Holiday Pistachio Dessert Recipe
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Holiday Pistachio Dessert Recipe

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For my best festive menu, I make this "famous" dessert, which my children gobble up immediately. It’s a hit at every gathering! —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups biscuit/baking mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped, divided
  • 2-1/2 cups cold milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • Chocolate curls, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece (calculated without chocolate curls) equals 279 calories, 16 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 392 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the biscuit mix, walnuts and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and 1 cup confectioners' sugar until fluffy. Fold in half of the whipped cream; spread over crust. Stir remaining confectioners' sugar into remaining whipped cream; refrigerate until serving.
  4. In another bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Spread over cream cheese layer. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
  5. Garnish with sweetened whipped cream and, if desired, chocolate curls. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Holiday Pistachio Dessert in Country Extra March 2009, p49

Nutritional Facts

1 piece (calculated without chocolate curls) equals 279 calories, 16 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 392 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"Really good! I used chopped pecans instead of walnuts. Really good! Definitely a keeper."

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Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"make it low fat! use neufchatel cream cheese, 1% milk & 1 1/2 cups fat- free vanilla GREEK yogurt, divided, to replace the whipped cream. still tastes great and you feel less guilty! also you can use graham crackers laid flat , to cut out the butter and replace the crust , but the walnuts are a must! just stir into cream cheese layer- which makes this a no-bake recipe as well!"

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Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"My husband loves pistachio so I had to make this recipe. This is one of the better pistachio desserts there is!"

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Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"My picky eater even likes these."

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Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"I've made this with chocolate pudding and with butterscotch too. Ive used pecan sandies and butter for the crust. Good recipe. I make it for alot of family gatherings"

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