Dirt Cake Cups

One of my favorite desserts when I was growing up was dirt cake. 

And if I could convince my mom to make it for my birthday, it was the best ever!

It’s been years since I had dirt cake, so I decided to make a batch and place it in individual cups for Spud’s end of the school year celebration!

Now, you can totally make a simple version of dirt cake cups that takes less and time far fewer ingredients.  This is not that version, but the flavor pay-off is totally worth it!

The addition of cream cheese into that pudding layer is key and truly make is a cut above.  The dirt cake was so popular that I merely got a bite of Spud’s dirt cake and that was all!  I will definitely need to make more again soon!

Dirt Cake
Recipe from my mom

20 ounces regular Stuf Oreos
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
12 ounces Cool Whip, thawed
2 (4 serving) packages instant vanilla pudding
3 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Gummy worm
Flower cookies (optional)

Place the cookies in a food processor.  Process until crushed, set aside.

Beat together the cream cheese, butter, and sugar.  Use a spoon to gently fold in the Cool Whip.

In a separate bowl, stir together the pudding mix, milk, and vanilla.  Use a spoon to fold the pudding mixture into the cream cheese mixture.

To make a large dirt cake, alternate layers of cookies crumbs and filling in a large trifle dish (beginning and ending with cookie crumbs).

To make individual cups, place about 2 tablespoons of cookie crumbs in the bottom of each cup (about 20).  Place the filling into a large piping bag.  Pipe filling over the cookie crumbs, then continue alternating layers, ending with cookie crumbs.

With either option, top with gummy worms and flower cookies.  Chill overnight and serve cold.