Oreo dirt pie is a delicious and easy to make dessert that is perfect for any occasion. This dessert is a twist on the classic dirt cake, but with a creamy and chocolatey Oreo twist. If you’re looking for a dessert that is both easy to make and impressive to serve (gummy worms optional) Oreo dirt pie is the perfect choice.
A simple dessert that’s quick to assemble needs to be in every home cook’s arsenal. This pie is perfect for the task and can be made round as shown or multiplied to fill a 9×13 pan. If your crowd is larger, go as big as you choose!
What is Oreo Dirt Pie?
If you love Oreos and pudding, then Oreo Dirt Pie is something you need in your life.
The name “dirt pie” comes from the appearance of the dessert. When you mix the crushed Oreos with the pudding and whipped cream, it looks like dirt. The dessert is usually served in a pie dish, but you can also serve it in individual cups or jars.
Ingredients You’ll Need:
Tips and Variations
When making Oreo dirt pie, there are a few tips and variations that you can consider to make the dessert even better. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Chocolate or Vanilla sandwich cookies: When making Oreo dirt pie, it’s important to use chocolate sandwich cookies, such as Oreos, for the crust. You can also use Golden Oreos if you prefer a vanilla flavor. You can use instant vanilla pudding mix for the filling, or make your own homemade pudding.
- Variations: There are many variations of Oreo dirt pie that you can try. You can add marshmallows to the filling to give it a s’mores flavor. You can also add powdered sugar to the whipped cream for a sweeter topping. Some chocolate liqueur or alcohol of your choice could be added for an adult version.
- Food Storage: Oreo dirt pie can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you want to store it longer, you can freeze it for up to 2 months.
- Halloween Dessert: Oreo dirt pie is a great Halloween dessert. You can decorate it with gummy worms or other creepy crawly candies to make it look like dirt.
- Signature: If you’re looking for a signature dessert to bring to a potluck or party, Oreo dirt pie is a great choice. It’s easy to make, and everyone loves it.
- Homemade Whipped Cream: Instead of using store-bought whipped cream, you can make your own homemade whipped cream. Whip heavy cream with powdered sugar and vanilla extract until it forms stiff peaks.
Preparation Steps for Oreo Dirt Pie
Step 1: Crush the Oreo Cookies
Using a food processor or a rolling pin, crush the Oreo cookies into fine crumbs. You can also place the cookies in a ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Reserve 1 cup of the crumbs for later use.
Step 2: Mix the Crumbs and Butter
In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining Oreo crumbs with melted butter. Mix well until the crumbs are coated with butter.
Step 3: Press the Crumb Mixture into a Pie Plate
Transfer the crumb mixture into a pie plate and press it firmly onto the bottom and sides of the plate. Use a flat-bottomed glass or measuring cup to help you press the crumbs evenly. Bake the crust briefly to set the texture and cool it completely.
Step 4: Prepare the Instant Chocolate Pudding
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the instant chocolate pudding mix and milk until smooth and creamy. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes to thicken. Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a separate bowl then mix in the thickened pudding.
Step 5: Add the whipped cream
Fold in the whipped cream or Cool Whip and part of the remaining cookie crumbs. Set two tablespoons aside for the top.
Step 6: Chill the Pie
Transfer the mixture to the cooled crust and sprinkle over the remaining crushed cookies. Cover the pie with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours or until firm. You can also freeze the pie for a firmer texture.
That’s it! Your Oreo Dirt Pie is ready to serve. You can slice it into wedges or serve it in individual cups. This easy-to-make dessert is perfect for any occasion, from Halloween parties to summer barbecues. Try different variations by adding gummy worms or other candies to create a signature Worms in Dirt or layered dessert. Enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re thinking about making Oreo Dirt Pie, you might have some questions. Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers:
- What is Oreo Dirt Pie? Oreo Dirt Pie is a dessert made with crushed Oreos, whipped cream, and chocolate pudding. It’s called “dirt” pie because it looks like dirt, thanks to the crushed Oreos.
- What are the ingredients for Oreo Dirt Pie? The ingredients for Oreo Dirt Pie include milk, sugar, chocolate pudding, Oreos, whipped cream, and an Oreo crust. You can also add gummy worms or other candy to make it look like dirt.
- How long does it take to make Oreo Dirt Pie? The prep time for Oreo Dirt Pie is about 15 minutes, and the total time is about 2 hours (including time in the refrigerator).
- How do I make an Oreo crust? To make an Oreo crust, you’ll need to crush Oreos and mix them with melted butter. Then, press the mixture into a pie plate or individual cups and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- Can I make variations of Oreo Dirt Pie? Yes, you can make variations of Oreo Dirt Pie by using different types of Oreos (like golden Oreos), different flavors of pudding (like vanilla), or different types of candy (like marshmallows).
How to serve your pie
When it comes to serving Oreo dirt pie, there are many options to choose from. Whether you’re looking to impress guests or simply enjoy a delicious dessert with your family, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this family favorite.
One popular way to serve Oreo dirt pie is with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The combination of the cool ice cream and the rich chocolate flavor of the pie is sure to be a hit with everyone, especially kids.
Another option is to layer the pie in a trifle dish, alternating with whipped cream and fresh berries for a colorful and delicious dessert that’s perfect for parties.
If you’re looking for a fun way to enjoy Oreo dirt pie with your family, consider serving it in individual jars or cups. This makes it easy for everyone to enjoy their own portion, and it’s a great way to make sure everyone gets the perfect amount of each layer. You can even let the kids help with the assembly, making it a fun and interactive activity for the whole family.
No matter how you choose to serve it, this pie is a delicious and easy dessert that everyone is sure to enjoy. So go ahead and indulge in this classic treat – you won’t be disappointed!
Storage and Shelf Life
When it comes to storing this pie, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that it stays fresh and delicious for as long as possible.
Firstly, if you have any leftovers, it’s best to store them in an airtight container or a Ziploc bag. This will help to prevent any moisture from getting in and making the crust soggy. It will also help to keep the filling from drying out.
If you plan on storing your pie for an extended period of time, you can also freeze it. Simply wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and two layers of foil and place it in the freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, just thaw it in the refrigerator overnight.
In terms of shelf life, dirt pie will typically last for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
Oreo Dirt Pie
For the Oreo crust
- 24 Oreos 1 cup reserved
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
For the dirt pie
- 1 1/2 cups cool whip or stabilized whipped cream
- 2 cups milk 2% or whole
- 1 3.9 ounce instant chocolate pudding
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup reserved Oreo crumbs
- Gummy worms optional
Prepare the crust
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Place Oreos into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until almost a fine crumb.
- Measure 1 cup of the crumbs and set aside.
- To remaining crumbs, add the melted butter and pulse until a sand-like texture forms.
- Transfer the cookie crumbs to a 9" pie plate. Press crumbs evenly around the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate using a flat bottomed glass or measuring cup.
- Bake bake for 10 minutes. Cool completely before filling.
Make the filling and assemble
- In a bowl, whisk the pudding and milk until thickened and set aside.
- In another large bowl beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Fold in the pudding and mix well.
- Add the Cool Whip or whipped cream.
- Set aside two tablespoons of the cookie crumbs, and add the remaining Oreo crumbs to the Cool Whip and pudding. Fold gently to keep as much air as you can in the cream. It's fine to leave some streaks of whipped cream in the mixture.
- Transfer the filling into the cooled crust. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Oreo crumbs if desired and add gummy worms if using. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate a minimum of 4 hours until firm or until ready to serve.