How to Make Paula Deen’s Chessmen Banana Pudding {Recipe + Video)


Need a quick and easy dessert? You are going to love Paula Deen’s fabulous Chessmen banana pudding. Here are some helful hints, a step by step video detailing and how to make this delicious dessert ahead of time. 

Paula Deen's chessmen banana pudding

Paula Deen’s Famous Chessmen Banana Pudding

I remember the first time I tasted this version of banana pudding. I immediately asked “who made this?” and got the recipe that very night. I’ve made this every time banana pudding is on the menu. It is literally always a hit. I’ve never served it when someone didn’t ask for the recipe. It is a “twist on traditional” banana pudding that most people absolutely love.

Paula Deen Chessman Banana Pudding

 What is Traditional Banana Pudding?

Traditional banana pudding typically has a boiled custard base that contains eggs. In other words, “real” banana pudding is homemade pudding~not the easy Jell-O pudding (which I actually prefer to homemade). Vanilla wafer cookies usually top traditional banana pudding recipes.

How does Chessmen Banana Pudding differ from regular Banana pudding?

This version of Chessmen banana pudding uses simple, easy-to-assemble ingredients that require no cooking. Milk, instant pudding, cream cheese, condensed milk, bananas, and Chessmen cookies. This recipe is much more time efficient than making traditional banana pudding, and tastes even better! 

Is it easy to make Chessmen Banana Pudding?

Absolutley! This dessert only has a handful of ingredients  and a very simple process. This recipe uses French vanilla instant pudding to make this process as smooth and easy as possible. For the most part, this recipe is just about the assembly. In a short amount of time, you should be able to make this delicious and homemade-tasting banana pudding!

How do you serve Chessmen Banana Pudding?

You can serve this Chessmen Banana Pudding by scooping ut out square by square. Having the Chessmen cookies as guidelines for serving makes it SO easy to serve up this dish to family and friends. You are going to want to bring this banana pudding to your next cookout!

Paula Deen's chessmen banana pudding

What are Chessmen cookies?

Pepperidge Farms Chessmen cookies are butter cookies that have chessmen on them. Seasonal cookies will often have flowers and other cookie stamps. In this post, you’ll get to see the “Spring version” of the cookies with flowers and such:-). During the Fall/Winter season, you’ll likely find a holiday version of the cookies as well.

Can you make Chessmen Banana Pudding Dessert Ahead?

This dessert is perfect to make a day ahead, especially if you prefer softer cookies. It can be put together in less than 15 minutes and chilled and ready to serve after several hours in the fridge. In the video at the top of the page, I show how easy it is as I make it for a party (one day ahead).

For another simple, delicious, make-ahead treat that everybody loves, try my Chocolate Eclair Dessert.

Have you had this version of banana pudding? If so, do you like it as much or better than traditional banana pudding? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please comment beneath the post. I try to reply quickly to everyone who writes. And please visit our Family Savvy storefront to see all my amazon faves and must-haves for you, your home, and your loved ones.

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Paula Deen's Chessmen Banana Pudding

Paula Deen's Chessmen Banana Pudding

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This popular banana pudding recipe will win over everyone~banana lovers or not!


  • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) package low-fat cream cheese
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 2 (3 ounce) boxes vanilla instant pudding (smaller boxes)
  • 5-6 bananas, sliced
  • 2 (8 ounce) bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies


  1. Line the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.
  2. In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer.
  3. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth.
  4. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended.
  6. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 95Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 6mgSodium 65mgCarbohydrates 17gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 1gSugar 8gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 3g

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  1. My granddaughter is allergic to bananas. Would this recipe be good without the bananas? Or do you suggest a replacement for the bananas? Could chocolate be used in any way as a substitute?

    Looking forward to your input.

  2. My friend is making this on Wednesday and have invited me to have some I’m looking forward to eating some I’m not a big banana pudding fan because it’s usually cooked and I do not like cooked banana pudding and I don’t like brown bananas in it so I’m anxious to try it Paula deen’s recipe sounds delicious.

  3. I make mine with banana cream pudding. It’s much better. Sometimes I use Nutter Butter cookies for the bottom layer. It tastes reminiscent of the peanut butter and banana sandwiches my mom used to make me.

  4. Hi Terri! I went back into the recipe and recalculated; it is now corrected:-) I used 2% milk and low-fat cream cheese. When I edited the recipe it was much better (check it out). Serving sizes are about 1/2 cup and under 100 calories. A sweet treat that is almost guilt free:-) Thanks for reaching out. Let me know how this turns out if you make it. XoXo

  5. This looks like a very cool and refreshing summer desert! But I did notice that the calories per serving or 888. I wonder how much the calories would be cut down if I use sugar-free vanilla instant putting and low fat cream cheese, as well as fat free condensed milk and skim milk?
    Honestly, when I make a recipe and use these ingredients, I can’t notice a difference in the overall flavor.

  6. I got the recipe from my son but then lost it
    I was very happy to find the same recipe on the internet. It is absolutely delicious and so easy to make. Thank you for listing it.

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  8. Hi Monica! You are so welcome, and I know that your family will LOVE this version of banana pudding! Please let me know how it turns out. Blessings to you!!

  9. Thanks for the recipe! This is the first time I will make a banana pudding and yours sounds even better than the traditional banana pudding with Nilla wafers. I am sure my family will love this. Thanks and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  10. Hi Ashley! Whipping and chilling heavy cream should work beautifully! In fact, it will probably taste even richer and yummmier!!! Let me know how it works!

  11. Hi! what do you do when I don’t have frozen whipped topping, thawed? I live in Asia now and there’s no frozen whipped topping, thawed…

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