Monday, November 14, 2016

Chocolate Layered Dessert

IMG_4312Do you have a recipe that is your go to, no fail, festive dessert that everyone loves?
I do, and now it can be yours.
This recipe was one of my mother’s favorites, and it combines all of those decadent
holiday ingredients that are mainstays this time of year:
chocolate , crust with chopped pecans, cream cheese, and whipped cream South Texas Style- also
known as Cool Whip.
Chocolate Layered Dessert
It is that dessert that no matter how much you have eaten at your Thanksgiving feast, you somehow
find a way to have just ‘ a small piece’.
As I am fond of saying, “If we were having coffee,” we could sit here and enjoy a piece too.

yield: 12 servingsprint recipe

Chocolate Layered Dessert

A delicious layered chocolate dessert.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Cheese Layer:
  • 1 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup Cool Whip
Pudding Layer:
  • 1 large pkg. chocolate instant pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup Cool Whip
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, optional


  1. Mix flour, melted butter, and nuts to form crumb mixture. Pat into a 9x12 Pyrex pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool.
Cheese Layer:
  1. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together. Fold in 1 cup Cool Whip and spread on cooled crust.
Pudding Layer:
  1. Mix instant pudding, milk, and vanilla until pudding consistency. Spread over the cheese layer.
  1. Spread Cool Whip ver thinly over pudding layer. Garnish with chopped nuts or grated chocolate.
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I am delighted today to be part of a Holiday Recipe Blog Hop with such wonderful cooks, hosted by
Carol of Bluesky Kitchen. Carol shares her wealth of cooking knowledge at her blog and at La Cuisine Maison,
her in~home cooking school.
Please visit all of the participants today as well as the rest of the week.
Get your grocery list out. It’s going to be fun!
Holiday Recipe Blog Hop Schedule
Kitty’s Kozy Kitchen/ Intentionally Eat/ The Dedicated House/ Opulent Cottage

This recipe is an official Ranch Recipe. 


GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Looks delicious and a very special holiday tradition to enjoy!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laura, oh wow this looks so good. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Really one to try during the holidays. Your photos are inspiring too. Enjoy a week of visiting. Have fun!! xo

Jeanie said...

I remember a dessert similar to this from my mom. This is so beautiful and looks yum to the max!

Carol@BlueskyatHome said...

Laura, who can resist a chocolate dessert? I'd make this any time. Thanks for sharing at the Holiday Recipe Blog Hop.

Preppy Empty Nester said...

One word... YUM!!!! Looks positively delish. Love your yellow plates, too.

Stacey said...

I make a pie that is similar to this. Yummy!! I'm going to try your version.

Have a wonderful week friend. :)

Shannon @ Belle Bleu Interiors said...

Sweet Laura, you have brought back a wonderful family memory! My Grandmother made this same recipe every year at Christmas! She loved to serve it, and every one loved eating it! I don't have the recipe so I am so happy that you shared it! Your presentation looks beautiful with those pretty yellow plates! I hope that you have a great Monday!!!

Theresa said...

Oh yes, I am making this for Thanksgiving:) Have a SWEET day dear Laura, HUGS!

Decor To Adore said...

Oh this looks like my favorite type of dessert: easy and delicious!

I absolutely adore those bird plates. They are a sweet tweet.

Unknown said...

You just nailed it!
Wow I am in love with the combination of glittery treasures, what a lovely recipe for holidays. waiting for some more Christmas articles.
Kitchen Soak Tank

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Lovely chocolate dessert Laura. You have presented this dessert beautifully. With style and elegance. Love the sweet bird plates.

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

We make this! We often do a version with lemon pudding too, that is just as delightful as the chocolate!


And, oh yes! Those plates! :)

Kathryn Griffin said...

Oh my goodness! Laura, this looks and sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing. Happy Fall! Toodles, Kathryn

My thrift store addiction said...

Yum, Laura! This reminds me of a dessert a favorite tea room that has since closed used to serve. They called it "Better than sex" lol! Pinned, tweeted and can't wait to try it! Your sunflowers are gorgeous too! Hugs, Cecilia said...

This would be welcome any time at my house! Wonderful recipe for every occasion, thank you Laura! Love your black & white cloth :)

Unknown said...

Cool whip? MMM... Awesome recipe. Thank you for sharing! I am definitely adding this one to my Holiday sweet treats collection. Happy Holidays! :)

Katie Mansfield said...

This in one of my favorite recipes. I did a post on it a few years ago. I put mine in the same Southern Living pan. I thought for a minute I was looking at my post. Thanks for sharing your recipe and photos. They are gorgeous.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Laura, I LOVE this chocolate layered dessert, which is a great one to use at any time of the year. Thanks for sharing and I love your comment on "cool whip" as "south Texas style whipped cream"...I love that stuff!

Pam Richardson said...

Laura, this has been a favorite recipe in our family for years, my SIL makes it often and it is always a hit! Yours looks delicious!

Chloe Crabtree said...

What a wonderful dessert! I have never had this and it sounds within my skills and looks so pretty, too! I have scheduled this one for Pinterest, I wouldn't want to lose track of it, I know my guests would enjoy this during the holidays!

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Your post and pictures are just as pretty as the dessert itself! Styled so pretty! The chocolate dessert sounds delicious! Will be trying it soon! :) ~Rhonda

Botanic Bleu said...

Did you say chocolate? Of course, there is always room for chocolate. Did you say South Texas style whipped cream... a la Cool Whip? You are too funny! Beautifully done.


Createology said...

Thank you very much for hopping and sharing your go-to dessert recipe. I can always find time and tummy room for chocolate.

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

My Mom first made this dessert when my girls were little, and I immediately copied the recipe. Have made it many times through the years... but not in a long time. Need to remedy that! Thanks for the "growing up in Texas" memories. :-)

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Beautiful dessert Laura and your plates are precious!
I too have a similiar recipe and it is always a big hit.
Happy week,

Cecilia said...

Yum...this is one of my favorite desserts! This looks so delicious! You're right, there's always room for a little piece. :-)

Cindy said...

I remember having that dessert at many holiday gatherings as a child.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

What I would give for a piece of that right now ;) Sounds delish, and I love your pretty vignette also! xo, Andrea

Eilis said...

This looks delicious! With chocolate and pecans, how can you miss?

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Laura, this looks amazing! Would love to try this between Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Susan Freeman said...

My usual go to dessert is banana pudding, however, this may well be my new go to dessert! Can't wait to try it!!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Creations By Cindy said...

YUM YUM! Thanks for the recipe. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

September Violets said...

Wow! Looks decadent, but light too. I love the "Texan" whipped cream. haha I was scrolling down hoping there was a photo of a slice cut from the pan ... no luck :( I guess I'll have to make it myself to see the inside of that yummy dessert!


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