Dirt Pie

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The Oreo Dirt Pie is a go-to family favorite—easy, no-bake, and loved by both kids and adults! It features a homemade Oreo cookie crust, a yummy layer of creamy chocolate pudding, topped with crushed Oreos resembling ‘dirt,’ and playfully topped with gummy worms. It’s a perfect treat that’s simple to make and sure to please!

slice of dirt pie on a plate


 

I seriously can’t resist a chocolate pie. It’s kind of a Thanksgiving pie staple in our house. I love a classic chocolate cream pie or a chocolate pudding pie (100% made from scratch of course!). But this time I decide to put a fun childhood twist on the chocolate pie with this Dirt pie recipe.

Dirt Pie is not only easy as pie (see what I did there).  It also has a way of bringing you back to the simpler times. I am not sure if it is because of the name or because it really does look like dirt, or maybe it is because of the added gummy worms. I think I stepped back into my childhood after the first bite. 

Now usually this dessert is served in individual cups for your own taking, but I decided to turn the classic Oreo dirt cup dessert into an entire pie – because that’s how we do it around here. And of course, it’s 100% made from scratch. No instant pudding mix or store-bought crusts here friend. If you’re thinking that sounds too hard, trust me – it isn’t! 

The oreo cookie crust is quickly mixed up with some melted butter in your food processor. And then the chocolate pudding is made on the stovetop in minutes for the creamiest filling you’ve ever tasted. I simply topped it with more Oreo cookies and the gummy worms, but you could easily add in some whipped cream here for a delicious addition to this pie. No one would hate you for that. 

Yes I think this dirt pie recipe will transform you back to childhood. Or if your childhood didn’t involve gummy worms dunked in Oreos and pudding, then get ready to feel like a kid with this easy Oreo dirt dessert!

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slice of dirt pie with a forkful on a plate

​Why Is It Called A Dirt Pie?

Well if you haven’t figured it out yet from the photos, this is called a dirt pie because it’s made to resemble real earthworms sticking out of the dirt. The dirt being the Oreo cookie crumbs, and the earthworms of course are the gummy worms! 

It’s essentially a chocolate pudding pie with a fun topping that kids (and let’s face it adults too!) can’t resist!

Why You Will Love Dirt Pie:

  • Kid-Friendly Fun: Whether you’re a parent looking for a creative project with the little ones or just someone young at heart, Dirt Pie brings joy to all ages. This would be perfect for a kids Halloween party!
  • Simple Ingredients: This Oreo dirt pie recipe calls for only basic ingredients that you probably already have in your cabinets!
  • Gummy Worm Garnish: Because who can resist the charm of gummy worms crawling through chocolatey “dirt”? It’s a visual treat that adds an extra layer of playfulness.
dirt pie in a pie plate with a piece missing

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • For the Oreo Cookie Crust:
    • 22 Oreo cookies – Use gluten free Oreos for a completely gluten free dessert! No need to remove the filling from the chocolate sandwich cookies.
    • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted – I used unsalted butter but you could easily swap and use salted butter
  • For the Pudding:
    • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
    • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 4 egg yolks – Check out my tutorial on how to separate eggs easily!
    • 3 cups cold milk – You can use any type of milk here. 
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 8 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • Toppings:
    • 10-12 Oreo cookies, crushed into crumbs
    • Gummy worms for garnish
dirt pie ingredients

How to Make Chocolate Dirt Pie:

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180oC). Position a rack in the center of the oven. I like to bake the pie crust for 10 minutes before adding the no bake pudding filling.

Pulse the Oreo cookies into fine crumbs using a food processor or the trusty rolling pin method. You can always throw the cookies into a large freezer bag and smash with a rolling pin.

oreo cookie crumbs in a food processor

Combine the oreo crumbs with melted butter in a small bowl.

Press the mixture into the bottom and sides of a 9” pie pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then cool completely before adding the filling.

oreo cookie crust in a pie plate

Make the Pudding:

In a saucepan, whisk together sugar, salt, and cornstarch.

sugar, salt, and cornstarch, in a saucepan

Add milk and egg yolks, whisking until combined.

milk and egg yolks whisked into cornstarch mixture

Heat the mixture on the stovetop over medium heat, whisking constantly until it reaches a boil.

Once it bubbles and thickens, remove from heat. Stir in butter, chocolate, and vanilla.

chocolate and butter stirred into milk mixture

For an extra-smooth pudding, strain it through a fine mesh sieve. You don’t have to do this step but it makes for a smoother pudding.

chocolate pudding in a bowl with a whisk

Spread the pudding mixture into the Oreo cookie crust and refrigerate until the pudding sets (about 2 hours). I like to cover the top of the pudding with plastic wrap so you don’t get that “pudding skin”.

chocolate pudding spread into oreo cookie crust

Assemble the Pie:

Sprinkle crushed Oreo cookies on top of the pudding layer.

Place gummy worms on the cookies, some half-buried for that delightful “coming out of the dirt” effect.

There you have it – a Dirt Pie ready to steal the show at any gathering. 🌟 Serve it up, watch those smiles light up, and enjoy this playful no-bake dessert adventure!

whole oreo dirt pie

Recipe Tips

  • Don’t press down too hard on the oreo cookie crust. If you press too much the cookie crust will come out hard, and be difficult to get out of the pie plate.
  • Strain the pudding. This will ensure you get a silky smooth pudding. I simply place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl and strain the chocolate pudding over. 
  • Refrigerate the pudding. The pudding needs time to set up so don’t skip up!
  • Cover the pudding while it’s in the refrigerator. This will help prevent a pudding skin from forming. Make sure the plastic wrap is in direct contact. 

