Oct 11

Heaven in a Pan

This is my favorite dessert in the whole world, hands down. In my family, we call it “Heaven in a pan.” I don’t get around to making it very often- which is probably a good thing because I tend to eat way too much of it whenever the temptation is around. 🙂

Heaven in a Pan

(The recipe makes enough to fill a 9 X 13 inch pan. I sometimes half the recipe to fit in an 8 X 8 inch pan).

For the crust, mix together:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 stick butter, softened
1 1/4 cup chopped nuts (I always use walnuts)

walnut crust ingredients

(I sometimes just completely melt down the butter in the microwave to make it easier to mix).

walnut pie crust

Press the mixture into a 9 X 13 inch pan. 

nutty crust

how to cook walnut pie crust

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool.

Pie crust with nuts

Then, mix together until smooth:

1 cup powdered sugar
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 the largest container Cool Whip

cream cheese softenedcream cheese layer

Spread this on top of baked crust, as shown below.No bake Cheesecake layer

Then Mix:

1 small box vanilla pudding
1 small box chocolate pudding


3 cups of milk.

Vanilla chocolate pudding layer

Beat until thick and spread over cream cheese layer.

Chocolate pudding cheesecake

Spread the remaining Cool Whip over pudding layer.

Whipped cream cake

Grate semi-sweet chocolate on top to cover.

Let stand in refrigerator overnight. (I don’t always follow this – sometimes I just let it chill for a few hours).

Heaven in a pan recipe

Then, indulge!