Brownie Pudding Dessert is a decadent layered dessert that starts with the perfect brownie, topped with a cream cheese and chocolate pudding layer, finished off with cool whip and more chocolate! Try my Oreo Brownie Dessert for another layered, chocolatey dessert.
Brownie Pudding Dessert
This is the ultimate chocolate lover’s dessert, for sure. A pan of delicious brownies is enough to serve as a dessert and most would be just fine with that. But, by adding the cream cheese and pudding layers, as well as more cool whip, chocolate swirls, and chocolate syrup, it brings a pan of brownies to new heights!
Brownie Pudding Dessert Recipe
There are four delicious parts to this recipe–the brownies, cream cheese layer, pudding, and toppings.
(full recipe in recipe card below)
Cream Cheese Layer Ingredients
- Cream cheese
- Confectioners’ sugar
- Cool whip–Or make your own homemade whipped cream
- Instant chocolate pudding
How to Make Brownies
When I am making brownies in a 9×13-inch pan this is my go-to recipe. The brownies are thick and rich and always come out perfectly, no matter what. Use a prepared (spray with non-stick spray or use GOOP) 9×13-inch pan for this recipe. You could also line the pan with parchment paper.
First, preheat the oven to 350°F. Next, in a large bowl, add flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Whisk that together to be added later. Then, in a bowl of a stand mixer or another large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla until it is light and fluffy.
Turn the mixer off (or stop mixing) and add the flour mixture. Mix on low until the ingredients are well combined. Pour the brownies into the baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the brownies. The toothpick should come out with a few crumbs on it, but no wet batter. Once you have the brownies made, be sure to let them cool before you top them with the cream cheese and pudding layers.
Cream Cheese Layer
To make the cream cheese layer, simply combine the room temperature cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and the cool whip (whipped topping). If you forgot to take out the cream cheese to get it to room temperature (which usually takes about 30 minutes), unwrap the cream cheese and place it in a microwave-safe container, heating it up in 15-second increments until the edges are softened.
To make the chocolate pudding layer, simply combine the milk and instant chocolate pudding in a medium bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat on medium speed until the pudding thickens. This takes about 2-3 minutes.
Assembling the Brownie Pudding Dessert
Once all the parts to this dessert have been made, it’s time to get it assembled and chilled so everyone can enjoy it! (Remember to let the brownies cool before adding the layers.)
- Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the cooled brownies.
- Carefully spread the chocolate pudding on top of the cream cheese layer.
- Top with more cool whip, chocolate swirls, and chocolate syrup. Make your own chocolate syrup to drizzle on this dessert! And check out how to make your own chocolate curls.
- Refrigerate the dessert for about an hour, or until ready to serve.
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Brownie Pudding Dessert is a decadent layered dessert that starts with the perfect brownie, topped with a cream cheese and chocolate pudding layer, finished off with cool whip and more chocolate!
- 1½ cups (186g) all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup (42g) dark cocoa
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
- ¾ cup (1 1/2 sticks or 170g) butter, softened or room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 8 ounces (1 package) cream cheese, room temperature
- ½ cup (62.5g) confectioners' sugar
- 8 ounces cool whip
- 1 box (5.1 ounces) instant chocolate pudding
- 2 cups milk
- 8 ounces cool whip
- Hot fudge or chocolate syrup
- Chocolate swirls
Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray or GOOP.
In a large bowl add flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt. Whisk together ingredients until they are fully incorporated.
In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand-held mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
With the mixer off, add in the flour mixture. Turn mixer on low and mix until ingredients are well combined.
Pour brownies into a prepared baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes at 350°F. Brownies are done when an inserted toothpick is removed with crumbs but not wet batter.
In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and the cool whip. Blend until smooth.
Spread mixture on top of cooled brownies.
In a medium bowl combine the milk and pudding.
Using a hand mixer, beat on medium speed until thickened (2-3 minutes). Carefully spread on top of the cream cheese layer.
Top with Cool Whip, chocolate swirls, and chocolate syrup.
Refrigerate 1-hour, or until ready to serve.