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Thursday, March 15, 2012

{four layer dessert}

I first discovered this recipe when we were in college, and I fell in love with it right then and there. I love all the layers--individually, and together!  The shortbread crust is nutty, rich, and buttery, and when it's paired with the delightful cream cheese and pudding layers, it's pure heaven.  The whipped cream  is the perfect topping...it's so, SO yummy!  I really could eat the whole pan.  :)


I used pistachio pudding in honor of St. Patrick's Day, and it will be perfect for our dessert on Saturday night.  Not a pistachio fan?  Not to worry--I LOVE it with lemon pudding, and the chocolate is delicious too.  I've also made it without the nuts, so if you have nut allergies at your house, or you just don't like them, you can still try it and love it!

{four layer dessert}

Crust:
¾ c. butter
1 c. chopped walnuts
1 ½ c. flour

Layer 2:
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 c. powdered sugar
½ large container Cool Whip

Layer 3:
2 (3 oz.) packages instant pudding
3 c. cold milk

Layer 4:
½ pint heavy cream
¼ c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine crust ingredients, and press into a buttered 9x13 baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes, then let cool. Beat the cream cheese until smooth, and then add the powdered sugar. Fold in the Cool Whip until it’s completely incorporated, then spread the mixture on top of the cooled crust. Mix pudding and milk until thick, and then spread on top of the cream cheese layer. Beat the heavy cream until it reaches a soft peak stage, then add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Spread on top of the pudding layer. Sprinkle with nuts. Refrigerate until time to serve.


20 Comments:

Blogger Alicia said...

This dessert always reminds me of my grandmother. She calls it "Fat Man's Pie"!

March 15, 2012 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

looks yummy! I will have to try it.

March 15, 2012 at 9:07 AM  
OpenID Stephanie said...

My aunt used to make this for all of our family gatherings! I love it - thanks for the memories and for the recipe!!

Stephanie

March 15, 2012 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger kierste said...

Lol, Alicia!!!

March 15, 2012 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Tiffmc said...

yum, hosting a ctmh party tonight and looks like this will be dessert. tfs

www.stampingattiffanys.myctmh.com

March 15, 2012 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Tiffmc said...

yum, hosting a ctmh party tonight and looks like this will be dessert. tfs

www.stampingattiffanys.myctmh.com

March 15, 2012 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

I've only made it with chocolate pudding--love the idea of using pistachio for St. Patrick's Day.

BTW, your pic on the sidebar is so very cute. You looks beautiful.

March 15, 2012 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger cropmom66 said...

This looks and sounds divine! I love pistachio pudding...and shortbread...and cream cheese....and whipped cream...ok, no question I will be making this! :)

Thanks!

March 15, 2012 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Aimee said...

I was introduced to this by my husband's family. It's definitely one of his favorite desserts. They call it "Heavenly Hash".
I agree with Yvonne...your new picture is adorable!

March 15, 2012 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Kathy@mishmashmom said...

It's Girdle-Buster at our house. Awesome idea to use pistachio for St. Patty's.

March 15, 2012 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger Kellie said...

Yummy! I could go for a slice with a cup of tea right now :). Thanks for sharing :)

March 15, 2012 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger camie said...

I just made this dessert and it's sooo yummy. Thank you for the recipe!!

March 16, 2012 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger labbie1 said...

Oh Gosh! Hurt me! That looks so good! I pinned it...gotta try it soon!

March 16, 2012 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

My mom always made this every Easter.

March 16, 2012 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

My mom always made this every Easter.

March 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger {autie} said...

love this recipe, kierste! My mom used to make it for us when I was little...we called it green weenie. :) I've never tried it with any other pudding flavor! so fun!
thanks

March 18, 2012 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger sylvia said...

Memories! Yum, mama only made it with banana pudding, I love pistachio idea!!!

March 18, 2012 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Raysha said...

Yum! This looks amazing. I've seen something similar but with chocolate pudding. I'm going to have to try it soon.

http://lexmallabooks.com/?p=8

March 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Whitney & McKayla said...

I made this for a friend after she had a baby. She begged me to share the recipe and now makes every excuse to have it around every couple of months.
On a side note - my recipe uses pecans. It enhances the shortbread taste. Might be something for walnut haters to try.

March 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger scrapbookluvr said...

My mom and I make it with butterscotch and pecans. It's awesome whatever flavor you use!

April 9, 2012 at 12:44 AM  

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