Worm eat dirt, bird eat worm, human eats bird. At each level of the food chain, about 90% of the energy is lost in the form of heat. While we do not have the capacity to harvest the abundant energy within dirt, this is a close second. A light no-bake cheesecake pudding layered with fresh berries and crushed oreos in a fun creative presentation makes this a very child friendly dessert. Both for the inner child within all of us, and literal children.Jump to Recipe
Must I use a clay pot?
No, a large mug or a regular bowl are fine to serve this dessert in. However the clay pot really adds to the feeling of eating dirt and who doesn’t love that? Clay pots you find at craft stores or garden sections are safe to eat in and cook with as long as you wash them thoroughly after purchase. Though you should be washing every dish you buy before you use it.
Why the cornstarch?
Cornstarch helps stabilize the whipped cream so it doesn’t deflate or separate. This is especially important as we’re folding lots of ingredients into the whipped cream. Just be extra careful to fold in the starch exactly at the soft peaks stage, as trying to mix it in when the cream is fully formed will result in an overmixed cream.
What berries should I use?
Whatever is your favorite! I personally think strawberries are an unmatched combination with cheesecake and oreo. I pair that with blackberries, but I can imagine blueberries and/or raspberries being delicious as well.
No-bake Oreo Cheesecake “Dirt” Pudding
½ cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cornstarch
4 oz cream cheese (softened)
¼ cup white sugar
Pinch of salt
1 sprig parsley
- Take the oreos and separate the filling from the cookies. Crush the cookies into fairly fine crumbs. This can be done by placing the cookies in a plastic bag and mashing with a rolling pin, or by using a food processor. Set aside the crumbs for now.
- Place the separated oreo cream filling into a large bowl, add the cream cheese, sugar, and salt. Mix together with a rubber spatula until an even paste forms.
- Take the heavy cream and whisk vigorously until soft peaks form. Add the cornstarch and vanilla and whisk gently until the cornstarch is evenly incorporated and stiff peaks form
- To finish the cheesecake pudding, fold together the cream cheese and whipped cream until fully combined.
- Layer in enough oreo crumbs to cover the bottom*, then add a layer of cheesecake*, and then a layer of berries. Alternate cheesecake and berries until the final layer of cheesecake. Flatten out the layer with a spatula or spoon, and then sprinkle the rest of the oreo crumb on top. Pick up and rotate the container to spread the crumb if needed.
- Optionally, top with a sprig of curly parsley for a fun presentation. Just don’t eat it. Enjoy!
- If your pot has a drain hole at the bottom, you can plug it with a round of parchment paper or a slice of strawberry.
- The cheesecake is easiest to apply using a bag. A piping bag would be ideal but I used a ziploc bag with a corner cut off and it worked fairly well