Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

My aunt has made this for holidays for as long as I can remember. My cousins and I will butt heads for the last piece. Good thing she usually makes two!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut the butter into the flour to form crumbs, then add the pecans
  2. Press mixture into a greased 9x13 pan.
  3. Bake at 375 degress for 15 minutes and set aside to cool.
  4. On medium speed, beat the cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar until creamy.
  5. Change speed on mixer to low, and mix in 2 cups of the Cool Whip.
  6. Spread cream cheese mixture over cooled crust.
  7. Mix the pudding mix with the milk for 2 minutes.
  8. Pour over cream cheese layer.
  9. Spread remaining cup of Cool Whip over the top, being sure to spread to the edges to seal.
  10. Garnish with additional chopped pecans and/or chocolate shavings, if desired.
  11. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.
Most Helpful

Oh my this is so good! I love that the texture is so light and fluffy. I subbed walnuts for pecans because I had them on hand, otherwise made as directed. It was a challenge to spread the cup of cool whip over the top. I think I would use more next time. Thanks for posting. Made for Best of 2013 tag.

GibbyLou March 20, 2014

My family's favorite dessert. Love the combination of chocolate, whipped cream, nuts, cream cheese. We call ours Panama Canal Dessert. Made for Name that Ingredient!

Lavender Lynn May 24, 2013

Simply DELISH!! My hubby's favorite dessert. His grandma makes it every year at Christmas and I've never made it until now, thanks to you!! This very simple and easy to make, light and smooth after a heavy meal. My hubby thanks you for this one!!

FoodieDiva007 May 14, 2010