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Dirt Pie is a fun and easy no-bake dessert made with a crunchy Oreo crust and a creamy chocolate 'dirt' filling, topped with yummy gummy worms. Perfect for any occasion, it’s a kid-friendly treat that everyone will love.
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  1. Easy Oreo Dirt Pie Recipe
  2. Dirt Pie Ingredients
  3. Dirt Pie Recipe Substitutions and Additions
  4. How To Make This Dirt Pie Recipe
  5. Troubleshooting
  6. How To Serve Dirt Pie
  7. How To Store Dirt Pie
  8. Why This Dirt Pie Is The Best
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. More Great Recipes Made With Oreos
  11. JUMP TO RECIPE
  12. Even More Recipes You’ll Love

Making and eating a Dirt Pie is the most fun you can have in the kitchen. Gummy worms, a homemade Oreo cookie crust, creamy chocolate cream cheese filling, and more chocolate on top; this fun take on a mud pie will have kids giggling and grown-ups salivating.

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Chocolate Dirt Pie is an easy dessert to make. It’s a no-bake recipe that comes together in just 15 minutes. 

It’s an ideal treat for kids’ birthdays, summer pool parties, picnics, or anytime you want to put a smile on everyone’s face. You can make this in a pie plate like we did, or even as individual pudding cups!

a slice of Dirt Pie topped with gummy worms on a plate

Easy Oreo Dirt Pie Recipe

Dirt Pie raw ingredients that are labeled

Our Dirt Pie is meant to resemble worms crawling around in ‘dirt’ made of Oreo crumbs. Kids will have so much fun decorating the dirt pie with worms. Even more Oreo-infused layers make this chocolate pudding pie recipe absolutely irresistible.

Dirt Pie Ingredients

This easy Dirt Pie recipe makes a playful and delicious dessert that’s perfect for busy days. With its creamy chocolate filling and crunchy Oreo crust, it’s sure to be a favorite. Plus, you only need a handful of simple ingredients.

You’ll Need:

For the Oreo Crust

  • 40 Oreo sandwich cookies, crushed with cream center (divided into 2 cups for crust, 1 cup for filling, 1 cup for topping)
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted and cooled

For the Filling

  • 1 (8 ounce or 226g) cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 ½ cups cold whole milk
  • 1 (3.9 ounce -or- 110g) chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1 (8 ounce -or- 226g) whipped topping, thawed
  • 24 gummy worms

Dirt Pie Recipe Substitutions and Additions

If you need to make some changes to this mud pie dessert, there are plenty of substitutions and additions you can try. 

Oreo Sandwich Cookies: If you don’t have classic Oreo cookies, you can use any chocolate sandwich cookies. For a less-chocolatey pie, try crushing Golden Oreos, graham cracker crumbs, or Biscoff biscuits.

If you don’t want to crush the cookies yourself, you might be able to find pre-crushed Oreo crumbs in the baking aisle, or you can use a store-bought Oreo crust.

Salted Butter: You can use melted margarine or a plant-based butter alternative if necessary.

Cream Cheese: For a non-dairy option, use vegan cream cheese. Ensure it’s softened to maintain the smooth texture.

Powdered Sugar: If you’re out of powdered sugar, you can blend granulated sugar in a food processor until fine. You can also reduce the amount of sugar by half for a less sweet filling.

Whole Milk: Substitute with 2% milk for a lighter filling. If you use non-dairy milk, start with a little less than called for and add more as necessary.

Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix: For a less chocolatey flavor, try French vanilla or Oreo-flavored pudding. 

Whipped Topping: Fresh whipped cream can be used instead of Cool Whip. For an extra indulgence, you can use our recipe for chocolate whipped cream!

Gummy Worms: Gummy worms are optional but super fun. To match your party theme, swap them for any gummy candy, like gummy bears, gummy bugs, or even gummy dinosaurs.

How To Make This Dirt Pie Recipe

Making Dirt Pie is easy and fun! Here are detailed steps that will teach you to make the perfect Dirt Pie!

STEP ONE: Start by crushing 40 Oreo sandwich cookies, including the cream center. Measure out 2 cups of the crushed cookies for the crust. Melt 6 tablespoons of salted butter and let it cool slightly before pouring it over the crushed cookies. Stir until the cookie crumbs are fully coated with the butter.

PRO TIP: Use a food processor to crush the Oreos, or you can place them in a large Ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to crush them into small crumbs.

crushed cookies and melted salted butter combined in a bowl

STEP TWO: Press the buttered Oreo crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Place the crust in the fridge to firm up while you make the filling.

PRO TIP: A trick to make your crust flat is to use a sheet of waxed paper and a measuring cup or small glass to press the crumbs into the pie plate. The crumbs won’t stick to the waxed paper!

STEP THREE: In a medium mixing bowl, add the softened cream cheese. Use a hand mixer on medium speed to beat the cream cheese until it’s smooth.

