Monday, October 27, 2014

Vanilla Dirt Cake

In honor of Halloween on Friday, I'm sharing Halloween-themed recipes all week long. And I'm throwing it back to childhood with this first one! Who doesn't love some dirt cake?! When I made this sweet treat to share with friends, I took a twist on a classic by turning the top of the dirt cake into a graveyard with the typical gummy worms, and some Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies. Using homemade icing I wrote RIP on each wafter to really complete the Halloween look. If you wanted you could add pumpkin candy instead of worms. 

My favorite way to fix this dessert is with vanilla pudding instead of chocolate. I'm a vanilla girl through and through. But, if you are a double chocolate lover, you can pair your Oreos with chocolate pudding. Swapping it out is simple. 

  • What You'll Need
    • 1 pack of original Oreos
    • 2 (3.4 oz) packages of instant vanilla pudding
    • 3 cups milk
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1 (12 oz) Cool Whip

  • What You'll Do
    • In a bowl, whisk together the vanilla pudding and milk. Then add 1/4 of the container of cool whip.
    • In a separate bowl, whip the powdered sugar, cream cheese, and butter together with a hand mixer. Mix until smooth. Add the remaining 3/4 of the container of cool whip.
    • Using a food processor crumble the Oreos into pieces. You don't want crumbs, so make sure not to chop up too much. 
    • In a bowl, trifle bowl, or individual cups begin adding the crushed Oreos to make a bottom layer.
    • Next layer some pudding mixture, followed by a layer of cream cheese mixture, then more crumbled Oreos. Continue this layering until you get to the top of the bowl. Make sure Oreo is the last layer.
    • Then decorate the 'dirt' with worms, pumpkins, and gravestones.

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