Lemon Delight Trifle Recipe
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Lemon Delight Trifle Recipe

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I like to serve this lemony treat is a trifle bowl. If you don't have one, a glass 13-in. x 9-in. dish will also work well. —Kim Wallace, Dennison, Ohio
Featured In: Top 10 Trifle Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3-1/2 cups cold 2% milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 package (12 to 14 ounces) lemon cream-filled sandwich cookies, crushed

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 476 calories, 26g fat (16g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 479mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.
  2. In another bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Gradually stir in pudding until blended.
  3. Set aside 1/4 cup each of whipped topping and crushed cookies for garnish. Fold remaining whipped topping into pudding mixture.
  4. Place half of the remaining cookies in a 3-qt. glass bowl; top with half of the pudding mixture. Repeat layers. Garnish with reserved whipped topping and crushed cookies. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 servings (1 cup each).
Originally published as Lemon Delight Trifle in Taste of Home April/May 2010, p16

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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mamarey User ID: 1121217 229157
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2015

"I really liked this with the lemon cookies. It gave it a little crunch when you first ate it. It was a very good dessert that I will make again. Before you switch to cake when you first see the recipe try the lemon cookies, you won't be disappointed."

corkyy11 User ID: 4312788 225286
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2015

"Can you use cake cubes instead of cookies. Asking because I don't understand why the recipe calls for crushed cookies. Am I missing something? I would love to hear your suggestions or responses.


vbag User ID: 1135425 211763
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"This is a keeper. I used the shortbread cookies instead of the lemon-filled cookies because that was all I had in the pantry. Everyone loved it!"

sdeb User ID: 5934110 211762
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"This sounds wonderful, I love lemon! I've never had a trifle w/o cake in it before, I'm eager to try this one. If I were to add cake, I would make a lemon box mix, use 1/2 to 3/4 of the cake and layer - cake, vanilla waffers then pudding mix - mmmm! I'll try it first with just the lemon cookies, to be fair :)"

catsue73 User ID: 2880392 108904
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"Made this for Thanksgiving dinner on my husband's side. Everyone loved it. Whenever I try a new recipe and they tell me they like/love it I always ask ,"Is it worth making again?" They all said "YES""

rsdsw2uf User ID: 3860865 191602
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2012

"This is very good and we all love it"

myrtel User ID: 572415 173465
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

"This is soooo yummy and fast to put together!! I use the Lemonade Girl Scout Cookies and get raves! I have made this several times to take to pot-lucks and always come home with an empty bowl and request for the recipe"

melissamay User ID: 6361621 173624
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"Made this for a summer party, its was perfect."

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 111372
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"Very easy and yummy! True story: I brought this to a school potluck. A few days later in the parking lot, a man stopped me and asked if I was the mother who brought the lemon dessert. he said he LOVED it and had been trying to find the maker, so he could get the recipe too! Quite the impression!"

kimigee33 User ID: 4625486 190257
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

"A wonderful dessert for any occasion. Instead of mixing the Cool Whip in with the pudding mixture, I used it as a seperate layer - a layer of cookies, a layer of pudding mixture and a layer of cool whip. The three layers looked great in a trifle dish and still tasted great."

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