Graveyard Dirt Cups

  • By KJ

Graveyard Dirt Cups are a deliciously spooky Halloween treat. No tricks here. Individual cups are filled with a smooth chocolate cheesecake filling and crumbly Oreo cookies. Each cup is topped with gummy worms and cookie “tombstones.”

Graveyard dirt cups are a hit with kids. They’ll love getting their own individual chocolatey cup with wiggly, silly worms.

But the fun isn’t reserved for the young folks. Adults will rave over these decadent desserts.

That’s because they’re not your average Halloween dirt cups. No packaged pudding here. We’re talking about a decadent cream cheese base with real whipped cream and a delicious Milano cookie on top.

You might just have to fight a kiddo to get one.

Graveyard Dirt Cups decorated and ready for Halloween!

Graveyard Dirt Cups

Graveyard Dirt Cups are a deliciously spooky Halloween treat. No tricks here. Individual cups are filled with a smooth chocolate cheesecake filling and crumbly Oreo cookies. Each cup is topped with gummy worms and cookie “tombstones.” 

Graveyard dirt cups are a hit with kids. They’ll love getting their own individual chocolatey cup with wiggly, silly worms. 

But the fun isn’t reserved for the young folks. Adults will rave over these decadent desserts. 

That’s because they’re not your average Halloween dirt cups. No packaged pudding here. We’re talking about a decadent cream cheese base with real whipped cream and a delicious Milano cookie on top. 

You might just have to fight a kiddo to get one.

Graveyard Dirt Cups decorated and ready for Halloween!

Why KJ Loves

Graveyard Dirt Cups

Graveyard Dirt Cups

I love how fun these dirt cups are! With a fun, spooky, festive spin, these Graveyard Dirt Cups are the perfect dessert for Halloween. You’ll have to resist the urge to not eat all of the chocolate cheesecake filling before assembling the dirt cups…trust me, the temptation is strong!

A bowl of whipped cream cheese with melted chocolate.

Graveyard Dirt Cup Ingredients

These ingredients are rich and simple.

Cream cheese

The base of this Halloween dessert is a no-bake cheesecake filling! Make sure the cream cheese is properly softened before you get to work. 

Chocolate

Melted chocolate gets whipped into the cream cheese filling to make it perfectly decadent. Semi-sweet chocolate works great here. 

Heavy whipping cream

A quick, homemade whipped cream is folded into the creamy cheesecake filling to make it light and airy. 

Oreo cookies

Oreo cookies are smashed and crumbled to create the “dirt” layers in this dessert. Grab the ones that are regular, not the double-stuffed as the extra filling will make it hard to smash the cookies into crumbs. 

Gummy worms

I like to use regular gummy worms, but you could use sour gummy worms too! Wiggly, colorful, and fun!

Milano cookies

Milano cookies are the perfect shape to mimic a tombstone! 🪦 Each dirt cup uses half a Milano cookie. 

Black Writing Icing

Go the extra mile and grab a tube of black icing to write out “RIP” on all of the tombstone cookies

Chocolate cheesecake filling whipped in a bowl.

Making Graveyard Dirt Cups

The Steps

You can build these graveyard dirt cups in small glass mason jars or glass cups. Or, you can use clear plastic cups for easy cleanup. The key is to make sure you can see the fun layers!  

Stir together the cream cheese, whipped cream, and melted chocolate. Then crumble the Oreos and break the Milano cookies in half. You can use the black frosting to write RIP on each “tombstone.” 

To assemble the cups, spoon in the chocolate cheesecake filling, top with crumbled Oreo cookies, and then add some gummy worms and your cookie tombstone. 

This is a fun activity—get friends and family involved in decorating and let each person put their own spin on the treats! 

Make-Ahead Tips

These graveyard dirt cups can be made in advance and refrigerated. 

If you’re making these in advance, wait to add the Oreo topping and Milano cookies until close to serving time. You don’t want them to get soggy! 😱

Refrigeration

These desserts will need to be refrigerated since the base is cream cheese and whipped cream. They are best served cold.

Fluffy whipped cream folded into the chocolate cheesecake filling.

Spooky Toppings

You could go all out and decorate your graveyard dirt cups with other Halloween-themed candies. 

Top the desserts with candy eyeballs, ghost Peeps, or cute candy corn pumpkins. You could even make your own Halloween-themed chocolate shapes by piping melted chocolate onto parchment paper. Have fun with it! 👻

Then dig into your chocolatey grave and enjoy.

A close-up photo of the top of a graveyard dirt cup.

Looking for other Chocolate Desserts? Check these out!

Brownie Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

No-Bake Chocolate Espresso Tart

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Graveyard Dirt Cups decorated and ready for Halloween!

Graveyard Dirt Cups


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Graveyard Dirt Cups are a deliciously spooky Halloween treat. No tricks here. Individual cups are filled with a smooth chocolate cheesecake filling and crumbly Oreo cookies. Each cup is topped with gummy worms and cookie “tombstones.” 

Graveyard dirt cups are a hit with kids. They’ll love getting their own individual chocolatey cup with wiggly, silly worms. 

But the fun isn’t reserved for the young folks. Adults will rave over these decadent desserts. 

That’s because they’re not your average Halloween dirt cups. No packaged pudding here. We’re talking about a decadent cream cheese base with real whipped cream and a delicious Milano cookie on top. 

You might just have to fight a kiddo to get one.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups crushed chocolate sandwich cookies, such as Oreo’s

Topping ideas:

  • Gummy worms (regular or sour)
  • Milano cookies as “tombstones” (use black icing to write RIP for a spooky addition!)
  • Whipped Cream
  • Candy corn
  • Candy pumpkins

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the melted chocolate and cream together until combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream on medium speed until stiff peaks form, about a few minutes. Carefully fold the whipped cream into the chocolate cream cheese mixture until completely combined and smooth.
  3. Assemble the Graveyard Dirt Cups by adding a layer of crumbled cookies (dirt) to the bottom of a  6-8 oz glass or jar. Dollop some of the cheesecake filling in, another layer of crumbled cookie dirt, followed by another layer of cheesecake filling to the top. Evenly distribute the filling and cookie crumbles between 4 glasses/jars.
  4. Top the Graveyard Dirt Cups with additional crumbled cookie dirt, gummy worms, and Milano cookie tombstones. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to a day or two in advance and serve cold. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Get creative with your Graveyard Dirt Cup toppings! Gummy worms, Milano cookie tombstones, candy corn, or candy pumpkins!
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: No-Bake

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 626
  • Sugar: 29.2g
  • Sodium: 280mg
  • Fat: 48.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.8g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 8.2g
  • Cholesterol: 124mg
Milano cookies as tombstones with RIP written on them with black icing.

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