I found this unfinished post from nearly a year ago that I apparently started and never finished. Oops! Oh, well, it doesn't lessen the awesomeness of this dessert, one of my all time favorites!
I'm in the middle of my summer vacation here at my mom's house in Maine and having a fabulous time. I love it here. The weather has been (mostly) beautiful and we've had an enjoyable time relaxing by the pool and just enjoying what Maine has to offer (which is lots, by the way.)
But, being away from my own home isn't going to keep me out of the kitchen! But turning on the oven on a hot day? No, thank you. So, when we had a beautiful day earlier this week and had company in the form of one of my favorite people in the world, I wanted a cool and easy dessert. Dirt cake totally fit the bill. Normal dirt cake is made with classic Oreos and vanilla pudding, but I like to shake things up a bit. Sometimes, I use lemon cookies and pudding and call it sand cake!
1 lb Orea cookies (I'm cheap and used generic Oreos, chocolate ones and yellow ones)
8 oz cream cheese (I prefer the lower fat neufchâtel)
1/2 cup softened margarine
1 cup powdered sugar
12 oz Cool Whip
2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding
3 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
In a large bowl, mix the sugar, margarine and cream cheese until well blended and smooth (make sure there are no lumps!) Fold in the Cool Whip.
Either in a food processor or in a large ziploc bag with a rolling, crush the cookies (but not too fine, a little bit chunky is okay).
For individual desserts, layer in small bowls. Clear dessert bowls work best :) Enjoy!