Brownie Pudding Dessert

filed under: Brownies · Dessert on July 10, 2020

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!

One Brownie Pudding Dessert Piece on a Plate Showing Individual Layers

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

Pudding Ingredients

  • Instant chocolate pudding
  • Milk


Spreading Cream Cheese Mixture Over Cooked Pan of Brownies for Brownie Pudding Dessert

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.

Overhead Image of Brownie Pudding Dessert Showing Chocolate Curls and Chocolate Syrup on Top of Whipped Cream

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.

Chocolate Pudding

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.)

  1. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the cooled brownies.
  2. Carefully spread the chocolate pudding on top of the cream cheese layer.
  3. 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.
  4. Refrigerate the dessert for about an hour, or until ready to serve.

Forkful of Brownie Pudding Dessert on White Plate

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4.84 from 6 votes
Brownie Pudding Dessert
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins

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! 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownie Pudding Dessert
Servings: 12
Calories: 473 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • cups (186g) all-purpose flour
  • 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
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray or GOOP.

  2. In a large bowl add flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt. Whisk together ingredients until they are fully incorporated.
  3. 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.
  4. With the mixer off, add in the flour mixture. Turn mixer on low and mix until ingredients are well combined.
  5. 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.
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and the cool whip. Blend until smooth.

  2. Spread mixture on top of cooled brownies.
  1. In a medium bowl combine the milk and pudding.
  2. Using a hand mixer, beat on medium speed until thickened (2-3 minutes). Carefully spread on top of the cream cheese layer.
  1. Top with Cool Whip, chocolate swirls, and chocolate syrup.

  2. Refrigerate 1-hour, or until ready to serve.

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  • Eileen says:

    How can I make this dessert in a 8×8 or 9×9 pan? Could I half the recipe to make it in one of those pan sizes? Need to know for a party that’s coming up soon. Looks delicious.

  • Eddy Braganza says:

    Your all recipes are awesome only just a suggestion please try to post recipes with photos step by step.

  • Shilpa says:

    Wat is the replacement of eggs.. Can u post eggless version

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Shilpa! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. You could try one of our egg substitutes. Have a great day!

  • Mildred Fulford says:

    I have been making this for many years. I use Duncan Hines walnut brownie mix & I also cover the top layer of cool whip with chopped pecans. It’s very good when put in a bowl & covered with fresh sliced strawberries. YUMMY

  • Seema says:

    Thank you so much. I tried this for my son’s birthday. My family loved it so much.It was delicious.

  • ANn Staton says:

    Can this dessert be frozen for a later day?

  • Sam says:

    Can I use boxed brownie

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes, of course!

  • Elmer Flores says:

    Your all recipes are great and so delicious to look at maybe i tried of some of your recipes . Have a great day …thanks

  • Alexa says:

    This is SO good! Me and my family LOVE it. It’s easy to make and deelishis. Definitely making it again.

  • Denise says:

    I made this yesterday and it didn’t come out so nice. The cream cheese part was runny. I can only buy spreadable cream cheese and I have to make my own whipped cream. Is there anything I can use to help stiffen it up?

  • Zeny says:

    Do you have a Recipe for mocha cheesecake…?

  • Bobbie says:

    I think I made a mistake by using baker’s cocoa and not “dark” cocoa. My brownie was light and tasted mostly like butter. Not a dark brownie like in the pictures. I will try this again using dark cocoa. Even though the brownie was disappointing, the cream cheese and pudding toppings were great.

  • Teresita Dominoski says:

    I have no idea why you would suggest cool whip. It is a glob of chemicals that nobody needs. Otherwise It is a wonderfully easy and delicious recipe

  • The Better Baker says:

    I can’t wait to make this soon for a group of ladies. To the commenters above who want to make changes – I believe recipes are a guideline for us. If you don’t like Cool Whip, use your own whipped cream, etc. I have no doubt this makes a beautiful dessert.

  • Glenda says:

    Would make today but I only have 1 cool whip..

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Glenda! I work with iambaker and am happy to help. Here is a recipe for homemade whipped topping if that helps. Have a wonderful day!

  • Karen says:

    I hope I didn’t screw up. Forgot to let brownies cool before adding cream cheese layer.

  • Erin Smith says:

    15 years ago I was as the Pregame meal mom for my son’s football team. Another mom and I dreamed up THIS EXACT RECIPE! We were tired of the random and often terrible desserts the other moms brought (as often as we asked for homemade desserts we would get stale store bought pound cakes), so we took dessert over. We called it Pirate’s Pudding Cake, after our mascot, of course.

  • Jane says:

    Sounds wonderful can’t wait sit to make it!

  • KarenAnne says:

    May I use cooled Cooke’s chocolate pudding in this brownie dessert?

  • 2paw says:

    Thank you for having the metric measurements, really appreciate that even though you don’t use them Over There, you know that the rest of the world does!!

  • Schofield says:

    So good!

  • I Am Baker Logo

    Brand new recipes that people find kinda acceptable.