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Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Dessert

This Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Dessert is layers of chocolate lush with a pecan crust that’s so satisfying and delicious!

Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Dessert

This classic layered dessert that’s been around many years as far back as the 70’s has lots of names such as Better than Robert Redford Dessert, Chocolate Lush, Chocolate Delight and more. Growing up we’ve always called it Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Dessert. I don’t know why we called it this, we just did and got so excited when my mom made it for dessert.

how to make Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Dessert

A dessert that is so simple and tastes like you slaved in the kitchen for hours is great for potlucks, cookouts, holidays, get togethers and more. Even though, chocolate is a favorite flavor for this decadent dessert, there are plenty more variations you can make using different flavors and such. My second favorite is lemon lush. YUM!! However, you make it, it will sure be a favorite for all to enjoy.

Recipe Tips & Variations

  • Can substitute the pecan crust for crushed graham crackers or crushed walnuts.
  • Want to try a different flavor? Swap out the chocolate and vanilla pudding for lemon or even butterscotch.
  • Make it sugar free by using sugar free cookies with pecans ,butter, sugar free cool whip, sugar free pudding mix and low fat cream cheese. 

Ingredients

For the crust:

1 cup flour
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup chopped pecans

For the cream cheese layer:

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
8 oz Cool Whip

For the pudding layer:

1 large box instant chocolate pudding
1 large box instant vanilla pudding
2 cups milk

How to Make Robert Redford Dessert

Make the Crust

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the crust (flour, butter and pecans). Press into a 9X13 inch baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes and allow to cool completely.

Prepare the Filling

In a bowl mix together the cream cheese layer ingredients (cream cheese, powdered sugar and cool whip) and spread half of the mixture over cooled crust. Save the remaining half for the topping. 

In a bowl, beat together the pudding layer ingredients (instant chocolate pudding, instant vanilla pudding and milk) until firm. Spread over top of cream cheese layer. 

Add the Topping

Spread the remaining cream cheese filling on top of the pudding filling and grate a chocolate bar over top. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Dessert

Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Dessert

Yield: Serves 12
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Dessert is layers of chocolate lush with a pecan crust that's so satisfying and delicious!

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

For the cream cheese layer:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz Cool Whip

For the pudding layer:

  • 1 large box instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 large box instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups milk

Instructions

    Make the Crust

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the crust (flour, butter and pecans). Press into a 9X13 inch baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes and allow to cool completely.

Prepare the Filling

In a bowl mix together the cream cheese layer ingredients (cream cheese, powdered sugar and cool whip) and spread half of the mixture over cooled crust. Save the remaining half for the topping. 

In a bowl, beat together the pudding layer ingredients (instant chocolate pudding, instant vanilla pudding and milk) until firm. Spread over top of cream cheese layer. 

Add the Topping

Spread the remaining cream cheese filling on top of the pudding filling and grate a chocolate bar over top. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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