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27 Halloween Dirt Cup Recipes for Digging Your Own Grave

"Dirt" parfaits transform a table of treats into a sweet cemetery where you can eat, creep, and be scary!

Sometime in the last 2,000 years, someone decided to make food to resemble the dirt you might dig up to clear the way for a coffin, worms and all. Creative crafters ran with the idea, leaving no tombstone unturned in the quest for the cutest, tastiest, and dirtiest no-bake Halloween treats. We’ve selected some of our favorites to cover almost all dietary preferences or restrictions… with dirt.

Graveyard Dirt Cups

Graveyard Dirt Cups

Graveyard Dirt Cups by Sugar, Spice and Family Life
If you haven’t dug up a good dirt cup yet, this classic Graveyard Dirt Cup is a good starter recipe. Basically, it’s a “mud” parfait. For the mud, it’s your basic chocolate pudding with a whipped topping (like Cool Whip) folded into it. Then, in a clear plastic cup, it's layered with your favorite crushed chocolate sandwich cookies to resemble dirt and topped with bones and a headstone (of the sugar variety, of course).

The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, but only if they’re herbivores

Raw Vegan Dirt Cups

Raw Vegan Dirt Cups by Feasting on Fruit
This one is for those who seek a plant-based treat but also want the fun of something creepy-crawly lurking in their cemetery mug. The pudding is made with dates, almond milk, chia seeds, and cacao powder (which is a less-processed, raw version of cocoa powder). It makes a pretty impressive pudding considering no cooking is involved. The “dirt” is made from an almond meal-cacao mixture sweetened with agave nectar. But what’s really amazing about this recipe is the freaky worms! They’re made with dates, almond meal, and cacao powder. If you serve these when the midnight hour is close at hand, they'll definitely terrorize y’all’s neighborhood.

Sweets with lost souls

Ghosts in the Graveyard

Ghosts in the Graveyard by Our Best Bites
No graveyard is complete without a lost soul hovering above the crypts and prowling around the mausoleums. It’s a fairly simple addition to the sugary cemetery — it’s stiff whipped cream piped onto the Oreo dirt in a spooky swoosh to create an edible apparition. I ain’t afraid of no ghost made of whipped cream.

Ghouls, gremlins, and gluten-free

Gluten-free Chocolate Dirt Cups

Gluten-free Chocolate Dirt Cups by Rachel Mansfield
Dietary restrictions don’t have to spoil a night of the living dead. Instead of the standard Oreo dirt, this recipe calls for gluten-free cookies whirred in a food processor. It’s topped with organic gummy worms to give it the creepy-crawly charm of a real graveyard.

The Great Pumpkin rises

Pumpkin Dirt Pudding Graveyard Parfaits

Pumpkin Dirt Pudding Graveyard Parfaits by Neighborfood
This recipe is fit for a Charlie Brown Halloween. Instead of the earthy instant chocolate pudding, this recipe injects pumpkin puree into vanilla pudding to make this a fitting fall dessert. But the real secret to this recipe that makes it stand out is a sprinkle of cinnamon in the whipped cream. A milano-cookie tombstone is the final Halloween touch.

Primal desserts

Paleo Dirt Worm Pudding

Paleo Dirt Worm Pudding by Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind
If you’re paleo, you’re probably used to scaring up a lot of ingredients to come up with recipes to mimic modern food — a paleo dirt cup is no different. This recipe is intense but impressive. Homemade paleo gummy worms? Yes! It takes effort, but it’s totally worth it for a hauntingly delicious dessert for a pro-paleo Halloween.

Devil’s in the details

Homemade Dirt Pudding Cups

Homemade Dirt Pudding Cups by Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
One of the lures of dirt cups is that most of the recipes use ingredients from mixes, making them quick and easy to make, but if you like the purity of from-scratch recipes, this is the one for you. It’s composed of homemade chocolate pudding and homemade whipped cream.

Cereal cemetery

Cocoa Puffs Dirt Cups

Cocoa Puffs Dirt Cups by Sammy Approves
Creatures crawling in search of cereal are in luck with this recipe. Instead of Oreo crumbs to simulate dirt, this recipe uses crushed Cocoa Puffs. What makes this one really fun: The pudding mix gets darker and more intense the deeper you dig.

A little dirt don’t hurt a clean diet

Clean Eating Chocolate Dirt Pudding Cups

Clean Eating Chocolate Dirt Pudding Cups by Chocolate Covered Katie Clean eaters don’t have to declare a cheat day with this dirt cup recipe. The pudding is a homemade chocolate pudding and instead of using crushed cookies, this recipe recreates dirt using dates, nuts, and chocolate pulsed in a food processor. It doesn’t stray too far from its time-saving counterparts and still gives you all the dirt you need to recreate that sweet cemetery atmosphere to make this a clean Halloween treat.

Hungry for more inspiration?

There are many ways to serve dirt at your Halloween shindig, and you can find them all on Yummly.

ice, cookies, semi sweet chocolate chips, heavy cream, insects and 6 more
cold milk, OREO® Cookies, candy pumpkins, cool whip, vanilla instant pudding and 1 more
OREO® Cookies, chocolate pudding, skim milk, gummy worms
powdered sugar, frozen whipped topping, butter, instant chocolate pudding mix and 3 more
instant pudding, cream cheese, cool whip, oreos, butter, milk and 1 more
cool whip, lucuma powder, chocolate coconut milk, brownies, chia seeds
oreos, sugar cookie dough, semi sweet chocolate chips, gummy worms and 1 more
cold milk, oreos, prepared brownies, pudding mix, whipped topping and 1 more
chocolate pudding mix, gummy worms, milk, OREO® Cookies, candy pumpkins
milk chocolate, gummy worms, egg yolks, heavy whipping cream and 5 more
full fat coconut milk, cornstarch, sugar, almond milk, powdered sugar and 2 more
Peeps, chocolate pudding mix, Peeps, cool whip, milk, green food coloring and 1 more
frozen whipped topping, vegetable oil, chocolate instant pudding and pie filling mix and 6 more
vanilla, powdered sugar, pumpkins, cookies, milk, white chocolate and 4 more
chocolate almond bark, gummy worms, sprinkles, OREO® Cookies
milk, butter, instant chocolate pudding, powdered sugar, cool whip and 3 more
sandwich cookies, candies, whipped topping, marshmallows, cold milk and 2 more

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