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Lemon Lush

Lemon Lush is a layered dessert with a pecan crust topped with a lemon cheesecake layer, lemon pudding, and finally, whipped topping and more pecans
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Lemon Lush
Servings: 12
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net

Ingredients

Crust

  • ½ cup (1 stick, 113g) butter, melted
  • cups (192g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (109g) chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 12 ounces (340g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup (225g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 cup (238g) whipped topping

Lemon Layer

  • 2 boxes (3.4-ounces each) lemon instant pudding
  • 3 cups (735g) whole milk

Topping

  • 2 cups (576g) whipped topping
  • ¼ cup (27g) chopped pecans, for garnish

Instructions

Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, combine butter, flour, and chopped pecans. Using a fork, combine ingredients well. Then press into the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, keeping an eye on it so the edges don't burn. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Cream Cheese Layer

  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with a hand mixer until it is light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).
  • Add in the confectioners' sugar, lemon juice, and salt. Beat until everything is combined.
  • Adding a little bit at a time, fold in the whipped topping.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the cooled crust. Place in the freezer while you prepare the lemon layer.

Lemon Layer

  • In a large mixing bowl, add lemon pudding mix and milk. Use a hand mixer to beat until smooth and slightly thickened (about 2-4 minutes).
  • Pour the pudding mixture over the cream cheese layer and carefully smooth it into an even layer. Place it in the refrigerator to chill for about 15 minutes.

Topping

  • When ready, dollop whipped cream onto the layer of lemon pudding and carefully smooth it into an even layer.
  • Top with pecans, for garnish.
  • Place the dessert into the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours, up to overnight.