No Name Dessert Recipe: A Family Tradition

First it was my Grandmother, then my Mom, then my cousin and now I’m making no-name dessert to celebrate special occasions. So this is a recipe that has been in the family 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.







  • 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.

I hope your family enjoys this dessert as much as mine does!

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  1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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!

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