Sunshine on a plate. That’s what I’m calling it this wintery day. My mom has been making this lemon dessert again lately and it takes me back to when my grandma made it and called it lemon lush. I love the fresh lemon flavor so much that I decided to make it again to share with you. There’s something about a fresh fruity dessert in the winter that makes life feel like spring. No sunshine outside. No problem. I’ve got lemon lush.
What I love about this dessert is the creamy texture with the crunch of the buttery crust. And just like this moist lemon cake you can make it a day ahead. It’s just about better than the first day you make it. You know I’m all about the practical in addition to the taste.
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup pecans + extra for top
8 oz cream cheese, softened
16 oz cool whip
1 cup powdered sugar
4 small (3.4 oz) boxes lemon instant pudding
5 cups milk
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Cut butter into flour. Mix well and add pecans. Pat into the bottom of a 9×13 pan and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely.
Whip together softened cream cheese and powdered sugar. Fold in half of the cool whip (about 8 oz.). Spread over crust.
Combine lemon pudding and milk. Beat until thick. Spread over cream cheese layer.
Spoon and swirl the remaining cool whip on top. Sprinkle with pecans.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.