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Heaven in a pan!

My favorite dessert is one called “Heaven in a Pan”. It is layers of graham cracker, cream cheese, chocolate pudding and whipped cream. It is utterly dreamy. What I love most about it is that you feel like you have had dessert without feeling the need to check your glucose levels. To me it is absolute perfection.

Ingredients: Graham Cracker Base – 1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs – 1/4 cup sugar – 1/3 cup melted butter Cream Cheese Layer – 8 oz cream cheese (softened) – 1/4 cup sugar – 1/2 container Cool Whip (large container) – 2 tbsp Milk Chocolate Pudding Layer – 2 boxes chocolate pudding mix (4 serving boxes) – 3.5 cups cold milk Top Layer – 1/2 container Cool Whip

Graham Cracker Base – Grease base of 9 x 13 glass pan with butter – Mix graham cracker crumbs and sugar. – Add melted butter to above items and mix well. – Spread mixture in base of glass pan evenly. Press down lightly.

Cream Cheese Layer – Beat cream cheese, sugar and milk until well mixed. – Fold in half of the large container of Cool Whip into the mixture.

– Drop in blobs onto the graham cracker base and then spread together. Do so carefully so that crumbs are not mixed into the cream cheese.

Chocolate Pudding Layer – Pour two 4 serving packages of chocolate pudding into a large bowl. – Pour in 3.5 cups of cold milk. – Follow instructions for beating pudding. Beat until smooth and thick.

– Pour pudding over top of the cream cheese layer. – Cover with saran wrap and chill in a fridge overnight.

Top Layer – Spread remaining half of the Cool Whip on top of the chocolate pudding layer. – Optional: You can sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles or shaved chocolate. Just be warned that the sprinkles will slightly melt into the cool whip after a few hours and the cool whip will no longer be perfectly white.

Enjoy! For the easiest removal, use a nice thin metal flipper to extract the pieces of dessert. I find thin metal flippers slide nicely under the graham cracker crust and pull it out nicely intact.

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Crystal from Sweet Valley Acres