Chocolate Eclair Dessert - so easy & so yummy

April 5, 2011
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.  After one bite, I knew why it's been around forever.  Because it tastes so good!  My mother-in-law introduced me to this dessert just a few months ago, and I'm so glad she made that introduction.

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?
Chocolate Eclair Dessert

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 eat it all up at this point ... wait for the final product ... it's worth it, I promise.
Pudding mixture

Then layer this fluffy 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?
Super-easy layers!

Once you're done your layers, boil together some sugar with cocoa and milk, and then add some butter and vanilla  ...
Bubbling chocolate

... then pour it over the top graham cracker layer.  Now lick the spoon ... and the pudding bowl ... you deserve it.
Chocolate topping

Refrigerate it over night, and then dig in!  You'll be surprised how yummy and satisfying this super-simple concoction is.  Oh, and Mark says it makes a great breakfast, too.
The final product

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
Graham crackers

1/3 c. cocoa
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. milk
1 stick butter (or margarine)
1 tsp. vanilla

For the filling:  Mix pudding and milk; beat.  Stir in Cool Whip.  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:  Bring cocoa, milk, and sugar to a boil; boil about 1 minute, stirring very frequently.  Remove from heat and cool one minute.  Add butter and vanilla; stir until butter is melted.  Pour over the top layer of graham crackers.  Refrigerate over night.


  1. looks so good!! oh my.. i see lots of things on your lite that look oh so good.. there goes my diet! lol.


  2. do you think I can substitute the cool whip with home made whip cream? or you wouldn't recommend because it would not taste the same?

    1. Esther, I would think you could substitute homemade whipped cream. I don't think the flavor would be impacted, I just think the texture may be a tiny bit different ... the homemade whipped cream may not 'hold up' quite as well or as long. But this dessert is so good the time factor probably won't be a problem!! :-)

  3. I have a potluck dinner on Thursday evening. if I made this wonderful recipe on Tuesday night would it still be as delicious or would it loose some of it's appeal?

    1. It would be TOTALLY fine to make this on Tuesday for Thursday night! In fact, I think it's even better on the 2nd day. My mother-in-law brings this to potlucks all the time ... and it's ALWAYS a big hit. Enjoy it!!

  4. Made this for a luncheon potluck and it disappeared quickly. Yummy. Will definitely make again.


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