When I asked my friend Kristan if she had a recipe for Chocolate Lush, she laughed. "Yes," she said, "but I don't call it that. I call it Robert Redford." When I described this dessert to my sister, she said, "Oh, I've had that before, but it was called Tom Brady." The little teenage girls I served it to giggled when I told them it's many names; they decided to call it One Direction. My friend Sandi refers to it as George Michael, and I think Channing Tatum is a particularly tasty name for this delicious dessert! It has layers of buttery pecan shortbread, tangy sweetened cream cheese, rich chocolate pudding, and fluffy Cool Whip--and by any name, it is scrumptious!
from my friend Kristan
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup chopped pecans
1 8-oz brick cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 16-oz tub Cool Whip
1 large box instant vanilla pudding
1 large box instant chocolate pudding
3 cups milk
1 milk chocolate candy bar for topping
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Beat flour, butter, and pecans until crumbly. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9x13" pan, and bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. When crust is cool, beat cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Gently fold in half of the Cool Whip. Spread this mixture over the cooled crust. In a large bowl, combine both boxes of pudding with the milk, beating until smooth and thick, about 3 minutes. Spread this mixture over the cream cheese layer. Top with remaining Cool Whip. Chill for 2-3 hours before serving. Top with grated chocolate bar pieces just before serving. Makes 12+ servings.