Marsha Gardner Recipe

Mystery Dessert

By Marsha Gardner mrdick1950

Recipe Rating:
 3 Ratings

Marsha's Story

I like to change this dessert up by substituting the chocolate pudding with butterscotch or banana pudding. Use your imagination.


1 stick
butter, unsalted, melted
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1 c
all purpose flour
1/2 c
nuts, chopped fine
8 oz
cream cheese, room temperature
1 large
cool whip, thawed
1 c
powdered sugar
2 small
instant chocolate pudding mix
3 c
1/2 c
semi-sweet chocolate chips, mini for topping

Directions Step-By-Step

Mix together the first 3 ingredients; press into 8 or 9 inch square pan and bake at 350-degrees for about 15 minutes; cool.

Combine the cream cheese, 1 cup cool whip and the confectioners sugar.

Chill for several hours or overnight.
Mix until smooth and spread gently over crust.
Mix chocolate pudding and milk; spread over cream cheese mixture.

Cover pudding with the remaining cool whip and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate, Other Desserts

  • Comments

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    Cassie * 1lovetocook1x - Oct 11, 2012
    I love this made with coconut, or chocolate, any flavor you really can't go wrong..
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    Deborah Faulkenberry LadyLuvs2Cook - Oct 12, 2012
    This sounds sinfully delicious! Can't wait to try it...
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    Marsha Gardner mrdick1950 - Oct 12, 2012
    It is and everyone in your family will love it as well.
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    Jeanne Wise Bluejeanz - Oct 13, 2012
    I'm new here and was navigating and came upon this. When I saw the photo I thought, "Oh, this looks like our 'Dreaded Chocolate Pudding' recipe." I got the recipe from my sister, it had to be about 25-30 years ago. Everyone loved it so much we made it constantly and on one occasion when my youngest daughter offered to make it she said, "Okay, I'll make the dreaded chocolate pudding dessert" and I guess it stuck cause that's what we've called it ever since. We've made it in all flavors but our favorite is still the chocolate.
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    Marsha Gardner mrdick1950 - Oct 13, 2012
    My sister and her family call this dessert Layered Delight another friend calls it Chocolate Lasagna. I guess we call it Mystery Dessert because until they cut into it, it was a mystery what flavor it would be. I have been using this recipe for 40 something years. My grandkids love it as much as the kids did. I love the "Dreaded Chocolate Pudding' name. Like my Cheater Cookie Dough--7 Virgins , check it out, funny how names stick.