What an amazing and fabulous dessert! Eclair Dessert tastes just like eating Chocolate Eclairs but it’s so much easier. Fluffy vanilla pudding and whipped topping is spread between layers of graham crackers, then the whole is topped with Chocolate Frosting. Wow. This is so spectacular. Chocolate lover’s will especially enjoy this light and airy dessert.
Eclair Dessert takes only a few minutes to prepare for your family or friends. Plus, you don’t even have to bake it. I got this recipe from my favorite recipe queen, Mimi Pownall, years ago (in the 80s). It is very popular and actually one you can do different things with if you use different flavors of pudding and different canned frostings on top.
You will find this recipe has gone viral on the Internet with folks like Paula Deen, allrecipes, food.com, and many other sites posting it. I’m not sure who actually created the recipe, but it appears it may have been one of Kraft’s creations originally.
If you’re looking for a light, pudding-type dessert then give Eclair Dessert a try. It’s such a wonderful dessert for holidays, special occasions and even family dinners for those of you who indulge in desserts now and then. You can have a batch of this made up in about 15-20 minutes. That’s a win-win situation for me and probably for you, too.
I originally posted this recipe in July of 2012 and my pictures were deplorable. They did not display the texture of this great dessert at all. So I recently remade this recipe for some friends who moved into a new home. These pictures do a little more justice to this sensational dessert than the original ones did. I hope you enjoy drooling with me!
Eclair Dessert is a fabulous, light and creamy, dessert that tastes just like eating eclairs!
Eclair Dessert is one of the most luscious desserts you will ever eat! It is like eating chocolate éclairs – so light and fluffy. You can mix and match the puddings and frostings if you like. All taste wonderful.
Eclair Dessert is so quick and easy to make. You can have this recipe ready in about 15 minutes, but it does need to be either refrigerated or frozen before serving.
Every bite of Eclair Dessert will have you drooling! Beware! This dessert is addictive.
Here’s what I did.
This is what you need – 5 ingredients!! Super easy.
Empty the contents of 2 instant vanilla pudding and pie filling mixes into a mixing bowl. Add milk.
Mix with your mixer until the mixture thickens – about 3-5 minutes. Add cool whip to pudding mix.
Stir cool whip and pudding mix together with spoon.
Place a layer of graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of your greased 9×13″ baking dish.
Spread half of the pudding mixture on top of the graham crackers.
Top with another layer of graham crackers.
Spread the remaining pudding mixture over top of the graham crackers.
Add a third layer of graham cracker crumbs.
Spread chocolate sauce over top of the graham crackers. Smooth the icing so it fills in all the spaces. Continue spreading the icing until the entire surface is covered. Add an attractive swirl pattern with your knife or the back of a spoon if desired.
You can refrigerate this dessert now for several hours. I prefer to freeze it. It is a lot easier to cut this dessert with a knife and lift out with a spatula if you freeze it and then set it out on the counter for 20-30 minutes or so before serving. Garnish with fresh strawberries, if desired.
This is what the inside of the dish looks like after I’d cut out a few pieces.
Doesn’t Eclair Dessert look marvelous?
This dessert goes really fast. Everyone always wants some! It is so tasty.
If you’re looking for a terrific dessert for your next holiday party or menu, you’ve got to make this quick and easy dessert. It’s so delectable you won’t be able to stop eating it!
Here’s the recipe.
(Adapted from recipe from Mimi Pownall, when we attended First Baptist Church Indian Rocks, Largo, FL; source: adapted from Kraft Foods)
- 1 box graham crackers
- 2 3-oz. pkg. instant French vanilla pudding
- 3 cups milk
- 16-oz. container cool whip
- 1 can ready to spread chocolate frosting
- Spray 9×13” pan or baking dish with cooking spray.
- Mix pudding and milk until thickened.
- Add cool whip.
- Take one package of the graham crackers and spread over bottom of baking dish.
- Cover with half of the pudding mixture.
- Spread with another layer of graham crackers, followed by the remaining pudding mixture.
- Top with the last layer of graham crackers.
- Spread chocolate frosting over all.
- Refrigerate a few hours before serving.
- 2 squares bitter chocolate
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 2 tbsp. white corn syrup
- 3 tbsp. milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- Melt chocolate with butter.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Mix together and pour over top of graham cracker layer.
- Refrigerate 8 hours before serving.
A delicious comfort food…creamy, fluffy, melt-in-your mouth dessert that friends will you think spent hours preparing yet it only takes about 10-15 minutes!
This piece has your name on it!
Beautiful, yummy, fluffy, light dessert that goes great after a heavy meal like pasta or meat dishes.