Watch Us Make: Chocolate Chip Cookie Delight

What do layers of cookie dough, chocolate pudding and whipped cream cheese topping make? An irresistible chocolate chip cookie dessert.

By Nicole Doster, Digital Associate Editor

Watch Us Make: Chocolate Chip Cookie DelightThis dessert is built on top of a giant cookie. And it gets even better from there.

Store-bought cookie dough is probably one of my favorite shortcut ingredients. Aside from getting perfectly-portioned cookies on the table quick, pre-made cookie dough makes an excellent base for desserts. My favorite? This Chocolate Chip Cookie Delight.

Its called a "delight" because it has four dreamy layers of sweet-tooth-tantalizing ingredients. The bottom layer is a giant 13x9 cookie. (And we're not done yet.) Next up? A mix of cream cheese and whipped cream, which makes a creamy, tangy, cool filling. Finally, another layer of indulgent chocolate. This comes in the form of another awesome shortcut ingredient: instant chocolate pudding.

Want to gild the lily? Sprinkle some chopped almonds and another layer of whipped cream on top.

The dessert is left to firm up overnight, so it's a great make-ahead dessert before a party. It's big enough to feed a crowd, too, so bring it along to your next potluck.

For more make-ahead desserts that are as surprisingly simple, check out our 18 Easy Overnight Desserts. I highly recommend the Peanut Butter Creamy Pie!