Dirt and Worms Cookies

Dirt and Worms Cookies

Dirt and worms cookies are chewy double chocolate cookie, topped with ganache, oreo cookie crumbles, and a gummy worm. A new take a a classic childhood dessert!

These cookies were a huge hit with my kids and my nephews! Not only do they look super adorable but they taste amazing!

Why You’ll Love These Cookies

Lots of chocolate. With a chocolate cookie base that is full of chocolate chips, a homemade chocolate ganache, and chocolate cookie crumbles these cookies are a dream for any chocolate lover.

Easy to make. These cookies use come together easily and with no chill time. I know chocolate ganache can sound intimating, but I promise it’s very simple to do.

Nostalgic treat. Growing up you must have encountered a dirt and worms cake as a child. I know I’ve definitely had a few in my days. These cookies are a new and fun way of enjoying that classic childhood dessert.

They’re just so cute! These cookies are a great treat for kids or Halloween. Not only are they delicious but they look awesome!

dirt and worms cookies

Step by Step Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cookie Base

In a medium sized bowl whisk flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda together. Set aside.

In a large bowl or stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. This usually takes a good 3 minutes. Mix in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Add in the dry ingredients and mix till just combined. Add the chocolate chips into the dough and gently fold in with a rubber spatula.

Scoop 3 tbsp worth of the cookie dough and shape into a ball. Place cookie dough balls 2inches apart from each other on the baking sheet. I fit 6 cookies per baking tray.

double chocolate cookie dough ready for the oven

Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are set. Cool on pan for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

Chocolate Ganache

Once cookies are completely cooled its time to make the ganache.

In a medium sized microwave safe bowl add the chocolate chips, set aside. In another microwave safe bowl add the heavy cream and heat till just before boiling, (about 45 seconds).

Pour the heated cream over the chocolate chips and let sit for a minute. Mix chocolate and cream together. If there are still chunks of chocolate in the microwave for a few seconds and stir again. The ganache should be completely smooth.

Decorating the Cookies

Evenly spoon the ganache over the tops of the cookies.

Decorating the dirt and worms cookies with chocolate ganache

Sprinkle some oreo crumbs on top of the ganache. Finish by adding a gummy worm on top, gently pushing it into the ganache.

Let the ganache set before eating. Enjoy!

Storing The Cookies

These cookies should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. The cookies keep well up to four days.

Can I Make the Cookies Smaller?

Yes, you can the cookies smaller. Instead scoop 1.5 tbsp worth of dough and bake for 8-9 minutes. You will still need the same amount of ganache and chocolate cookie crumbs. You will need 26 smaller gummy worms or you can cut regular sized gummy worms in half.

How to Get Round Cookies

As soon as the baked cookies are pulled from the oven place a round cookie cutter (a little bit large than the cookies) around the cookies and gently swirl it around. This will give your cookie a round shape. If you don’t have a cookie cutter you can use a glass or a jar lid.

dirt and worms cookies

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Dirt and Worms Cookies

Jessie M
Dirt and worms cookies are chewy double chocolate cookie, topped with ganache, oreo cookie crumbles, and a gummy worm. A new take a a classic childhood dessert!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 13 large cookies

Ingredients
  

Cookie Base

  • 1 & 1/4 C all purpose flour
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 C salted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C white sugar
  • 1 large egg and 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C semi sweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 C semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 C heavy cream

Decorating the Cookies

  • 1/3 C oreo cookie crumbs
  • 13 gummy worms

Instructions
 

Cookie Base

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium sized bowl whisk flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda together. Set aside.
    1 & 1/4 C all purpose flour, 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. This usually takes a good 3 minutes.
    1/2 C salted butter, 1/2 C white sugar, 1/2 C brown sugar
  • Mix in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla.
    1 large egg and 1 egg yolk, 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Add in the dry ingredients and mix till just combined.
  • Add the chocolate chips into the dough and gently fold in with a rubber spatula.
    1 C semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Scoop 3 tbsp worth of the cookie dough and shape into a ball. Place cookie dough balls 3 inches apart from each other on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are set. Cool on pan for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

Chocolate Ganache

  • Once cookies are completely cooled its time to make the ganache.
  • In a medium sized microwave safe bowl add the chocolate chips, set aside.
  • In another microwave safe bowl add the heavy cream and heat till just before boiling, (about 45 seconds).
    1 C semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Pour the heated cream over the chocolate chips and let sit for a minute. Mix chocolate and cream together. If there are still chunks of chocolate in the microwave for a few seconds and stir again. The ganache should be completely smooth.
    1/4 C heavy cream

Decorating the Cookies

  • Evenly spoon the ganache over the tops of the cookies.
  • Sprinkle some oreo crumbs on top of the ganache. Finish by adding a gummy worm on top, gently pushing it into the ganache.
  • Let the ganache set before eating. Enjoy!
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