Dirt Pudding (AKA Dirt Cake)

January 20, 2012

I made this over the weekend because I had a sudden and inexplicable/out-of-the-blue craving. Plus it was Larry’s fourth birthday. In his honor, I was going to put paw prints in the “mud.” It didn’t work out. He was pretty mad about it (see above photo). He was also angry about not being able to taste it. I don’t blame him. It’s AMAZING. The last time I had this stuff was probably early 1990-something at a potluck or birthday party of some sort. It was served in a plastic pail with gummy worms. I’d forgotten that it’s one of my favorite things to eat in the whole world.

It’s basically cookies and cream pudding. It’s super rich, highly addictive and very unhealthy. It’s also a cinch to make. Dangerous.

Grind up some chocolate sandwich cookies in a food processor (or smash them manually in a plastic bag using a rolling pin).

Then layer the crumbs between a mixture of cream cheese, whipped cream, powdered sugar, milk and instant vanilla pudding mix.
The most delicious parsley plant you’ve ever encountered.
A sprig of watercress with cookies and cream roots.
This is what lies beneath the “dirt.”

This stuff is absurdly good. I’m pretty sure I gained two pounds this week on account of it.
You’ll find a ton of variations on dirt pudding out there- a lot of them contain large amounts of butter but I think it’s completely unnecessary. I kind of threw everything together…my “recipe” is pretty vague. Sorry! It would be pretty hard to mess this stuff up, though. Just don’t add a stick of butter. Please. I managed to fill up a standard sized loaf pan and four 8oz containers with this recipe; it makes a ton.
Dirt Pudding…Not Just For Kids:
Crushed chocolate sandwich cookies/Oreos (including cream)
1 pint cream, whipped (or a container of cool whip as a shortcut)
8 0z cream cheese (I used light)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 large package of instant vanilla pudding mix (it was the size that serves 5-6)
2 cups milk
Do this:
1) Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar
2) In a separate bowl, mix milk and pudding mix, then stir in whipped cream
3 ) Combine whipped cream mixture with cream cheese mixture
4) Layer cookie crumbs and pudding, ending in a top layer of “dirt”
Try not to eat too much 🙂
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