Eclair Dessert Squares

by Brittany on August 26, 2011

Eclairs are one of those desserts that most people just love. But who’s ever made eclairs? Of those of you that have attempted eclair-making, how many would ever do it again?! :)  Eclairs sure are tasty but making them is such an ordeal that I hardly think it is worth the blood, sweat and tears required.  (Just a slight exaggeration but you get the picture!) This eclair dessert is fantastic because it is easy, quick and delicious!!  All the yumminess of your favorite dessert but with far less hassle.  The instant pudding tastes wonderful (although homemade is even better if you have the time). I would definitely recommend whipping your own heavy cream instead of using Cool Whip but if you must use it, you must. It will still taste good.  The chocolate sauce is the perfect finishing touch. Since it is made with real melted chocolate it tastes so creamy and decadent and complements the rest of the dessert wonderfully.  Maybe some of you have tried this dessert before – many recipes have Hershey’s chocolate sauce drizzled on top.  No comparison!  This is one dessert that is sure to please everyone! 

Eclair Dessert Squares
submitted by Brittany ~ The Sisters Cafe

Crust:
1/2 cup butter (one cube)
1 cup hot water
1 cup flour
4 eggs

In microwave or stovetop, bring water and butter to a boil until butter is melted. Pour into mixer with wire whisk attachment (or use handmixer). Add flour and beat until smooth.  Beat in eggs one at a time.  Spread on greased large cookie sheet.   Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.  Crust will bubble up. Take out of oven and flatten bubbles with spatula while still hot.  Allow to cool.

Filling:
2 large boxes (5.1 oz)  instant vanilla pudding
4 1/2 cups milk
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 – 2 cups heavy whipping cream
powdered sugar

Whip pudding with milk and softened cream cheese until mixture is smooth.  Spread over cooled crust. 
Beat whipping cream with 2 heaping spoonfuls of powdered sugar until soft peaks form.  Spread whipped cream over pudding.

Chocolate Sauce:
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 Tb butter
3 Tb milk
1 cup powdered sugar

Melt chocolate chips over low heat and add all other ingredients.  Beat well with wire whisk until smooth.  Drizzle on top.  Refrigerate dessert before serving.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chelsea August 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I’ll have to try it. My MIL makes a similar dessert, but she layers Graham crackers with a pudding/cool whip mixture and tops it with a chocolate glaze. You have to make it a few hours ahead so the crackers soften, but you have to eat it up the same day or they get mushy. They are so easy and so good. A fun dessert to make. Hers don’t have cream cheese, but cream cheese is speaking my language… Maybe I’ll morph the two recipes.

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2 Bonnie Bluth-Harkey August 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm

You girls post the best recipes. You have no idea how many I have put in my “file” and have used! Thank you! We’re having this for Sunday family dessert (all our married kids and grandkids come over once a month–we LOVE it!!)

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3 Mindy August 26, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Britt, this looks so good. I have never attempted eclairs because I remember you guys all doing them for the daring baker challenge and thinking it looked like a crazy amount of work. This looks just up my alley. I can’t wait for a special occasion so I can try it.

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4 Wendy August 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I make one similar to this quite often and another chocolate topping that is great is Magic Shell topping.

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5 Maria August 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Love this dessert!

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6 Kjersti Helberg August 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

That looks amazing! Eclairs are one of my favorite desserts…I’m excited to try this simple version! :) Thanks!

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7 Stephanie February 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm

This reminds me of a recipe I have for cream puff dessert. Basically the same thing without the chocolate on the top. I usually make the graham cracker one someone commented about already. It is my husband’s favorite dessert.
I have made chocolate eclairs a few times. I do actually enjoy making them, probably because they are not often made. I learned last year at a Taste of Home cooking school and fell in love. But as my husband says, “why make those when you can make the dessert way faster and easier?”
Just found your website through melskitchencafe and am enjoying browsing your recipes. I will definitely be back.

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8 Kristen Famer March 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I made this for our Dessert today! My whole family loved it!!! I love you website Brit! Thanks!!!

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