Butterscotch Pecan Dessert Recipe
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Butterscotch Pecan Dessert Recipe

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Light and creamy, this terrific treat never lasts long when I serve it. The fluffy cream cheese layer topped with cool butterscotch pudding is a lip-smacking combination. -Becky Harrison, Albion, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:16-20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 3-1/2 cups cold 2% milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 or 3.5 ounces each) instant butterscotch or vanilla pudding mix

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 232 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 176mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, cut the butter into the flour until crumbly; stir in 1/2 cup pecans. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.
  2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping; spread over crust.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set; pour over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes or until set. Top with remaining whipped topping and pecans. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Butterscotch Pecan Dessert in Taste of Home October/November 1998, p33

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ejshellabarger User ID: 3870843 267821
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2017

"I'm not the biggest fan of butterscotch, but this recipe was delicious. I used walnuts instead of pecans. Thanks for the great dessert!"

Anne Bernadette User ID: 5097561 23591
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2014

"I made this excellent recipe for a BBQ pot luck with friends. The oohs and aahs that went around the table at dessert time were plentiful and audible! I made it exactly as printed with two exceptions. My grocery store only sells the sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix. I reduced the amount of milk in the pudding to 2-3/4 cups. I also replaced the 1/4 cup of pecans for the topping with a crumbled Skor bar (similar to a Heath bar). Absolutely delicious to the last bite!! Thank you, Becky Harrison, for a definite winner!"

kshea User ID: 2698812 61379
Reviewed May. 20, 2012

"One of our favorites!"

cottey User ID: 3744905 31049
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"This is one of my family's favorite recipes. We always make one chocolate and one butterscotch. We use quick oats in the crust instead of pecans, but we still put pecans on top."

splendor User ID: 5199808 51155
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"I tried this recipe when I had a friend visiting, only I doubled the cream cheese filling layer, and we loved it."

patt6250 User ID: 60870 202846
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"This is the original recipe that my sister made 30 years ago with chocolate pudding. We've modified by using a graham cracker crust but the original one is the best!"

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