Monthly Archives: February 2012

You’re How Old Again?


Turning 24 is a big birthday…apparently. It’s also actually your 8th birthday x 3, which is appropriate because that is what Jamie’s birthday celebration turned out to be. Whirlyball birthday party, sports birthday banner and, of course, some dirt pie  with gummy worms for dessert.

The amazing part is that Jamie is actually one of my most mature friends (no offense to anyone else). She’s the responsible one when we go out, she always plays mom by driving us around and she would never (never) let anyone walk home alone. Needless to say who knows where I would be right now if I hadn’t met her living across the hall from me freshman year of college.

While she may be mature, she enjoys the simple things – quoting the same lines from movies over and over, dancing when she’s stressed, yelling at the TV when the White Sox don’t pull through and laughing out loud at Friends with me. Oh, she also likes Oreos and peanut butter.

When Sarah suggested I make dirt pie for the birthday celebrations, I was a little unsure at first. I never just do things by the recipe. And I didn’t. I know how much Jamie loves peanut butter, so I took it upon myself to fit in a peanut butter layer too. I didn’t think there was a way to make dirt pie better than it already is, but I’m pretty sure I found it.

Peanut Butter Dirt Pie
Recipe adapted from

About 12-18 small plastic cups

1 package Oreo cookies
2 packages instant chocolate pudding
1 12 oz. tub vanilla Cool Whip – 1/2 cup (save for peanut butter layer)
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup powdered sugar
3 cups milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
gummy worms (3-4 for each cup)

Peanut butter Cream:

1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup Cool Whip
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup milk

  1. Crush Oreos in a food processor and set aside.
  2. Combine pudding mix and milk. Allow to sit a few minutes in the refrigerator
  3. Fold in the Cool Whip to the pudding.
  4. Cream together the powdered sugar, butter and cream cheese. This is essentially just frosting…it’s okay, don’t worry about it.
  5. Fold together pudding and “frosting” mixture. There will probably be chunks, but try to smooth them out. Set this bowl in the refrigerator.
  6. For the peanut butter mixture: using your electric mixer, combine the peanut butter, powdered sugar and butter.
  7. Add in the vanilla, milk and Cool Whip. You may need a bit more milk if mixture seems too thick.
  8. Get our your plastic cups. Add a layer of the pudding mixture to each. Top with the peanut butter cream and then some crushed Oreos. Add an equal amount of the pudding mixture on top. Finish it off with more cookie crumbs. Pop in a few gummy worms (I used the sour kind) into each cup.
Chill these until serving them for the next 8-year-old birthday –  or 24th birthday celebration. Whatever. Did she like them? I’m not sure…let’s look back.

For that face of gratitude, I’d make these any day.

It wasn’t your traditional birthday cake – or cupcake – but it was a major success. Peanut butter and Oreos are the perfect pair, just like peanut butter and chocolate. You get a great crunch from the cookie crumbs, not to mention how cute these are with the gummy worms peeking out of the top. I’d say they were pretty much a home run.