Kansas Dirt Cake

My grandmother found this recipe in the paper and it was an instant hit in the family!  I have dressed this up for Halloween by adding gummy worms and making ‘headstones’ out of cookies.  My mom even served this in a large clay pot she lined with aluminium foil and put a fake plant in the top when she brought this to a family reunion.  You can freeze this as well.

This dessert is extremely rich and sweet no matter how you serve it.  As if we needed another excuse for loving Oreos!


1 package chocolate sandwich cookies *

2     3 oz boxes instant vanilla pudding

8 oz. cream cheese, softened (or whipped in the tub)

1 cup powdered sugar

1     16 oz. container whipped topping

3 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*As good as the Oreo Double Stuff are, they do not work well for this recipe.

  • Place cookies into a large quart size zip loc bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  • Layer one half of crushed cookies into the base of a 13 x 9 glass dish (or your choice serving dish)
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until softened.
  • Add in powdered sugar.
  • Fold in whipped topping.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, pour milk and powdered pudding mix.
  • Beat with electric mixer until well blended.
  • Pour pudding into cream cheese mixture.
  • Add vanilla and beat until smooth.
  • Spoon over cookie layer.
  • Layer remaining crushed cookies on top.
  • Chill and serve.

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