Dirt Cake Parfaits

Dirt Cake Parfaits are just like a classic dirt cake, but in single servings made from alternating layers of crushed Oreos and a light cream filling.

Dirt Cake is a favorite family dessert, but this parfait version is even better for serving at parties! They pair well with other individual desserts like Pretzel Rods or Vanilla Cupcakes for a dessert table spread.

Four dirt cake parfaits in mason jars

Individual Dirt Cakes

Hi, it’s me – Lily! AGAIN!

One of our favorite treats is Dirt Cake. My mom and I thought it would be fun to make a parfait version of it. It has all the same ingredients as regular dirt cake, but it’s layered in a jar instead of one big pan.

I think this is a fun way to serve the dessert for parties. Then everyone can have their very own personal dirt cake!

Speaking of parties, we actually made a pink version of these dirt cake parfaits so they could be used for a Valentine’s party. You could make them any color for any occasion!

Oreos to use in dirt cake parfait recipe

How to Make Them

OREOS. Begin by smashing up Oreos. I use a food processor to crush up the cookies, but you can also put them in a ziplock bag and roll them with a rolling pin until they are finely crushed. Do not remove the cream center before crushing.

CREAM. Mix cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar with mixer in a medium bowl. Fold in cool whip until well blended. In a separate bowl mix pudding mix and milk with a whisk. Once combined well, add pudding to cream cheese mixture.

LAYER. Place a few tablespoons of Oreo crumbs in your container of choice. Add some of the creamy mixture, and a few more tablespoons of Oreo Crumbs. Top off with some more cream mixture and sprinkle on a few more crumbs. Top off with a whole Oreo on top.

*Note: We used small jars because we thought they would look really pretty, but if serving to little kids I suggest using clear plastic cups. With jars, you can make about 6-7 parfaits. Using the smaller plastic cups will allow you to make more.

SERVE. Refrigerate until ready to serve, and serve cool.

Recipe Tips:

  • Add the creamy mixture to a gallon bag and cutting off the corner so it goes in the jar more easily.
  • To get any bubbles out of the cream mixture, bang the bottom of the jar down on a wash cloth on the table.
  • Be sure that you buy INSTANT pudding mix and not the pudding that you need to cook.
  • Whole milk makes a creamier pudding
  • It’s super important that the butter and cream cheese are soft so they mix together well with the other ingredients.

Cream Mixture for dirt cake parfaits

Making Ahead & Storing

Make these the night before and cover the individual cups with plastic wrap or foil and store them in the fridge until ready to serve. You could also prepare the Oreos and pudding and store separately until you’re ready to assemble it the day it will be served.

The Oreo dirt parfaits will last several days STORED in the fridge, but the Oreos may start to get a little soggy after the first 24 hours. 

To FREEZE, seal the individual servings with lids and store them in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. Serve frozen or let them thaw for a couple hours in the fridge before serving.

Valentine's style Dirt Cake Parfait with pink cream mixture

Valentine’s Dirt Cake Parfaits

We made a Valentine’s version by adding pink food coloring to the cream mixture, and topping the trifles with Valentine’s themed sprinkles.

You could easily switch up this recipe for any holiday or occasion by using any color or festive topping!

Oreo dirt cups in mason jars

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Dirt Cake Parfait Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Dirt Cake Parfaits are just like a classic dirt cake, but in single servings made from alternating layers of crushed Oreos and a light cream filling.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 355 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz cool whip
  • 1 box instant white chocolate pudding mix or vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 sleeves oreos
  • extra oreos for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Begin by smashing up Oreos. I put mine in my food processor and blended until they were crumbs. Set aside.
  • Mix cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar with mixer in a medium bowl. Fold in cool whip until well blended. In a separate bowl mix pudding mix and milk with a whisk. Once combined well, add pudding to cream cheese mixture.
  • Place a few tablespoons of oreo crumbs in your cup or small jar. Add some of the creamy mixture (I do this by adding the creamy mixture to a gallon bag and cutting off the corner so it goes in the jar more easily.) Bang down on a wash cloth on the table to get all bubbles out. Add a few more tablespoons of oreo Crumbs. Top off with some more cream mixture and sprinkle on a few more crumbs. Top off with a whole Oreo on top.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. These look soooo cute! We love dirt pudding and that hot pink dirt pudding is the bomb! 🙂 Visiting from your Link Party Palooza Party. Thank you and the rest for hosting such a great party! Pinned and tweeted…of course! Have a great weekend!

  2. Yum! What a great yummy idea! Looks so good, and you can never go wrong with the sweet taste of oreos! Saying hi from the party bunch!
    Cathy

  3. Questions:
    1) Did you remove the center of the oreos before crushing?
    2) Large whipped cream being 16oz?
    3) Is the pudding instant?

    Looks so yummy! I can’t wait to make it for my 2 little girls! They love pink also.

    1. Just fixed the recipe… 1 – I did not remove the center of the Oreos. 2 – It was an 8 oz. cool whip tub. 3 – Yes, it is instant pudding. 😉 I hope your girls love it! My kids loved them. 🙂

  4. These are almost too cute to eat, Kristyn …almost! 😉 Love them so much that I included them in my “Wednesday PINSday!” post today featuring my favorite pins of the week! You can find it here: http://bit.ly/17TmHhQ … Thanks so much for sharing! Have a lovely day!!

    1. A trifle bowl?? ANd yes, that would be great but you may have to double the recipe depending on the size of your bowl. 😉

    1. Sorry about that!! You can use 1 – 3.9 oz box. 😉 If you are making more than 4 cups, I’d use two boxes. 😉

      1. 5 stars
        Really? Huh. I made it the morning of Feb. 9th and used the small 1-oz box, and it tasted great and had a great consistency. Go figure! Love the recipe! Made a great tasting and pretty Valentine’s dessert for my book club. Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    How do you make pink food coloring or where do you buy it or do you just use so many drops of red food coloring with creamy mixture to get the pink look??? Can you please reply here in comments I cannot recall my email password, I have it written down in a notebook but I have to find it.. I guess if I checked my emails more often I’d remember it, lol.

    1. You just add few drops of red to the cream to get a pink…the more drops you add, the more red it will be. Hope that helps!!

  6. 5 stars
    These look absolutely yummy! Thank you for posting. Just change the color of the food coloring for different holidays

  7. Hi! These look amazing! Will be using them this weekend for Mother’s Day, quick question, on recipe it says 1/2-8 ozcream cheese…does that mean use 1/2 of the 8 oz or will I be using all 8oz cream cheese? Thanks for your help!

    1. Perfect for Mother’s Day! You will just need 4 ounces of cream cheese. Hope you all enjoy them! Thanks so much 🙂