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Butterscotch Pecan Dessert Recipe

Butterscotch Pecan Dessert Recipe

Light and creamy, this terrific treat never lasts long when I serve it. The fluffy cream cheese layer topped with cool butterscotch pudding is a lip-smacking combination. -Becky Harrison, Albion, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:16-20 servings


  • 1/2 cup cold butter or margarine
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 3-1/2 cups milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 or 3.5 ounces each) instant butterscotch or vanilla pudding mix


  • 1. In a bowl, cut the butter into the flour until crumbly; stir in 1/2 cup pecans. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.
  • 2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping; spread over crust. Combine milk and pudding mix until smooth; pour over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes or until set. Top with remaining whipped topping and pecans. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Yield: 16-20 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 232 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 176mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 23, 2017

"One of my favorite desserts and everyone I make it for. So easy to make, I just have issues with the crust everytime. Even tho I have I have that issue still live making it. Been making this for over 20 yrs!! Thanks for releasing it, we love it!!"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2017


Reviewed Aug. 23, 2017

"This is one of our most favorite recipes. i can't count the number of times i have made this."

Reviewed Jun. 9, 2017

"I'm not the biggest fan of butterscotch, but this recipe was delicious. I used walnuts instead of pecans. Thanks for the great dessert!"

Anne Bernadette
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2014

"I made this excellent recipe for a BBQ pot luck with friends. The oohs and aahs that went around the table at dessert time were plentiful and audible! I made it exactly as printed with two exceptions. My grocery store only sells the sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix. I reduced the amount of milk in the pudding to 2-3/4 cups. I also replaced the 1/4 cup of pecans for the topping with a crumbled Skor bar (similar to a Heath bar). Absolutely delicious to the last bite!! Thank you, Becky Harrison, for a definite winner!"

Reviewed May. 20, 2012

"One of our favorites!"

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"This is one of my family's favorite recipes. We always make one chocolate and one butterscotch. We use quick oats in the crust instead of pecans, but we still put pecans on top."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"I tried this recipe when I had a friend visiting, only I doubled the cream cheese filling layer, and we loved it."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"This is the original recipe that my sister made 30 years ago with chocolate pudding. We've modified by using a graham cracker crust but the original one is the best!"

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