Gretchen's 4 Layer Chocolate Dessert

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

One thing we Hill's know is Dessert ... this is another good example of that.


  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. Layer 2: Mix powdered sugar with cream cheese, add 1 cup of cool whip, and spread on crust.
  3. Layer 3: Mix instant pudding with milk. Follow pkg directions and spread over layers.
  4. Layer 4: Top the 3 layers with remaining Cool Whip. Garnish with shaved chocolate bar and top with cherries and chopped nuts.
Most Helpful

What I love most about this dessert is its versatility. Sometimes I add peanut butter to the cream cheese layer and put crushed peanut butter cups on top. Or you can put mint extract and green food coloring in the cream cheese mixture and then andes mint pieces on top. I have also put cocoa in the cream cheese, used butterscotch pudding and put heath pieces on top. Or use lemon pudding and it makes a great lemon dessert.

Chad-Randi C. September 11, 2015

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.

Cyn January 01, 2012

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

mamadawn March 29, 2011