Chocolate Heavenly Dessert

Chocolate Heavenly Dessert

Chocolate Heavenly Dessert is a classic made with buttery crust, sweetened cream cheese, chocolate pudding, and fluffy cool whip topping. The name describes it all!

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I have been enjoying this dreamy dessert since the 1970’s. Back when church potlucks were popular, my mom would often make a big pan of heavenly dessert; sometimes pistachio and sometimes chocolate, either one, they were always a hit.

This simple dessert is perfect for any occasion or holiday, but I particularly love it in the summer because it’s cool and light. Now when I say “light” I’m not selling this as a healthy dessert because it’s not. It is a slice of heaven with a light and fluffy texture.

It all starts with a simple crust of flour and butter baked in a large pan until golden. Once cooled, the crust is layered with sweetened cream cheese, rich chocolate pudding, and cool whip topping. It’s so simple, yet so good. My husband requests this multiply times a year on different occasions so that means we get to enjoy it too!

Let’s eat!🤍

Chocolate Heavenly Dessert

Chocolate heavenly dessert is a classic made with buttery crust, sweetened cream cheese, chocolate pudding, and fluffy cool whip topping. The name describes it all!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 394 kcal


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped fine optional
  • 8 ounce softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 3.9 ounce boxes instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 8 ounce container cool whip, divided
  • shaved chocolate for topping


Preheat oven to 350°

  • In a medium bowl add flour, nuts if using, and melted butter. Combine until soft dough forms.
  • In a 9×13 inch baking dish press dough down using a fork, making sure to cover the bottom of the pan. The dough will be thin but it will rise a bit in the oven.
  • Bake for 15 minutes and let cool completely.
  • While dough cools, combine cream cheese and powdered sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Fold in 1 cup of cool whip.
  • In second bowl whisk chocolate pudding mix and milk until thickened.

Layering dessert

  • Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over the cooled crust, followed by the chocolate pudding, making sure not to mix the two together. Then top with the rest of the cool whip. Shave any kind of chocolate you have on hand over the whip cream. Enjoy!


My mom made heavenly dessert two ways – One with chocolate pudding and another with pistachio pudding. Both were delicious! Follow steps above, just swap out the pudding flavor and use pistachio nuts instead of pecans in the crust. 
Nutritional facts do not include nuts. Facts include 1 slice. 
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be understood as an estimate rather than a guarantee. The Menu Maid makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Keyword Buttery crust, chocolate, Chocolate pudding, Cool whip, Cream cheese, dessert, Heavenly dessert, Whip cream

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