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    Gretchen's 4 Layer Chocolate Dessert

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    30 mins

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    1. 1
      Layer 1: soften margarine. Mix with flour, add pecans. Put into 9 x 13 baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove and cool completely.
    2. 2
      Layer 2: Mix powdered sugar with cream cheese, add 1 cup of cool whip, and spread on crust.
    3. 3
      Layer 3: Mix instant pudding with milk. Follow pkg directions and spread over layers.
    4. 4
      Layer 4: Top the 3 layers with remaining Cool Whip. Garnish with shaved chocolate bar and top with cherries and chopped nuts.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 01, 2012


      This recipe is simply delicious! I had some issues with the actual recipe itself, although it did turn out very nice and my dinner guests raved about it, especially the crust.

      I found it confusing that the ingredients are not listed in the order they are used. Also, I was (and still am) confused about the serving size of instant pudding listed. 3.5 oz total? 3.5 oz each? I could locate only 1.5 oz and 2.1 oz sizes of instant pudding at the store. I ended up measuring out 3.5 oz total with my scale and mixing with 3 cups of milk; I am not sure if that was the intention of the amount that should be used or not. It might be helpful to clarify this point in the original recipe.

      I also found it difficult to get layers 1 and 2 to fill the entire 13x9" pan. Again, not a big deal because it turned out delicious but next time I may consider doubling those two layers, or even increasing by 50%, to avoid this.

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    • on March 29, 2011


      Already made 3 weeks in a row. Yum is an underestimate of this desert. The crust is my favorite ever and yet so simple. Thanks for sharing, Dawn in Missouri

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    • on November 05, 2009


      Thanks for the recipe which I have but had forgotten about. It's my kids favorite dessert and since they are both coming to visit this weekend I'll be making it for them. They will be so pleased!

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    Nutritional Facts for Gretchen's 4 Layer Chocolate Dessert

    Serving Size: 1 (249 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 874.5
    Calories from Fat 490
    Total Fat 54.4 g
    Saturated Fat 26.4 g
    Cholesterol 58.7 mg
    Sodium 757.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 88.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
    Sugars 58.1 g
    Protein 11.6 g

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