Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
15 servings (serving size: 1 piece)

You can make this up to one day ahead, but spread the remaining whipped topping mixture over the chocolate pudding layer right before serving.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°.

Step 2

To prepare crust, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and 1/4 cup sugar in a food processor; pulse 2 times or until combined. Add butter; pulse 10 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in pecans. Firmly press mixture into bottom of a 13 x 9–inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 20 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Cool completely.

Step 3

To prepare filling, place 1 cup sugar and cream cheeses in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Fold in half of whipped topping. Spread cream cheese mixture on cooled crust. Cover loosely; refrigerate 1 hour.

Step 4

Combine milk and pudding mix in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until pudding is set. Spread the pudding mixture over cream cheese layer. Spread remaining half of thawed whipped topping over pudding layer. Cover and chill for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with cocoa, if desired. Cut into 15 pieces.

Ratings & Reviews

A lot of work for little reward

July 17, 2016
Nothing very special about this dessert and the "do a layer, chill an hour, do the next layer" approach makes it fairly time consuming.  For a really nice upgrade in simplicity and deliciousness, I highly recommend the Chocolate Eclair Cake recipe (also available on MyRecipes). 

Lisampoole's Review

July 19, 2014
This is one of my all time favorite desserts. Perfect for a crowd and pleases everyone on a hot summer day. I made mine gluten free, by using a GF flour blend in the crust, and it was YUMMY. As in other reviews, I used all 1/3 less fat cream cheese. I also used a large tub of the lite cool whip.

BigGlennO's Review

October 06, 2013

nojustno's Review

April 11, 2013

cewqqq's Review

July 09, 2012
This was very good, but a lot of work. Everyone thought it tasted like chocolate pudding and after all the hard work, it needed to be so much more.

laebrown's Review

January 16, 2012
My grandma passed this same recipe down to us, though she calls it Heavenly Dessert. Hers was made with walnuts, but with pecans this is TRULY heavenly. We can't get enough of it! :D

Moubar's Review

October 23, 2011
This is my families top ten desserts, my youngest son and I could eat the whole pan if we could. I don't put cocoa powder on top, I save a few chopped pecans and sprinkle them over the top. I love, love, love this dessert!

jessicapolinice's Review

July 31, 2011
i liked it it was good but i don't think it is my go to dessert somethings always win like cookies or brownies :)

whynelh's Review

March 28, 2011
This recipe was light yet delicious! I accidentally used granulated sugar in the crust and it still turned out great. I got rave reviews from friends when I made this for a get together.

airgometer's Review

March 17, 2011
Yumalicious. Be warned, you will crave this. Very easy to make, and wonderful for guests.