grandmas graham cracker eclair

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Great motto, but not the most inventive or progressive words to live by. But than again, the quote doesn’t say not to try and enhance it. Enhancing and modernizing is exactly what I did to a classic and delicious recipe; grandmas graham cracker eclair.

The graham cracker eclair is a quick and simple comfort food, that no one is able to refuse. A classic blend of honey graham crackers, indulgent cool whip and creamy vanilla are reminiscent of favorite childhood flavors. With only 25 minutes of preperation and assembly time, you can create a dessert large enough to feed 12-15 people, or 4 very hungry friends. (with leftovers of course)

Ingredients:

2 cups of milk
1 box graham crackers (crushed)
1 tub of cool whip
1 16oz package of vanilla pudding
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
Optional: 1/2 cup sliced strawberries

Directions:

1. In a large bowl combine vanilla pudding and 2 cups of milk – blend until smooth, fold in cool whip – set in fridge until ready to use
2. On stove top melt 1/2 cup of butter – remove from stove and combine in a bowl with cocoa powder, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth – set aside
3. In a 9″x13″ pan place a layer of graham crackers, followed by a layer of vanilla filling (repeat 3 times)**
4. On the top layer pour over your chocolate
5. Arrange sliced strawberries on top for a hint of tartness
6. Set in fridge until ready to serve

**This method produces the best tasting eclair within 3-4 hours. If needed to serve sooner add milk to the graham cracker crumbs before layering. This will allow the crackers to become moist without needing to wait for them to absorb the vanilla filling moisture.

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