Pistachio Cookie Dessert Recipe

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"With its smooth pistachio filling, this cool treat is a favorite refreshment at summer 4-H meetings," remarks Audrey Phillips of Gambier, Ohio. "It's best made and frozen a day in advance," she recommends. "It will thaw as you head to a picnic or potluck."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + freezing
MAKES:12-15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + freezing
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 1 package (15-1/2 ounces) Oreo cookies
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups cold 2% milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 446 calories, 25 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 459 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. Place cookies in a blender; cover and process until fine crumbs form. Stir in butter. Set aside 1 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish.
  2. In a large bowl, beat milk and pudding mix on low speed for 2 minutes. Gradually add ice cream. Fold in whipped topping.
  3. Spread over crust. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over top, pressing down lightly. Cover and freeze for 4 hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer 20 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Pistachio Cookie Desserts in Quick Cooking March/April 2001, p45

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