Easy Oreo Dirt Cake Dessert With Gummy Worms


Mud Pie Recipe Gummy Worms

Making a mud pie recipe with gummy worms is such a fun treat to add to your dessert table for any special occasion. This chocolate pie is very easy to make, and such a fun addition to your gathering, you can’t go wrong with this mud pie recipe decorated with gummy worms!

oreo dirt pie

Dirt Dessert Recipe

You might think it sounds a little funny, after all, who wants to eat dirt? Surprisingly, this dirt mud pie is actually very delicious. It is made from “dirt pudding”, which is a delicious chocolate pudding mixture, combined with Oreos, gummy worms, and a few other ingredients to make a delicious no-bake dessert, also known as Oreo dirt pie. 

This is such a fun dessert recipe, which is also easy to make, and can be enjoyed for several different occasions. Plus, it’s a great make-ahead dessert, so that you don’t have to mess with anything last minute.

Adorable Dirt Cups

These adorable dirt cups are so much fun! They are perfect for any special occasion you may have to make this Oreo dirt dessert. Think especially of events like birthday parties, especially for little ones, whose imagination can still enjoy the fact that they are eating “dirt”. 

These adorable dirt cups are also a favorite treat for Father’s Day, or any other special occasion especially a summer holiday or gathering. 

Really if you’re looking for an easy recipe to make, this is one of the best no-bake recipes you should try for making no-bake dirt.

Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is! Let’s jump into the recipe and look at what ingredients you will need as well as some kitchen equipment that will come in handy.

easy layered oreo dirt cake

Delicious Dirt Pie Recipe

Suggested Kitchen Equipment:

A Food Processor. The easiest way to crush the Oreo cookies in this recipe is to use a food processor. This allows you to grind them into a finer substance. But if you don’t have a food processor never fear, you can also use a rolling pin. 

Rolling Pin. If you’re using a rolling pin to crush the Oreo cookies, you will first want to put the Oreo cookies into a sealable plastic bag, then crush them into fine Oreo grounds with the rolling pin. 

Hand Mixer. Using a hand mixer to whisk together pudding and other ingredients is the easiest method. However, if you don’t have a hand mixer or a stand mixer you can use a whisk to do it by hand.  


Instant Chocolate Pudding. This recipe is going to work best if you use a box of chocolate instant pudding mix. You will want to be sure that you’re using instant pudding, rather than the kind that you have to cook and takes longer to set up.

Keep in mind depending on how much you want to make, you may need to use more than one box of pudding. It will be prepared according to the instructions on the box, by mixing in your choice of milk. 

Milk. You can use your favorite type of milk to add to the chocolate pudding mix.

Whole milk will give you the creamiest flavor for your chocolate pudding, but you can use your choice of whole milk, 2% milk, skim milk, almond milk, soy milk, or even oat milk.

Cool Whip. Using Cool Whip is the easiest option, however, if you would like to use your own homemade whipped cream, you can use heavy cream with it as long as the homemade whip cream is stabilized. 

Oreo Cookies. Oreo cookies are also used in this recipe, as the dirt topping. However, if you prefer you can choose to use another kind of chocolate sandwich cookies it doesn’t have to be the name brand.

Gummy Worms. Gummy worms are the traditional type of gummy candy used in the mud pie recipe because they represent earthworms coming up from the dirt. However, you can mix things up if you wish to use gummy bears or even gummy dinosaurs.

oreo dirt pie in cups

How to Make the Mud Pie Recipe (AKA Dirt Cake)

Step 1: Make the Pudding Mixture

First, begin by making the pudding mixture. To do this you’ll take a large bowl and add the pudding mixture along with your cold milk. Then whisk it until it begins to set up as the box instructs, using a whisk or electric mixer.

After you begin to see it thicken, gently fold in the cool whip, and mix until combined. Then place the creamy chocolate pudding in the fridge to set it aside for a few minutes.

Step 2: Creating the “Dirt” Topping

To make the Oreo crumbs in the food processor, add the Oreo cookies into the food processor and then pulse until you have fine crumbs.

If you don’t have a food processor, add the Oreo cookies into a silver plastic bag, then use a rolling pin to crush the cookies until they are fine.

Step 3: Assembling the Mud Pie

To assemble the mud pie, you can use individual cups, or you can assemble the entire mud pie in a clean sand bucket and use that as your serving dish. It’s entirely a matter of your preference if you want them in individual cups or in a bucket.

To assemble the mud pie, you can choose to add all of the pudding into the dish first, and then on top of the pudding add Oreo cookie crumbs, and finish with gummy worms.

