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Easy Kid Recipes - Chocolate Eclair Dessert

By Edited Jun 10, 2016 5 7

This is the first recipe in the Easy Kid Recipes Series – an awesome chocolate eclair dessert! Working with a parent, you will create a delectable dessert that the whole family will enjoy. The only thing hard about this chocolate eclair dessert recipe is waiting for it to chill!

Real chocolate eclairs are actually made using a baked pastry. When the pastry is cool, pudding is placed inside the pastry shell, and a chocolate frosting is spread on top. The recipe we are making today, will taste similar to the chocolate eclair pastries - but it will be easier to make.

1st Recipe in the Easy Kid Recipes Series

Let's gather the ingredients needed to make this yummy chocolate eclair dessert:

Easy Kid Recipes - Chocolate Eclair Dessert - Ingredients Needed

1 – package Jell-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding, large size

3 – cups cold milk

1 – container Cool Whip, 8-ounce size, thawed in the refrigerator

1 – box graham crackers, 14.4-ounce size

1 – container chocolate frosting, 16-ounce size

Things you will need to make this recipe:


Easy Kid Recipes - Chocolate Eclair Dessert - Things Needed

Large mixing bowl


Electric hand mixer

Measuring cup

Large spoon

Spatula for scraping the bowl

Spatula for spreading the frosting

9-inch x 13-inch Pyrex glass dish

Microwave safe bowl, small

Let's Cook

Easy Kid Recipes - Chocolate Eclair Dessert - First Layer

Step 1: 

Open the graham crackers. Place a single layer of the graham crackers in the bottom of the 9-inch x 13-inch glass dish. Some may need to be broken to cover the bottom completely.

Easy Kid Recipes - Chocolate Eclair Dessert - Pudding Mix in Bowl

Step 2:

Empty the pudding mix into the large mixing bowl.

Easy Kid Recipes - Chocolate Eclair Dessert - Adding Milk to Pudding Mix

Step 3:

Next, measure 3 cups of milk, and pour them into the bowl. Use a whisk, or an electric hand mixer, to mix the pudding and the milk together.

Easy Kid Recipes - Chocolate Eclair Dessert - Adding in the Cool Whip

Step 4:

Empty the entire contents of the Cool Whip container into the pudding mixture. Using the electric hand mixer, mix the Cool Whip into the pudding. 

Easy Kid Recipes - Chocolate Eclair Dessert - Second Layer

Step 5:

With a large spoon, dip half of the pudding from the bowl, and place it on the graham crackers in the dish. Leave the other half of the pudding in the bowl. With the back of the spoon, smooth the top of the pudding to make it flat.

Easy Kid Recipes - Chocolate Eclair Dessert - Third Layer

Step 6:

Place a layer of the graham crackers on top of the pudding and Cool Whip mixture.

Easy Kid Recipes - Chocolate Eclair Dessert - Fourth and Fifth Layers

Step 7:

Dip the rest of the pudding mixture from the mixing bowl, and place it on the layer of graham crackers. Again, use the spoon back to smooth over the top of the pudding. Cover this layer of pudding with another layer of graham crackers.

Easy Kid Recipes - Chocolate Eclair Dessert - Adding the Chocolate Frosting

Step 8:

Open the container of chocolate frosting, and spoon the frosting into a microwave safe bowl. Lightly cover the bowl with a saucer, place the frosting into the microwave, and heat it about 30 seconds, or until it is soft enough that it can be poured. Stir the frosting before pouring it over the top of the layer of graham crackers, and smooth over the top of the frosting with a spatula.

Easy Kid Recipes - Chocolate Eclair Dessert - Cover and Refrigerate

Step 9:

Once the frosting is cool, cover the dish, and place the chocolate eclair dessert into the refrigerator. Allow the dessert to cool completely (about 4 hours), or refrigerate it overnight.

 Now let’s clean up the kitchen! Put any leftover graham crackers back into the pantry. Place any containers that can be recycled into the recycle bin. Return the electric mixer to the cabinet where it belongs. Before placing the bowls and utensils into the dishwasher, you might want to make sure any pudding or frosting has been properly licked off - we wouldn’t want to waste any!

In Closing

Easy Kid Recipes - Chocolate Eclair Dessert - A Serving


Congratulations! You have just made one of the Easy Kid Recipes! You and your family will enjoy a delicious chocolate eclair dessert with your dinner tonight. To serve, cut the chocolate eclair dessert into squares, but not too large, since this dessert is really rich. You will need some type of spatula, to slide up under the square, to lift it out of the dish.

Easy Kid Recipes Series:
Chocolate Eclair Dessert
Pigs in a Blanket
Watergate Salad
Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding Recipe
People Puppy Chow

Come back soon, for more Easy Kid Recipes!

As the series continues, you will broaden your cooking experience, and enjoy sharing in the preparation of family meals. And hey, it’s OK to let your parents use your Easy Kid Recipes when they want to prepare a yummy dish, too.



Nov 22, 2011 5:02pm
What a great idea for a series of articles ... easy kids' recipes. I love the idea! And, this one for eclairs looks delicious.
Nov 22, 2011 8:07pm
You know I am going to keep my eyes open for these articles! This actually looks like it could be a blog! You have great stuff, Southerngirl!
Nov 23, 2011 1:53am
Really cool, love the personal pictures also.
Nov 29, 2011 9:59pm
I am going to place this recipe (and needed ingredients) some where my grand kids can find it!
Dec 13, 2011 10:26pm
Great recipe. It is late where I am on the East Coast and this looks really tasty. I love the pictures. They make the article.
Jul 8, 2013 2:14pm
Great recipe Southerngirl! Will surely try next time my grands want to help cook an easy kids' recipe.
Jul 8, 2013 5:23pm
Yummy! I loved that you had pictures each step of the way, when I'm cooking something new I like to watch as well as read to make sure I have it correct. Thanks!
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