"I grew up on a farm in Missouri," says singer-songwriter Sara Evans. "I'm one of seven kids. So, Missouri dirt cake is one of the desserts that we requested a lot. Easy to make, it's just a few steps, and it makes a huge batch." This simple Southern recipe is the perfect finish to a potluck. With only 6 ingredients, Missouri Dirt Cake is a favorite among kids and adults alike – and the only thing you'll need to plan for is the chill time before serving.


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

3 hrs 30 mins
20 mins
12 servings


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Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk together cream cheese and whipped topping in a large bowl.

  • Prepare pudding using two cups of milk. Fold pudding and powdered sugar into cream cheese mixture.

  • Press three cups of crushed cookies into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish; set aside remaining cookies.

  • Spoon pudding mixture over cookies. Sprinkle reserved cookies over pudding. Cover and chill until firm, about 3 hours.

  • NOTE: We tested with Cool Whip Original Whipped Topping and Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies.