My easy flaky dessert recipe is similar to the German Blätterteig or a French Puff Pastry. But, it's so much simpler to make. AND, it tastes so-o-o good! This simple dessert is just layers of unsalted soda crackers (saltines), pudding, and Cool Whip. It sounds strange, but this quick, easy dessert recipe always brings rave reviews. I'm almost embarrassed to share this as something I would make ... but, it's SO good!
I'll tell you ... when you try this easy flaky dessert recipe, you'll be absolutely amazed. It's origins are unknown. What is known is ... that it's really good! And, it's so easy to make together with young children.
Among the many Cool Whip recipes, this one has a secret. The secret is "time". Yes, time. You see, it takes a bit of time to transform the soda crackers into flaky pastry.
It's the 'soda cracker dessert' my sister, Helen, also likes to make and take to church functions.
How can anything this simple taste so good? Here, she topped it with bananas and berries.
You can use frozen berries, like she does, or perhaps a can of pie filling.
Almost anything! Check out my Black Forest inspired dessert below!
The only important thing is that you let this sit for at least 6 hours for the crackers to turn into puff pastry!
After the first bite, I'm usually asked for the recipe. I hesitate to tell them while they are eating it, thinking that they'll probably stop.
But, even when I admit it's just crackers, pudding, and Cool Whip, people go back for seconds - it's THAT GOOD!
This is also one of those recipes for kids to cook (because there's no cooking involved!), but you need to plan ahead. It takes several hours - preferably overnight - in the fridge for the crackers to change.
On a diet? Try it as a diet version. Use low-fat Cool Whip and low-fat instant pudding. Then, top with a mixture of fresh berries. Just as good.
The origin of this recipe is unknown, but probably NOT German. It's been passed around the internet for a long time, slightly varying in amounts and ingredients. However, but adding some German flavors, such as in this Black Forest Dessert, you'd almost think it was. Wunderbar!
The following comments were sent in by some of our readers:
I took it to two parties and it went over very good. Everyone said how good it was after a meal. It just went down so smooth. :) Did not get any pictures. It went to fast. :)
My variation on this dessert is that I used Lemon Pudding instead of Vanilla Pudding. Instead of crushed pineapple, I sliced bananas over the top.
Here's another variation. Once,when I didn't have soda crackers, I substituted Vanilla Social Tea Biscuits. Tastes great as well.
All are great desserts to take to a buffet!
Or similarly is chocolate pudding . . . . . and then layer top with grated chocolate bar . . . . yum!
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