Cookie Monster Dirt Cake

August 4, 2017

It was my son’s first birthday! Such a momentous day and I needed the perfect smash cake. I search high and low for the perfect egg free cake, which is hard to come by. I visited a local bakery and was told there was not one item in the whole store that was egg free, bummer. So I went digging and realized I had the answer all along. As a kid my mom used to make us the best dessert for birthdays called dirt cake (I am sure you remember the cake with the Oreo cookies chopped up to look like dirt with worms coming out). Of course gobbled it up … so why wouldn’t my son on his birthday? I took my mom’s recipe and tweaked it a little to fit our Cookie Monster theme. I realize this is not a healthy recipe in any way, but it was fun to splurge. I hope your child enjoys it like mine did, proof below! 


  • 2 x 1 pound packages of crème filled chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 8 ounces of low-fat free cream cheese
  • 12 ounces whipped topping
  • 8 ounces instant white chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 stick of butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 ½ cups milk
  • 1-10 Chocolate chip cookies (1 if you want to just make the mouth, more to decorate the base)
  • Blue food coloring
  • 2 brown M&M’s or chocolate chips

*You can double the recipe depending on how big your bowl is. This filled my trifle bowl and a 4 cup bowl I used for my son’s personal smash cake. It fed our entire family (we had 15 people) and we even had leftovers.



  1. Put 3/4 of your crème filled chocolate sandwich cookies (save some for later in the recipe) in the food processor and finely chop.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the cream cheese, butter, and sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the pudding, milk, and whipped topping together.
  4. Combine the cream cheese and pudding mixtures. Add blue food coloring until you get the blue you want (I had to add a lot).
  5. Find a clear glass bowl or trifle bowl.
  6. Make a 1 inch layer of cookies, then 1 inch layer of pudding/cream mix. Continue layering this way, ending with the pudding/cream layer.
  7. Take out the cookie sandwiches you saved. Break 2 cookies sandwiches so you have 2 cookies with the crème still intact on 1 side (I went through 5 cookies before I got 2 perfect splits). Place them crème side face up on the north half of the cake to make the eyes. Place 1 M&M on each open face cookie to complete the eyes.
  8. Next, finely chop 2 cookies in food processor. Spread the cookies on the top layer in the shape of a mouth (TIP: put the finely chopped cookies in a plastic bag and cut the corner off to give you more accuracy when spreading the cookies for the mouth).  
  9. Finish by pushing a chocolate chip cookie diagonally down into the top layer, just far enough that it will stay.
  10. To add a little decoration I alternated chocolate chip cookies with cookie sandwiches around the base of the bowl.
  11. Enjoy!

 Let me know what you think. If you have an egg free desserts I can use in the future I would love to hear what they are.


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