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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 equals 299 calories, 17 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 167 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g 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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Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

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

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."

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2011

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

Reviewed May. 5, 2011

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

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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