Chocolate Dream Dessert Recipe

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I've been married 37 years and have four grandchildren, and this is our all-time favorite dessert. Its chocolate flavor is subtle but delicious. The last time I made it, my brother said, "This has got to be the best dessert there is!" See if you agree!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • CRUST:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 1 chocolate bar, grated

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 360 calories, 22g fat (12g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 333mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine the flour and pecans; cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Place the cream cheese, sugar and half the whipped topping in a large bowl; beat until smooth. Spread over crust.
  3. Whisk pudding mixes and milk for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Spread over cream cheese mixture; chill until firm. Spread with remaining whipped topping, then sprinkle with grated chocolate. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Dream Dessert in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p95

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anneamie User ID: 1574898 202145
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2008

"This is a very nice Ice Box Cake recipe. I've also made it for years and its a winner all 'round!"

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