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Grandma's Recipes One By One!

Dessert #4

on July 21, 2015

Yesterday would have been Grandma’s 102nd birthday, and the recipe for today seems like such a “grandma” recipe, that I have to do this one now. This Dessert #4 (because of the number of “Dessert” recipes) is just so typical of the desserts that Grandma and her farm wife friends made. It has pudding, cream cheese, and Cool Whip in the ingredient list. There you go. Easy, fast, and delicious.


Dessert 2

You’ll note that this one – again – has the “V Good” connotation!

Here is the recipe as I made it:


Mix for the crust:

1/2 cup margarine (I used butter)

1 cup flour

1/2 cup nuts, chopped (I used walnuts)

Pat out into 9″ x 13″ pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.


Mix for first layer:

8 ounce cream cheese, at room temperature

9 ounce container Cool Whip (You can use whatever type of Cool Whip you prefer)

Spread over crust.

Mix for second layer:

1 Butterscotch Instant Pudding

1 Vanilla Instant Pudding

2 1/2 cups milk

Spread over top of cream cheese/Cool Whip layer.

Top layer:

9 ounce container of Cool Whip (yes – another one!)

Spread over top of all layers.


Toast 1 cup coconut and sprinkle over top.



You can pat out the crust like nutty play-doh. When it bakes, it puffs up a little bit.


Next spread on the cream cheese/Cool Whip layer. Then the pudding layer goes on.


Add another layer of plain Cool Whip. The sprinkle of toasted coconut is the crowing touch.


The layers of this dessert are so pretty!


So easy! So fast! So good! You can even make this one a day or two in advance! This is the perfect dessert for any occasion! Love it!




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