Monday, October 28, 2013

Lemon Cream Cheese Dessert

Lemon Cream Cheese Dessert                                                          Printable Recipe

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, cold
8 ounce package light cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
8 ounce container whipped topping, divided
2 - 3.4 ounce packages lemon instant pudding mix
2 3/4 cups milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cut butter into flour using a pastry cutter.  You can also use a sturdy fork.  Pieces should be about pea size. Larger is OK, you just don't want any whole pieces of plain butter left.
Press into 8.5 x 11 inch baking dish. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until just lightly brown. Cool.  I baked mine the night before and allowed to cool over night.
Place cream cheese in a medium bowl. Beat until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and beat again.
 Add 1 cup whipped topping to cream cheese mixture and beat just until combined.
 Spread over cooled crust.
Combine pudding mix and milk in a medium bowl. Beat until thickened. Spread on top of cream cheese layer. ( My farm fresh goat milk was a little runnier to start but firmed up by the time we were ready to eat it.)
 I waited until our pudding was firm before topping with the remaining whipped topping.  You should be fine to add yours right away.
Chill for 2 hours or better yet all day.  I found that even a day or so later that the crust was still crispy!!

I think this would be delightful as a mini dessert. You could buy premade shortbread cookies to place in the bottom or bake the shortbread bottom of this dessert, break it up and use it instead.  Also, you could substitute your favorite flavor of pudding for the lemon. 


  1. Yum! This looks like a recipe my mom made while growing up called "Lemon Lush". Thanks for posting!

  2. PINNED. Thanks for the recipe. Awesome. Linda

  3. Thanks for the idea...I make something similar adding crushed walnuts to butter /flour mixture, using pistachio pudding and sprinkle crushed walnuts on top!...:)JP

  4. I love lemon desserts. This looks yummy. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Looks delicious! Pinning to save for later. TFS

  6. This looks delicious, Jenny! I love lemon desserts and the fact that this has cream cheese in it makes it even better! I would love it if you'd link this up to my Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop--we love to see easy & delicious recipes like this. You can link it up here:

    1. Thanks for the invite! I am coming over right now!

  7. Hi Jenny! This looks perfect! the layers and everything, so yumm!

  8. Oh, you had me at lemon! Sounds fabulous! Pinned1 Visiting from Thursday Favorite Things!

  9. This looks so delich I think I could eat it for breakfast! Lemons are fruit aren't they?! :) Stopping by via #wineddown link up (I'm # 94)

  10. Oh yum! This looks amazing! My husband loves lemon, so I will have to make these soon. Thanks SO much for sharing at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!

  11. Pretty sure this looks incredible. I love lemon bars and cream cheese so why not put the two together? Definitely pinning this! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party.

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  12. These look delish! I love anything lemon :) You were my featured pick this week for wine'd down Wednesday! thanks so much for linking with us and we hope to see you again this week!

  13. Do your families a favour and don't use cool whip or artificial toppings...use REAL whipped cream. Their health will thank you.