Wonderful – A Dessert That Lives Up To It’s Name

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Wonderful dessert recipe

I was talking about a favorite Spring-time dessert last week with some friends online, and promised that I would share the recipe here after the holiday. After eating a bowl of Wonderful for a before-lunch snack this morning, I remembered my promise. You will thank me later, I swear!

This dessert is an old family favorite from one of my aunts, and was often present at family gatherings and holiday meals when I was growing up. We appropriately called it Wonderful.

WONDERFUL Dessert Recipe – a traditional family favorite for the holidays


Mix together:

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 Tbsp) butter or margarine (melted)

Press into the bottom of a 9×13″ pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and then let cool.

Layer 1

Mix together:

  • 1 package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 package cool whip
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Spread over cooled crust and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Wonderful dessert recipe

Layer 2

Mix one large package of chocolate instant pudding according to package directions and pour over cheese mixture. Refrigerate for another 30 minutes.

Wonderful dessert recipe

Layer 3

Spread the rest of the cool whip on top of the pudding and garnish with chopped nuts, if desired. Keep in the refrigerator.

Wonderful dessert recipe

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Lolli has written 3127 posts on this blog.

I became a mom in 1996, and in 2005 I had my fifth. Yes, 5 kids. In 2007, this blog was born (my 6th baby that will never grow up) and I've been sharing recipes, photography tricks, parenting tips, and everything in between.

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  1. Oh! Wow! What a delicious recipe. It is surely a good spring time dessert which s gonna make the spring of the eater very delightful.
    I am surely gonna try it and make my family and friends happy.
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  2. love the name of this dessert and yes it looks wonderful as well I may make it for my family

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  3. Yum!

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  4. This is our family’s favorite dessert! I make it without the brown sugar though. I’ll have to give that a try! :)


  5. I love this dessert, but I’ve only ever heard it called Sex in a Pan, which was fine before I had kids, and now I just call it “Yummy Chocolate Dessert”, which is a bit vague.
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  6. We call that pudding cake at my house. It’s my brother’s favorite and my grandmother always makes my brother’s favorites when he’s in town.
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