Monday, May 11, 2009

Rosie's Layered Lemon Dessert

This is my favorite dessert that Rosie, my mother-in-law, makes. It has a buttery shortbread crust, a light cheesecake-y middle, and a lemony topping. It's so pretty and delicious, you wouldn't know that it's easy to make and uses whipped topping and packaged pudding mix.

My attempts at making this dessert have never tasted as good as hers, and I couldn't figure out why. Last time I made it, Rosie figured it out. She uses a cooked pudding mix -- usually Royal brand -- and the only packaged lemon pudding mix that they carry at my Wegmans is Jello Instant Pudding. Once I tasted it by itself, we realized it wasn't very lemony at all. I looked at the nearest Tops Market, and they have several brands of cooked lemon pudding, so I'll head there the next time I make this dessert. I wonder if mixing in a jar of lemon curd may have been another option. In any case, here's an easy dessert for this time of year!

This recipe is going to Shelby and Laura for their family recipes blog event. I think family recipes are the best, and this one is no exeption!

Rosie's Layered Lemon Dessert

2 cups flour
1/2 pound unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
2 teaspoons sugar (if you like a sweeter crust, you can use as much as 1/4 cup)

1 8-ounce package cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 8-ounce container whipped topping
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 package lemon pie filling, prepared as directed (NOT Jello instant lemon pudding)

Combine flour, butter and sugar. Pat into a 13 by 9-inch pan. Bake 18 minutes at 350. Let cool completely.

Mix together cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in whipped topping and vanilla. Spread on top of cooled crust.

Prepare the lemon pie filling as directed. Spread on top of the cream cheese mixture. Chill before serving.

14 comments:

HoneyB said...

It looks so pretty and delicious! I love lemon curd sooo much! I'd be game to try that with the recipe instead of the pudding.

Lori said...

This looks amazing. I love lemon desserts.

The Cookbook Junkie said...

That is a beautiful dessert. I have to make something lemony soon. Someone offered me part of a lemon square yesterday and I refused (I had a mouthful of meat loaf at the time). I'm kicking myself now.

Allie said...

Looks fantastic I'm a huge lemon fan so I can't wait to try this!

Lisa said...

Love lemon desserts. I just bought some Myer lemons and have to decide what to do with them. This looks like an easy to make classic dessert.

Emily said...

Yum. I was just thinking how a lemon-y dessert sounded good.

Talita said...

Yummy! What a delicious dessert! So decadent!

Karen Harris said...

This recipe looks delicious. What a great dessert for a summer night.

Laura said...

This looks fantastic! Sorry it took me a while to pop over and check it out, I have been out o town (still am). I love lemon desserts of all kinds--and I agree family recipes are the best!

Robin Sue said...

I saw this on Honey B's site and had to come over and let you know it looks so good. I am bookmarking this for some summer picnics. Thanks!

Mrs. L said...

I love pudding desserts like this. And thanks for the heads up on the different puddings, I probably would have just gone for the Jello Instant, but I'll look for a regular brand to try this.

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Chef Chuck said...

Lemon Goodness!! Thank you :)

http://milkmaidrecipebox.blogspot.com/ said...

I'm going to make this as soon as I get done posting this! It looks SO good, and I just know it is. For me, there's nothing like a 'lemon fix' and this will do just that. Thanks for posting it back when you did. Doris

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