I've always loved this recipe. I first tried it about 10 years ago. It was quite delicious. Between finding and losing the recipe many times, I finally found it and decided to make it this past holiday season. 

The bottom of this dessert always reminded me of a cream puff and I guess that has a lot to do with how it got it's name. It tastes like a cream puff pastry and has the lumps and bumps of how you would picture the crators on the moon!

You can alter the recipe and use low fat options for the milk and pudding. And it is definitely better the next day, after allowing it to set in the refrigerator for 24 hours. The topping can be any type of pie filling you prefer or even chocolate or caramel sauce for a different twist on the taste. 

This makes a great dessert for company or for taking to a potluck as it feeds a lot of people. I made mine on a pizza pan. You could use a sheet pan instead. 


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups skim milk
  • 1  8 oz pkg cream cheese
  • 2 envelopes of Dream Whip
  • 1 can cherry pie filling

Preheat oven to 400°F and lightly grease a round pizza pan. In a large saucepan, bring water and margarine to a boil. Remove from heat, and mix in flour with a wooden spoon. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Spread evenly in prepared pan .Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.

In large bowl, combine pudding mix, milk and cream cheese. Mix with electric mixer until smooth. Spread evenly over cooled crust.

Mix Dream Whip and place on top of pudding layer.

Dab the cherry pie filling over the Dream Whip layer. Swirl with your spatula as you are adding. Chill in refrigerator and serve cold.

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