Layered Desserts- Staples of Church Socials!

Chocolate Delight
Chocolate Delight | Source


Ten or so years ago, layered desserts of pudding, Cool Whip, and Jell-O in various combinations were all the rage. I’ve selected the cream (or Cool Whip) of the crop. Several of these came from the recipe book of the church I grew up in.


Layered desserts in this hub:

Chocolate Delight

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Banana Split Pie

Oreo Dirt Cake

Mandarin and Lemon Fluff Layered Gelatin Dessert

Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

Creamy Lemon Layered Squares



Chocolate Delight

Serving of Chocolate Delight
Serving of Chocolate Delight | Source
Crust made from flour, nuts, and butter
Crust made from flour, nuts, and butter | Source

Chocolate Delight

1st Layer


1 c plain flour

1 stick butter, melted

1 c chopped nuts


1- Mix flour, melted butter, and chopped nuts.

2- Spread in the bottom of a 9” X 13” baking dish.

3- Bake until brown, approximately 10 minutes at 425°. Cool completely.


Layer 2, made with cream cheese, powdered sugar, and Cool Whip
Layer 2, made with cream cheese, powdered sugar, and Cool Whip | Source

2nd Layer


8 oz cream cheese, softened

½ of a large container of Cool Whip

1 c powdered sugar


1- Combine cream cheese, Cool Whip, and powdered sugar with mixer.

2- Spread cream cheese mixture over crust.


Layer 3, chocolate pudding
Layer 3, chocolate pudding | Source

3rd Layer


2 small pkg of instant chocolate pudding

3 c milk


1-Mix milk and pudding.

2- Spread pudding over 2nd layer. I used the pudding requiring heating and cooking on the range, instead of instant pudding. Cool to room temperature, or only slightly warm before spreading over layer 2.


Layer 4, Cool Whip and toasted nuts
Layer 4, Cool Whip and toasted nuts | Source

4th Layer


½ large container of Cool Whip

½ c chopped nuts, toasted


1- Top chocolate pudding with remaining Cool Whip.

2- Sprinkle with toasted nuts.

3- Chill for several hours.


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Layered Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Serving of Strawberry Pretzel Dessert
Serving of Strawberry Pretzel Dessert | Source
Press crushed pretzel mixture into dish
Press crushed pretzel mixture into dish | Source
Carefully spread cream cheese mixture on top of pretzel layer
Carefully spread cream cheese mixture on top of pretzel layer | Source
Mix Jell-O with fruit juice and water and chill for about an hour.  Stir in drained fruit and chill 30-60 min.
Mix Jell-O with fruit juice and water and chill for about an hour. Stir in drained fruit and chill 30-60 min. | Source
Carefully spread Jell-O mixture over cream cheese layer.  Chill several hours.
Carefully spread Jell-O mixture over cream cheese layer. Chill several hours. | Source
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Strawberry Pretzel Dessert


8 oz pretzels, crushed

¾ c butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted

1 c plus 3 Tbsp sugar, divided

8 oz cream cheese

8 oz Cool Whip

1 (20-oz) can crushed pineapple

2 (3-oz) pkgs strawberry Jell-O

2 (10-oz) pkgs frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed


1- Coat 9” X 13” pan with non-stick spray.

2- Combine crushed pretzels, melted butter, and 3 Tbsp of sugar. Press into bottom of pan.

3- Bake at 400º for 18 to 20 minutes, until set. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.


4- In a bowl, beat cream cheese and 1 c sugar until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip.

5- Spread Cool Whip Mixture over cooled crust, and refrigerate until chilled, several hours.


6- Open pineapple and drain juice into measuring cup. Add water to equal 1 cup. Pour into saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour into a large bowl.

7- Stir gelatin into hot liquid until dissolved.

8- Drain strawberry juice into a measuring cup. Add water if necessary to equal 1 ½ cups. Stir liquid into gelatin mixture.


9- Refrigerate until partially set. Add drained pineapples and strawberries.


10-Carefully spoon fruit and gelatin mixture over Cool Whip mixture.

11- Cover and refrigerate 3 to 4 hours until firm.


