Onto the yummies. This recipe came from my Dad's aunt and has been in rotation since I was a kid. It's exactly the same as another recipe we call The Next Best Thing To Robert Redford, but that one uses chocolate pudding instead of pistachio. I prefer The Next Best Thing To George Clooney, but whoever floats your boat may be inserted.
I was assigned dessert for Easter dinner and this was the first thing I thought of. It's deeeeelicious and the perfect color for spring.
Here's the recipe:
Pistachio Dessert aka The Next Best Thing To Robert Redford
1 C flour
1 stick of butter, softened
1/2 - 2/3 C chopped walnuts or pecans, plus more for garnish
8oz cream cheese, room temp
1 C powdered sugar
1 16oz tub Cool Whip, divided
2 - 3.4oz pkg instant pistachio pudding (you can use one each of chocolate and vanilla instead)
Combine flour, butter and chopped nuts.
Press into a 9x13 baking dish.
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
With mixer, cream together cream cheese and powdered sugar.
Stir in 4 cups of cool whip.
Spoon over cooled crust.
Mix pudding as directed on package and pour over cream cheese mixture immediately.
Spread 1 1/2 cups of remaining cool whip over top.
Let stand several hours or overnight.
Sprinkle with nuts.
Here's mine on my plate:
And now I'm kicking myself for leaving what was left at my sister's house.