A rich and creamy filling sandwich between chocolate cookie crumbles makes a delicious Dirt Cake. This recipe is easy to make a big batch of in a large aluminum foil pan to feed a crowd.
Big Batch Recipe of Dirt Cake
Always popular with kids and adults alike at graduation parties, family reunions, holiday meals, and big church dinners. This is one of the first pans to be cleaned out on the dessert table.
The combination of cream cheese, instant vanilla pudding, and Cool Whip sandwiched between layers of ground up Oreos is irresistible.
Since the Oreo crumbles look like dirt it is so easy to decorate this unique pudding dessert for a crowd. Simply add a few gummy worms to the cream layer before sprinkling the final cookie crumbs on top and you have an Oreo Pudding Dessert that’s even more fun!
This Big Batch Recipe is adapted from our very popular Dirt Cake.
- Cream cheese
- Powdered sugar
- Instant vanilla pudding
- Cool Whip
How Many People Does This Serve?
Being one of the most popular potluck desserts this is a recipe that the majority of people are likely to take a scoop off.
If a reasonable, consistent size scoop is served this recipe could feed 40 – 50 people.
Since it’s so popular and we know that people eat with their eyes, in a self serve situation this dish may only make 30 extra large scoops. Especially if kids see the pan and there aren’t a lot of other fun deserts to chose from.
The big variables are how many other options are on available in the potluck or serving line.
Individual cups sound nice, but are a bit tricky to make and keep clean without pudding smears on the top. It can also be tricky to store those in a home refrigerator.
Carrying a plate of food, a drink and a cup of dirt cake can also be tricky too.
What To Serve Dirt Cake In
I use a large rectangular rack aluminum roaster pan that is about 16 x 11 x 2 1/2″. The approximate square inches are 197 in this type of foil pan. The size of large foil pans do vary greatly.
A 9 x 13″ pan is about 117 square inches, so this recipe can also be made in two 9×13″ pans.
Pan dimensions don’t have to be exact. When adjusting the size of the pan the thickness of the Dirt Pudding will change.
How to Make Dirt Cake For A Crowd
A day or two ahead of time or when you’re ready to make the dessert crush up the Oreos in a food processor.
If making ahead of time store in an airtight container.
In a large mixing bowl (one that you typically use for regular sized recipes) add softened butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar.
Use an electric mixer to stir well. There should be very minimal if any lumps.
In a very large commerical sized 16 or 20 quart mixing bowl measure out the milk.
Add boxes of instant vanilla pudding and use a whisk to stir well.
Then add the defrosted Cool Whip and use a spatula to fold until mixed.
Finally add the cream cheese mixture in a few different spot to make stirring easier
Using a long handled, solid metal spoon stir everything together gently.
Take half of the crushed Oreos and sprinkle in the bottom of the large metal pan.
I like to take a couple minutes and press them out evenly to make the top a bit more smooth.
Carefully take the large mixing bowl and pour the pudding mixture as evenly as possible over top of the crushed cookies.
Use a spatula to gently smooth out the mixture.
Spread remaining cookie crumbs on top.
Cover with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate. I prefer foil because it’s more durable with the large pan, especially if carrying or transporting is necessary.
Place in the refrigerator for a few hours until chilled.
This Oreo pudding dessert will be best if served within 1 -2 days.
Tips & Tricks For A Big Batch:
- Have a commercial sized 16 or 20 quart mixing bowl to make this recipe. What we typically refer to as a “large mixing bowl” will not give you adequate room to stir.
- We have a mini food processor which can take a while to crush the Oreos, so we like to do that step a day ahead of time.
- Ensure that the whipped topping (Cool Whip) is properly defrosted in the refrigerator so that it easily stirs into the other creamy ingredients. If you stack three bowls on top of each other it may take longer to thaw.
- Use a long handled serving spoon that is firm to stir the ingredients and to serve with so that the handle doesn’t fall in the large pan while serving.
- If there’s a generic chocolate sandwich cookie that you like as much as Oreos it should work fine, but don’t use stale cookies or cookies that lack flavor.
- Plan ahead to make sure there is adequate space to store the pan in a level spot in your refrigerator.
- Always support the bottom, center of the pan when moving to avoid mixing the layers of dirt pudding.
More Recipes for a Crowd:
Brisket in a Roaster makes great sandwiches.
Another Oreo dessert that is easier to portion out is this Oreo Pudding Pie, however multiples would be needed to feed a crowd.
Dirt Cake For A Crowd
- 30 ounces Oreos
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 16 ounces cream cheese softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 7 cups milk
- 20.4 ounces instant vanilla pudding 4 large boxes
- 24 ounces Cool Whip 3 small containers
- Crush Oreos or other chocolate sandwich cookies in a food processor.
- Sprinkle half in the bottom of a large ungreased aluminum foil pan with approximate dimensions of 16 x 11 x 2 1/2". Use fingers to spread out and gently press into an even layer.
- Set aside remaining Oreos.
- In a large mixing bowl cream butter, cream cheese and confectioners sugar.
- In a commerical sized 16 – 20 quart mixing bowl Whisk pudding and milk together.
- Add Cool Whip to pudding and fold in.
- Gently add scoops of the creamy mixture to the pudding mixture and continue to fold until mixed.
- Pour filling over top of the Oreo base. Take care not to displace bottom layer of Oreos while spreading out the filling evenly.
- Sprinkle remaining Oreos on top, cover with foil or plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours until ready to serve.
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