Pudding with chessman cookies



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Description: This Easy Banana Pudding Recipe is very close to my heart. I make it every Easter and for BBQs and family events. Hands down, the very best part of this banana pudding is the texture. It’s so

This Easy Banana Pudding Recipe is very close to my heart. I make it every Easter and for BBQs and family events. Hands down, the very best part of this banana pudding is the texture. It’s so thick and creamy. You can serve it sliced instead of scooped. The Chessmen cookies are amazing in this recipe too. They hold their shape and make for perfect portions. If you take this to a party, make sure you print off a few copies of the recipe, because people are going to ask!

This is originally a Paula Deen recipe, but I’ve made it so many times, I have quite a few tips and tricks to share with you. My first tip is to buy 3 bags of the cookies even though you only really need two. Buy three bags because very often these cookies are broken. If I have a few broken cookies, that’s ok. I just arrange them in the bottom layer as pictured below. But more than once, I haven’t had enough unbroken cookies for the top layer.  I also double check the expiration dates in the store. Right now, they have the spring version in stores which are fresh, but the traditional chessmen in both my grocery store and at Target where one day from expiration.

Second, prepare the pudding mixture before slicing your bananas. This cuts back on the time the bananas are are exposed to air. I also like to use fresh bananas rather than over ripe bananas in this banana pudding recipe.  The firmer texture is a nice contrast to the soft pudding.

The pudding mixture is the absolute star of this recipe. The original recipe calls for Cool Whip with a note that you can substitute with homemade whipped cream. I reccomend substituting with homemade whipped cream that has been only slightly sweetened. I’ve included instructions for the homemade whipped cream and taken care of the measurements in my version. I’ve also tried to streamline the steps.

One of my favorite parts of this easy banana pudding recipe is the addition of cream cheese to the mixture. You can’t taste the cream cheese, but it makes for a really amazing thick and smooth texture.

For the final layer, I have found that the best way to arrange the cookies is to fit them vertically in a glass baking dish. Four cookies across and five down. Evenly space them, then fill in the rest of the cookies so they make a lovely grid pattern. I use the cookies to measure portions and get twenty servings from each banana pudding recipe.






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