Friday, October 12, 2007

Favorite Ingredients Friday for October 12

Here's a dessert recipe we love:


1/2 cup margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups flour
8 ounces cream cheese, softened (I use the lighter Neufchatel)
1 cup confectioners sugar
8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided use (the light variety works fine)
3 cups cold milk (skim works fine)
2 boxes (3.4 oz. each) instant lemon pudding mix

In a bowl, combine the margarine and flour. Mixture will look crumbly. Press crumbs evenly into an ungreased 13x9-inch baking dish. (A glass dish shows off the pretty layers of this dessert.) Bake at 350ยบ until set, about 18-20 minutes. Cool completely.

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in 1 cup of the whipped topping. Spread this mixture over cooled crust.

In a large bowl, beat together the milk and pudding mix. Let stand 5 minutes or until thickened. Carefully spread pudding over first layer.

Carefully spread remaining whipped topping over the pudding. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Yield: 12-16 servings.

This is still a rich-tasting dessert, but I’ve lightened it up a lot. I cut the butter in half from the original recipe, and use light dairy products and whipped topping. This has a nice refreshing taste after a meal. I found the recipe in an older issue of Taste of Home magazine.


  1. Anonymous6:34 PM

    This sounds wonderful! I make something VERY similar with chocolate pudding......had thought about doing lemon, but was always afraid it wouldn't work. Thanks for posting this so that I know it works! :) Can't wait to try it!


  2. Sounds yummy. can you tell me what the difference between cream cheese and Neufchatel is, if there is one? I see it in the store all the time, but not sure what it is. Happy Friday.

  3. This sounds wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Mrs. T, this Lemon Pudding Dessert sounds really yummy. I'd need extra whipped cream on mine. :)

    Thanks for participating in my Favorite Ingredients Friday recipe exchange! I do appreciate it!

  5. I've done this with chocolate pudding but never lemon, sounds so delicious!!!
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  6. Hi ladies!

    Thanks for stopping by my kitchen table!

    Lori, I always wondered about using lemon in that similar chocolate pudding dessert, too. I just wasn't sure how the lemon instant pudding would behave. But I've made this many times now, and it is really delicious. I'm glad this recipe solved a similar dilemma for you.

    Carey, Neufchatel is just a lighter cream cheese. Not fat free, just lower fat. I think it is 30% lower in fat, if I remember right. It works perfectly in any recipe calling for cream cheese.

    Have a nice weekend, everyone!

  7. I'll have to make this for my dad. He & I are the lemon lovers in the family.


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