This Chocolate Pudding Layer Dessert is one of our family favorites. I especially love it in the Spring and Summertime! I am sure this recipe is floating out there, but it is too yummy for anyone to miss out on so I thought I would share. It has three layers of goodness: a pecan crust, a cream cheese layer, and a chocolate pudding layer. Just a warning:: It does take some refrigeration so make sure to leave yourself enough time. Enjoy!
{Chocolate Pudding Layer Dessert}

Pecan Crust
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter

Mix pecans, flour, and butter and press into a 9×13 pan. Bake at 300 for 20-25 minutes. Cool.

Cream Cheese Layer
(8oz) non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
2 (8oz) cream cheese, at room temp.
2 cups powdered sugar

Blend whipped topping, cream cheese and powdered sugar. Spread over cooled crust. Refrigerate 2 or more hours.

 (Let your cute helper sample)


Chocolate Pudding Layer

2 (5.9 oz) chocolate instant pudding
4 cups milk
2 tsp. vanilla

Mix pudding, milk, and vanilla with an electric mixer on low speed until mixture begins to thicken. Spread on top of cream cheese layer and refrigerate overnight or for several hours. Garnish with a grated candy bar.

Makes 10-12 servings.



  1. This looks so delish.. thks for sharing this great recipe! My mom used to make something similar and she called it SEX IN A PAN! It’s that good! LOL… hugs and Happy Friday!

  2. Oh wow! That looks heavenly.

  3. YUM YUM YUM! This looks scrumptious.

  4. I make this same dessert but I add one more layer of cool whip on top of the chocolate pudding. It makes it oh so yummy!

    • I almost did add the cool whip on top. I’ll have to try it next time to see what I think. Thanks. I love the white chocolate and strawberries idea too.

  5. One morr variation, in the summer I use white chocolate pudding instead of the regular chocolate. Then I put a layer of fresh strawberries, then cool whip. It is a lighter summer version and really yummy!!

  6. (a layer of sliced fresh strawberries) :o)

  7. We make almost the same thing but top with cool whip. I love this dessert!!!

  8. For YEARS we have been making this with Lemon pudding for all our family functions. Using chocolate never occured to me. I cant wait to try it!!! Thanks

  9. This is one of our favorites too. And for non-nut people… works really well with a Graham Cracker crust as well. Still yummy. No nuts. (It doesn’t change the fact that I, personally, am nuts….but that’s neither here nor there!)

  10. Yet another variation….top the cream cheese layer with pie filling instead of pudding. (cherry is my favorite) You can then top that layer with whipped cream or leave the pie filling as the top layer. A sugar cookie crust is also a great alternative. I personally would stick with the nut crust….pecans are my favorite. :o)

  11. We LOVE this dessert! It is my number one requested item to bring to family holidays and potlucks!! 🙂

  12. oh my. That looks sooooo good!

  13. This looks SO yummy! I will definitely have to make it!:)

  14. This looks so good!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!! BTW-Becky you won the giveaway for voting!! Just email me and we’ll work out the details-congrats!!

  15. That looks so delicious!!! Will be making soon :o) I am sharing a link to this on my blog. Thanks!

  16. We’ve been making this recipe for years – with one change – we use one box of vanilla instant pudding mix and one of chocolate. It cuts down a little on the chocolate flavor so the cream cheese flavor comes through better.

  17. My sister-in-law calls it “better than sex”. I love this dessert but I think those who name it something like this need to re-evaluate what they are doing in the bedroom.

  18. Get. In. Mah. BELLY.

  19. I have been making this for years, I get a large container of cool whip and then add half on top of the chocolate pudding and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Enjoy it is truly delightful.

  20. I make this with Sugar Free Pudding & Sugar Free Cool-Whip! So good in so many ways! My mom made it all the time when I was younger… Wasn’t diabetic then so I ate it all the time… now only now & then!

  21. WOW! want 2say THANKS! This layered choc moose is also a family tradition of my own. although, grownnow with children of my own..memories of my jr high mother daughter banqet still make me smile as Mom & i took 1st place with this wonderful desert. Moms been gone for a few years…i miss her so, but could not have thanksgiving without this treat. like always, i forget how to make it every year… would laugh each time yrafter yr I’d ask how to make it. as i searched….u all gave me this wonderful gift….THANKS SO MUCH……….MOM, I CAn hear your laughter & See your beautiful smile! WE ALL MISS YOU, ONE DAY ILL DANCE WITH U IN HEAVEN. LOVE, MISTEA’

  22. i have made this dessert many times,but i have always used the pudding you have to cook. it is a little more work but really worth it . believe me its much creamier and holds up so much better.”just give it a try”:)

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