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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.

Dirt cake parfaits

Individual Dirt Cakes

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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.

festive 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!

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5 from 14 votes

Dirt Cake Parfait Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
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.
Servings: 6
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

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
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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.

Nutrition

Calories: 355kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 285mg, Potassium: 151mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 35g, Vitamin A: 617IU, Calcium: 118mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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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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33 Comments

  1. Joy says:

    5 stars
    We love your dirt cake recipe, so of course had to make these for a party. They were a hit!!

  2. katerina @ diethood.com says:

    5 stars
    This is such an amazing dessert!! We LOVE It!! Thank you!

  3. wilhelmina says:

    5 stars
    So dang yummy! My daughter helped me make them and we colored hers purple and added sprinkles. She loved every bite!

  4. Allyson Reed Zea says:

    5 stars
    These turned out fantastic, thank you for the easy recipe!

  5. Sharon says:

    You didn’t mention how you got it pink? Strawberries?

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      I mention it below the pictures…I added pink food coloring to the cream mixture 🙂 Enjoy!!

  6. Esmeralda says:

    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. Lil' Luna says:

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

  7. Barbara says:

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

    1. Lil' Luna says:

      Exactly!! 🙂 Thank you so much!! Enjoy!

  8. Janet Blubaugh says:

    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. Lil' Luna says:

      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!!

  9. Gale says:

    Please answer soon! What size box of pudding? Help!

    1. Lil' Luna says:

      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. Gale says:

        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!

  10. Jenn says:

    Could you use a large truffle bowl?

    1. Lil' Luna says:

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