No Bake Chocolate Eclair Dessert

Eclair cake

I have a pot-luck style dinner to go to tonight for an organization that I belong to. At our February meeting, I signed up to bring dessert, and while I had planned to make a chocolate chip cookie, oreo, and brownie bar, I wasn't completely sold on it. So I set out to search for a new recipe to try, keeping in mind that the majority of people at the dinner will be 60+ years old. I turned to Pinterest and found this recipe that comes from The Kitchen is My Playground.  While it was a bit tough to keep it's shape when I cut it into squares and tried to lift them out of the pan (the one photographed was a completely separate square, made in it's own container with a graham cracker and some extra filling), it tasted delicious. The chocolate topping was thin, but deliciously rich and fudgy in texture. This was just the kind of recipe I was looking for! Perfect with tea or coffee as an after dinner treat, not too sweet or heavy, with a little touch of chocolate.

For the Filling:
2 boxes (3.5 ounces each) Vanilla Instant Pudding
3 cups Milk
1 container (12 ounces) Cool Whip
Graham Crackers

Mix the pudding and milk in a bowl and beat. Stir in the cool whip. Place a layer of graham crackers in the bottom of a 9x13" dish. Spread half of the pudding mixture over the graham crackers. Repeat with another layer of graham crackers and pudding, then top with the final layer of graham crackers.

For the Chocolate Topping:
1/3 cup Cocoa
1 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Milk
1 stick Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla

In a small saucepan, bring the cocoa, milk, and sugar to a boil. Boil for about 1 minute, stirring very frequently. Remove from heat and cool for one minute. Add the butter and vanilla; stir until the butter is melted. Pour the chocolate layer over the top layer of graham crackers. Refrigerate over night.