Chocolate Delight

Chocolate Delight

Indulge in a creamy, layered dessert with our Chocolate Delight recipe from Ineskohl Kitchen. Packed with a pecan crust, cream cheese, and luscious chocolate, this four-layered treat is perfect for every occasion.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 2 small packages instant chocolate pudding
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 16 oz. Cool Whip Topping
  • 3 cups milk
  • Optional: Additional chocolate bar, chopped for garnish


  1. Prepare the Crust:
    1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, all-purpose flour, and finely chopped pecans.
    3. Mix these ingredients until they start to come together.
    4. Grease the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish using the butter wrapper.
    5. Transfer the crust mixture into the dish and press it out evenly. If needed, use saran wrap to assist in spreading without sticking.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown.
    7. Allow the crust to cool completely.
  2. Cream Cheese Layer:
    1. In a separate mixing bowl, blend together room temperature cream cheese and powdered sugar. Start at a slow speed to avoid a powdered sugar mess.
    2. Once smooth and creamy, fold in half of the Cool Whip Topping. If the topping is too firm, you can gently blend it in.
    3. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the cooled crust as evenly as possible.
  3. Chocolate Layer:
    1. In the same mixing bowl, combine the instant chocolate pudding mix and milk. Start blending on low speed to avoid splattering.
    2. Continue mixing until the mixture begins to thicken.
    3. Evenly spread the thickened chocolate pudding layer over the cream cheese layer.
  4. Final Layer:
    1. Spread the remaining Cool Whip Topping over the chocolate layer.
    2. If desired, garnish the top with chopped chocolate bar pieces for an added touch.
    3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours, preferably overnight, to let the layers set.
  5. Serve and Enjoy:
    1. Once chilled, slice the dessert into squares and serve.
    2. Revel in the layers of deliciousness and be ready for the compliments!

Additional Tips:

  1. Pecans: Make sure to finely chop the pecans to get a cohesive crust. A food processor works best for this.
  2. Crust: If you’re finding it difficult to spread the crust evenly, using a piece of saran wrap between your hand and the dough can help smooth it out without sticking.
  3. Chilling Time: While 4 hours is the minimum for chilling, letting it sit overnight really allows the flavors to meld and the layers to set perfectly.
  4. Serving: Use a sharp knife to cut the dessert into squares, and clean the knife between cuts for neat, clean edges.


  1. Nut-Free: You can omit the pecans from the crust if you’re catering to a nut-free audience.
  2. Different Pudding Flavors: Feel free to experiment with different pudding flavors. Vanilla or butterscotch could make for interesting variations.
  3. Add Fruits: For a fresh twist, add a layer of sliced bananas or strawberries on top of the cream cheese layer.
  4. Chocolate Garnish: Instead of a chocolate bar, you could use chocolate shavings, chocolate chips, or even a drizzle of chocolate syrup as a garnish.
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