Banana Pudding: Paula Dean Style!

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by Megan on July 2, 2010

 The Hubby recently returned from a rather lengthy business trip. He traveled from N. California all the way back to Tennessee, driving through 14 states..  He went back for a music convention, but he played all along the way. He stopped and golfed almost every day, ate at some cool food joints , and went to a Nascar race.

When he returned home, I asked him if would like for me to make a coconut cream pie. He said he would rather have banana pudding. Hmmm, banana pudding, I never would have guessed.

Come to find out, he had some good Southern banana pudding when he was on the road. And he wanted more!

banana pudding

So, I figured I would turn to my good friend Paula Dean. If anyone would have a good Southern banana pudding recipe, I figured she would.

And I thought I was going to have to scald milk, separate eggs, and stir constantly.

But this recipe was a surprise!

It contains ingredients like sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, and those Chessman cookies from Pepperidge Farms.  That was enough to convince me. That, and the 1,893 great reviews that it received.

This is perfect for those hot Summer days when you don’t want to heat the oven, or stand over a hot stove. This recipe is really more of an assembly.

No cooking!

And perfect banana pudding!

banana pudding

Banana Pudding

Recipe by Paula Dean


* 2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
* 6 to 8 bananas, sliced
* 2 cups milk
* 1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding
* 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
* 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
* 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream


Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.

In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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1 Barbara Bakes July 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Sometimes easy definitely is best. It looks so great with the cookies on top.

2 Tiffany July 2, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I have made this every year for Easter for…oh…over ten years! LOVE it!!!

3 Daphne July 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm

This is my favorite banana pudding recipe! Not yo’ momma’s banana pudding. (That’s what it’s called). Love it and haven’t made it in a while. I like making it in a trifle dish. Turns out beautiful and yummy every time.

4 Jessica @ How Sweet July 3, 2010 at 4:27 am

I have looked at this recipe of Paula’s for weeks! I love banana desserts. It looks eprfect!

5 Jessica @ How Sweet July 3, 2010 at 4:27 am

Ooooy sorry – perfect!

6 Lyndsey July 3, 2010 at 4:40 am

I was wondering when I first read the title…what was Paula Deen style…was she going to deep fry it? He he he! It looks simple enough and tasty!

Have a great 4th!

7 April July 3, 2010 at 6:03 am

You should have went with the hubby and we could have met up in TN!! The banana pudding sounds great! And you are right, just assembly is better than standing in a hot kitchen on these hot summer days! Hope you are enjoying your summer!

8 HoneyB July 3, 2010 at 7:08 am

Yum, and I LOVE those cookies too. I made Paula’s Peanut Butter Pie yesterday. OH SO GOOD. :)

9 Leanna Morris July 3, 2010 at 11:11 am

This sounds so yummy…I’m on Wt. Watchers right now, so think I’ll try this using fat-free products (where I can). I know it won’t be quite the same, but I bet it will be good!

10 ingrid July 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm

He went on vacation with out ya? LOL, I wanna go on a business trip like that.

My dad loves banana pudding. I have this one marked for him. I’m making it when I go to NC to visit him and my mom.

Happy 4th!

11 Kathy @ The Sugar Queen July 4, 2010 at 4:48 am

This definitely looks cool and creamy! I will have to use this recipe for sure, next time I make banana cream pie!

12 norma July 4, 2010 at 11:05 am

So easy and it looks perfect… the cookie finish

13 FOODESSA July 4, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Wow…interesting rich ingredients in one very good looking cake ;o)
BTW…My Hubby too seems to surprise me with requests I would have never thought he’d come up with. Oh, well…it keeps things interesting…does it not?

Flavourful wishes,

14 shelly (cookies and cups) July 5, 2010 at 7:44 am

This is so cool! I love the recipe and Paula Deen doesn’t do much wrong :)

15 Reeni July 5, 2010 at 6:20 pm

This looks absolutely delicious! I see it in my near future!

16 patsy July 5, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I love banana pudding and I think this recipe looks like it would be worth the effort to make it from scratch! Yum!

