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"Dirt Pudding" Pumpkin Patch



  • 1 Tbsp. (or more) extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 (14 ounce) packages chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreo®)

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 3 1/2 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 (optional)

  • 40 candy (mellocreme) pumpkins1/2 cup vanilla frosting (optional)

  • 1 drop green food coloring


Step 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.

Step 2

Place cream cheese, butter, and confectioner's sugar in food processor; mix until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Step 3

Whisk milk and pudding mixes together in a bowl until pudding is thickened; fold in whipped topping. Stir in cream cheese-butter mixture.

Step 3

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."

Step 4

Place pumpkin candy in rows with enough room to for frosting "vines" and "leaves."

Step 5

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.

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