How to make it

  • Mix the pudding mix with the milk and then fold in only ONE tub of Cool Whip in a bowl and set aside.
  • In a 13x9 inch pan, place a layer of graham crackers, breaking some to fit, covering the entire bottom of the pan.
  • Spread 1/2 of the pudding mix over this layer, making it even and smooth.
  • Spread a 1/2 inch layer from the other tub of Cool Whip over pudding mix and cover with graham crackers.
  • Repeat the layers, with grahams as the last layer.
  • Heat up the prepared frosting in a microwave (remove top and foil circle if there is one before microwaving) and heat for one minute.
  • Pour the frosting over the graham cracker layer, cover with aluminum and refrigerate overnight.
  • Before you serve, add a final layer of Cool Whip, sprinkle with chocolate curls or mini chips.
  • *The original recipe came from and so did the photograph.* I use the extra tub of Cool Whip which isn't in the original recipe because it adds a lovely layer of whipped cream to each layer which adds to the richness of this simple and easy dessert. This recipe has been around a long time and should be considered a "classic" by now.
  • Variations:
  • Instead of vanilla pudding mix, try butterscotch pudding and use Vanilla Wafers for the crust and cookie layers. Do not use the chocolate frosting. Just leave Cool Whip on top as the last layer. White chocolate curls are great on the top! Its delicious!
  • A cup of canned pumpkin can be added to the vanilla pudding and ginger snap cookies can be exchanged for graham crackers. Instead of a chocolate frosting, use a vanilla frosting and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. YUM! I made this for Thanksgiving and it was a hit. ( I used both vanilla wafers and ginger snaps for different layers.)
  • For the Chocoholics out there, use Chocolate grahams or the chocolate wafer cookies. Use a chocolate pudding (I used one small box of vanilla pudding and one of chocolate, mixed with the milk and Cool Whip and layer both for a gorgeous layered dessert. You can use a chocolate frosting for the top and if you sprinke white chocolate curls over this, you've got a masterpiece on your hands.
  • Coffeeholics! Try adding powdered coffee to your vanilla pudding. This goes well with the chocolate wafers instead of the graham crackers. My friend added chopped chocolate-covered expresso beans on the top of her cake which was interesting and a bit crunchy.
  • *Please share your ideas as I'd love to hear them all! Thanks!

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    " It was excellent "
    zoeb ate it and said...
    Simply divine!
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  • carmenperez 11 years ago
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    " It was excellent "
    dtour ate it and said...
    One to go, please! Gotta have, guess I gotta make it!!
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  • gwencampbell 11 years ago
    WOW! Yum. I'm going to the store now to get what I need to make this. Thanks for the post.
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    " It was excellent "
    cinnamon ate it and said...
    I can do this and eat the whole thing. Talk about an easy recipe to follow. I really appreciate the extras that you added too. Variation is always good! Thanks Annie!!!
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  • julieann 12 years ago
    Got to have this.
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    " It was excellent "
    organicmama ate it and said...
    I love this, just could never find the recipe. Thanks.
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  • chevythecat 12 years ago
    How yummy I cant wait to try this. I love the idea of putting coffee in it also
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    " It was excellent "
    angelgal ate it and said...
    I've made this...YUMMY!! I use French Vanilla instant pudding.
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