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Four-Layer Chocolate Dessert

With creamy layers in a big 13x9-in. pan, this simple dessert is tailor-made for a buffet table. I like to add a sprinkling of toasted slivered almonds on top for the finishing touch. —Linda Knoll, Jackson, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup whipped topping
  • 3 cups cold whole milk
  • 2 packages (3.9 ounces each) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Place flour in a bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Press onto the bottom of an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake until lightly browned, 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth; fold in whipped topping. Spread over crust.
  • In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes 2 minutes. Let stand 2 minutes or until soft-set. Gently spread over cream cheese layer. Top with whipped cream; sprinkle with almonds. Refrigerate until cold.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 450 calories, 31g fat (15g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 353mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • susan
    Jul 12, 2019

    I can only make this when I have a crowd coming or I will eat the ENTIRE THING. Chocolate Cherry Bars have been my #1 dessert for potlucks for 35 years. This recipe has taken its place. I use one box of vanilla and one box of chocolate pudding because that's how the first recipe I saw had it. I also substitute fat free/sugar free/lite for every ingredient possible (pudding, creamed cheese, milk, cool whip) and it's still delicious!

  • bonito15
    Aug 19, 2017

    I prepared this for a neighborhood group and had to make copies of the recipe for everyone - made it exactly as directed - easy to prepare and simply delicious - a huge hit

  • Queenlalisa
    Aug 18, 2017

    This is one of my husband's favorite desserts! It's easy and so yummy! I love the buttery crust!

  • ms11145
    Jul 19, 2017

    This is one of our go to desserts. My favorite pudding combinations is to use one cheesecake pudding mix with 1 chocolate. Great combo.

  • angela32
    Jul 18, 2017

    We call this striped delight. My family loves this. My sister in law makes it for almost every big family gathering.

  • tkuehl
    Jul 17, 2017

    This is one of our favorite recipes. I especially like lemon flavored pudding mix, and my hubby likes butterscotch. It is easy, refreshing and is a crowd pleaser.

  • tkuehl
    Jul 17, 2017

    I too love this recipe! Both my family and church ladies make this a lot. I especially like to make it with lemon flavored pudding mix, and my hubby loves the butterscotch.

  • transcona
    Jul 12, 2017

    Love this recipe, it has been a family favorite for 50 years.