PRO TIP: If your cream cheese isn’t softened to room temperature, let it sit on the counter for about 30 minutes. Otherwise, your filling won’t be light and fluffy, and will have lumps.

STEP FOUR: Sift the powdered sugar into the cream cheese. Continue mixing until smooth and well combined.

powdered sugar added into the cream cheese in a bowl

STEP FIVE: In a separate medium-sized mixing bowl, add the cold whole milk. Sprinkle the instant chocolate pudding mix over the milk. Use a handheld electric mixer on low speed or a whisk to mix until the pudding thickens.

PRO TIP: Cold milk helps the pudding set faster and creates a firmer texture for the filling. If your pudding isn’t thickening, place it in the fridge for 5-10 minutes and check it again.

instant chocolate pudding mix added to the milk in a bowl

STEP SIX: Stir 1 cup of the crushed Oreo crumbs into the pudding mixture until they are evenly distributed.

crushed Oreo crumbs combined into the pudding mixture

STEP SEVEN: Gently fold the thawed Cool Whip into the pudding and cookie crumb mixture using a silicone spatula.

PRO TIP: Be gentle while folding so you don’t deflate the fluffy texture of the whipped topping.

thawed Cool Whip added into the pudding and cookie crumb mixture

STEP EIGHT: Gently fold the cream cheese and powdered sugar mixture into the pudding mixture. 

cream cheese and powdered sugar mixture added to the pudding mixture

STEP NINE: Spread the filling evenly into the chilled Oreo pie crust using a silicone or offset spatula.

STEP TEN: Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of crushed Oreo crumbs over the top of the pie. Cover and chill the pie in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Before serving, cut the pie into 8 slices and arrange gummy worms (2-3 per slice) on top of the cookie crumb “dirt.”

PRO TIP: For the best results, chill the pie overnight to allow the flavors to meld and the filling to set firmly.

crushed Oreo crumbs sprinkled over the top of the pie

Troubleshooting

Making this easy Oreo dirt dessert is straightforward, but here are some issues that might arise, and how to avoid them:

The Oreo crust falls apart when cutting the pie.

Make sure to press the crust firmly into the pie plate and chill it thoroughly before adding the filling.

The cream cheese mixture is lumpy.

Soften the cream cheese at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before you start making your pie. To speed up the process, cut the brick of cream cheese into small pieces.

The filling is too dense.

Gently fold in the whipped topping and cream cheese mixture to keep the filling light and airy.

The pie filling doesn’t hold its shape.

Chill the pie for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, to let the filling set properly.

The Oreo crumbs don’t stick together for the crust.

Use enough melted butter to coat all the crumbs, and press them firmly into the pie plate. Add 2-3 tablespoons more melted butter if necessary.

The gummy worms sink into the filling.

Add the gummy worms just before serving to keep them on top of the pie.

The pie doesn’t cut cleanly.

Use a sharp knife and clean it between each cut to get neat slices.

How To Serve Dirt Pie

Now that your Dirt Pie is ready, it’s time to think about how to serve it in the most fun and memorble way. It’s sure to be the highlight of your event!

Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to each serving for an extra treat. Garnish the top of the ice cream scoops with more crushed Oreos and a drizzle of hot sauce. For a lighter garnish, serve alongside sliced strawberries or bananas.

This easy dirt cake recipe is a fun addition to a family picnic. To make this dessert even easier to transport, make individual dirt cups using disposable plastic cups. Place the buttered Oreo cookie crumbs in the bottom of each cup and top with a scoop of the creamy chocolate pudding filling. Add Oreo crumbs and worms on top, then serve with a spoon for a fun and portable snack.

For a cute presentation, make this delicious pie in a wide flower pot instead of a pie plate to highlight that you’ve made a ‘dirt pie!’

Of course, you can include this ultra-chocolatey Dirt Pie as part of a larger dessert spread. Serve with complementary desserts like Mississippi Mud Pie, Chocolate Trifle, and Mudslide cocktails.

How To Store Dirt Pie

MAKE AHEAD: The best results, make this recipe one day ahead of when you plan to serve it. This will give the layers of the pie plenty of time to set and the flavors to meld together nicely. Keep it covered in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.

IN THE FRIDGE: If you have leftovers, you can store them covered in the fridge. Cover the pie in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and keep it cool in the fridge for up to three days.

IN THE FREEZER: Sorry, we don’t recommend freezing this pie. The filling layer won’t thaw with the same consistency. Serve this pie fresh for the best taste and texture.

Why This Dirt Pie Is The Best

Dirt Pie has become a beloved dessert for many reasons. It’s not just about the taste; it’s about the fun, ease, and versatility that this recipe brings to the table. Here are the reasons why this no-bake dessert is a favorite:

Easy to Make: This recipe uses simple steps that anyone can follow.

Fun and Whimsical: Kids and adults love the playful look with gummy worms and Oreo “dirt.”