Banana Split Pie

Banana Split Pie with cream cheese, fresh fruit, and pudding layers
Banana Split Pie with cream cheese, fresh fruit, and pudding layers | Source
Arrange banana slices on top of cream cheese and pineapple mixture
Arrange banana slices on top of cream cheese and pineapple mixture | Source
Arrange sliced strawberries on top of bananas
Arrange sliced strawberries on top of bananas | Source
Spread pudding mixture over fruit
Spread pudding mixture over fruit | Source
Refrigerate pie to set pudding
Refrigerate pie to set pudding | Source
Finished decorated Banana Split Pie
Finished decorated Banana Split Pie | Source
Freeze 1-2 hours before slicing
Freeze 1-2 hours before slicing | Source

Banana Split Pie


This is my variation of Banana Split Pie, a compilation of about 3 different recipes. I can't put into words how delicious this is!


1 large graham cracker crust (9 oz)

½ c granulated sugar

8 oz cream cheese, softened

8 oz Cool Whip

1 lg can crushed pineapple, well drained

1 sm pkg instant vanilla pudding

1 ¼ c milk

½ c confectioner’s sugar

3 medium-sized bananas

1 lb fresh strawberries, divided

Chocolate syrup

¼ c chopped toasted pecans, walnuts or almonds


1st Layer

1- With electric mixer, beat sugar into softened cream cheese. Blend in 3-4 oz Cool Whip.

2- Stir well drained crushed pineapple into cream cheese mixture.

3- Spread cream cheese mixture into pie crust. Refrigerate 4 or more hours.


2nd Layer

4- Top pie with sliced bananas, then sliced strawberries. Reserve prettiest strawberries for decoration.


3rd Layer

5- Blend vanilla instant pudding mix with 1 ¼ c milk. Beat 2 minutes per package directions. Let stand about 5 minutes to thicken.

6- Blend ½ cup confectioner’s sugar into pudding, then 4 oz Cool Whip.

7- Spread pudding mixture on top of bananas and strawberries.

8- Refrigerate 4 hours or longer.


Finishing

9- Put pie in freezer for 1-2 hours before cutting. Remove from freezer.

10- Drizzle pie with chocolate syrup.

11- Sprinkle top of pie with nuts.

12- Decorate pie with strawberry halves or slices.


Dirt Cake
Dirt Cake | Source

Dirt Cake


1 stick butter

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1 c powdered sugar

3 ½ c milk

2 (4 oz) pkgs instant vanilla pudding

8 oz container Cool Whip

20 oz pkg Oreo cookies, crushed


1- Combine butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar with electric mixer. Set aside.

2- In another bowl, combine pudding mix and milk.

3- Add Cool Whip to pudding mixture. Stir to combine.

4- Combine pudding mixture with cream cheese mixture.

5- In a large dish, alternate layers of crushed Oreos and pudding mixture. Be sure to begin and end with crushed cookies.

6- Refrigerate 2 hours before serving.



Mandarin and Lemon Fluff Layered Gelatin Dessert

Mandarin Orange Gelatin Dessert with Lemon Fluff layer.  As you can see the layers slide off of each other.
Mandarin Orange Gelatin Dessert with Lemon Fluff layer. As you can see the layers slide off of each other. | Source

Mandarin and Lemon Fluff Layered Gelatin Dessert

This layered dessert is a match up of my Mandarin & Yogurt Gelatin Dessert from Weight Watchers and Lemon Fluff dessert.


2 sm pkgs orange gelatin

1 (15-oz) can mandarin oranges

2 cups yogurt

¼ cup sour cream, optional

1 sm pkg lemon gelatin

1 can evaporated milk, chilled

¼ cup lemon juice

1 cup sugar

Hot water

Cold water


Prepare orange Jell-O.  Chill 1-2 hours before dropping mandarin slices in.
Prepare orange Jell-O. Chill 1-2 hours before dropping mandarin slices in. | Source
Second layer looks like an orange creamsicle!
Second layer looks like an orange creamsicle! | Source
Third layer made with about 1/2 of lemon fluff mixture.
Third layer made with about 1/2 of lemon fluff mixture. | Source
Beautiful layered dessert!
Beautiful layered dessert! | Source


Layer 1

1- Prepare one small package of orange gelatin by dissolving in 1 cup boiling water, whisking for 2 minutes. Then add 1 cup cold water. Refrigerate 60 minutes.

2- Add drained mandarin oranges to orange gelatin. Refrigerate 4 hours until set.


Layer 2

3- Dissolve second package of orange gelatin in 1 cup boiling water. Whisk until completely dissolved, about 2 minutes.

4- Stir 2 cups of plain yogurt into gelatin. I used one cup of full fat organic Horizon plain yogurt for richness, and one cup of 2% Fage Greek yogurt for texture.

