Nana’s Pan Eclairs

These pan eclairs are one of my all-time, absolute favorite desserts on the planet.  I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that they also bring back sweet childhood memories for me.  My mom, aka…”Nana” to the boys…made these for  my brother and I from time to time.  I always felt like it was a special occasion when I’d open the refrigerator to find a pan of these sitting on the shelf.  It was all we could do to let that pan sit overnight…which is a definite must for the sake of the graham cracker goodness that will surely delight you come the next morning.  The combination of the rich glaze with the creamy pudding and softened graham is really quiet divine, if I do say so myself.

And, I think it’s safe to say that Big Brother would agree.
Nana’s Pan Eclairs

1 Box Graham Crackers
2 Packages French Vanilla Instant Pudding
1 Pint Heavy Whipping Cream (or 12 ounces Cool Whip)
3 Cups Milk
Chocolate Glaze (See below)

Chocolate Glaze:

2 squares Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate
3 Tbs Butter, melted
1/4 C Milk
2 Tbs Karo Syrup (Light Corn Syrup)
1 1/2 C Powdered Sugar

In a large mixing bowl, add instant pudding and cold milk.  Mix with blender until thick, about 2-3 minutes.  While pudding sets, mix whipping cream in a separate mixing bowl, blending until stiff peaks form.  Gently fold whipping cream into pudding.
For glaze, melt chocolate baking squares using double boiler (or very carefully in the microwave).  Add melted butter, karo syrup and milk and mix until blended.  Slowly add powdered sugar mixing continuously until desired consistency is reached.  Glaze should be slightly runny as it will set once poured.

In a 9×13 casserole dish, layer as follows:  Graham crackers, pudding mix, graham crackers, pudding mix, graham crackers, and finishing with chocolate glaze.  Let set overnight in the refrigerator.  Enjoy.

Mmmmm….I hope you are sitting down for this one.  Because they really are that good!

Recipe shared with: Wonderful Food Wednesday



  1. Yum! I pinned this so I would remember to make it. It sounds delicious!

  2. Wow! This is totally getting made. Love them!

  3. With an endorsement from those little ones, I can’t go wrong! Looks great! Found you on Six Sister :)

  4. Oh my gosh this sounds so good!!! I bet it’s amazing the next day! We make a “cake” called booger pie that you do the cookie and whipped cream thing and it gets all mushy and yummy. But this sounds WAY better than booger pie!!! Can’t wait to make this! Thanks!

    • Ha…I love that you make something called “booger” pie! How fun. Yes, these eclairs are soooo good on day two (and three if they last that long). Thanks for visiting!

  5. Oh – This looks so Yummy! Pinning for later – Thanks for the recipe! Visiting from SixSisterStuff :)

  6. Hi, I’m your newest follower from the Monday Mingle. These look delish!

  7. Linking over from Multiples & More…and thank you for stopping by my blog! :)

    I have been making this recipe for years, but with a cooked chocolate topping. People seem to think it’s magic…that’s what all my coworkers always requested me to bring to potlucks. The great thing is…it’s easy!

    I haven’t had one of these in a while. That picture reminds me it’s probably time!

  8. Yum! Thank you for sharing this at Saturday Show and Tell. I can’t wait to see what you have for this week! I look forward to seeing you there.

  9. I love the pic with the bowl tipped up like he can’t get enough! Priceless!

  10. I love eclair cake and your pic is making me hungry!

  11. your little one’s pic alone had me at hello. and eclairs are my hubby’s all time fave so this is a definite one to make! :)

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