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Kansas Dirt Cake

Kansas Dirt Cake

Also known as Kansas City Dirt Cake or simply Dirt Cake, Kansas Dirt Cake is a beloved dessert of preschoolers and potluck goers throughout America. I'm not entirely clear of what the association of this dessert is with Kansas, but it does seem to be particularly popular there.

The dessert is fairly simple to make and you can use your favorite flavor of pudding, white chocolate seems more traditional, but chocolate or vanilla are probably more common.

As popular as this dessert is, I don't think I'd ever made it or had it before (though my children were familiar with it). It did remind me a lot of the frozen Oreo cakes you can buy at the supermarket.


Kansas Dirt Cake


  • 8 oz Oreo cookies
  • 1 3.5 oz package white chocolate instant pudding
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 4 oz Cool whip, thawed


Crumble the Oreo cookies in a food processor. Alternatively, place them in a plastic bag and pass a rolling pin on them until semi-powdered. Set aside

Prepare instant pudding according to directions. Set aside

In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese with the powdered sugar and the softened butter.

In a large bowl, combine the pudding, the cream cheese mixture and the cool whipped.

Sprinkle half the cookie crumbs in the bottom of an 8"x8" glass dish. Pour or spoon the pudding mixture on top and then sprinkle the remaining cookie crumbs on top. Freeze or refrigerate for at least 6 hours before serving.

Adapted from Kristen Doyle's recipe at

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