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The Best Banana Pudding Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Jennifer Locklin


  • 1 5.1-ounce pkg Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 large Cool Whip thawed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons banana liqueur
  • 6 bananas sliced
  • 2 boxes Nilla wafers
  • 1 small Cool Whip thawed


  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add the pudding mix, sweetened condensed milk and 3 cups regular milk and continue beating until smooth and well combined.
  • Beat in thawed large Cool Whip.
  • Fold in bananas and 1 box of cookies.
  • Pour into a large serving bowl, top with a small container of cool whip and garnish with additional cookies.
  • Cover and chill until ready to serve.


I like to make this the day before and let it chill in the refrigerator overnight. The flavors taste much better and the cookies soften and become cake-like.