Simple Ingredients: This recipe uses common ingredients that you’re already familar with using.

Make-Ahead Convenience: Prep it ahead for a stress-free treat that’s ready when you are.

Kid-Friendly: Perfect for little helpers to join in the kitchen fun.

a Dirt Pie topped with gummy worms

Dirt Pie is a fun, easy, no-bake dessert that’s perfect for parties and family gatherings, especially when kids are around. This Oreo dirt pudding dessert will be a whimsical addition to your dessert table, and will make everyone smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I reduce the sweetness of the pie?

Reduce the amount of powdered sugar in the cream cheese mixture or use a less sweet whipped topping.

Can I add other toppings to the Dirt Pie?

Definitely! You can add additional candies, sprinkles, or even fresh fruit to customize the topping to your liking.

How can I make individual servings of Dirt Pie?

You can layer the ingredients in small clear cups instead of a pie plate. This is great for parties and easy portion control.

Can I freeze Dirt Pie?

It’s not recommended to freeze Dirt Pie as the filling may become grainy and separate when thawed. It’s best enjoyed fresh or stored in the refrigerator.

How should I store leftover Dirt Pie?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container or cover the pie tightly with plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

What if I don’t have whipped topping?

You can use freshly whipped cream as an alternative. Make sure to whip it until it forms stiff peaks before folding it into the mixture.

Can I use a different type of pudding mix?

Absolutely! You can substitute the chocolate pudding mix with vanilla, butterscotch, or even Oreo-flavored pudding.

How long does the Dirt Pie need to chill before serving?

The pie should chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, but chilling it overnight will give the best results.

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Dirt Pie is a fun and easy no-bake dessert made with a crunchy Oreo crust and a creamy chocolate ‘dirt’ filling, topped with yummy gummy worms. Perfect for any occasion, it’s a kid-friendly treat that everyone will love.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

For the Oreo Crust

  • 40 Oreo sandwich cookies, crushed with cream center (divide 2 cups for crust, 1 cup for filling, 1 cup for topping)
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted and cooled

For the Filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened (226g)
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 ½ cups cold whole milk
  • 3.9 ounces instant chocolate pudding mix (110g)
  • 8 ounces whipped topping, thawed (226g)
  • 24 gummy worms

Instructions
 

  • Add 2 cups of the crushed Oreo cookies to a small (3-4 cups) mixing bowl. Pour the melted and cooled butter over the crushed cookies. Stir to completely coat the cookie crumbs.
  • Press the buttered Oreo crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a standard 9 inch pie plate. (I used a sheet of waxed paper and a ½ cup measuring to press the crumbs. This way the buttered crumbs will only stick to the pie plate and not your hands or measuring cup) Place the crust in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.
  • Add the softened cream cheese to a medium (2-3 quarts) mixing bowl. (It’s very important that the cream cheese is softened, to reduce any lumps) Use a handheld mixer on medium speed to mix the cream cheese until smooth, about 1 ½ – 2 minutes.
  • Add the sifted powdered sugar and continue mixing for another 2 minutes, or until the cream cheese and powdered sugar are smooth.
  • In a separate medium sized mixing bowl, add the cold milk. Sprinkle the pudding mix over the milk. Use a handheld mixer on low speed, or a handheld whisk to mix the milk and pudding until thickened.
  • Add in 1 cup of the crushed cookie crumbs to the pudding and stir until evenly distributed.
  • Use a silicone spatula to gently fold the thawed whipped topping into the pudding and cookie crumb mixture. (Folding the whipped topping into the pudding should help keep the filling from being too dense)
  • Next, gently fold the cream cheese and powdered sugar mixture in the pudding.
  • Evenly spread the pudding filling into the chilled Oreo pie crust. Use either a silicone spatula or an offset spatula to smooth the filling.
  • Evenly sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of crushed Oreo crumbs over the top of the pie. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Just before serving, cut the pie into 8 slices. Arrange the gummy worms (2-3 per slice) on top of the cookie crumb dirt.

Notes

  • Use a food processor to crush the Oreos, or you can place them in a large Ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to crush them into small crumbs.
  • A trick to make your crust flat is to use a sheet of waxed paper and a ½ cup measuring to press the crumbs into the pie plate. The crumbs won’t stick to the waxed paper!
  • If your cream cheese isn’t softened to room temperature, let it sit on the counter for about 30 minutes. Otherwise, your filling won’t be light and fluffy, and will have lumps.
  • Cold milk helps the pudding set faster and creates a firmer texture for the filling. If your pudding isn’t thickening, place it in the fridge for 5-10 minutes and check it again.
  • Be gentle while folding so you don’t deflate the fluffy texture of the whipped topping.
  • For the best results, chill the pie overnight to allow the flavors to meld and the filling to set firmly.

Nutrition

Calories: 739kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 637mg | Potassium: 310mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 68g | Vitamin A: 739IU | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 8mg
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