4.95 from 40 votes
Luscious Lemon Delight
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

This classic, layered lemon dessert is easy to make, and will take you right back to your childhood.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cool whip, layered dessert, Lemon Delight, lemon dessert, lemon recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 282 kcal
Author: Jackie Currie
Ingredients
Pecan Crust
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup ground or finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
Lemon Delight Layers:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • Cups thawed Cool Whip link to homemade Cool Whip recipe below
  • 2   small pkgs instant lemon pudding approx 99 grams each
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice optional for extra tartness
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup icing sugar aka powdered sugar or confectioners sugar
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped pecans for topping
Instructions
Crust
  1. Combine flour, chopped pecans and melted butter.
  2. Make sure your pecans are either ground or chopped very finely so crust holds together nicely. 

  3. Stir together until well-blended and crumbly.

  4. Press into a 9 x 13 baking dish.

  5. Bake at 350ºF for 15 minutes and let cool completely 

Cream Cheese and Layer:
  1. With electric beaters, mix the cream cheese and icing sugar until smooth and creamy.
  2. Fold in 1 cup of Cool Whip and spread this mixture over crust, working slowly if crust crumbles easily.

Lemon Pudding Layer:
  1. Whisk together the pudding packets and milk.
  2. Add lemon juice and continue to stir until thick.

  3. Spread pudding mixture over cream cheese layer.
  4. Cool Whip Layer:
  5. Spoon remaining Cool Whip over the pudding layer

  6. Sprinkle a with finely chopped pecans.

  7. Refrigerate for 4 hours before serving.
Recipe Notes

Combine flour, chopped pecans and melted butter. Make sure your pecans are either ground or chopped very finely. This will produce a crust that holds together nicely. Stir these three ingredients until well-blended and crumbly. Press this mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake at 350ºF for 15 minutes. Cool completely. Making your Layers Cream Cheese and Layer: With electric beaters, mix the cream cheese and icing sugar until smooth and creamy. Fold in 1 cup of Cool Whip or homemade Cool Whip, and spread over crust. Note: If the crust for your lemon delight crust crumbles and separates when you're spreading the cream cheese and cool whip layer over it, don't panic. Lemon Pudding Layer: Whisk together the pudding packets and milk. Add lemon juice, and continue to stir until thick. Spread pudding mixture over cream cheese layer. Cool Whip Layer: Spoon remaining Cool Whip over the pudding. Sprinkle a dusting of chopped pecans over the Cool Whip. Refrigerate for 4 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Luscious Lemon Delight
Amount Per Serving
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 133mg6%
Potassium 161mg5%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 112mg11%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.