Magic Pudding Dessert
Magic Pudding Dessert is a sugar-free, 4-ingredient, creamy chocolate dessert with saltine crackers for the crust that ends up being very similar to puff pastry! The crackers layered between chocolate pudding and topped off with some whipped topping making this easy, no-bake dessert a perfect summer treat when you’re wanting to beat the heat and not turn on that stove!
To make this recipe you will need: Saltine Crackers, fat-free milk, sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix, and sugar-free cool whip.
Magic Pudding Dessert
Thank you to T.R. of Gluten Free Crumbley who is hosting our #SundaySupper event this week!

This week we are bringing you recipes with 5 ingredients or less. As soon as I read that I knew I was making this dessert. This is a recipe that was shared with me years ago. I have made it for Grumpy, and now this is one of Grumpy’s favorite desserts! I don’t mind making this for him and I don’t even mind when he eats more than one serving because I use sugar-free pudding and whipped topping however, if you are not into the sugar free scene, then regular pudding works just as well!

Magic Pudding Dessert
This is one of the easiest desserts ever. Saltine crackers, instant pudding mix, and the milk to make the pudding then the cool whip topping. That makes this quick and easy dessert only 4 ingredients! The hardest part of the whole recipe is the wait. It needs to sit overnight in the refrigerator for the pudding and crackers to work their magic.
Magic Pudding Dessert
This is easy to change flavors just by changing your pudding. Grumpy is a huge fan of pistachio pudding also so my next recipe will probably be with the pistachio!
What would your flavor of pudding be for this dessert?
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Magic Pudding Dessert

Magic Pudding Dessert

A delicious 4 ingredient pudding dessert the whole family will love.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Desserts
Keyword: Magic Pudding Dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 10 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 196kcal


  • 1- .9 oz box instant sugar-free chocolate pudding
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1- 8 oz container sugar-free cool whip
  • 36 saltine crackers


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk instant pudding and milk together.
  • Place 16 crackers in bottom of 8×8 pan.
  • Pour half the pudding mixture on top of crackers, spreading evenly.
  • Place the other 16 crackers on top of pudding, and then pour the other half of the pudding mixture on top of the last set of crackers.
  • Top with the whole container of cool whip.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 hours. The “magic” part – after the dessert sits long enough, the crackers taste exactly like a thin layer of either phyllo or pie crust! Serves 6.


Serving: 1/4 of recipe | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 265mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Renee Dobbs May 31, 2015 at 11:32 am - Reply

    What a way to add a little salty aspect to a sweet dessert. Yum!

  2. Debbie May 31, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    There is something so good about sweet with salty. And puddingy! Looks great.

  3. Liz Berg May 31, 2015 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Ooooh, I love the secret ingredient in this recipe!!! Your dessert looks SO decadent and delicious!!!

  4. Hezzi-D May 31, 2015 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    I would never think to add crackers to this dish but it sounds like the perfect salty/sweet combo!

  5. Wendy Klik June 1, 2015 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    I had forgotten all about this dessert. My Mom made it when I was a kid. Thanks for the fond memory.

  6. Tara Noland June 1, 2015 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    I have been loving this everywhere I have seen it, great recipe!!

  7. Lauren Everson June 3, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    That looks lusciously addicting, I'm sure no one misses the sugar.

  8. Cindy Kerschner June 3, 2015 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Very different, Shelby! Saltines and chocolate pudding wow!

  9. Sarah Reid June 4, 2015 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Magic is right! Yummy!

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