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Chocolate Lush Recipe – How to Make it in 12 Simple Steps

A slice of chocolate lush on a small white plate with toppings of nuts.

If you are looking for a warm-weather dessert that is cool and, at the same time, decadent and delicious, look no further! Our recipe for Chocolate Lush features layers of creamy pudding, the tang of cream cheese, and the satisfying crunch of nuts. This recipe makes plenty as well, so if you need something that is easily transported for a potluck dinner and serves many, this recipe is exactly what you need.

A slice of chocolate lush on a small white plate with toppings of nuts.

Chocolate Lush Recipe

April Freeman
Our recipe for Chocolate Lush is one of those amazing recipes that take very little time to prepare, require no special cooking techniques, and is still completely amazing. For this recipe, you only need to pre-bake the bottom crust. After that, no oven or stovetop is necessary. The rest of the recipe is just mixing things together, folding in ingredients, and spreading them in layers on the crust.
Prep Time 25 mins
Chilling Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings


  • 9-Inch Baking Pan
  • Medium-Sized Bowl
  • Pastry blender
  • Measuring Cup
  • Electric Mixer
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Wire whisk


Ingredients for Crust:

  • 1 cup Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ cup Butter
  • ½ cup Chopped Pecans

Ingredients for the Cream Cheese Layer

  • 8 ounces Softened Cream Cheese one package
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 16 ounces Whipped Topping thawed and divided

Ingredients for the Chocolate Pudding Layer

  • 6.8 ounces Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix 2 packages
  • 3 cups Milk
  • ½ cup Chopped Pecans
  • Chocolate Syrup for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Have a nine by thirteen-inch baking pan available.
  • Soften the butter by microwaving it for five seconds. Then turn the butter over and microwave it for five more seconds.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Add the butter and cut it into the flour mixture with a fork or a pastry blender. This should make a mixture with tiny chunks of butter in it that is the texture of cornmeal. Stir in the pecans, mixing well.
    The ingredients are mixed in a bowl with a fork.
  • Press this mixture into the bottom of your prepared pan. You can use the bottom of a measuring cup to firmly press this mixture into place.
    The mixture is then compacted into the bottom layer of the baking pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes. The crust will be a light, golden brown color. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the crust to cool.
  • Now you can move on to make the cream cheese layer. With a paper towel, wipe out any remnants of the crust mixture from the bowl in which you mixed it. Use an electric mixer to mix together the cream cheese and the powdered sugar until smooth. Use a rubber spatula to fold in half of the whipped topping, mixing until combined.
  • Spread this mixture over the top of the cooked and cooled crust.
  • Again, you can wipe out the mixing bowl with a paper towel. You will use this bowl to make the chocolate layer. Use a wire whisk to blend together the milk and the chocolate pudding mix.
    The pudding mix and milk are mixed with a wire whisk.
  • Spread this gently over the top of the cream cheese layer.
  • Use a spatula to spread the remaining whipped topping in an even layer over the top of the chocolate layer.
  • Drizzle chocolate syrup over the top of the whipped topping layer and sprinkle lightly with the ½ cup of chopped pecans.
  • Cover with a lid or aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Store in refrigerator and scoop out servings with a spatula. Eat this dessert within five days, if it lasts that long!
    This is a close look at the slice of chocolate lush with chocolate and pecan toppings.


Kids love to cook, but sometimes, their desires for autonomy conflict with the things of which they are capable. Some techniques like creating a pie crust or making yeast bread may be too hard for many kids. After all, it takes time for a child’s motor skills to mature along with the ability to understand complex recipes.
However, if one of your school-aged kids is looking for a great recipe to create all on their own, this is just the one. This recipe has clear and simple steps that even an eight-year-old can understand. Kids enjoy things like stirring tasty concoctions and creating something that looks amazing! This recipe has plenty of those things, and it comes together in no time at all.
There is no waiting for the dough to rise or for something to bake for an hour. In less than an hour, this recipe can go into the refrigerator to chill, so that it will be ready to serve after dinner. If your child wants to create something tasty on their own for a parent’s birthday or a special grandparent’s dinner, this recipe for Chocolate Lush is the one for them to try.
This recipe for Chocolate Lush uses commercially made frozen whipped topping. Thaw the whipped topping by putting it in the refrigerator overnight. Make sure that the topping is completely thawed before you try to use it. If you don’t care for whipped topping, and you would rather use something like Dream Whip, that would work too.
You simply need 16 ounces of it. Dream Whip is a powdered mixture that you combine with milk to create a whipped cream type mixture. Some people prefer Dream Whip because it contains real sugar as opposed to the high fructose corn syrup that is in standard whipped toppings.
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