4 layer chocolate dessert

Plate Licking 4 Layer Chocolate Dessert


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Someone you know is going to be crazy about this 4-layer chocolate dessert. For some people, chocolate is a food group. We all know a person who honestly believes there’s no such thing as too much chocolate. For them, the creamiest, chocolatiest chocolate desserts are a sacrament. This recipe is for those people.

4 layer chocolate dessert

This impressive-looking dessert requires no baking at all and only seven ingredients. The kitchen stays cool, so it’s perfect when you don’t want to turn on the oven. It’s easy to put together, and you can make it a day or two ahead, saving time when kitchen demands are greater. What’s more, it feeds a crowd who will probably want to lick their fork before you pick up the plates!

Here’s what you need to make it:

  • Butter
  • Chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Milk
  • Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • Cream Cheese
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Whipped topping

Smash 39 Chocolate Sandwich Cookies Then Pour In Melted Butter

OK, I’ll admit the number is a little random, but you may understand it if you have a cookie snitcher (Papa) at your house. Typically, a package of chocolate sandwich cookies, famous or store brand, contains 45 cookies.

But if there’s a cookie thief around, sometimes a few “fall in the sink,” like my old Danish grandma used to say. It turns out fine with a full package or a few less. It’s not worth a fuss!! ūüėä

This step is super easy if you have a food processor. (If not, a zip lock bag and a rolling pin will still work just fine!) First, crunch the cookies up a little, then pulse until you have fine crumbs.

Hint: Next, I put a half stick of butter, wrapper and all, in a glass measuring cup. Then, I lay a paper napkin on top to catch spatters and put it in the microwave. It takes just over 30 seconds to melt the butter. Easy peasy and no mess!

cookie crumbs and butter

Toss the wrapper and the napkin in the trash. Drizzle the melted butter into the food processor with the cookie crumbs. Pulse until they are blended. Save back about a cup of crumbs for the topping, then press into a 13″ by 9″ pan. I like to use a glass pan to show off the attractive layers!

first layer in chocolate dessert

Next, make the chocolate pudding the way it says on the box and put it in the fridge to set. Don’t forget to lick the beaters. Someone has to! While that is chilling, you can whip up the yummiest layer of all!

chocolate pudding layer

The Decadent Layer Number 2 Sweetened Cream Cheese And Whipped Topping

Cream cheese is the magic ingredient in so many desserts, and in this dessert, it’s sweetened a bit with powdered sugar and fluffed up with a carton of whipped topping.

Spread this carefully over the chocolate crumb crust. This step made me slow down a bit. It would be best if you push the topping gently toward the edges to avoid pulling up the crumbs from the crust. It’s worth it. Everything else is fast!!

cream cheese layer

Once that step is complete, spread the chocolate pudding on top of the cream cheese layer. It’s getting better by the minute! Then, add a whole carton of whipped topping on top of the pudding. Yep, the entire carton! Remember, this feeds a bunch!

fourth layer

Remember that cup of cookie crumbs you saved? You did keep them, didn’t you? Sprinkle them over the whipped topping layer and refrigerate the pan until you are ready to serve it.

If you forgot, you can use toffee bits, chocolate chips, or sprinkles instead. I’ll never tell, it will be our secret forever!!

The Big Moment When You Delight Everyone With This Impressive 4 Layer Chocolate Dessert

There will be ooohing. There will be ahhs. Someone will try to sneak an extra piece, but I seriously doubt anyone will leave the table disappointed! It will be a dessert win! I hope you try it soon!

4-layer chocolate dessert

Here’s the recipe, it’s an extra yummy one for a very special occasion! Enjoy!

Yield: 16 servings

4 Layer Chocolate Dessert

4 layer chocolate dessert

An easy, no-bake chocolate dessert using just seven simple ingredients. Perfect when you don't want to turn on the oven and heat the kitchen.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 14.3-ounce package of chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 5.9-ounce pkg chocolate instant pudding (I used two regular size packages)
  • 8 Tbsp melted butter
  • 16 oz whipped topping, defrosted ( 2 8-ounce tubs)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2¬ĺ cups milk


  1. Crumble cookies into a food processor and pulse until they form fine crumbs.
  2. Add melted butter and pulse until the butter is all incorporated.
  3. Reserve 1 cup of cookie crumbs for topping.
  4. Press the crumb mixture into a 13" by 9" pan.
  5. Make pudding according to package directions and refrigerate to thicken.
  6. Mix softened cream cheese with powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  7. Fold in one carton of whipped topping and beat until well blended.
  8. Carefully spread the cream cheese mixture over the crumb crust.
  9. Spread the pudding over the cream cheese layer.
  10. Spread the second carton of whipped topping on top of the pudding layer.
  11. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over the whipped topping.
  12. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve or up to two days ahead.

Does your family have a “special occasion” dessert? Is there someone in your family that would rather have a certain dessert instead of a birthday cake? Here’s one we like, too. A Light And Delicious Pistachio Dessert.

I can’t resist sharing another cool, creamy chocolate dessert recipe here! This one has a cream puff crust, and it’s divine, too! Crazy Good Chocolate Cream Puff Dessert.

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