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Luscious Lemon Delight

This classic, layered lemon dessert is easy to make, and will take you right back to your childhood.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cool whip, layered dessert, Lemon Delight, lemon dessert, lemon recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 282kcal
Author: Jackie Currie


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



  • Combine flour, chopped pecans and melted butter.
  • Make sure your pecans are either ground or chopped very finely so crust holds together nicely. 
  • Stir together until well-blended and crumbly.
  • Press into a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Bake at 350ºF for 15 minutes and let cool completely 

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 and spread this mixture over crust, working slowly if crust crumbles easily.

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 layer
  • Sprinkle a with finely chopped pecans.
  • Refrigerate for 4 hours before serving.


Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 161mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 0.7mg