Creamy Danish Squares is the easiest no bake dessert to make, using only a few ingredients, including your favorite pudding flavor and graham crackers!
I first tried Creamy Danish Squares when I was young. Not only did my grandmother make them but my mother did too. As I got older I realized that they made this dessert because it was delicious but now I am convinced it was because it is so darn easy to create!
Personally, I am of Danish decent and I always figured that is why these Creamy Danish Squares were so popular in our family. Most of my grandmothers homemade desserts were always so rich, filled with butter and sugar, in almost every one! Luckily she made desserts like this too that are light and refreshing and especially as I get older, definitely more enjoyable!
Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy a rich dessert on occasion, who doesn't, but especially in the summer months, desserts like these Creamy Danish Squares are my go to. No need to use the oven and most people think this dessert takes a lot more effort to prepare than it really does! Most people when they try these delicious squares want the recipe and are always shocked when they read it!
Usually, I have to admit, I use the vanilla pudding and pie filling (6 serving size) but I have tried the chocolate, banana cream, butterscotch, chocolate, pistachio and lemon. All are delicious in their own right and if you are interested you can always save a few calories and purchase the sugar and fat free variety! Either way these Creamy Danish Squares are a definite crowd pleaser, every time!
My problem is I generally stay with the vanilla pudding because it reminds me of when I was young, when I didn't have to pay bills, and life was much simpler. My husband and son both love this dessert with the pistachio or lemon pudding and my husband was the one who tried this recipe with a different type pudding first, he figured why not?
In all the years I have been making this dessert I had never considered making these Creamy Danish Squares with anything else but vanilla and was actually shocked when he told me he did it but was I ever glad he did! I hate it when he points out the obvious and I wish I had tried all of these other flavors sooner!
Ingredients in Creamy Danish Squares
- whole graham crackers
- vanilla pudding and pie filling
- heavy or whipping cream
- icing or powdered sugar
- chocolate baking squares (semi-sweet)
How to make Creamy Danish Squares
Line 9 x 13 ungreased pan with graham crackers, trimming to fit.
Cook pudding with milk as directed on package. Allow to cool.
Spread over crackers in pan.
Whip cream and sugar until stiff.
Spread over pudding.
Place another layer of graham crackers over whipped cream, trimming to fit.
Mix icing sugar and milk well.
Add more sugar or milk if needed to make a fairly runny glaze.
Spread over cracker layer.
Melt chocolate with butter over hot water, in a double boiler or very slowly over low heat. OR You can always put the chocolate and butter in a microwave safe dish. Microwave the chocolate and butter in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted. The microwave method is definitely the easiest!
Drizzle over top of icing.
Let stand overnight before using.
Serve and enjoy!
Check out our video below for these Creamy Danish Squares. You will want to try it for yourself after you see just how easy it is to make!
Creamy Danish Squares Video
Creamy Danish Squares
- microwave safe bowl or double boiler or saucepan on low heat
- whole graham crackers
- 1 vanilla pudding and pie filling six serving size
- 2 ½ cups milk
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ½ cups icing or powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 2 oz semisweet chocolate baking squares
- 2 teaspoons butter
- Line 9x13 ungreased pan with graham crackers, trimming to fit.
- Cook pudding with milk as directed on package.
- Allow to cool.
- Spread over crackers in pan.
- Whip cream and sugar until stiff.
- Spread over pudding.
- Place another layer of graham crackers over whipped cream, trimming to fit.
- Mix icing sugar and milk well. Add more sugar or milk if needed to make a fairly runny glaze.
- Spread over cracker layer.
- Melt chocolate with butter over hot water, in a double boiler or very slowly over low heat. You can always put the chocolate and butter in a microwave safe dish. Microwave the chocolate and butter in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted. The microwave method is definitely the easiest!
- Drizzle over top of icing.
- Chill. Let stand overnight before using.
- Serve and enjoy!