Sunday, May 20, 2012

Berried Treasure

This may quite possibly be one of the easiest and most amazingly delicious recipes ever. It's great if you are having company over and want to make a quick, easy, dessert for everyone. Make it. You won't be sorry. If you don't make it, you will be sorry.

BERRIED TREASURE

Crust:
1.5 cups graham crackers crumbs (1.5 sleeves of graham crackers crushed)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter - melted
    Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Press firmly in a 9x13 baking dish and bake for 8 minutes at 350. Cool (you can stick it in the fridge to speed up the process)

    Put the graham crackers into a large ziploc bag. Use a rolling pin or wine bottle to crush.

    I mixed the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a bowl then spread and pressed into the baking dish.
    Filling:
One 8 oz. cream cheese - softened
1/4 cup of sugar
2 T plus 2.5 cups of cold milk
16 oz. cool whip - thawed
1 pint of strawberries – halved
1 pint blueberries (you can use any kind of berry you want)
6.8 oz vanilla instant pudding (I used two packages of the 3.4 oz boxes)

    Beat cream cheese with 1/4 cup sugar and 2 T of milk until smooth; fold in 1/2 of Cool Whip.

 Spread this over the already baked and cooled crust and arrange the strawberries (and other berries if you want) on top as the picture below.


I've found that using a plain old spoon works best.

    Mix the pudding packages (6.8 oz total) and 2.5 cups of milk; beat 1-2 minutes, or until pudding consistency.
    Use two 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding packets with 2.5 cups milk.

    If can you notice here, the mix is still very liquidy. Just keep stirring until it is a pudding consistency. This could take anywhere from 1-4 minutes.

    A nice, thick pudding consistency.

    Pour the pudding mixture over the strawberries/berries and chill for several hours or overnight.


    Spread with remaining Cool Whip before serving. Garnish with berries if desired.

Mmmm, MMMM!!! This would be the perfect dessert for the upcoming holiday weekend! Or if you just feel like eating a little piece of heaven.



You can print off the recipe here.

Thank you, Kari, for making my life better by introducing me to this recipe. Click here to see where I love to share my recipes and creations each week!

34 comments:

  1. I just pinned this to my Pinterest board....I'm suppose to bring dessert for a Memorial Day gathering....this would be so perfect! Thanks for sharing. New follower from Made by You Monday link-up.

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  2. looks like a good recipe - if I do say so myself!

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  3. looks so good and fresh...perfect for memorial day or the 4th...thanks for sharing!

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  4. so this picture shows the berries on top, do you then top with berries at the end or is the coolwhip at the top?

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    1. read the directions...

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  5. Hi there! This picture with the berries is about halfway through the process. I forgot to take a picture of the final product probably because its so good that everyone just wants to dig in right away! The pudding then cool whip go on top of the berries, but you can always garnish with berries for some extra color.

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  6. Do you add an additional 2 1/2 cups milk to the already prepared instant pudding, or does the 2 1/2 cups milk refer to what you use to make the pudding itself?

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  7. I mixed the 2.5 cups of milk with the prepared pudding and mixed it, its very watery and not thick like pudding....is this correct?

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  8. You want to add the 2.5 cups of milk with the 6 oz of instant pudding powder not a pudding that's been prepared yet. Hope this helps!

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  9. Hi! You had mentioned in the recipe that you poured the vanilla pudding over your fruit then chilled it, but your picture has the berries on top. Do you put more berries on top of the pudding or pour in all the filling before putting berries on the top..?

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  10. I just had this at my daughters and it is delious I am anxious to make it myself!!Was made with light or fat free coolwhip and cream cheese..so it can be made somewhat low fat!

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  11. I made this for father's day and I used all light/fat free indgrents. Everyone loved it! People had two or three helpings..I did buy an already made crust.

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  12. Perfect meal for summer lunch!

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    1. It's a dessert, but I suppose you could eat it for a "lunch".

