It was the name that got your attention, right?
"Sex, in a pan? What the heck is that?" you ask.
I've actually heard this dessert called a few different names.....
Robert Redford Dessert
Better Than Anything Dessert
Chocolate Dream Dessert
In our house it only goes by one name...the TRUE name of this dessert....
Sex In A Pan.
I know...I know...not exactly a kid-friendly dessert title.
I first tasted this many, many moons ago and since then have made it a million times. Well, maybe not quite a million but pretty close I'm sure. It is one of those desserts that is great for any occasion. And, if you truly can't bring yourself to call it "Sex In A Pan" when people are asking you "What is this deliciousness called?", then you call it whatever you like.
Heaven On A Plate might be a good back up name.
Sex In A Pan
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1 cup icing sugar
8 oz cream cheese
large tub of Cool Whip
2 cups milk
1 6 oz pkg instant chocolate pudding
1 6 oz pkg instant vanilla pudding
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray a 9 X 13 pan with cooking spray.
In medium bowl, mix together flour, pecans, and butter to form coarse crumbs. Press firmly in to the 9 X 13 pan. Bake in 350 oven for 10 - 15 minutes, until just showing brown.
Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes or more. (I usually place mine in the freezer while I do the next step)
In the same bowl you used for the crust, beat together icing sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Fold in 1/2 the tub of Cool Whip until well combined.
Spread carefully over the pecan crust. Place in fridge to continue cooling while you proceed with the next step.
Using the same bowl again, dump in both pudding powders and whisk with 2 cups of milk until smooth. Spread over cream cheese layer.
Take the remaining 1/2 tub of Cool Whip and spread over pudding layer.
Sprinkle with a few extra chopped pecans or chocolate slivers. Chill until ready to serve.
I try not to make this too often anymore as I think I could get a spoon and just sit and eat the entire pan. If you are so inclined, you can use reduced fat cream cheese and Cool Whip and the no sugar pudding, and skim milk and it won't really change the taste or texture TOO much. It's still delicious.
Oh! I get this question all the time...
"Do I use 2 cups of milk PLUS the milk that the pudding box calls for, or is it just 2 cups of milk, period?"
You only use 2 cups of milk. That's it. The puddings blend together and are quite thick. That's what you want to happen. You don't want it to be "pudding-y".
You can also make this with different pudding flavors if you want to, as long as you use 2 - 6 oz boxes of instant pudding. You could try butterscotch, only chocolate, only vanilla, banana, etc..
I have made it with pistachio pudding for St. Patrick's Day and it was really tasty.
See...it's pretty and St. Patrick's Day-y
Just remember...it's called Sex In A Pan.
I love telling people the name of this dessert. It has started some really interesting and sometimes hilarious conversations.