Dirt Dessert Recipe

Dirt Cake with Sunflowers, www.GreatPartyRecipes.com


"Dirt Cake"

The Dirt Dessert Recipe is a charming, layered dessert served in a flower pot! Flower and all. It's sometimes called a Dirt Cake recipe or just Dessert Dirt. Layered with a cream cheese and pudding mixture and crushed Oreo cookies, it's not cake. And thank goodness, it's not dirt either.

The first time I had Dirt Dessert, the hostess brought a "potted plant" out and set it on the picnic table. To our horror, she took a pinch of "dirt" and ate it. While our jaws were still hanging open, she began dishing some up for all of us!

Dessert is usually delicious, but rarely this fun. Much, much better than the mud pies we made as kids. For more fun, check out the "Sand Cake" option.



Dirt Dessert

1 large package Oreo chocolate cookies, (about 3 dozen)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
1 cup sugar
2 (3.4-ounce) boxes vanilla instant pudding (+ milk)
1 (8-ounce) carton whipped topping, like Cool Whip
1 clean, new 8-inch flower pot
1 artificial flower, optional
Aluminum foil, optional

Crush the cookies with a rolling pin or process them in a blender or food processor. Set aside. This is the dirt part of the Dirt Dessert recipe.

Cream the cream cheese, butter, and sugar together and then beat until smooth. Set that aside, too.

Prepare the vanilla pudding according to package directions. Fold the whipped topping into the pudding. Fold the cream cheese mixture into the pudding mixture.

Assembly:

Cover the bottom of the flower pot with plastic; the whipped topping lid, cut to fit, is perfect. If you like, line the inside of the pot with aluminum foil.

Set aside about 1-1/2 cups of the crushed cookies for the final topping.

Sprinkle 1/3 of the remaining cookies on the bottom of the pot. Top with 1/3 of the pudding mixture. Repeat the layers of cookies and pudding mixture 2 more times. Sprinkle the 1-1/2 cups of crushed cookies you set aside earlier over the top.

Chill for several hours, preferably overnight. Insert an artificial flower just before serving. Serve with a garden trowel, if desired. The Dirt Dessert recipe makes about 16 very rich servings.

Sand Cake in a Beach Pail, www.GreatPartyRecipes.com


Option:

Sand Cake

I recently gave a sand cake to a friend. When her husband opened the refrigerator he looked twice and called, "Honey, why is there a pail of sand in the refrigerator?"

For the same effect, substitute vanilla wafers for the chocolate cookies and serve in a beach/sand pail. You can pick one up at a "dollar" store or Wal-Mart for next to nothing; just be careful about carrying it by the handle.


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