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Chocolate Delight

Chocolate Delight has a buttery pecan crust topped with layers of sweet cream cheese, Cool Whip and pudding.

slice of chocolate delight on a plate

I’ve seen versions of this recipe around the internet before. Chocolate delight is such a simple dessert to make (using simple ingredients), and everyone always loves it. I like to bring it to a potluck and let everyone devour this awesome dessert. There won’t be any left over!

Southern Living 2021 Annual Recipes Cookbook cover

This recipe comes from Southern Living 2021 Annual Recipes. We are big fans of Southern Living around here, so we always pick up their annual cookbook. This year is full of delicious recipes for all meals of the day. It’s a cookbook we use often in our kitchen.

Here are a few recipes from the book that we’ve been wanting to make:

  • Spicy Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp
  • Slow Cooker French Onion Soup
  • Strawberry- Goat Cheese Crostini
  • Cucumber- Mint Mojitos
  • Hash Brown Frittata
  • Fresh Mint Chocolate Pie
  • Cherries and Cream Icebox Cake
  • Sheet Pan Jambalaya
  • Red Velvet Cake Crinkle Cookies
  • Raspberry Snack Cake

ingredients displayed for making chocolate delight

Ingredients needed:

  • self-rising flour
  • chopped pecans
  • unsalted butter
  • cream cheese
  • powdered sugar
  • Cool Whip
  • whole milk
  • instant chocolate pudding
  • instant vanilla pudding
  • chocolate syrup

How to make self-rising flour:

If you don’t want to buy a whole bag of self-rising flour, it’s easy enough to make some of your own at home for this recipe. Measure 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour. Add 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder and just shy of 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Whisk to combine. Then you can use it as directed in the recipe.

four photos showing how to assemble chocolate delight dessert

How to make Chocolate Delight:

The complete, printable recipe is at the end of this post.

The first step is making the crust. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, pecans and butter. Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish in a thin layer, patting it evenly into all corners. Bake until set, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 30 minutes.
 
The next step is making the layers. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese for about 2 minutes- until it is very creamy. Gradually mix in the powdered sugar, beating until well-blended- about 1 minute. Fold in 1 cup of the Cool Whip. Spread the mixture evenly over the cooled crust.

In a large bowl, whisk together the milk and the chocolate and vanilla pudding mixes until well combined. Let stand until slightly set- about 10 minutes. Pour the pudding mixture over the cream cheese layer and spread to evenly cover; spread the remaining Cool Whip on top.

chocolate delight in a pan

Drizzle your chocolate delight with chocolate syrup. Cover and chill at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours.

slices of chocolate delight on plates

When the chocolate delight is well-chilled, it’s much easier to cut into clean pieces for serving. Enjoy!

slice of chocolate delight on a plate

How to toast pecans:

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the pecans evenly onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake until they begin to brown, making sure to toss halfway through, 7 to 10 minutes.

Can I replace the Cool Whip with real whipped cream?

I know that someone will ask me this question, so I’m prepared to answer it. We haven’t tried it that way, but you can certainly try. I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work.

slice of chocolate delight on a plate with bite taken out of it

Favorite Chocolate Dessert Recipes:

slice of chocolate delight on a plate

Chocolate Delight

RecipeBoy.com (shared from Southern Living 2021 Annual Recipes)
An old-fashioned keeper dessert recipe!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Chill Time: 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

CRUST:

  • cups self rising flour
  • cups finely chopped toasted pecans
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

LAYERS:

  • One 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • One 16-ounce container thawed Cool Whip, divided
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • One 5.9-ounce package chocolate instant pudding mix
  • One 3.4-ounce package vanilla instant pudding mix
  • chocolate syrup

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 13x9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

MAKE THE CRUST:

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, pecans and butter. Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish in a thin layer, patting it evenly into all corners. Bake until set, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 30 minutes.

MAKE THE LAYERS:

  • In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese for about 2 minutes- until it is very creamy. Gradually mix in the powdered sugar, beating until well-blended- about 1 minute. Fold in 1 cup of the Cool Whip. Spread the mixture evenly over the cooled crust.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the milk and the chocolate and vanilla pudding mixes until well combined. Let stand until slightly set- about 10 minutes. Pour the pudding mixture over the cream cheese layer and spread to evenly cover; spread the remaining Cool Whip on top. Drizzle with chocolate syrup. Cover and chill at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours.
Keyword chocolate, dessert
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Kati Heileson

Monday 21st of November 2022

What can be used in place of self rising flour? I was thing maybe doing a graham cracker crust instead? Any tips from you would be great appreciated! Thank you. It looks delicious:)