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Oreo™ Dirt Poke Cupcakes

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 24
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These easy-but-impressive cupcakes are soaked in fudge topping and finished off with Oreo™ cookie chocolate “dirt” mousse. Completely irresistible!
By Annalise Sandberg
Updated Mar 2, 2023
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  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 1 jar (12 oz) chocolate fudge topping
  • 1 box (4-serving size) chocolate instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 package (14.3 oz) Oreo chocolate creme sandwich cookies, crushed


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs until smooth. Spoon into muffin cups, filling cups half full.
  • 3
    Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when gently touched. Cool in pans 3 minutes. Remove from pans; use end of wooden spoon to poke 3 holes into each hot cupcake.
  • 4
    In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate fudge topping uncovered on High 20 to 30 seconds or until thin and pourable. Spoon over warm cupcakes, reserving about 1/4 cup. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  • 5
    In medium bowl, beat pudding mix and milk with whisk about 4 minutes or until soft set. Fold in whipped topping with spatula.
  • 6
    Stir all but 1 1/2 cups crushed cookies into pudding mixture.
  • 7
    Spoon pudding mixture on tops of cupcakes. Top with remaining crushed cookies and reserved chocolate fudge topping. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    The “dirt” mousse can be made up to a day ahead and stored in the fridge.
  • tip 2
    Crush cookies in resealable food-storage plastic bag using rolling pin. Or crush in food processor or blender, pulsing until crumbly.
  • tip 3
    You can make this in a 13x9-inch rectangular pan instead of as cupcakes. Bake at 350°F 30 to 35 minutes or until top springs back when gently touched in center.


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More About This Recipe

  • It wasn’t until I had kids that I really saw the value in recipes like this -- amazing desserts to feed a crowd that get a jumpstart from time-savers like cake mix and instant pudding. While I used to be able to spend a whole day in the kitchen, now I’m lucky to get a few minutes in here and there. I often don’t have time for long ingredient lists or complicated steps. These cupcakes are stunning, but they’re also incredibly easy! There are three basic components: easy chocolate cupcakes made with Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ chocolate fudge cake mix, then a chocolate filling of fudge ice cream topping, and finally (my favorite!) a mousse-like topping made of chocolate instant pudding mix, Cool Whip™ whipped topping and crushed Oreo™ cookies. Finish cupcakes with more crushed cookies and a drizzle of fudge topping, and you have a treat no one will be able to resist. These cupcakes are pretty much chocolate on chocolate on chocolate. What’s not to love?
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