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Lemon Pudding Dessert Recipe

Lemon Pudding Dessert Recipe

After a big meal, folks really go for this light lemon treat. The shortbread crust is the perfect base for the fluffy top layers. I've prepared this sunny dessert for church suppers for years and I always get recipe requests. —Muriel DeWitt, Maynard, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 3 cups cold whole milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant lemon pudding mix


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cut butter into flour until crumbly. Press into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake until light brown, 18-22 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping. Spread over cooled crust.
  • 3. Beat milk and pudding mix on low speed for 2 minutes. Carefully spread over cream cheese layer. Top with remaining whipped topping. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 348 calories, 20g fat (13g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 305mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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Rosanne User ID: 9230413 270273
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2017

"I made this recipe for my daughter's b-day because she likes lemon flavored desserts but this was disappointing. I decided to use this recipe because it had a lot of great reviews but from now on i will not judge a recipe by a review. If you want a real lemony flavor this is not the recipe you want. Also, the cream cheese and lemon layers don't really come through. I tried zesting a lemon to amp up the lemon flavor but I would suggest finding a lemon curd recipe instead. Everything just tastes very bland. I have never liked negative reviews but hopefully this helps someone else."

Debglass11 User ID: 6300479 269971
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2017

"This was so good! Like another reviewer, I wondered about the shortbread crust without sugar, but with the sweet cream cheese and pudding layers, along with the whipped topping, it was perfect! A great dessert, especially for summer. My family loved it and this will be in my "go to" file for easy desserts. Absolutely delicious!"

heini100 User ID: 4999347 269764
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2017

"easy to make and taste great. They didn't last long around our house."

plee509 User ID: 8956585 269611
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2017

"This is such a simple dessert, but every time I make it, my guests rave about it."

meliss.beyer User ID: 7101887 265783
Reviewed May. 9, 2017

"My mom loves lemon so I made this for her yesterday for her birthday. I was a little nervous about the crust being just butter and flour, I lost my pastry blender so the butter didn't seem to distribute enough using just knives then a fork. Minus one part being mostly melted butter, it came out fine. I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese and added the juice of 1/2 a small lemon. After the fact, I thought I should have added lemon zest to the crust. I used 1% milk for the pudding and light cool whip for the topping. It came out really good! It's perfect for spring or summer. It was light and refreshing. I might make it again for a potluck lunch this Friday!"

LindaS_WI User ID: 7202558 264772
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2017

"What a fantastic dessert! I made it for Easter dessert instead of my usual cake or pie and everyone loved it. It's not too sweet or too tart; just the right balance if you get all the layers in one bite. My granddaughter asked if we could make it again using pistachio instead of the lemon. Since we both love pistachio I thought it was a great suggestion. I think butterscotch pudding would be excellent as well."

gallant1808 User ID: 4178798 264682
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2017

"Made this to take to a potluck dinner at friends' house - big hit! Did make a couple changes: made a graham cracker crust rather than shortbread - personal preference. Also, used real whipping cream rather than whipped topping and added some lemon zest to whipped cream for additional lemon flavor. Terrific recipe and very easy to make."

Ruth User ID: 2100684 264679
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2017

"Is the shortbread crust ok without any sugar in it?"

jetluvs2cook User ID: 1675049 264672
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2017

"Made this for a family potluck!! easy, delicious, springy, and a big hit!!"

dilbert098 User ID: 3743376 256754
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2016

"We really enjoyed the recipe. I used cake and pastry flour the first time and I don't think the butter was cut into it properly. It didn't turn out. Second attempt was with all purpose flour and the crust was better.

I didn't have enough cream cheese to put it under and over the lemon, but it still turned out.
Overall, quick and simple to make. Company enjoyed it. Win all around!"

JoanieK53 User ID: 8355717 239487
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015 Edited Mar. 7, 2016

"I've been making this for years. Everyone loves it. I also lightly greased bottom of baking dish as in the past it was hard to cut. I use sugar-free pudding mix and light cool-whip."

mrsoak User ID: 1995667 225434
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2015

"I have been using this recipe for over ten years. I make it exactly according to the directions. I don't ever like cool whip, except on this dessert! It makes a very generous portion of dessert, and it keeps wonderfully in the refrigerator. But when I make this dessert, I always come away with an empty pan! I always bring lots of copies of the recipe too, because people just love it. This has become a traditional family favorite. Perfect with an Easter Ham dinner. It is light and refreshing. Just the right amount of sweetness. Kids and adults gobble it up!"

CraftyCanuck User ID: 7778309 32150
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2014

"While we enjoyed this dessert after Easter supper, I should have followed the recommendation of another individual that commented. When I make it again, I will only make half a crust recipe as it is just too thick the way it is. Otherwise, it tastes great and is just right after a big meal!"

LisaRifkin User ID: 7178509 52436
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2013 Edited Apr. 17, 2017

"The family loved it. Not too heavy."

marnie12 User ID: 1223699 77789
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"Very easy,turned out well. The bottom crust is a bit too thick, would leave about 1/2-3/4 cup out of crust portion."

Merkel85 User ID: 6190926 75374
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"This dessert is fantastic! The short bread crust makes it extra good."

olbeup User ID: 2383135 77781
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2009 Edited Apr. 17, 2017

"Re;Lemon Pudding dessert

I made this dessert for our Auxiliary dinner and it was a big hit.

ksmylie User ID: 3000381 77775
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2009 Edited Apr. 17, 2017

"This dessert is delicious! For a lighter version, you can make it with sugar-free pudding, lite whipped topping, and 1/3 less fat cream cheese. It tastes just as yummy!"

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