Cool Rhubarb Dessert Recipe
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Cool Rhubarb Dessert Recipe

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When I want something very special, I turn to this recipe given to me by a neighbor. Even those who often pass up rhubarb desserts rave over these creamy squares. Perfection! —Maxine Smith, Owanka, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 cups chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1-1/2 cups cold whole milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 299 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 167mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, butter and walnuts. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, water and rhubarb until blended. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until rhubarb is tender. Cool; pour over crust. Chill.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream until thickened. Add confectioners' sugar and beat until soft peaks form. Fold in marshmallows. Spread over rhubarb layer.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Spread over cream layer; sprinkle with coconut. Cover and refrigerate for 4-5 hours or until set. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cutting. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Cool Rhubarb Dessert in Taste of Home April/May 2008, p23

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voodoowitch User ID: 635464 87962
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

"Very tasty and the one time my recipe came out looking way better than the TOH photo ;)"

Sheila3k User ID: 6100908 162028
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2012

"This is so so yummy and versatile. Took it to a potluck tonight and was loved by everyone. I was licking the pan when we got home. I don't care for marshmallows so I put a cream cheese layer ( 1 cup cream cheese & 1 cup icing sugar) instead. I put that layer over the crust, then the rhubarb, then the pudding layer, then the whipped cream. So So so YUMMY! Can't wait to make it again."

blondbaker User ID: 3508383 137398
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2011

"This is the best Rhubarb dessert I have ever made!! It is so good!"

eschmandt User ID: 5006524 207768
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"Everyone loved this, even those who don't like rhubarb."

MY REVIEW User ID: 819007 68640
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2010

"Great summer dessert. Took it to a potluck and came home with an empty container. Very good."

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