Oreo Dirt Cake

When you need a no bake dessert in a jiffy, try this Oreo Dirt Cake. A fluffy cheesecake pudding center and Oreos on the outside.

Oreo Dirt Cake is a recipe that has stood the test of time. I’ve been making it for years and remember eating it as a child. People love it. But where did it come from?

This no bake dessert was born in the Midwest. The earliest mention of a recipe like this was printed in an Arkansas newspaper in 1988. It’s a cross between a refrigerator cake and a no bake cheesecake. This is one recipe you’re going to want to keep handy!

a piece of oreo dirt cake on a plate with a fork

Why you’ll love this cake:

  • Oreo, cream cheese, pudding and Cool Whip. Need I say more?
  • Takes only 20 minutes to put together.
  • A great make ahead dessert.
  • Cool and refreshing for warm summer months.

What ingredients do I need for dirt cake?

  • Oreos. One family size package of Oreos will work for this. Double stuff or regular stuff…whichever you’d like.
  • Butter. I like to use salted because I keep it on hand. The salt also adds flavor.
  • Cream Cheese. The cream cheese should be soft at room temperature so it mixes in easily.
  • Powdered Sugar.
  • Vanilla Extract.
  • Cool Whip.
  • Pudding. Two small boxes of pudding is the perfect amount.
  • Milk. Whole milk adds richness, but you can use a lower fat milk if you’d like.

How to Make Oreo Dirt Cake

  • In a food processor, crush the Oreo cookies until they are fine crumbs. You can also put them in a zippered plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.
  • Set aside ⅓ of the cookie crumbs for the topping.
  • Press the rest of the cookie crumbs in the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan.
  • In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and mix again.
  • Fold in the Cool Whip into the cream cheese mixture. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, combine the vanilla pudding mixes and milk. Whisk until smooth and then allow the pudding to set for 3-4 minutes to set.
  • Fold the pudding into the whipped mixture until it is evenly mixed.
  • Spread this fluffy filling over the Oreos in the baking pan. Smooth the top so it is even.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cookie crumbs over the top of the filling. Press down very lightly to press them into the top.

You’ll need to plan at least 4 hours for this dessert to chill in the fridge before cutting and serving.

Recipe Variations

  • You can make this with any flavor of Oreo and also Nutter Butters. Wouldn’t that be amazing?
  • Make this lower in calories by using low fat cream cheese, fat free Cool Whip and sugar free pudding. You can also use a lower fat milk.
  • Switch up the flavor of pudding. Cheesecake, chocolate or white chocolate would be great.
a slice of oreo cake on a plate

Serving Ideas

  • Put gummy worms in the dessert so it really looks like dirt!
  • Make the dessert in individual serving cups.
  • Layer the dessert in a flower pot. Make several layers of Oreos and filling so that you get Oreos and pudding in every bite.
oreo dirt cake in a baking pan
oreo dirt cake in a baking pan

Oreo Dirt Cake

4.62 from 42 votes
When you need a no bake dessert in a jiffy, try this Oreo Dirt Cake. A fluffy cheesecake pudding center and Oreos on the outside.
Servings 15
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours

Ingredients
 

  • 19.1 ounces Oreo cookies (family size package)
  • ½ cup salted butter (softened)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces frozen whipped topping (thawed)
  • 6.8 ounces instant vanilla pudding mix (2 small boxes)
  • 3 cups whole milk

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor, crush the Oreo cookies until they are fine crumbs. You can also put them in a zippered plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.
  • Set aside ⅓ of the cookie crumbs for the topping.
  • Press the rest of the cookie crumbs in the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan.
  • In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and mix again.
  • Fold in the Cool Whip into the cream cheese mixture. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, combine the vanilla pudding mixes and milk. Whisk until smooth and then allow the pudding to set for 3-4 minutes to set.
  • Fold the pudding into the whipped mixture until it is evenly mixed.
  • Spread this fluffy filling over the Oreos in the baking pan. Smooth the top so it is even.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cookie crumbs over the top of the filling. Press down very lightly to press them into the top.
  • Refrigerate for 4 hours before cutting and serving.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 382mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 483IU | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 3mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 404
Keyword no bake cake, oreo, summer dessert

About Julie Clark

We are Julie, Maddie, and Kinslee – a mother and daughter team sharing with you the best cakes to satisfy any need or sweet craving that you may have. Welcome to our family’s kitchen!

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Love this! Made for Halloween and it was a huge hit. However, way too sweet. The powdered sugar is not needed.

hi…great recipe!! why there isn’t any butter to bind the crushed oreos?