Oreos are the basis for many recipes but the most famous one is Oreo Dirt Cake, a product of the Kraft kitchens introduced in the early 1970s. Oreos were introduced in 1912 by Nabisco (National Biscuit Company) and have become the most popular cookie in the United States. They are enjoyed in nearly every developed country around the globe.
There are a lot of ways to eat Oreos such as dipping them in milk or pulling them apart and eating the filling before enjoying the chocolate cookies. They are delicious when frozen or refrigerated; Oreos are perfect treats any time of year and have been imitated but never quite equaled for taste or texture. Fudge covered Oreos hit the market in 1987, Halloween Oreos in 1991, and Christmas Oreos in 1995.
One of the most popular ways to use Oreo cookies is in Oreo Dirt Cake, a variation of the famous Mississippi Mud Pie recipe. Mud Pie was popular after WWII because of its simple ingredients that were easier to get at any grocery and there was no cooking or special tools involved. Oreo Dirt Cake is a version that isn’t as gooey or chocolaty but is very popular, especially with children!
Oreo Dirt Cake is simple and quick to make. You’ll need a large package of Oreo cookies, 8 ounces of cream cheese, ½ cup margarine, a cup of powdered sugar, a tub of whipped topping, 2 packages instant vanilla pudding, and 3 cups of cold milk. You can put the finished “cake” in a flower pot to heighten the “dirt” theme or use a casserole dish if that’s more convenient. Children love the flower pot container as it lets them make believe that they are eating real dirt.
To make Oreo Dirt Cake, crush the cookies by hand or use a blender or food processor to grind them up. It’s alright to have some chunks if you’re doing it by hand, as it makes the dessert appear more like real dirt from your yard. Put half the crushed cookies into the bottom of your chosen serving container.
Using a mixer, beat the softened margarine and cream cheese till it’s smooth and then add the powdered sugar until you have a creamy texture. Fold in the whipped topping gently so it all remains fluffy. It will taste the same if it’s flat but it’s so much more attractive with some “fluff” to it.
In another bowl, mix up the instant pudding then fold it into the cream cheese mixture. Pour it over the cookie crumbs in the pot or casserole dish and then top it with the remaining cookie crumbs. You can add gummy worms, gummy spiders, or other edible candy insects if you’re serving it for a children’s party.
Refrigerate your Oreo Dirt Cake until you’re ready to serve it. A nice touch is serving it with a new garden trowel that you can get at any dollar store.
This is a versatile dessert that can delight children or be served as elegant party by freezing it and garnishing it with candy flowers or other theme decorations. You’ll find that Oreo Dirt Cake is a big hit no matter what type of party you’re having!