Harvest Dirt Trifle Recipe
Celebrate this year’s harvest with a delicious Harvest Dirt Trifle. It’s a take off a classic Dirt Cake, which has been dolled up in a pretty trifle bowl. Don’t worry, though, it has the same crushed Oreo cookies in it to make the “dirt.” Cream cheese and vanilla pudding are mixed with Cool Whip to make up the other layers. Cool and scrumptious!
Happy harvest, y’all! It’s that great time of year when the leaves change color and the nights cool off and finally let me sleep. Help me celebrate with a Harvest Dirt Trifle; my version of a dirt cake layered beautifully in a trifle bowl. Orange food coloring was added to the vanilla pudding layer for that splash of color.
Let’s make dirt for your Harvest Dirt Trifle
My new food processor made quick work of turning my Oreo cookies into dirt. You can also use a blender, or put the cookies in a large freezer bag and crush with a rolling pin or meat cleaver. Use whatever you’ve got, but the more broken up the cookies are, the better and more dirt-like.
That cool-looking orange layer
Throw some orange food coloring in with your vanilla pudding layer, which is also part Cool Whip. Add it to the vanilla pudding layer, since it already has a tint of coloring in it. This way the last layer (the cream cheese layer) will be bright white. Food coloring is great, lots of possibilities here: green for St. Patrick’s Day, red or pink for Valentine’s Day, purple for my birthday. HA!
Making the bright white layer
Last, but never least, is the cream cheese layer. This also has confectioners sugar and more Cool Whip it in. I keep this one bright white for the stark color contrast between it and the “dirt” layer. Your Harvest Dirt Trifle is almost done. Time to start spooning in the layers. Using a large trifle bowl, layer half of the crushed Oreo cookies on the bottom, followed by half of the vanilla pudding mixture, then half of the cream cheese mixture. Repeat the layers and you’re done. I threw about 5 roughly chopped Oreo’s on top for garnish.
Make this delicious dessert for Halloween and you could also garnish with gummy worms or some other creepy candy. If you use the gummy worms, stick a few on the inside of the bowl before you fill it. This way you’ll be able to see them in the bowl after it’s been filled. Worms in dirt…yummy.
Harvest Dirt Trifle
- 14.3 oz. bag Oreo cookies, crushed
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 16 oz. tub Cool Whip, divided
- 2 - 3.4 oz. boxes vanilla pudding
- 3 cups milk
- orange food coloring
- Crush the Oreo cookies, set aside.
- Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar and half of the Cool Whip until well blended. Set aside.
- Beat the dry pudding mix into the milk. Mix thoroughly. Add the rest of the Cool Whip and the food coloring until thoroughly mixed and until you've reached the color consistency you want.
- Using a large trifle dish, layer half the crushed Oreos on the bottom. Next, spoon in half the pudding mixture, then half of the cream cheese mixture. Repeat layers. Keep refrigerated.
- Garnish top with 5 chopped Oreo cookies. (optional)
Looking for other dessert ideas? Try an Apple Pear Cream Cheese Tart or here’s another trifle for you: Strawberry Kiwi Trifle. Have a blessed day and don’t forget to pin one of these pictures to your Pinterest wall. See you for the next recipe.
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