Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Chocolate Pudding Layer Dessert

Pin It This dessert was a perfect one for the items in my pantry and fridge, needing to be used up.  It was very easy to put together.  I think it's a "keeper"recipe for any of my children to practice making.  The recipe is adapted from Food.com.

1/3 cup melted margarine
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar

layer 1
8 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbs milk
1 1/2 cup Cool Whip (1/2 tub)

layer 2
3 1/2 cups milk
5.9 oz instant chocolate pudding mix

layer 3
1 1/2 cup Cool Whip (optional as a garnish)

In a large bowl mix together the margarine, crumbs, and sugar.  Press down in a 9x13 pan. *** Let chill for about 5 minutes in fridge.

In a large bowl whip together with a mixer the cream cheese, sugar, and milk until creamy.  Gently, stir in the Cool Whip.  Spread over graham cracker crust.

In another bowl, make the chocolate pudding with the milk and pudding mix.  Spread over cream cheese layer.  Chill in fridge until firm for a few hours or overnight. ***  Or do a "quick-freeze," keeping an eye on it to keep it from hardening too much if wanting to serve sooner.

Spread remaining Cool Whip over the chocolate layer, as a garnish, if you'd like.

***My Notes:  For right now, I need to tweak the recipe more.  The original recipe said to press down the graham cracker crumbs and chill, but I think it would be better not "crumbly" and to bake it @ 375 for 8-10 minutes.  Then chill.   Also, even after a few hours in the fridge, the dessert did not "hold-up."  It was very much like pudding.  Perhaps, keeping it in the freezer and thawing out some before serving would be better and prettier.  Will give it another try making the necessary changes.  My kiddos loved the taste and won't mind me making this again with the changes. :)

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