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Lemon Cream Dessert Recipe

Lemon Cream Dessert Recipe

My friend Mary and I enjoy coming up with innovative menus to try out on our husbands at our weekly Saturday night dinners. We combined 60-plus years of culinary experience to concoct this easy yet yummy layered lemon dessert. Our spouses loved it. -Laurel Adams, Danville, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:18-24 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • CRUST:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping thawed


  • 1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; gradually stir in water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and lemon peel. Gently stir in lemon juice. Refrigerate until cool.
  • 2. In a bowl, combine flour and nuts. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press onto the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth; carefully spread over crust. Spread with cooled lemon mixture. In another bowl, beat milk and pudding mixes on low for 2 minutes; beat in vanilla. Fold in half of the whipped topping. Spread over lemon layer. Spread with remaining whipped topping. Chill for at least 4 hours before cutting. Yield: 18-24 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 295 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 149mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268570
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2017

"This luscious lemon dessert is to die for!! It is one of my favorite desserts period. It's great for potlucks and topping an Easter meal. I can't say enough about it!!"

xiaxia3 User ID: 1947888 42566
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"This is absolutely, amazingly delicious. I made it as the recipe states and then I thought, "If I am making lemon pudding from scratch, why not the vanilla pudding, too?" So I do. Instant pudding doesn't have the greatest taste. This takes a WHOLE lot longer than 30 min. prep. I fool around making this during the day. Crust must cool, puddings must cool.Must chill for four hours. If you have company, make it the day before. NOTE: this freezes well, but it is a bear to get out of the pan after it is frozen. It does not deter my husband from chiseling it out of the pan. I prefer using the Rich Whip where you have to whip the stuff yourself. Cool Whip doesn't have the greatest taste either. After making the two different puddings from scratch, I am half way to an angel food cake from scratch!!"

Foreverdixie User ID: 6641314 36089
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2012

"Made this for Easter and loved it! A little on the sweet side but awesome just the same! Was gone in two days! Next time I will try to make it a bit healthier but as far as taste - this recipe is awesome! Very creamy and refreshing."

GrandmaJ25 User ID: 6509930 112854
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"I found this recipe in June/July 2002 issue I picked up at a garage sale. What a wonder find. Made this for Super Bowl Sunday and it was a big hit with the family. Even the picky eater loved it. Will make this again for sure! Passed the recipe on to my wonderful daughter-in-law, she so loved this dessert."

teach*music User ID: 5960429 40796
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"Rave reviews at family gathering! Asked 3x's for the recipe. Husband says this is our new family standard for desserts. Took me a bit longer than expected, but more than worth it. Looks beautiful & tastes great. Thank you!"

seanb User ID: 4428645 134703
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"This is one of my favorite desserts. I have made this numerous times and always get compliments on it."

moyer1995 User ID: 4142334 112850
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"This dessert is soooo worth the time and effort! I've made it several times and I get asked for the recipe every time. I followed the recipe exactly and I've also used just a graham cracker crust and both are amazing!! Love it, love it, love it!! Highly recommend it!"

Dioptase User ID: 1776920 204991
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2011

"Wow. I made this for Father's day and it was WONDERFUL!!! Give yourself plenty of time. I did not modify at all. I used fresh lemon juice which tasted perfect. I already had a request to make this again. Very rich but worth every minute and "calorie". This is definitely going to be a favorite."

selias User ID: 281817 52962
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"Made this for Easter, very good,,, but I would decrease the sugar,( we like it tart). Also it wasn't very firm when sliced!! Did I do something wrong?

Very tasty so I would make it again!!!!"

thegivingtree User ID: 2728459 40793
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2010

"I made this for a women's luncheon/35 people. Rave reviews & recipe requests. Kudos to you ladies. I am kind of slow & it took me a little longer to make. When I confessed this to the ladies, they told me MY extra time was worth it! My husband loved it too & agreed with the extra time being well spent. Thank you for being so generous & sharing your efforts!"

moyer1995 User ID: 4142334 85314
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2010

"I tried this recipe at a church potluck. It was a hit!! Several people said that I should enter it in a contest!!!!"

kuenzi11 User ID: 3378539 35380
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"I've made this dessert many times, and It always turns out great. My family loves it!"

Classicrock User ID: 656532 40556
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2009

"Although this dessert takes time and patience, it is well worth the effort! Yum-yum! (I suggest using (2) 8-oz. containers of Cool Whip, therefore not needing to divide a 16-oz. container.) -Lori in WI."

mrs_h User ID: 3544768 40553
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2008

"My husband does not like lemon, and even he likes this!"

ohhappyone User ID: 2839720 134702
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2008

"My beautiful DIL made this for our family tonight for dessert, it was fabulous, just like her!!

lil from NJ"

Sharon_KY User ID: 983260 101159
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2007

"I've made this recipe several times and it's alway's a Big Hit.

We Love It!"

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