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Trifle dish with layered Halloween dirt cake and Halloween sprinkles on top.
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Halloween Oreo Dirt Cake

Everyone's favorite kid friendly treat with a holiday twist, this Halloween Oreo Dirt Cake is a perfect addition to any holiday party. Make it in individual cups or in one large dish. Whips up in about 15 minutes and is so delicious and maybe a bit spooky as well!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 441kcal
Author: Lorie Yarro

Ingredients

Instructions

Prep the Oreos:

  • Add ¾ of the Oreos to a food processor. Process until fine and grain like. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add the remaining Oreos to the food processor and pulse until crushed into smaller chunks, but not as fine as the other Oreos. Add to the bowl with other Oreos and stir to combine. Set aside.

Make the Pudding Layer:

  • Whisk together the milk and pudding mixes well for about 2 minutes until smooth. Set in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes to chill.
  • While the pudding chills, use an electric mixer to beat the softened cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the chilled pudding into the bowl and beat to combine.
  • Fold in the thawed cool whip/whipped topping, food coloring and vanilla extract and stir until color is fully incorporated. Add more food coloring as desired. It took me almost ⅔ of a small bottle of orange dye to get the strong orange color.

Assemble the Dirt Cake:

  • Add ⅓ of the crushed Oreos to the bottom of a trifle bowl or large glass bow or dish. Gently spread them out to make an even layer. Using a ladle, spoon ½ of the orange pudding mixture over top and spread gently using a small spoon or spatula to make the layer even.
  • Repeat and add another third of the Oreo mixture followed by the other half of the orange mixture. Add the remaining crushed Oreos over top and spread. Decorate with Halloween sprinkles, candies, or an other desired additions. If adding gummy candy, wait until serving to add on top.
  • For best results chill for at least 2 hours before serving and up to 24 hours if desired. Serve and enjoy!
  • Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for about 5 days.

Notes

  • You can prep this Halloween Oreo dessert 24 hours before serving. I think it is much better after at least chilling overnight. Since the pudding thickens before you add it to the recipe, you can even serve it right when it is made. Up to you!
  • Adjust the colors to your favorite team, holiday, and more! The colors can change according to what you like. If it's Christmas, go for red and green. Maybe a birthday party? Use the guest of honor's favorite color!
  • Regular Oreos will also work just fine. If you can't get a hold of the holiday Oreos, the classics are fine. I like adding the orange, but not necessary!
Inspired by the classic dirt cake recipe from All Recipes.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Lemons + Zest makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

Nutrition

Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 367mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 631IU | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 4mg