Monday, March 14, 2011

Pistachio Dessert



This is a recipe I dug out of my collection from many years ago. I made it (cutting small squares) for a bridal shower recently, but I thought it a perfect dessert to post for St Patrick's Day coming up. Look no further. Here is your dessert.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 sliced almonds
  • 8 oz / 250 gm cream cheese
  • 2/3 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 2 cups cool whip topping
  • 8 oz pkg instant pistachio pudding
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • extra sliced toasted almonds for topping
Method:
  1. Mix butter, flour, sugar and almonds, using a pastry blender, until moist and crumbly. Press into 9X13 inch pan using the back of a spoon. Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes. Cool.
  2. Beat cream cheese, folding in icing sugar and cool whip. Spread on crust.
  3. Prepare pistachio pudding using 2 1/2 cups milk and spread over cream cheese layer, while still pourable.
  4. Whip cream and spread over pudding. Sprinkle with toasted, cooled nuts. (if you are looking for smaller servings . . . half the recipe works in an 8x8 inch pan and serves 9)

31 comments:

  1. I haven't had this in years. I used to get requests to make it all the time and got kind of burned out on it. It is delicious!

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  2. I have never heard of instant pistachio pudding -not available in Australia, what could you instead?

    Sounds interesting.

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  3. Sorry, meant to type " what could you use instead"

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  4. This is one of my favorites. We always make it around St. Paddy's Day

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  5. LOVE this dessert! This has been our Christmas dinner dessert for several years. It is delicious, special, rich, but still nice and light after a heavy meal. I've made it with chocolate pudding and walnuts instead of the pistachio and almonds, and I've seen it with lemon pudding. But my favourite is the pistachio. I've also added a bit of almond flavouring in with the pudding layer before.

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  6. Sandy BittenbenderMarch 14, 2011 at 7:12 AM

    Sorry, I don't know what icing sugar is/please let me know as I would like to make this for Thursday's company. Thanks.

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  7. Thanks for a great gluten free list of treats. I bake and more and more friends are GF.... I will be trying several of these over the next few weeks. Love your site! I will be around often.
    Lisa

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  8. this looks so yummy! I wonder if I could substitute some sugar free products and come up with a yummy dessert! I may try! Hugs! ♥

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  9. Sancy . . . icing sugar is the same as confectioner's sugar.. or powdered sugar.

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  10. This is one of those oldies that I haven't made in years but now think how very tasty it is. What a great dessert to tuck away for St. Patricks Day.

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  11. Sandy BittenbenderMarch 14, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Thanks for telling me what icing sugar is.

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  12. I call it four stack and I have made it with variety of flavors always recieved with smiles,thanksfor remembering it for paddys day Carol

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  13. I am so glad I stumbled upon this recipe - it looks like a keeper for me! I'll be making it soon!

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  14. Ohhhh...my mom (another Mennonite girl who can cook) used to make this! You just made me homesick, LOL.

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  15. Looks divine!

    I love following you but I fear for my waistline ;)

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  16. I used to make this years ago also. Thanks for reminding us of this recipe.

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  17. Your desserts always look most wonderful. Nice idea for a shower as well. i suppose the pudding flavour could be changed from pistachio to any other.

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  18. So pretty. I love a nice cool dessert, especially when Cool Whip is involved. I've never had pistachio pudding before but I do love the nuts so would probably like it. Love the green anyway!

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  19. My late aunt used to make this and we inhaled it. My mother-in-laws version is chocolate pudding instead of pistachio - also very yummy.

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  20. Never heard of this but it looks wonderful! Our anniversary is St. Patrick's Day so maybe this will be our dessert on Thursday.

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  21. Oh yum! Haven't had this in a long time...but would love a slice right about now.

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  22. Is the ingred. list for the crust correct? just nuts and butter and sugar? no flour? I made this today but I added 3/4 C. flour (since I make a crust similar to this for another dessert?) wondered if it were just butter and nuts if it would actually bake into a crust? Delicious! thanks...it's so pretty!

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  23. Jenni, thank you so much for pointing out the flour! I am so sorry I missed it! I hope I have not ruined anyone's attempt at this dessert.

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  24. Wow! I'm saving this one to my files as I'm sure I'll be amking it many times..I love pistachios!

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  25. I've made it using chocolate pudding instead of pistachio, too. Delish.

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  26. Unfortunately, not print friendly! Can you fix that?

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  27. Oh I'm glad to know there's flour! haha makes sense...I did use flour just because instinct told me nuts and butter might not bake up! haha No biggy..it was SUPERB and I'm going to try this with EVERY flavor of pudding...thinking butterscotch would be lovely too! my whole family loved this! thanks!

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  28. It's called Mennonite Delight in our cookbook!

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  29. My Mom makes a pumpkin version of this dessert....and it tastes just like pumpkin pie! Its delicious!

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  30. oh my I am in the process of making this have all ingrdients but could not find a 8oz box of the pudding the large box is 5.4oz and the little ones are 3.4oz so I bought 2 small and each one takes 2 cups of milk should I add only 2 and a half cups to the 2 boxes??? I am making this for Wed. evening April 13th i would appreciate a response as I will be waiting. Thank you girls for the wonderful recipes!

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  31. Mary ... use one large package or two small packages with 2 1/2 cups milk.

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