Dirt Cake Recipes, Hints & Videos
Since the early 20th century, food companies have been publishing recipe cookbooks that use their ingredients. Although not mentioned by name, desserts with these types of ingredients first appeared in the 1950s in recipe collections by companies such as Jell-O and Knox. No one really knows where the name Dirt Cake was first used, but the recipe seems to have proliferated after WWII in the homes of America's cooks. The name Dirt Cake comes from the fact that the crust and filling look like garden dirt. But whatever you call it, this no-bake desert is fun for children of all ages.
Dirt Cake Recipes
Kids love dirt and are sure to enjoy making this recipe. Can be made in a large flower pot or 2 small flower pots.
1 20 oz. pkg. chocolate sandwich cookies with crème filling
1/4 C. butter, softened
1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. confectioners' sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 3.9 oz. pkg. instant chocolate pudding mix
3 C. milk
1 12 oz. container frozen whipped topping, thawed
15 gummy worms
Put the cookies in a food processor and process until they become fine crumbs. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the butter or margarine, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla flavoring. Beat on low speed to mix then beat on medium speed until smooth. Add the chocolate pudding mix and milk to the bowl. Beat on low speed to combine. Fold the whipped topping into the pudding mixture with a rubber spatula. Assemble in the ungreased 9x13 inch pan in layers as follows: first layer, 1/3 cookie crumbs; second layer, 1/2 pudding mixture; third layer, 1/3 cookie crumbs; fifth layer, 1/3 cookie crumbs.
Tuck the ends of gummy worms in the cookie "dirt". Be sure to have a worm on each piece. Store in the refrigerator. Chill for at least 3 hours before serving. Cut into 15 squares, or serve with a clean garden trowel or a toy sand shovel if serving in the flower pot.
Yield: 24 servings
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Ice Cream Dirt Cake Recipes
A dessert that goes with any meal.
1 lg. pkg. Oreo cookies
1/2 stick margarine
2 C. powdered sugar
8 oz. cream cheese
3 1/2 C. milk
2 sm. pkg. instant vanilla pudding
1 12-oz. container Cool Whip
Crush the Oreo cookies. Mix margarine, cream cheese, powered sugar and set aside. In a large bowl, combine milk and pudding mix until set. Fold in Cool Whip with a spoon. Add cream cheese mixture -- blend until creamy. Layer half of the crushed Oreo cookies in bottom of pan, then add mixture, top with the rest of the Oreo cookies. Freeze or refrigerate until set.
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