Or you can add some of the crumbled Oreo crust, a pudding layer, more Oreo cookie crumbles, and more pudding mixture. Then on top of the pie, add your remaining Oreo cookie crumbs, and finish off by decorating the cups of chocolate pudding with the gummy worms. 

Tip: especially if you’re making the mud pie for an event with kids, I often enjoy hiding a few gummy worms inside of the pudding, so that they are surprised if they find a worm down in the dirt as well. 

After your mud pie has been assembled, you want to cover it with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge until you are ready to serve it. Then when you’re ready to serve, simply remove it from the fridge and uncover it. Then serve and enjoy your delicious mud pie recipe with gummy worms!

Tips and Tricks

Crushed Oreos. You can use the crushed Oreos to make an Oreo cookie crust, on the bottom of your serving dish, before adding the pudding if desired.

Sometimes I also like to layer in the Oreo cookies, so that they are found throughout the putting mixture in addition to being on top. It’s entirely up to your preference, and how you want to layer the cookie crumbs!

dirt pie with gummy worms

Storage for Mud Pie

At room temperature. The less your mud pie is kept at room temperature, the better it will be. As a rule of thumb, mud pie should be kept at room temperature for no more than two hours before it goes bad. After that, it must be stored in the fridge.

In the fridge. The dirt pie is going to be best when is freshly made. This is because the Oreo crumbs will become soggy over time as they sit in the fridge. However, the assembled mud pie is safe to eat for up to 3 to 4 days.

To store the mud pie in the fridge, you want to store in an airtight container or wrap it securely with plastic wrap, then place it in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.

If you’re making the mud pie ahead of time, then my suggestion would be to make the pudding mixture and Oreo cookie crumbles but do not assemble them until shortly before you plan to serve. This way the cookie crumbles will not become mushy.


Making it on a Pie Plate

If you want to make the mud pie in a pie plate, then this can absolutely be done. You will first want to make the Oreo cookie crumbs into a pie crust.

Then add your chocolate pudding mixture to the center of your pie. Then top the pudding with additional Oreo cookie crumbles, and decorate with the gummy worm.

pudding cake in a cup

Using Cream Cheese Instead of Cool Whip

One of the delicious versions of dirt cake is to use an 8-ounce block of cream cheese, and ½ cup of powdered sugar whipped together, then mix the cream cheese mixture with the prepared pudding mixture. This is a delicious variation to the above recipe that you might enjoy trying.

Can you Use Pudding Cups?

You might be wondering if you could make mud pie in pudding cups, rather than by using boxes of instant pudding. The answer is yes!

You can easily transform your regular pudding cups into pudding dirt cups. To do that she’ll simply use the cups of chocolate pudding and add your Oreo cookie crumbles on top along with the gummy worm. 

Other Topping Ideas

Some other topping ideas, in addition to your gummy worms, an Oreo cookie crumbles include adding mini marshmallows, or candy pebbles as rocks on the dirt. You might also enjoy mixing chocolate chips into your pudding, for a delicious bit of chocolatey flavor.

Can you add Peanut Butter?

Some of you enjoy the delicious flavor of peanut butter and chocolate. If this is you, you might be wondering if you can add some creamy peanut butter into the mix as well. The answer is sure! Give it a try. 

Instant Vanilla Pudding

Another common question is can you replace the chocolate pudding with instant vanilla pudding or French vanilla pudding. The answer is yes you can replace the chocolate pudding with your choice of vanilla pudding if you would like.

I would recommend using another type of instant pudding so that it does not require being cooked on the stovetop to keep the process quick and easy.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

If you have a recipe for homemade chocolate pudding that you prefer instead of using boxed instant chocolate pudding, then you can definitely use your homemade pudding as a substitute for the boxed instant pudding.

Butterscotch Pudding

Butterscotch pudding is another pudding option that you might enjoy using in addition to chocolate pudding, or instead of chocolate pudding. If you feel like getting creative in trying out butterscotch pudding, then, by all means, feel free!

Easy Mud Pie Recipe

Making this easy mud pie recipe with gummy worms is so much fun, and it’s a dessert that allows your kid’s imagination to flourish. No matter if you’re making it for birthday parties, Father’s Day, or any special occasion this no-bake dessert is bound to be a big hit! Not only is it so much fun but it also tastes good too!

Thank you so much for stopping by to check out our no-bake mud pie recipe with gummy worms. I hope that you will enjoy this recipe, then I hope it’s a fun time for you too! 

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Faith is the resident baking expert of this sister duo, and first started baking at age ten when she learned to make chocolate chip cookies on her own. From there she went on to have her own night of the week to make dinner for the whole family. She is excited to share amazing recipes and a love of food, and help you become kitchen smart!

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