Pistachio Cherry Squares Recipe

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This dessert's Christmas colors really add to the festivity of a buffet table, but it's the creamy, cool taste that keeps people coming back for more. Kids will enjoy helping when you make this no-bake treat.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 32 squares)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2-1/2 cups cold milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 cans (21 ounces each) cherry pie filling

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 368 calories, 19 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 291 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. Combine the cracker crumbs, butter and sugar; press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Refrigerate. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar; fold in whipped topping. Spread over crust. In a bowl, beat milk and pudding mixes on low speed for 2 minutes. Spread over cream cheese layer; chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  2. Spread whipped topping over pudding layer. Top with pie filling. Refrigerate overnight. Cut into squares. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Pistachio Cherry Squares in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2002, p42

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Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"Delicious combination of flavors. Very pretty for a Christmas dessert!"

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