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Pistachio Dessert
Nutty crust topped with pistachio pudding, nuts, and
a creamy concoction. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day!

Recipe By: Linda Muth
Serves: 18
Prep. Time:
0:45

(2) 3.4 oz. boxes instant pistachio pudding mix
2 1/3 cups cold milk - low-fat okay
1/2 cup real butter - softened
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup chopped walnuts - divided
2 Tbls. granulated sugar
8 oz. cream cheese - softened, low-fat okay
2/3 cup powdered sugar
12 oz. whipped cream topping - divided, low-fat okay

Ingredients at Firehouse Pantry


-Beat together pudding mix and milk with electric mixer on high for 2 minutes; refrigerate until needed.
-Combine the butter, flour, 1/2 cup walnuts, and sugar and press evenly into the bottom of a 13" X 9" X 2" baking pan; bake in a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes; set aside to cool.
-Beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 1/2 of the whipped cream with electric mixer; set aside.
-Spread pudding over prepared crust; spread cream cheese mixture over pudding; spread remaining whipped cream over cream cheese mixture; sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup walnuts over whipped cream.

21 Visitor Comments About This Recipe Submit Yours Below!
  • I have been looking for this recipe for weeks. I had this dessert at work, they feed us there :0) and was unable to get the recipe. Thank you sooo much!!!

  • to this I add a layer of well drained crushed pineapple. In the pudding I stir in mini marshmallows and top with cool whip.

  • I like the other person who made a comment have been searching for this delicious recipe!  This has been a total hit, everywhere I have brought it to and somehow in a move I lost a recipe book with this in it.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • This is one of the best tasting dessert's that I have ever eaten. I make a minor adjustment in the version I prepare. Instead of the Pistachio pudding, I used (1) box of instant vanilla pudding and (1) box of instant chocolate pudding. I have served this version with great success, and have been asked for the instructions on how to prepare it many times. I have seen my version of this great dessert labeled as Chocolate Torte Cake. I sometimes hesitate to give the recipe instructions as it is so easy to prepare, many of my guests think I really put some time into the preparation. Other than the vanilla and chocolate pudding I prepare it exactly as you have it listed. I was really in a dither as I had put my recipe up so it wouldn't get lost and still haven't been able to find it. So hope you will know how nice it was to wander into your site and recover something that has become more or less a family tradition in our family, especially around the holidays.

  • THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. ITS TWO DAYS BEFORE THANKSGIVING AND I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO FIND THIS RECIPE ANYWHERE. NONE OF MY FRIENDS HAD IT AND I COULDN'T EVEN FIND IT ON THE FOOD NETWORK. I HAVEN'T HAD THIS DELICIOUS DESSERT FOR YEARS. I WAS TRYING TO THINK OF SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAT MY KIDS WOULD ENJOY FOR THE BIG TURKEY DAY FEAST. I WAS ALMOST READY TO GIVE UP TILL I FOUND YOU WEBSITE. I JUST GOT BACK FROM THE STORE WITH ALL THE NECESSARY INGREDIENTS. AGAIN. THANK YOU SOOO MUCH.

  • For this dessert, I do the crust with pecans chopped finely. I do the cream cheese layer with just cream cheese and powdered sugar and sometimes a 1/2 tsp vanilla. I then do a whipped topping layer, then pour puddings right after being made and let them set up in the pan, then the final whipped topping. By keeping the whipped topping out of the cream cheese layer, it stays fresh much longer without soggy crust.

  • Thank you for posting this on the web, I have this recipe at home however we got invited out for supper & wanted to pick up the ingredients before heading home. (Hadn't made this for a year so couldn't remember the ingredients for sure.)

  • I want to sya thank you so much for that recipe because my grandma made one time and I love eating it after that. Thanks

  • Hey, thanks for keeping our family traditional recipe handy since I lost it! We use red and green maraschino cherries halved on top in rows for Christmas and you can change the decor to candy corn at Thanksgiving or jelly beans and coconut in the Spring - very festive!!!

  • Ah HA!!! I finally found it!!! My friend has been making this dessert for years and refuses to give me the recipe! I am so estactic! This is the best ever!!!

  • You saved me. My husband loves this dessert and we want to share with our friends, since you can make it low fat as well. thanks so much.

  • I have had this recipe for over twenty years and recently lost it. Thanks for putting it on the net. I have used banana pudding and mixed fresh ripe bananas in with the cream cheses mix and got raves.

  • This recipe seemed impossible to find this site is my hero I am so greatful to find this recipe. My mother in law passed away a few moths ago and I needed some clarification to her recipe to make the traditional dessert for the family.

  • Thank You so much for posting this great recipe! We were on a Family vacation visiting my Grandma in the South and we asked her to make a dessert she had made for us years ago, but we could not find her recipe anywhere. We got on our laptop and searched and found your recipe, which was exactly right. We were all so excited and we made it that night and it was perfect!

  • thanks for posting this. i had been looking for the recipe particularly for the crust. everyone loves this recipe, but they especially love the crust(i use finely chopped pecans as well). i like to make my no bake cheesecake with this crust also.

  • I have made this many times and love it. I have made one change, I spread the cream cheese mixture on the crust first and then the pudding followed by the whip cream and nuts. Tastes the same but easier to spread!

  • Thank you for posting this particular recipe. I'm living in Europe and working on an Army base. I need to make this for tomorrow and have the ingredients, but couldn't remember my "sister's" recipe. Not wanting to wake her up for it (8 hours time difference), I searched the web and finally found this delicious recipe. I know it will be a hit.

  • Along long time ago my friend made this dessert and it was absolutly refreshing.She had given me the recipe and between moves I had lost it,I remembered most of it but now I have it and I'm off to the store so I can start impressing my friends.Very Nice Thanks ohhh!so much!!

  • My daughter-in-law made this recipe for Easter dessert - was great and my husband loved it! Needed a dessert for a meeting and was pleased to find it on this site. You may want to make that change. Looking forward to "whipping" this up tonight!

  • Awesomely delicius

  • This recipe can also be made substituting 1 can of pie filling for the pudding layer. It's delicious with blueberry pie filling, but cherry works as well. Jello makes pumpkin flavored pudding (seasonal) which can be used in place of pistachio with pecans in place of walnuts.

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