17 stephchows July 6, 2010 at 8:38 am

wait wait wait… it’s a paula recipe with no butter??? who knew!!!

18 Katy July 6, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Don’t you just LOVE this recipe? I never knew how much I loved banana pudding til I had this one. A total KEEPER!!

19 Heavenly Housewife July 8, 2010 at 11:09 am

I dont think I’ve ever seen such a pretty banana pudding before. So clever of you to use those peppridge farm cookies. They really make it look great!
*kisses* HH

20 Pam aka Bored Cook July 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm

A few years ago I saw Paula make this and tried it. It is fantastic. I’ve even made different versions of this, and came up with a chocolate one. Equally delish.

In fact, you reminded me I’m due for one!

21 Kerstin July 11, 2010 at 9:55 am

I love those cookies on top! And it’s great that you can make this without heating up the kitchen1

22 Barbara @ moderncomfortfood July 14, 2010 at 5:13 am

Sensational, Megan! I never think to check out Paula Deen, which is strange since Southern comfort food is my obsession. The use of Chessman cookies as a topping for this traditional pudding is genius: so pretty, so fun, and (if I recall correctly) so delicious too. Beautiful photos!

23 marla {family fresh cooking} July 14, 2010 at 6:58 am

This Banana pudding creation is so pretty. I love the biscuits on top, very creative presentation. I bet your hubs was thrilled! :)

24 teresa July 14, 2010 at 9:27 pm

oh my gosh, i could eat the whole thing. we make ours the same way and it is a huge crowd pleaser!

25 MarthaAndMe July 15, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Wow! This recipe is a surprise but it sounds so easy! I love the Chessmen cookies on top – so cute! I am going to have to try this one. Some of Paula’s recipes are just genius.

26 Blond Duck July 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm

A co-worker made this for the office Christmas party one year and Everyone LOVED it! I want to try the new Alton Brown baked version, b/c my FIL’s Southern restaurant makes it warm and it’s just unreal. But this looks like the perfect cool version!

27 astheroshe July 17, 2010 at 4:13 am

i have made this..and it is to die for! Great pics!

28 Alta July 18, 2010 at 11:22 am

Oh my, I love banana pudding. This looks so great!

29 Lori July 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Oh my- that recipe is a keeper. Even though I do like to make most things from scratch- this is one of those recipes that I would totally like to make AND eat! Thank you!

30 Katrina August 1, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I’ve made that pudding before a long time ago and LOVE it! Gorgeous slice you got there!

31 sister-in-law, Mary August 18, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Thank you, Megan. The sopa was the best ever. It was hard telling my daughter who has made Sopas all her life how good your was . She loved it. She said the only thing missing was kale. (All of us old portguese have copied your new recipe. )

32 Sheila April 22, 2011 at 8:21 am

This recipe looks heavenly and I’ll be sure to try it soon. Stephchows joked about no butter in a Paula Deen recipe and I had to laugh because the Paula Deen recipe I use and has been in my southern family for generations does call for butter! Unfortunately, this recipe Megan found, though Paula Deen’s, is a northern style of banana pudding! Northern-style uses whipped cream; southern-style uses meringue on top. For generations in the south we’ve made our banana pudding with meringue on top… all the church functions we’ve attended, all the reunions and we never saw it any other way. But just yesterday at a church meal my husband and I were discussing banana pudding with a group of friends. When a couple of younger people said they put whipped cream on top mouths dropped all around the table. Someone whispered, “That’s northern style.” Then, a very old gentleman admitted he uses whipped cream and even confessed to using a mix for his pudding! There, it’s out – sacred lines have been crossed. I heard one guy say to his wife as they walked away, “Okay, but not on Easter. I want my meringue for Easter.” So, tomorrow, the day before Easter Sunday, I’ll make my southern style banana pudding with meringue on top and made-from-scratch pudding and it will be perfect. But in a few weeks, I’m going to quietly touch my toe across that Mason Dixon Line. If anyone up there wants to do the same, you can find Paula’s other recipe on It can be found under Paula’s Party Episode: Decades.

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