RECIPE: Halloween Dirt Pudding


It’s no secret the end of October is my favorite time of year — between my birthday, the leaves at peak color in southern New England, and of course Halloween! When I was a kid, I used to look forward to our Halloween party at school every year, because a friend’s mother used to always make “dirt pudding” or “dirt and worms” as we used to call it.

I always begged my mom to ask for the recipe, but she didn’t know his mom that well, so she never did. Also, the internet was a new thing back then, so we couldn’t just “Google it” like we do for everything now.

Lucky for me, we have Google now and this recipe — and variations of it — are literally everywhere. I found one that looked the most similar, Halloween-ified it and added my own twist! The best part of this recipe is how quickly you can put it together. It took me just under an hour from start to finish — including clean up!

I started with this recipe as my base, then topped it with more pudding, more Oreo crumbles and goodies. Ready to make it?

What you’ll need:

  • 1, 3.5 oz package of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1, 3.5 oz package of instant cheesecake pudding
  • 1, 3.5 package of instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 5 cups of skim or nonfat milk
  • 1, 8 oz package of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup of butter, softened
  • 1, 16 oz container of Cool Whip
  • 1 package of Oreos, or favorite chocolate, cream-filled cookiesimg_3496


  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (for bones and writing)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (for gravestones)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening    
  • Assorted picks
  • Pumpkins from candy corn “autumn mix”
  • Any other decorations you like

Let’s make it!

  1. Whisk cheesecake pudding and vanilla pudding together, with three cups of milk for about 2 minutes. Pudding will be thicker than usual, and should take about 5 minutes to complete set.
  2. In separate bowl, cream confectioner’s sugar, cream cheese and butter together, until smooth.
  3. Stir cream cheese mixture into pudding mixture.
  4. Add 12 oz of Cool Whip.
  5. In zippered plastic bag, use a rolling pin to crush half of the Oreos.
  6. Spread 3/4 of those in bottom of pan, then add the rest to the pudding mixture.
  7. Spread pudding mixture over Oreos in pan.
  8. In separate bowl, make chocolate pudding with remaining 2 cups of milk. Let set.
  9. Once pudding thickens, add remaining Cool Whip to pudding and mix together.
  10. Add new pudding mixture to pan and spread over vanilla pudding mixture.
  11. Crush the remaining Oreos and top pudding with “dirt.”img_3499

Finishing it up

  1. Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon of shortening in a ziplock bag. Microwave in 30 seconds intervals until smooth.
  2. Cut a small piece of the corner of the bag to use as a pastry bag.
  3. On parchment paper or wax paper, drizzle chocolate in shape of a “gravestone.”
  4. Repeat steps 12 and 13 with white chocolate chips.
  5. Create “bones” shapes and add text to gravestones.
  6. Refrigerate chocolate candy for 10 minutes or until hardened, then remove with a spatula.
  7. Add candy and other decorations to your graveyard.
  8. Refrigerate entire “pudding graveyard” for 30 minutes.
  9. Serve and enjoy!



I have to work tonight, but Izzie dressed up for Halloween! Here’s my *some-bunny* to love! She’s always chasing the rabbits around the yard, so I figured this costume was a perfect fit to greet trick-or-treaters.


Leave a Reply