5- Stir in sour cream if desired, for added richness. I like Horizon organic sour cream, which is unbelievably good. Whisk until blended. It will look like orange creamsicle.

6- Gently pour yogurt mixture over mandarin orange gelatin, not disrupting the gelatin.

7- Refrigerate 4 hours.


Layer 3

8- Dissolve one small box of lemon gelatin and 1 cup sugar in 1 ½ cup boiling water, whisking about 2 minutes. Add lemon juice. Refrigerate about 1 hour.

9- Pour cold milk into a large mixing bowl. Beat until stiff peaks form, about 3-5 minutes. Fold into lemon gelatin.

10- Refrigerate 4 hours.


I made my dessert in an 11-cup Pyrex dish. All was well until the 3rd layer. My dish would only accommodate about one-half of the lemon fluff on top of the second layer. I recommend making the full recipe of lemon fluff. If you only whip a half can of evaporated milk, then the texture will be off for the final layer. I put half of the fluff in another container. The original recipe is just the lemon fluff poured on a graham cracker crumb layer. Alternatively, you could double the recipes for layers one and two, and use much larger dish.


Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

Serving of layered pumpkin pie with cream cheese layer topped with pumpkin-pudding layer
Serving of layered pumpkin pie with cream cheese layer topped with pumpkin-pudding layer | Source
No Bake Double Layer Pumpkin Pie
No Bake Double Layer Pumpkin Pie | Source

Double Layer Pumpkin Pie


I found this recipe for pumpkin layered pie on the label of the Keebler pie crust. I updated with my modifications.


Ingredients

1 pkg cream cheese, 8 oz

2 Tablespoons milk

1 Tablespoon sugar

2 cups Cool Whip

1 large Keebler graham cracker crust, 9 oz

1 lg pkg instant vanilla pudding, 6 serving size

1 sm pkg instant vanilla pudding, 4 serving size

1 cup milk

2 cups canned pumpkin pie mix


Instructions

1- Soften cream cheese for 4-8 hours, or overnight.

2- Beat cream cheese, sugar, and milk. Label said beat with a whisk, but I had to use the electric mixer.

3- Stir in Cool Whip.

4- Pour into pie shell, and spread evenly. Refrigerate 2-4 hours.

5- Whisk both packages of pudding with the 1 cup milk.

6- Whisk in pumpkin pie mix.

7- Pour over cream cheese layer and spread evenly.

8- Refrigerate 4 hours before cutting.



Layered Lemon Dessert

Creamy Lemon Layered Dessert
Creamy Lemon Layered Dessert | Source
Lemon dessert with cream cheese, lemon pudding, and Cool Whip layers
Lemon dessert with cream cheese, lemon pudding, and Cool Whip layers | Source

Creamy Lemon Layered Squares


This recipe is from the Kraft recipes website, although I did make some modifications, which is the version below.


Ingredients


Layer 1

1 cup plain flour

1 cup toasted pecans

¼ cup sugar

6 Tblsp butter


Layer 2

2 8-oz pkgs cream cheese

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup milk

4 oz Cool Whip, thawed


Layer 3

2 ¾ cups milk

2 3.4-oz pkgs Lemon Instant Pudding

8 oz Cool Whip, thawed


Instructions

1- Finely chop toasted pecans in food processor. Combine with flour, ¼ cup sugar, and melted butter. Mix thoroughly.

2- Press mixture into 9” X 13” pan or oven-proof dish. Bake for 15 minutes at 350°. Cool for 30 to 60 minutes.

3- With electric mixer, beat together softened cream cheese, ¼ cup sugar, ¼ milk, and 4 oz Cool Whip.

4- Spread cream cheese mixture over crust. Refrigerate 1-2 hours.

5- Whisk pudding mixes with 2 ¾ cups milk. Whisk 3 minutes.

6- Pour pudding mixture over cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate 2 hours.

7- Cover with Cool Whip. Refrigerate 1-2 hours.



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6 comments

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Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast

These sound great! Will have to bookmark this...


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rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas Author

Thanks Lily!


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Sunnyglitter 5 years ago from Cyberspace

I have a serious weakness for layered desserts, and these all look delicious.


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rmcrayne 5 years ago from San Antonio Texas Author

Thanks sunnyglitter. I'm lukewarm on the stuff with Cool Whip. It's not a great texture for me.


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william.fischer29 5 years ago

Wow!Great recipe.You can surely have a great Sunday with this.THanks for posting.


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Rachel L Alba 16 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Every one of these desserts look fabulous and sooooo delicious!! Voted up.

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