This easy Christmas dirt cake recipe will be the star of the dessert table. Everyone will go crazy over the creamy layers of Oreo cookies and pudding. It is so festive topped with Christmas tree cakes and sure to be a hit.

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Christmas dirt cake recipe

Dirt cake is always a popular dessert anytime of year. We jazzed it up for Christmas and I think you will love it. It is simply amazing and each bite is so decadent.

The Little Debbie snack cakes on top make it so fun and really cute. Everyone will ask for this again and again. It is really easy to make so you can easily turn this into an annual tradition.

Go ahead and make Grinch Brownies and Christmas Rice Krispie Treats for another festive treat. We also love Christmas Crunch Recipe.

Ingredients for recipe: cool whip, cream cheese, milk, pudding, Christmas tree cakes.

Ingredients:

  • Golden Oreos
  • Cream Cheese. This needs to be softened.
  • Butter. Let this soften.
  • Cool Whip
  • Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix. We used vanilla but white chocolate would be delicious too.
  • Milk. Whole milk will give the pudding the richest flavor.
  • Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes
  • Christmas Sprinkles. You can use any type you have or prefer.
Baking dish with Christmas dirt cake topped with Christmas tree cakes.

How to make Christmas dirt cake

  • First, crush the Oreos. We used a food processor. If you do not have one, put the cookies in a ziplock bag and crush with the back of a wooden spoon or rolling pin.
  • Then put about 2/3 of the crushed oreo cookies in the bottom of a 9X13 pan.
Four photos of making oreo crust and mixing pudding layer.
  • Next, add the cream cheese and butter to a large bowl. Cream this together with a hand held mixer or stand mixer until smooth.
  • Once combined, add the powdered sugar and one of the 16 ounce containers of whipped cream. Mix this together and be gentle while folding in whipped cream.
  • Get out a separate bowl and whisk together the milk and vanilla pudding mixes. Once this is combined together, fold the pudding mixture into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Now pour this mixture over the crushed Oreo cookies in the baking dish.
Baking dish topped with whipped cream.
  • Top with the remaining crushed up Oreos and the remaining cool whip.
  • Put this in the fridge covered for at least 2 hours before serving.
  • Finally, right before serving, add the sprinkles and the Little Debbie Christmas trees.
Baking dish with Christmas dirt cake topped with Christmas tree cakes.

How to store Christmas dirt cake:

Leftovers should be covered and placed in the fridge. They will last up to 5 to 7 days.

Honestly, we rarely have leftovers. Our family loves this and usually goes back for more.

Can you make in advance?

Yes, you can make this dessert up to 24 hours in advance. I wouldn’t make it any sooner than that because the oreo cookies will get too soft.

Just make sure to wait to add the sprinkles and cakes right before serving.

Baking dish with Christmas dirt cake topped with Christmas tree cakes.
Baking dish with Christmas dirt cake topped with Christmas tree cakes.

Tips and tricks for Christmas Tree dirt cake:

  • Christmas trees. You can change the flavor by substituting chocolate Christmas tree cakes in this recipe.
  • Pudding flavors. We used vanilla but any flavor can be used. Chocolate fans will love chocolate pudding in this recipe.
  • Instant Pudding. Make sure to use instant pudding or the dirt cake mixture might end up runny. The instant pudding helps it to have a firm consistency.
  • Oreo cookies. Any flavor of cookies can be used in this dirt cake recipe. Traditional Oreo cookies taste delicious or try flavors such as peanut butter, red velvet and more.
  • Cool Whip. Make sure to completely thaw the whipped topping before using.
  • Cream cheese and butter. Both of these should be softened before mixing together. I like to sit both of these on the counter to soften while I am getting the crust ready.
  • Topping. It is important that you do not add the tree cakes until right before serving. If you add these too early, they will soften and topple over.
  • Seasonal. Make this year round by skipping the Christmas trees. Add gummy worms instead to the dirt cake. You can switch out the Little Debbie snack cakes for other seasonal cakes.

Make Little Debbie Christmas Tree Dirt Cake.

Once you try it, this dessert will quickly become one of your favorite dessert recipes. Friends and family will go crazy over this amazing recipe.

We enjoy making it every Christmas and modify it to enjoy all year long. It is so easy and delicious.

Baking dish with Christmas dirt cake topped with Christmas tree cakes.

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Christmas Dirt Cake

4.65 from 73 votes
Everyone will go crazy over Christmas dirt cake with layers of Oreo cookies and pudding. It is festive with Christmas tree cakes and tasty.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cover and refrigerate 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 501

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Golden Oreos 15.5 oz
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup Butter softened
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 16 oz Cool Whip
  • 2 pkg Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix (3.3 oz)
  • 3 cups Milk
  • Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes
  • Christmas Sprinkles
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Instructions

  • Crush the Oreos in a food processor or blend and place 2/3 of them in the bottom of a 9X13 pan. Set aside.
  • Cream together the cream cheese and butter with a hand held mixer or stand up mixer until smooth. Then mix in the powdered sugar and 16 oz cool whip.
  • Then in a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and vanilla pudding mixes. Then fold this mixture into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Pour this mixture over the Oreos in the 9X13 pan.
  • Then top with the remaining crushed up Oreos and the remaining cool whip.
  • Cover and refrigerate the cake for a minimum of 2 hours before serving.
  • Decorate the cake with the sprinkles and Little Debbie Christmas trees right before serving and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 501kcal, Carbohydrates 64g, Protein 6g, Fat 26g, Saturated Fat 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat 4g, Monounsaturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 53mg, Sodium 404mg, Potassium 187mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 46g, Vitamin A 655IU, Calcium 142mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Sarah says:

    So to make sure I understand. There are no Christmas tree cakes in this recipe.. just set
    On top, correct? I tried
    To read all the way thru, but it was hard to navigate and fear i may have skipped..thx

    1. Carrie says:

      Yes, we decorated the top of the dirt cake with the Christmas Tree Cakes.