My Aunt is famous for her desserts.
Growing up, I’d always look forward to going to her house for dinner and couldn’t wait to see what was for dessert. Chocolate and peanut butter ribbon loaf. Butter brickle pie. Oreo ice cream pie. I loved them all. But I especially loved her pistachio dessert.
This is one of those desserts where I actually feel embarrassed purchasing some of the ingredients. (Side note: Do you judge people by what they have in their grocery cart? Because I do.) But the shame of purchasing cool whip and pistachio pudding mix in all its artificial glory is worth it for this delicious crowd-pleasing dessert. It’s an indulgent one and pretty old school, but so good.
Auntie Val’s Pistachio Dessert
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup melted butter
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- ¼ cup chopped nuts
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- ½ tsp. almond extract
Mix together bottom layer ingredients and press into a greased 9” x 13” pan. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown. Cool.
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 2/3 cup icing sugar
- 2 cups cool whip
Mix ingredients and spread all over cooled crust.
- 2 packages instant pistachio pudding mix
- 2-½ cups milk
Mix together, following directions on pudding package. Spread over cream cheese mixture.
Spread cool whip or whipped cream over top. Top with toasted almonds. Refrigerate overnight. Freezes well.
(Note: Recipe can be halved for a 9” pie plate or square pan)
I wasn’t sure of the origins of this dessert but it looks like it was adapted from a Kraft recipe.
What was your favourite dessert as a child?
Pictures from Kraft website