Recipe By Strange-1
Published Apr 2nd
Prep 30m Cook - Additional - Ready In 30m
Servings 1 9x13-inch baking dish Calories 795.1

I was bringing a dessert to a ‘spooky Halloween dinner,’ and wanted to make something creative. I had heard of the ‘dirt cup’ recipes with gummy worms before, but I wanted to do something a little different, so I adapted the recipe to this! Kiddos loved it and so did the adults!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 (14 ounce) packages chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreo®)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 ½ cups milk
  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (5 ounce) bag gummy worm candies
  • 40 candy (mellocreme) pumpkins
  • ½ cup vanilla frosting
  • 1 drop green food coloring

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Crush cookies in 2 or 3 batches in a food processor. Pulse until you get fine crumbs, about 30 seconds per batch. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. 2 Place cream cheese, butter, and confectioner's sugar in food processor; mix until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  3. 3 Whisk milk and pudding mixes together in a bowl until pudding is thickened; fold in whipped topping. Stir in cream cheese-butter mixture.
  4. 4 Press 1/3 of the cookie crumbs onto the bottom of a 9x13-inch pan. Sprinkle half of the gummy worms on the crumb layer. Spread half of the pudding mixture over the crumbs and candy. Carefully layer another 1/3 of the crumbs over the pudding mixture and sprinkle on more gummy worms. Add the last layer of cookie crumbs and smooth them out for your "pumpkin patch."
  5. 5 Place pumpkin candy in rows with enough room to for frosting "vines" and "leaves."
  6. 6 Tint frosting with green food coloring and transfer to piping bag. Connect pumpkins with "vines" and add swirling tendrils. Switch to a leaf tip and create some leaves.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 795.1
  • Carbohydrate 110.6 g
  • Cholesterol 46.6 mg
  • Fat 37.1 g
  • Fiber 2.5 g
  • Protein 8.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 18.8 g
  • Sodium 722.7 mg
  • Sugar 80.5 g

Chef's Notes

If you need to store, store chilled until ready to serve; Goes great for Halloween, but you can adapt the recipe for almost anytime!


  1. Turns out amazing every time! My whole family loves it and goes so quick!
  2. Looks super cute and tastes great
  3. Very good however unless you watch the video first, there is an omission in step 4 of the written directions. It leaves out adding the remaining half of the pudding mixture after you have added the remaining gummy worms and has you adding the final layer of crumbs so make sure to note this or - Read more ...
  4. Made this for a demonstration speech in my Public Speaking class! Was a hit, though messy.
  5. Great taste and seems to be a hit!
  6. This was really easy and yummy! We added a haunted twist to ours and made it a haunted pumpkin patch with skeletons (see pic)!
  7. Made this for my granddaughter's 10th birthday tiday. Haven't served it yet but I tasted all the componsnts. As usual it's yummy like all dirt cakes.
  8. I've never seen this done as a pumpkin patch! My daughter and I made it layered in a pumpkin pail to share at gymnastics. Big hit! I used store bought green frosting instead of mixing my own.
  9. I think it was perfect the way it was

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