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Chocolate Layer Dessert with Homemade Whipped Cream

Chocolate layer dessert with a graham cracker crust, homemade whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and cream cheese is a delicious recipe. The easy recipe is the perfect dish for a party, the holidays, or for dessert at home.

Chocolate lush dessert, with graham cracker crust, is a creamy, rich, and decadent dessert. It’s the perfect treat to bring to a party or potluck, to share around the holidays, or just eat at home.

I love comfort food.

I’m thinking this might qualify for some of the best comfort food out there. I’m eating a piece as I’m writing this post and trust me, I’m feeling lots of comfort. 

I made this chocolate lush dessert yesterday and gave a piece to my husband after dinner. He thought it might actually be the best dessert he’s tasted.

That’s a big statement and I’m kinda feeling the same way.

Plus, it’s an easy dessert to make. And I love easy recipes. 

The original recipe for Chocolate Layer Dessert with Homemade Whipped Cream actually called for a flour and butter crust. That seemed kind of boring to me, so I thought a graham cracker crust would do the trick and taste better. 

After all, you can’t go wrong with butter and crushed graham crackers

Chocolate layer dessert with a graham cracker crust, homemade whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and cream cheese is a delicious recipe. The easy recipe is the perfect dish for a party, the holidays, or for dessert at home.

What do I Need to Make the Chocolate Lush Dessert with Graham Cracker Crust?

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions at the bottom of the post

  • Butter (melted)
  • Graham crackers (crushed)
  • Cream cheese (softened)
  • Whipped topping (thawed)
  • Powdered sugar
  • Instant chocolate pudding
  • Milk
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Hershey candy bar (chopped)
  • Pecans (chopped)
Chocolate layer dessert with graham cracker crust

Step-by-Step Instructions

Graham Cracker Crust

Chocolate layer dessert with a graham cracker crust, homemade whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and cream cheese is a delicious recipe. The easy recipe is the perfect dish for a party, the holidays, or for dessert at home.

Start by crushing a sleeve of crackers in a Ziplock bag.

I got my graham crackers at Aldi’s and the sleeve comes with nine crackers. But, if you only have a sleeve of eight, that will still be plenty.

Chocolate layer dessert with a graham cracker crust, homemade whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and cream cheese is a delicious recipe. The easy recipe is the perfect dish for a party, the holidays, or for dessert at home.

Melt the butter in the microwave.

I go on and melt the butter in the casserole dish so I won’t dirty up another dish. Just make sure yours is microwave safe. 

Once you melt the butter, add the graham crackers and mix it up. Press the butter-covered graham crackers into the bottom of the casserole dish and bake at 350-degrees for about 10-12 minutes, or until the graham crackers begin to turn golden. 

Cream Cheese Layer

Chocolate layer dessert with a graham cracker crust, homemade whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and cream cheese is a delicious recipe. The easy recipe is the perfect dish for a party, the holidays, or for dessert at home.

In a separate bowl, add the cream cheese and powdered sugar. Mix until the two are blended and creamy. 

Chocolate layer dessert with a graham cracker crust, homemade whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and cream cheese is a delicious recipe. The easy recipe is the perfect dish for a party, the holidays, or for dessert at home.

Next, add the whipped topping to the cream cheese mixture and blend well. Spread over the cooled graham crackers. 

This is lookin’ so good.

Chocolate Pudding Layer

Chocolate layer dessert with a graham cracker crust, homemade whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and cream cheese is a delicious recipe. The easy recipe is the perfect dish for a party, the holidays, or for dessert at home.

In another bowl, add the instant chocolate pudding and milk. Stir with a whisk until the pudding is thick. 

Chocolate layer dessert with a graham cracker crust, homemade whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and cream cheese is a delicious recipe. The easy recipe is the perfect dish for a party, the holidays, or for dessert at home.

Spread the chocolate pudding on top of the cream cheese layer. 

Whipped Top Layer

Chocolate layer dessert with a graham cracker crust, homemade whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and cream cheese is a delicious recipe. The easy recipe is the perfect dish for a party, the holidays, or for dessert at home.

Next, add the whipped cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar to a medium-sized bowl and whip until peaks begin to form.

If you’ve never whipped cream before, it can take a couple of minutes to stiffen. I thought I had a bad batch, but it started to stiffen after a couple of minutes. 

Chocolate layer dessert with a graham cracker crust, homemade whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and cream cheese is a delicious recipe. The easy recipe is the perfect dish for a party, the holidays, or for dessert at home.

Spread the homemade whipped cream on top of the chocolate layer.

Chocolate layer dessert with a graham cracker crust, homemade whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and cream cheese is a delicious recipe. The easy recipe is the perfect dish for a party, the holidays, or for dessert at home.

Chop up a Hershey bar and sprinkle it on top of the dessert. 

You can also use any type of candy bar you’d like. Heath bars, Snickers, Twix, or just about anything type of candy will work as a topping.

Chocolate layer dessert with a graham cracker crust, homemade whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and cream cheese is a delicious recipe. The easy recipe is the perfect dish for a party, the holidays, or for dessert at home.

Sprinkle the pecans on top, and you’re done! 

Place the Chocolate Layer Dessert with Homemade Whipped Cream in the refrigerator for a couple of hours so it will be easier to cut and serve (not like that would stop me from spooning some out first – yum!).

Chocolate layer dessert with a graham cracker crust, homemade whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and cream cheese is a delicious recipe. The easy recipe is the perfect dish for a party, the holidays, or for dessert at home.
Chocolate layer dessert with a graham cracker crust, homemade whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and cream cheese is a delicious recipe. The easy recipe is the perfect dish for a party, the holidays, or for dessert at home.
Chocolate layer dessert with a graham cracker crust, homemade whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and cream cheese is a delicious recipe. The easy recipe is the perfect dish for a party, the holidays, or for dessert at home.

Recipe Card

Yield: 12 pieces

Chocolate Layer Dessert with Homemade Whipped Cream

Chocolate layer dessert with a graham cracker crust, homemade whipped cream, chocolate pudding, and cream cheese is a delicious recipe. The easy recipe is the perfect dish for a party, the holidays, or for dessert at home.

Chocolate layer dessert with homemade whipped cream, a graham cracker crust, chocolate pudding, and cream cheese is a delicious recipe. The easy recipe is the perfect dish for a party, the holidays, or for dessert at home.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 42 minutes

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
  • 1 sleeve graham crackers (crushed)

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 8 oz. container whipped topping (thawed)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Chocolate Pudding Layer

  • 5.9 oz. pkg. instant pudding
  • 2-1/2 cups cold milk

Whipped Cream Layer

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Toppings

  • 1.55 oz Hershey candy bar (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup pecans (chopped)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350-degrees.

Graham Cracker Layer

  1. Melt the butter in the casserole dish. Add the crushed graham crackers to the butter. Mix and press into the bottom of the dish.
  2. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool.

Cream Cheese Layer

  1. Mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar with a mixer. Add the whipped topping and blend in.
  2. Spread on top of the cooled graham crackers.

Chocolate Pudding Layer

  1. Add the instant pudding mix and milk to a medium-sized bowl and mix well until pudding is thick.
  2. Spread over cream cheese mixture.

Whipped Cream Layer

  1. Add the heavy whipping cream to a medium-sized bowl. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until peaks form.
  2. Spread over chocolate layer.

Toppings

  1. Chop up Hershey bar and pecans.
  2. Sprinkle over dessert.
  3. Refrigerate.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12 pieces

Serving Size:

1 piece

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 368Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 267mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 5g

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Maybe I missed it but I do not see what size pan to use.

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