I've actually posted this deliciously creamy, comforting dessert before. Back in the first couple of months of the blog. When I had like 2 followers. And I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. (Not that I really know what I'm doing now, either ... but I have learned at least a little bit in the past year!) So since this is one of my all-time favorites, I decided it was worthy of posting again.
And since it is one of my all-time favorites, I decided it was the perfect thing to post in conjunction with letting you know that I've updated my 'About Me' page. Yup, I figured it was time. After having the blog up and going for a year now, I think it's time I share a little bit more about myself with you. So please click on over to the new-and-improved 'About Me' page to check me out! Not literally, of course ... just to check out a little bit more about me.
And now back to our Chocolate Eclair Dessert.
I mean seriously, can you say comfort food? And super easy? And super yummy? And chocolate-y?? Well, all those things are wrapped up together in this one creamy dessert. This is one of those been-around-forever recipes. Somehow, though, I didn't learn about it until just a couple of years ago. I was introduced to it by my mother-in-law, and after just one bite, I knew exactly why it's been around forever. Because it tastes so good!
Just look at those gorgeous, creamy layers. And a chocolate topping sure doesn't hurt.
Now, I love to bake, and I certainly don't shy away from complex dessert recipes. But sometimes I want something tasty that just so happens to be easy, too. How 'bout you?
For this dessert, you start with graham crackers, vanilla pudding, and Cool Whip. Mix the pudding and Cool Whip together - then resist the urge to dive in with a spoon and eat it all up at this point ... wait for the final product ... it's worth it, I promise. Then layer this fluffy pudding mixture with the graham crackers. You just lay the whole graham cracker sheets in the pan and spread them with the pudding. How easy is that?
Once you're done your graham cracker and pudding layers, boil together some sugar with cocoa and milk, and then add some butter and vanilla. Pour all that over the top graham cracker layer.
Now lick the spoon ... and the pudding bowl ... you deserve it.
Refrigerate the dessert over night, and then dig in!
You'll be surprised how yummy and satisfying this super-simple concoction is. It's totally fabulous for pot-lucks. And in our house it's not at all relegated to dessert ... Mark says it makes a great breakfast! I wouldn't know. (Okay ... I may be fibbing about that ...)
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Chocolate Eclair Dessert
Source: My Mother-in-Law
2 (3.5 oz.) boxes vanilla instant pudding
3 c. milk
1 (12 oz.) container Cool Whip
1/3 c. cocoa
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. milk
1 stick (1/2 c.) butter (or margarine)
1 tsp. vanilla
For the filling:
1. Combine pudding mix and milk; beat. Stir in Cool Whip.
2. Place a layer of graham crackers in the bottom of a 9x13" dish. Spread 1/2 of the pudding mixture over the graham crackers. Repeat with another layer of graham crackers and pudding; then top with a final layer of graham crackers.
For the topping:
3. Bring cocoa, milk, and sugar to a full rolling boil; boil about 1 minute, stirring very frequently. Remove from heat and cool one minute. Add butter and vanilla; stir until butter is melted.
4. Pour chocolate topping over the top layer of graham crackers.
5. Refrigerate over night.
Enjoy! (Seriously, enjoy! ... this stuff is soooooo good.)
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