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.
Why KJ Loves
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!
Graveyard Dirt Cup Ingredients
These ingredients are rich and simple.
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.
Melted chocolate gets whipped into the cream cheese filling to make it perfectly decadent. Semi-sweet chocolate works great here.
A quick, homemade whipped cream is folded into the creamy cheesecake filling to make it light and airy.
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.
I like to use regular gummy worms, but you could use sour gummy worms too! Wiggly, colorful, and fun!
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
Making Graveyard Dirt Cups
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!
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! 😱
These desserts will need to be refrigerated since the base is cream cheese and whipped cream. They are best served cold.
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.
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