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Rhubarb Icebox Dessert Recipe

Rhubarb Icebox Dessert Recipe

A light and fluffy marshmallow layer tops the rhubarb filling in this delicious make-ahead recipe shared by Dumont, Minnesota field editor Renee Schwebach.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling YIELD:15 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs, divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 cups diced fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1 package (3 ounces) raspberry or strawberry gelatin
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups cracker crumbs and butter. Press mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and rhubarb. Bing to a boil; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until thickened and rhubarb is tender. Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until partially set.
  • 3. Spoon rhubarb mixture over crust. Combine whipped topping and marshmallows; spread over rhubarb mixture.
  • 4. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Carefully spread over marshmallow topping (the dish will be full). Sprinkle with remaining cracker crumbs. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Yield: 15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 247 calories, 7g fat (5g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 206mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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Mrs_T User ID: 941931 57799
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2011

"This was absolutely delicious! I did omit the vanilla pudding layer, since I had no instant vanilla pudding on hand. I'm sure it would have added another dimension of flavor, but it was very tasty without it. I just sprinkled the reserved graham cracker crumbs atop the marshmallow cream layer.

I'm not sure I would characterize this recipe as "quick", but it was definitely delicious!"

Reenwad User ID: 3002364 131516
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2009

"This was good, but for me, it just took too much time and had too many steps! Wasn't worth it to me."

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