Chocolate Heather: A Christmas Dessert!

Does anyone else feel like they lost a whole portion of the Christmas season this year with Thanksgiving being so late? The fact that Christmas is only TWO weeks away is crazy! Life has been beyond busy, with Black Friday and two trips to LA happening in the last three weeks! I feel like I am just getting my head wrapped around it being Christmas time, and we are already just days away.

I have so many things I want to fit in the next couple of weeks. Christmas crafts with the kids, baking cookies, visiting Santa… ALL the Christmas things! And I want plenty of time to snuggle by the fire and enjoy my tree, too! So much to do and only a little bit of time to do it…

As I am thinking about all of the yummy things I want to make for Christmas, I came across this recipe that I wanted to try for Chocolate Heather. I had never heard of it, but it looked so delicious! I found a few minutes before Thanksgiving to try it out, and I took some shots so I could share it with you! GIRL. Let me just tell you. It was SO GOOD!

The crust is a pecan crust that is super yummy. While the crust is baking, you put together the filling. It is chocolate decadence! It is an easy recipe, and can be made in under 45 minutes! I think it will make the PERFECT dessert on Christmas day to share with my family!

After you bake the crust, don’t forget to let it cool before you put the filling in. If you’re in a crunch for time (which I was) you can just stick the crust in the freezer for a few minutes to let it cool quicker. Once it’s cool, you just pour the filling in and stick the whole thing in the fridge! Let it sit for a couple of hours before you serve. This is a dessert you can make in the morning, and serve with dinner that night!

If you’re hosting Christmas Eve dinner, make this dessert in the morning, and get your Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole ready at the same time. You’ll stick both in the fridge, and you can serve the dessert with no more baking necessary, then stick the casserole in the oven on Christmas morning while you’re opening presents!

Chocolate Heather Recipe


2 small packages chocolate pudding (instant)

3 cups cold milk

1 cup powdered sugar

8 oz cream cheese

1 big container of Cool Whip

Finely chopped pecans

1 stick butter

1 cup flour


  1. Mix 1 stick melted butter, 1 cup flour, and 1 cup finely chopped pecans. Spread into bottom of pan. You can use either an 8×8 or 13×9. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  2. Mix 8 oz cream cheese, 1 cup cool whip, 1 cup powdered sugar and spread on the cooled crust.
  3. Mix 2 small packages of chocolate pudding with 3 cups cold milk. Spread on top of the cream cheese layer.
  4. Top with cool whip and additional pecans or chocolate chips! (I used chocolate chips!)
  5. Cool in the fridge then ENJOY!
This is how the crust will look before you bake it!
Here is the finished product! Jameson helped me put the chocolate chips on the top! My sweater is still available! Link is here!

This was an easy recipe to make, and a great choice if you have little hands that want to help! There’s a lot you can let kids do. What are your favorite Christmas desserts? Tell me in the comments!!!


  • I just want you to know that I made this dessert for Christmas and it was a huge success. Everyone loved loved loved it! Thank you so much!!!!!

  • We love this dessert. My mom always made it for us growing up. I made it recently but changed the crust to an Oreo crust. Just mash a package of Oreos and mix with half a cup of butter. My kids loved it…we all did. ❤️

  • Our all time favorite holiday dessert is called Sin Salad. You take 1 PKG Jello (I use green but it’s your preference), 1 small tub cool whip, 1 container of cottage cheese and finally you can mix a half cup finely chopped pecans if you choose. Let it sit overnight. It is soooooo good!!!!

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