Easy Dirt Dessert Recipe: How to Make a Boozy Dirt Cup Recipe

Easy Dirt Dessert Recipe — This boozy dirt cup recipe is a twist on a childhood favorite, but you can easily leave out the liquor to make a traditional dirt pudding recipe for the kids, and a dirt cup cocktail version for the adults!

Dirt Cup Cocktails by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Have you ever had oreo dirt pudding when you were little or a go-to dirt pudding recipe for your Mom-life arsenal?

They’re made with yummy chocolate pudding, gummy worms in dirt made from oreos, whipped cream, and chocolate cookie layers.

You got to love neon gummy worms poking out as if you had just scooped a cup from the garden versus whipping it up in your kitchen. They were always so fun, ick factor from eating “dirt” with “worms” and all!

I, Ashley, wanted to serve a spooky but chic cocktail at a Halloween party and was inspired by these nostalgic tricky treats. So I mixed up some layered dirt cups, but in cocktail form!

Even if you have never had the opportunity to eat these creepy-crawly childhood desserts, you can now enjoy them as a grown-up version with these Dirt Cup Cocktails!

I would say they are better than the real thing, but the booze might make me biased.

Dirt Cup Cocktails by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Worms in Dirt Dessert Recipe Tips

You can easily elevate the classic dirty cup adornments by adding edible flowers and mint to make it look more like a pretty potted plant than the typical childhood version. 

I also found spiking the gummy worms are a fun way to add more boos (ha!). Be careful as I found out in college, gummy candy will suck up ALL the liquor it’s soaked in and get slimy and really boozy unless that’s what you want to go for!

When adding the cool whip cream, cover the entire circumference of the glass and then add the straw (I like to use black and white paper straws this time of year) before topping with the cookie crumbs.

This will keep the cookie from getting into the drink. It’s fun to get the cookie, cocktail, and whipped cream all in one sip, but you don’t want soggy pieces chilling at the bottom of your glass.

 

Dirt Cup Cocktails by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Dirt Cup Cocktails by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

How to Make a Boozy Dirt Cup Recipe

Nothing says Halloween quite like worms in dirt, so we’ve got you covered!

You won’t need anything fancy to recreate this boozy dirt cup recipe unless you want to bust out the food processor for the crushed Oreos, or trifle dish for serving. 

There are ton of different dirt cake variations out there — some with instant pudding mix, french vanilla pudding, cool whip, whipped cream, and even a cream cheese mixture. Ours, however, is a very paired down version of this classic recipe. 

For ours, we’re using the following ingredients —

  • Crushed Oreos
  • Whipped cream (or substitute for a non-dairy whipped topping)
  • Vodka gummy worms
  • Edible flowers
  • Liquor
  • Sprinkle of powdered sugar (optional)

If you want to offer a *non-alcoholic version for party guests or kids, you can easily make these into dirt cup milkshakes!

Or you can also use a pudding mixture if you’d like a more traditional dirt cake, too — I provided the recipe for the regular recipe below. 

Dirt Cup Cocktails by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Dirt Cup Cocktails by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Halloween Party Ideas to Pair with a Dirt Dessert Recipe

Since we’re no stranger to an easy Halloween recipe, DIY, entertaining idea, or Halloween costumes, I thought I’d put together a list of my favorite pairing recommendations!

Dirt Cup Cocktails by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

 

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Dirt Cup Cocktails by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

If you are looking for a creepy cocktail (or mocktail) to make for your Halloween soiree, then these Dirt Cup Pudding Cocktails will be the hit of any monster mash.

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How To Make Easy Dirt Cup Cocktails

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Dirt Dessert Recipe: Easy Boozy Dirt Cup Recipe

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5 from 5 votes
This boozy dirt cup recipe is a twist on a childhood favorite, but you can easily leave out the liquor to make a traditional dirt pudding recipe for the kids, and a dirt cup cocktail version for the adults!
Total Time10 mins
Course Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 3 oz bourbon
  • 3 floz creme de cacao
  • 3 floz cream
  • 6 tbsp crushed chocolate cookies
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 gummy worms (or vodka soaked gummy worms!)
  • 2 mint sprigs
  • edible flowers
  • whipped cream
  • chocolate bitters (optional)

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 589kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 428mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 8mg
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 589kcal

Instructions

  • Add gummy worms to a container and add vodka to cover. Let soak for a few hours
  • Add the first 5 ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and double strain into a glass.
  • Add whipped cream to the glass to just below the rim, being sure to cover the cocktail. Add straw and spoon crushed cookie on top of the whipped cream. Add mint and edible flowers to the cookie layer and finally top with the vodka spiked gummy worms.
  • *To enjoy as a non-alcoholic beverage, make it into a milkshake by blending 1 cup milk with 4 tbsp sugar and 2 tbsp cocoa powder in a blend. Add 4 cups vanilla ice cream and bland. pour into 2 large glasses.
  • Top with whipped cream then the crushed cookie layer. Add mint and flowers followed by regular gummy worms.
KEYWORD: cocktail, desserts, drink, halloween, holiday, oreo, scary

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  2. I had been seeing all these pudding dirt cup recipes all over Instagram, but I like the idea of a cocktail so much more. Thanks for sharing this fun recipe!

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  3. Dirt cups!!! I totally forgot about dirt cups. What a delicious, fun Halloween treat. Thanks for the inspo and reconnect with my inner child ;)

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