Saturday, April 6, 2013

Chocolate Layer Dessert

This is one of my favorite desserts. It's super simple and yet it makes an impression, and is super yummy. I usually make it when I run out of time to make anything fancy and start to panic when I realize I'm supposed to bring a dessert to an event. It comes together quick and is great for a potluck.

Chocolate Layer Dessert

1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough (or homemade cookie dough)
1 package (8 ounces) Philadelphia® Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
3 cups cold 2% milk
1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
Chopped nuts and chocolate curls, optional

Let cookie dough stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold in 1-3/4 cups whipped topping. Spread over crust.
In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Spread over cream cheese layer. Top with remaining whipped topping. Sprinkle with nuts and chocolate curls if desired.
Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight until firm.

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