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Chocolate Mint Eclair Dessert

My college roommate gave me this recipe, which I lightened up a little. You can try other pudding flavors, but I think the combination of mint and chocolate is perfect for the holidays. —Renee Ratcliffe of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    15 servings

Ingredients

  • 23 whole chocolate graham crackers
  • 3 cups cold fat-free milk
  • 2 packages (3.3 to 3.4 ounces each) instant white chocolate or vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint or peppermint extract
  • 3 to 4 drops green food coloring, optional
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
  • CHOCOLATE FROSTING:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • Coat a 13-in. x 9-in. dish with cooking spray. Break five whole graham crackers in half; line the bottom of pan with three half crackers and six whole crackers.
  • In a large bowl, whisk milk, pudding mix, extract and food coloring if desired for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick). Fold in whipped topping.
  • Spread half over graham crackers. Top with a another layer of three half and six whole crackers. Top with remaining pudding mixture and graham crackers (save remaining half cracker for another use). Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • For frosting, melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in cocoa and milk until blended. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over dessert. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 244 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 296mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.

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  • TGI
    Nov 20, 2017

    My family enjoyed this dessert, but as a previous reviewer mentioned, it did not set up for perfectly cut pieces. I also doubled the icing. Also, we used peppermint flavoring, and I would recommend halving the amount of peppermint extract to 1/4 tsp. The peppermint was a little strong, but overall the dessert is yummy.

  • evrhaze
    Jan 5, 2014

    I made this for Christmas at the request of my 11 year old who loves chocolate and mint. I loved the flavor-it reminded me of the icebox cakes my mom used to make but much easier to prepare. I did have one problem in that it was fairly puddingish in that it didn't cut like the picture, I almost had to spoon it out like pudding. Not sure what went wrong but it won't keep me from making it again. Also since I always have several desserts for the holidays, if I make it again for a holiday, I plan on trying to see what happens with a smaller dish (9x9?) and for each of the graham cracker layers making it a double thickness. I'll probably 1/2 the rest of the ingrediants. And with the smaller dish, I hopefully won't have to double the frosting layer.

  • jennifergardoni
    Apr 3, 2010

    This is one of my favorite dessert recipes. I have made it on a number of family occasions and it always gets rave reviews. People cannot believe when I tell them what the ingredients are and just how easy it is to make. But I double the chocolate frosting or it doesn't quite cover the top.

  • glo58bes
    Aug 24, 2008

    Double the amount of chocolate frosting.