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  13. Please help... I made this for father's day. Looked great until I mixed the pudding powder and the 2.5 cups of milk. Placed in fridge overnight and it never gelled. Had to throw it out.

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    1. Hi there. I'm sorry that this didn't turn out for you. Did you use 2 boxes of instant pudding? Each box is 3.4 oz, so you need 2. I made the mistake once of only getting one box then had to run back to the store in the middle of the process. Ugh! It is also important to mix the pudding powder and milk until its a pudding consistency. Let me know if you have anymore questions. You can always email me too: matt.amy.kruska@gmail.com

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  14. I had bought one big box instead. I will try it again! Thanks;)

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  15. I had put 7oz of already made pudding in a bowl and mixed it with the milk and it never thickened, I drained it out and was so nervous that I ruined it but it still tasted great! Im going to try it again also....hoping this time it works cuz people want me to share the receipe!

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  16. Made this for 4th of July and everyone loved it so much! We're going to my in-laws tomorrow and my husband has requested it again- twice this week!

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  17. Bringing this to a family reunion... Will keep you posted... Looks yummy !!

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    1. I hope they love it! Keep me posted! :)

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  18. Made it last week - substituted Oreo Cookie crumbs for graham cracker crumbs and raspberries for blueberries and it turned out great - thanks for a fab recipe - making it again this week due to popular demand!!!

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  19. i jist made this and when i mixed the 7 oz of pudding mix with 2.5 cups of milk it came out cake like....was i supposed to make the pudding first then add another 2.5 cuos of milk?

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    1. Hi there. I'm sorry to hear that you had some trouble with this. You are supposed to mix 2 pudding packets (3.4 oz + 3.4oz) with a total of 2.5 cups of milk. You don't need to make the pudding and then add 2.5 cups of milk. I imagine that would make it very soupy. I hope you try this again, because once you've perfected the pudding part, it's such a delicious dessert!

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  20. I am really surprised by all the people that used the wrong pudding. You posted 2-"instant" boxes and showed the box. WOW!

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  21. This really is DELICIOUS!! But I have to say these directions aren't very good...they are all over the place...I highly suggest printing this out, then putting it into a step by step format. Otherwise you'll unecessarily spend a lot of frustrating time trying to decipher the above directions

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    1. So glad that you enjoyed this! There is a link that you could have clicked on that already has the recipe typed up and put together for you in Word format without the photos. Hopefully that will help you (and others) the next time around!

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    2. It's not hard to follow, the directions are fine. Some of these people have no business even trying to cook if they can't even "decipher" simple instructions.

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    3. I agree! It seems clear to me. READ, people, READ!!

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  22. I thought the directions were great! Tried it and it looks like it is going to turn out. Havent eaten it yet---tomorrow. I was wondering if you could use already prepared vanilla pudding and forget the milk and preparing the pudding mixture? When you mix the boxes with the 2.5 cups of milk, it comes out in pudding consistency so it seems like that would work. Just thinkin. Thanks for the recipe. Good job.

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  23. This is a wonderful sounding dessert, will definitely be trying!

    Would love to have this linked up at our SUPER SUNDAY Link Party
    http://whoneedsacape.com/2013/06/super-sunday-party-2/

    Lori
    Whoneedsacape.com
    Not Your Average Super Moms!

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  24. I made (or attempted) to make this recipe for the 4th and while I screwed it up (forgot the top layer), it was still DELICIOUS! I featured the recipe along with your blog on my blog this week. Check it out! http://www.khaosinthekitchen.com/2013/07/a-berry-happy-4th-of-julya-week-later.html I will definitely be attempting the recipe again! T

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  25. Could you put this into individual dishes and freeze to thaw and eat later?

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    1. Hi Sara! I've never tried freezing this but I would be hesitant to do so. I feel like the graham cracker crust would get soggy when it was thawed out. It never hurts to try it, but I recommend making it and eating it within a day or two!

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