Layered Brownie Dessert

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Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes plus chilling

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 12-15 servings


•1 cup butter, softened
•2 cups sugar
•2 eggs
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•2 cups all-purpose flour
•1/2 cup baking cocoa
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/2 teaspoon baking powder
•1 cup chopped Diamond of California® Walnuts

•2 packages (one 8 ounces, one 3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
•2 cups confectioners' sugar
•2 cups whipped topping

•2 cups cold milk
•1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
•Whipped topping and chopped Diamond of California® Walnuts


•In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder; add to creamed mixture just until moistened. Stir in nuts.
• Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
• In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping; spread over brownies.
• In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Spread over filling. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until serving.
• Cut into squares; garnish with whipped topping and nuts. Yield: 12-15 servings.


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