Recipe Variations:

  • Take a shortcut: If you really are short on time, you can use a store-bought oreo crust, or use instant chocolate pudding, but if you can I recommend making these items ahead of time so it’s completely from scratch. It really is a showstopper of a dessert when it’s all made from scratch!
  • Make into pudding cups – You can easily make all the components and then assemble into dirt cups. Simply press a little of the Oreo cookie crumbs into the bottom of each cup, top with some of the chocolate pudding filling, and top with more crushed cookies and stick a few worms in!
  • Add whipped topping – Before placing on the cookie crumbs and gummy worms, add a layer of whipped cream! Whip up 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 2 Tbs. powdered sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla in your stand mixer until stiff peaks form.
spatula serving a slice of oreo dirt pie

Recipe FAQs:

Can I make this pie in advance?

Certainly! Prepare the pie a day ahead, cover in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.

Can I add other toppings?

Absolutely! Whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or even a drizzle of caramel can take this Dirt Pie to the next level.

How do I store leftovers?

Keep any leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. The crust may soften a bit.

Can I make this dirt pie in a different pan?

Yes you can use a square 9-inch pan instead of a pie plate. Or spread into a 9×13 pan, but the pie may not be as thick. 

More Recipes To Serve With This Dessert!

If you’re making this for a fun birthday party or kids Halloween party you could always serve a fun extra fun baking treats along side. For Halloween, try my homemade Halloween Oreos or these chocolate Halloween cut out sugar cookies.

When it comes to a birthday party, you can’t go wrong with my vanilla buttermilk cupcakes, or easy Funfetti layer cake.

forkful of Dirt pie

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Dirt Pie

Easy oreo cookie crust, homemade chocolate pudding filling, topped with more Oreo cookie crumbs and gummy worms!
5 from 4 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Chilling time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 43 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 648kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Pie crust:

  • 22 Oreo cookies
  • 5 Tablespoons (70 g) unsalted butter melted

Pudding:

  • 2/3 cup (134 g) granulated white sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 cups (720 ml) milk
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) unsalted butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate chopped

Toppings:

  • 10-12 Oreo cookies crushed into crumbs
  • gummy worms for garnish

Instructions

Make the oreo cookie crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Position a rack in the center of the oven.
  • In a food processor pulse oreo cookies into crumbs. Or you can place cookies in a large freezer bag and break down into crumbs with a rolling pin. 22 Oreo cookies
  • Dump cookie crumbs into a small bowl.
  • Stir in melted butter. Mixture will be very wet. 5 Tablespoons (70 g) unsalted butter
  • Press cookie crust mixture into the bottom and sides of a 9” pie pan. I like to use my hands, but you can also press down by using the bottom of a dry measuring cup.
  • Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove and cool completely before adding filling.

Make the pudding:

  • In a saucepan, combine sugar, salt, and cornstarch. Whisk well. Add in milk and egg yolks and whisk until combined. 2/3 cup (134 g) granulated white sugar 6 Tablespoons cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 egg yolks 3 cups (720 ml) milk
  • Heat on stovetop over medium heat, whisking constantly until mixture just reaches a boil, about 6 to 8 minutes. When mixture begins to bubble and thicken remove from the heat.
  • Stir in butter, chocolate and vanilla.Optional step: for a smooth pudding I like to strain it through a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl 2 tablespoons (28 g) unsalted butter 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 8 ounces semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate
  • Spread pudding into the oreo cookie crust and spread into an even layer. Cover with plastic wrap and Refrigerate until firm about 2 hours.

Assemble pie:

  • Sprinkle crushed Oreo cookies on top of pudding. 10-12 Oreo cookies
  • Place gummy worms on top of cookies. I like to tuck some of them half way into the “dirt” so they appear to be “coming out of the dirt”. Serve and enjoy! gummy worms

Notes

  • Make in advance/Storage: Prepare the pie a day ahead, cover in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. Keep any leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • Different pan: You can use a square 9-inch pan instead of a pie plate. Or spread into a 9×13 pan, but the pie may not be as thick.
  • Oreo cookie crust: Don’t press down too hard on the oreo cookie crust. If you press too much the cookie crust will come out hard, and be difficult to get out of the pie plate.
  • Strain the pudding. This will ensure you get a silky smooth pudding. I simply place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl and strain the chocolate pudding over.
  • Refrigerate the pudding. The pudding needs time to set up so don’t skip up!
  • Cover the pudding while it’s in the refrigerator. This will help prevent a pudding skin from forming. Make sure the plastic wrap is in direct contact.

Nutrition

Calories: 648kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 425mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 599IU | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 8mg
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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The creamy filling and Oreo crust were delicious, and the gummy worms added a fun touch. It was easy to make and everyone loved it!

    1. So happy to hear that everyone loved it, thank you so much!

  2. 5 stars
    Making this for a friend’s birthday ~ such a fun pie!

    1. It’s the perfect birthday treat, thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    That Oreo cookie crust! 🤤 And it’s perfect with the creamy, chocolaty inside. Loved everything about this!

    1. Wonderful, I am so glad that you loved it, thanks so much!

  4. 5 stars
    Yummy! The kids absolutely loved this as a special treat and it was so fun to make. Thank you!

    1. I’m so glad that you all had fun making my dirt pie, thank you so much!

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