My Favourite Childhood Dessert

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.

Collage Cool Whip

Auntie Val’s Pistachio Dessert

Bottom Layer

  • 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.

Second Layer

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup icing sugar
  • 2 cups cool whip

Mix ingredients and spread all over cooled crust.

Third Layer

  • 2 packages instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2-½ cups milk

Mix together, following directions on pudding package. Spread over cream cheese mixture.

Top Layer

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




12 thoughts on “My Favourite Childhood Dessert

  1. My nana made a similar dessert that we call “purple jello” and we have it every year at Christmas. It’s actually supposed to be a side dish BUT we always have it as a dessert. It’s got whipped cream, cream cheese, blueberries, walnuts and of course, purple jello. It’s DELISH.

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  2. Just so you don’t feel alone, I too lightly judge people based on their shopping cart. But I always seem to be getting caught with too many bags of chips and other less healthy products in my cart, sooooo…. 🙂


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