No Name Dessert Recipe: A Family Tradition

No Name Dessert Recipe

First, it was my Grandmother, then my Mom, then my cousin and now I’m making this no-name dessert to celebrate special occasions. This is a recipe that has been in the family for over 40 years. It is so easy to make that I’m not sure why it took me so long to start making it myself.

It is a really easy recipe with ingredients you can find anywhere. We make it for Thanksgiving and pot luck get-togethers throughout the year. 

No Name Dessert Recipe

No Name Dessert Recipe: A Family Tradition

Easy to make, delicious dessert perfect for family gatherings.


  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 c chopped pecans
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened (15 seconds in the microwave will soften it)
  • 1 (16 oz) container Cool Whip (or two 8 oz. containers)
  • 2 small packages (3.4 oz) of Jello Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 3 c cold milk
  • Chocolate shavings for sprinkling on top



Combine butter, flour, chopped pecans and sugar in a bowl
Press into a 9 x 13 baking dish
Bake at 375 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes
Cool completely

Cream Cheese Layer

Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and 1 1/2 cups of Cool Whip until smooth
Spread over cooled crust

Pudding Layer

Mix pudding mix with cold milk and whisk for 3-4 minutes
Put the pudding mix in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to thicken
Remove from the refrigerator and spread over the cream cheese layer
Top with remaining Cool Whip
Sprinkle with chocolate shavings

Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Cut into squares to serve.




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  1. This sounds so good I think I will try it for Thanksgiving! It seems so easy and I love anything that has Jello PuddinG!

  2. This ‘No Name” recipe looks delicious and simple to make – I know my family would absolutely love this dessert!
    Ever consider setting a new family trend and giving this “tasty treat” a Name? Something for your kids to continue passing down the line without the worry of your family “treasure” getting misplaced or lost.

    1. Honestly, I never thought about changing the name because it’s always been No Name Dessert. I wouldn’t know what else to call it, that name has always been in the family. I’m sure my children will continue to make it when they get older and I hope they mention how their MeMaw used to make it and it’s always been called No-Name. That’s my hope anyway. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

  3. I wish I saw this recipe earlier, I would have made it for Thanksgiving or Christmas (or both). My family loves these kinds of desserts and it looks very YUMMY!