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 Summary

prep:
30 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9x13-inch baking dish
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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

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

  • 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."

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

  • 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.

Cook'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!

Nutrition Facts

795 calories; protein 8.1g; carbohydrates 110.6g; fat 37.1g; cholesterol 46.6mg; sodium 722.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (13)

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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2020
Turns out amazing every time! My whole family loves it and goes so quick! Read More
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15 Ratings
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2018
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 you will have a large amount of left over pudding mixture. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2018
Made this for a demonstration speech in my Public Speaking class! Was a hit, though messy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2020
Turns out amazing every time! My whole family loves it and goes so quick! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2018
Great taste and seems to be a hit! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2017
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2015
I think it was perfect the way it was Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2017
This was really easy and yummy! We added a haunted twist to ours and made it a haunted pumpkin patch with skeletons (see pic)! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2018
Looks super cute and tastes great Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2015
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. Read More
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