Black Forest Dream Dessert Recipe
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Black Forest Dream Dessert Recipe

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This rich, chilled dessert seems to hit the spot on a hot summer's day. The recipe makes a large dessert, but my family never complains if there happen to be leftovers!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2-1/2 cups cold milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Chocolate curls, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 540 calories, 30 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 293 mg sodium, 64 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in coconut and walnuts. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping. Spread over crust. Top with pie filling; cover and chill.
  3. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Whisk a small amount of pudding into melted chocolate. Return all to the pudding, whisking constantly. Pour over cherry filling. Chill for 2 hours or until set.
  4. Just before serving, spread remaining whipped topping over dessert. Garnish with chocolate curls if desired. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Black Forest Dream Dessert in Taste of Home June/July 2007, p33

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Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"Good dessert, made for a family dinner."

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2011


Reviewed Jul. 11, 2010

"This is a terrific dessert! Used instant white chocolate pudding instead of vanilla. The nice thing is you can make it a day ahead. All of our friends said it's a "keeper"!"

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2009

"Absolutely love it!! Even my husband's grandpa who doesn't like pudding took leftovers!!"

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2008

"This was DELICIOUS!"

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