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Easy Pistachio Pudding Dessert bars are filled with a crunchy pecan shortbread crust with layers of creamy cheese and pistachio almond pudding. You will probably want another slice and more of these delicious pistachio dessert bars.
The kelly green color of the pistachio pudding makes these bars a perfect dessert for St Patrick's Day. I make these pistachio pudding bars every year. My family loves this dessert.
This is a layered dessert where you made the crust and then layer on the luscious cream cheese and pudding layers.
My original recipe made a 13 x 9-inch recipe with 15 servings. While my family loves this dessert, it was just too much for our family.
This recipe makes a smaller recipe with just 9 servings.
The shortbread crust for this dessert is formed from a mixture of flour, butter, and pecans.
This recipe's flavor starts with a layer of instant pistachio pudding mixed with milk. I am not generally a big fan of instant pudding, but in this recipe, it works. The pistachio almond flavor carries the dessert.
The crust is a simple shortbread crust made with all-purpose flour, chopped pecans, and butter.
Cream cheese mixed with powdered sugar and whipped topping form a sweet cheese layer.
Finally, whipped topping completes the layers.
Prior to starting this recipe, set out the cream cheese, whipped topping, and butter. Allow ingredients to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350F.
Step 1. Cut butter into the flour with a pastry blender. Add in finely chopped nuts.
You can buy small bags of finely chopped nuts, or you can process whole are large piece pecans in a food processor. My KitchenAid chopper has the job done with 4-5 pulses. I love the red color. It is so cute.
Step 2. Sprinkle crust mixture evenly over the bottom of the baking pan. Press firmly against the bottom of the pan to form a crust. Place on the bottom rack of the oven and bake at 350F for 15 minutes.
Remove crust from the oven and set aside to cool. This will take approximately 30 minutes. When your crust is no longer warm you can start to make the dessert layers.
Step 3. In a mixing bowl cream the powdered sugar into the cream cheese. Add whipped topping and mix until it forms a thick cream. This should not be too stiff. It should easily spread. If it is too stiff then add an extra tablespoon of whipped topping.
Gently spread the cream cheese layer over the crust using the back of a metal spoon. The crust may try to lift if the cheese mixture is too stiff. Continue to lightly spread the cheese mixture to the edge of the pan to seal the layer.
Step 4. Pour the pudding mix into a mixing bowl. Add half the milk and blend on low. Then add the remainder of the milk and mix on medium until the pudding starts to thicken.
Pour over the cheese layer and spread evenly to the edge of the pan. Set in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to allow the pudding layer to set.
Step 5. Finish the layers with a coating of whipped topping. Spread evenly over the pudding to the sides of the pan to seal the dessert.
Step 6. If desired garnish with sprinkles or chopped pecans.
Step 7. Cover and refrigerate until completely cool and set. Cut and enjoy
Frequently Asked Questions
Pistachio pudding dessert bars should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator until served. For the best consistency, store them for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator, if they last that long at your house.
Other Special Occasion Desserts
Pistachio Dessert Bars are one of my favorite special occasion desserts. Check out my Dessert Recipes for a variety of mouth-watering options. From healthy Whole Wheat Muffins to flakey pies.
Looking for more tasty desserts to serve on St Patrick's Day or any day? Check out the Best Delicious St Patrick's Day Desserts over at Smart Party Planning.
Kim (Gary) Mull
My husband got to taste this super yummy sounding recipe at work today and said it's AHHH-MAZING! And like you mentioned, the color makes it perfect for St. Patrick's Day. It would also work for Easter which will be here before you know it. Gary said 5 stars all the way!!!!! Can't wait to try it myself!
Thank you, Kim and Gary! So glad you enjoyed the dessert bars. They are a St Pat's tradition at our house!
This recipe is absolutely delicious...so light and creamy! I bet this would look really pretty in a glass dish. I love pistachios and this was a fun way to incorporate them into this dish. I will definitely be trying other recipes.
Thank you Keri! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe.
Correcting a few typos would make this easier to follow. (I clicked "Jump to Recipe" so missed all the instructions that I saw after I was finished.) Under "Pudding" it says to "add mix" instead of "add milk" which took me a while trying to find what "mix" I was supposed to add. Also under "Forming Dessert" it says "Pour over the pudding layer over the cream cheese layer." I also was short on whipped cream because I didn't realize it's listed twice in 2 separate areas in the ingredients list - usually ingredients show the total needed in one place.
Thank you for your great comments Cindy. I updated the post and also specified 12-16 ounces of whipped topping, divided under ingredients. Hope you enjoyed the recipe. It is one of my favorites!