂 Can’t wait to serve this to the fam!

  12. 07/27/2022 / 1:32 pm

    This looks SO good, I’m going to have to try this recipe out ASAP!

  13. 07/27/2022 / 12:34 pm

    Just looking at the pictures makes me want to eat it haha. It look so good and I will add it to the list.

  14. 07/27/2022 / 10:44 am

    Nnnniiiiccceeeee…I’ve tasted this cake before. I didn’t know it’s name, though. It’s so good….that wet and not so slippery feeling it leaves on my tongue! Love it!

  15. Rose Ann Sales
    07/27/2022 / 5:52 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! My kids would definitely love this for sure! I’m gonna try to make this for them!

  16. Richelle Milar
    07/27/2022 / 5:50 am

    That looks absolutely delicious and tasty! I would really love to try this specially it’s easy to make!

  17. Krystle
    07/27/2022 / 3:55 am

    This is so good, our whole family loves all the layers. Will make again.

  18. Monica
    07/27/2022 / 2:06 am

    This is a win! I love Oreos and any desserts that don’t require baking!

  19. 07/27/2022 / 12:40 am

    Yesss, Yessss, Yesssss, this is my kind of dessert! I need to give this a try for our summer picnic coming up in August! I’m going to share this recipe with my sisters, they love creating desserts.

  20. sara smith
    07/26/2022 / 9:44 pm

    The kids had so much fun baking this oreo dirt cake! I love that we did not have to heat up the kitchen as this is a no bake dessert!

  21. 07/26/2022 / 9:26 pm

    I need to make this cake. It looks so delicious. I will use dairy-free whip topping.

  22. 07/26/2022 / 9:21 pm

    This looks delicious. I must give this recipe a try.

  23. 07/26/2022 / 9:20 pm

    Oreo dirt no bakes are my husband’s favorite! I have all the ingredients so I will have to try!

  24. 07/26/2022 / 5:52 pm

    No bake recipes are so perfect for the summer! I don’t want to heat up the kitchen but still enjoy the yummy foods. Can’t wait to try this one!

  25. 07/26/2022 / 4:12 pm

    Dirt cake has always been one of my favorite desserts! I love the sweetness and all the pudding. This is a great one!

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