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
1/2 cup butter (one cube)
1 cup hot water
1 cup flour
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.
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
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.
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.