This just happens to be one of my favorite desserts.
Yes . . . it’s one of those little perks of life, but you can’t make it very often.
You’ll have to duct tape yourself to your treadmill!
It is perfect for the holidays and I promise you . . . you won’t be trying to find a place for it in the fridge after the meal is over.
This time around, I chose to make both Lemon & Chocolate Lush.
You can also use other pudding flavors as well. I’ve also made pistachio . . . and it’s scrumptious as well.
Today . . . I chose to toss walnuts in the shortbread crust, but pecans and hazelnuts are also a great combination.
I just divided the crumbs between two smaller dishes, but a 9×13 glass dish also works perfectly.
While the baked crust is cooling, prepare the puddings and the Cream Cheese layer.
Once the crust is cool, spread the Cream Cheese layer over first
Next spread the pudding layer over the Cream cheese Layer.
Now comes either Cool Whip or Whip your own Cream & sweeten it with Confectioner’s sugar & vanilla.
Spread it over the top of the pudding layer, and add chopped nuts or even toasted Coconut.
Refrigerate for at least 1 to 2 hours before serving to guests.
If your taste buds haven’t dove into Lemon or Chocolate Lush . . . make this soon!
CHOCOLATE OR LEMON LUSH
I love this Dessert, because you can change the puddings, and create something different every time. (Read bottom of post.) I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like this. It will be gobbled up in a jiffy! Pudding variations: Danish Dessert, Huckleberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Chocolate, Pistachio or Lemon Lush Dessert.
YOU WILL NEED:
1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup melted margarine or butter
1/2 to 1 C. crushed nuts (almonds or walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts)
heaping 1/4 C. powdered Sugar or 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
Mix together, and press into 9×13″ pan.
Bake at 350 until golden brown for about 15 minutes.
Cream Cheese Layer:
8 oz. Cream cheese
9 oz. Cool Whip
1 Cup powdered sugar
Whip the Cream Cheese until soft. Now mix in the powdered sugar until blended well. Fold in the Cool Whip until mixture is smooth and well blended. Spread over the cooled crust.
Note: If you wish to make two smaller dishes like I did in the above pictures, use one small (3 ounce) pkg of instant pudding and 1 1/2 cups of milk.
For Chocolate: Use 2- (3 ounce) packages of chocolate instant pudding or one large instant pudding mixed with 3 cups of Cold Milk.
*I use 1 – 3 ounce package of Chocolate and 1 – 3 ounce package of Vanilla pudding. We don’t like the chocolate too dark, and Milk Chocolate instant pudding seems hard to find.
For Lemon: Use 2- (3 ounce packages of instant Lemon pudding or one large, mixed with 3 cups of Cold Milk.
Also a favorite instead of Chocolate or Lemon pudding, use:
1 package Danish junket (strawberry or raspberry prepared as package directions for pie glaze or pudding is also very good instead of chocolate or lemon pudding.
You can also add: 1/4 cup huckleberries, Raspberries or sliced strawberries to the Danish junket after it has cooled. Spread this over the Cream Cheese layer instead of using the pudding above.
Simply spread Cool Whip over the top of the pudding layer.
*I like to Whip my own Cream, and sweeten it with Confectioners sugar & vanilla.
You can also sprinkle more chopped nuts over the top and shave a few chocolate slivers for garnish on the chocolate Lush.
Toasted Coconut is also delicious as well.