Four-Layer Dessert

By : | 0 Comments | On : January 6, 2022 | Category : Desserts, Gluten Free

Four-Layer Dessert is one of our all time favorite family desserts. Takes only a few minutes to throw together, and a little bit of time chilling to set up, but your patience will be rewarded! This is seriously a fantastic dessert! Typically you use chocolate pudding, but we’ve used pistachio, vanila, coconut cream, and banana to tailor this dessert to every occasion! Definitely a 2022 recipe to keep in your pocket for a rainy day! Or any day really.

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Four-Layer Dessert


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (GF AP acceptable)
  • 3/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, etc)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 3 cups of defrosted whipped topping (separated into 1 cup and 2 cups)
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 2 packages (3.9 ounces each) instant pudding mix (any flavor works)
  • Optional extra garnish ideas: Chocolate curls, sprinkles, cocoa powder, etc

Layer one:

  • Cut cold butter into flour until a fine sandy texture (use the food processor for ease). Mix together with chopped nuts. Press into an ungreased 9×13 high sided baking dish. Bake at 350° for 15-20m or until lightly golden brown. Cool completely before moving on to the next layer.

Layer two:

  • Beat softened cream cheese with powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Fold in 1 cup of whipped topping until smooth. Spread over the cooled crust.

Layer three:

  • Whisk together pudding mix and cold milk until soft set. Spread carefully over the cream cheese layer.

Layer four:

  • Spread remaining 2 cups of whipped topping over the pudding layer.

Chill dessert for 3-4 hours, or overnight. Sprinkle optional garnish over dessert right before serving.
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