Grama Dee’s Infamous “Rabbit Ass”

May 19th, 2008

My Grama Dee was known for her sassy sense of humor and it’s no surprise that we have many memories of her hilarious quips and quotes over the years. This particular dessert was renamed after my cousin, Brian, came downstairs one afternoon, to find my Grama Dee making her infamous four layer dessert. When he asked what she was doing…she stood with a tiny paring knife, shaving off razor thin curls of chocolate off of one of my cousins’ leftover chocolate easter bunnies, and her response went into the family legends of Grama Dee quotes…

“Oh, I’m just makin’ me a little rabbit ass.”

And thereafter, the dessert was renamed…Rabbit Ass. Not the most appetizing of names, to be sure…but one that brings us many smiles whenever we make it…thinking of our beloved grama standing over her chocolate easter bunny…shaving it’s butt away.

So here’s the recipe…

Four Decker Mocha Dessert (aka “Rabbit Ass”)
Recipe from Doris Foxworthy


3/4 cup margerine or butter (I use butter)
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup chopped nuts (I use walnuts)
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 – 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 – 4 oz tub of cool whip
1 small package instant vanilla pudding
1 small package instant chocolate pudding
3 cups whole milk
grated chocolate (I use a hershey bar, grama dee used “rabbit ass” hence the name)


  • In a mixing bowl, cut butter into flour and granulated sugar until crumbly.
  • Add chopped nuts and mix up until you get them all incorporated into the dough
  • Press this dough into the bottom of a 12x9x2 baking dish (do not pack or press this mixture too tight into the bottom of the pan, or you will end up with a rock hard base which you won’t be able to cut through, believe me…I know from experience.)
  • Bake this at 350ยบ for about 20 minutes until it’s just golden
  • Remove and cool on rack.
  • While the crust is cooling, mix together the creamed cheese, powdered sugar, and half of the cool whip (2 oz) until light and fluffy.
  • Once crust has cooled, spread the cream cheese mixture over crust and refrigerate or freeze until cream cheese layer hardens up.
  • Once cream cheese layer has set (about an hour or two in the fridge), mix together both packages of pudding and your milk until thickened.
  • Spread pudding layer over cream cheese layer and put back in the freezer or refrigerator to harden up
  • Remove from freezer/fridge and spread the last layer of cool whip (the remainder of the tub) to the top of the dessert. Make some nice poofy peaks with your spoon/rubber spatula
  • Shave up some chocolate curls from a hershey bar (or whatever chocolate source you like, easter bunnies?) and sprinkle over the cool whip layer.
  • I also like to add a few sprinkles of chopped walnuts to the top of mine as well, but you can omit the nuts if you don’t like them.
  • Enjoy!

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