I’m such a huge fan of traditional southern desserts. Red Velvet, peach cobbler, banana pudding, caramel cake – I love them all. I have to admit…this original idea isn’t my recipe. It belongs to Paula Deen. It’s her “Not Your Mama’s Banana Pudding.” But, I did take a riff on it – made 2 small changes. I like a much stiffer banana pudding – so I nixed the cream cheese. Also, I use a little less milk in the instant French vanilla pudding – the way it set up is simply marvelous. I had the bright idea to serve them in wine glasses (seeing as though I didn’t have any martini glasses), but you get the idea. LOL.

Here’s the recipe:


1 box of French Vanilla flavored Jello pudding

1 cup of whole milk

1 container of cool whip

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

5 bananas, sliced

Pepperidge Farm Chessman Butter Cookies


Mix jello pudding and milk together and let stand for just one minute. Add sweetened condensed milk and fold in the cool whip. Layer a glass with bananas, cookies, and the cream mixture. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours and enjoy. IMG_5679