Lemon Dessert (aka Lemon Lush)

Lemon Dessert (aka Lemon Lush)

Easy cold lemon dessert (aka lemon lush) made with cream cheese and lemon pudding.


  1. 1 1/4 cup flour
  2. 3/4 cup butter
  3. 1/4 cup pecans + extra for top
  4. 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  5. 16 oz cool whip
  6. 1 cup powdered sugar
  7. 4 small (3.4 oz) boxes lemon instant pudding
  8. 5 cups milk

First Layer
Preheat oven to 350° F.

  1. Cut butter into flour.  Mix well and add pecans.  Pat into the bottom of a 9×13 pan and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool completely.
  2. Second Layer
  3. Whip together softened cream cheese and powdered sugar.  Fold in half of the cool whip (about 8 oz.).  Spread over crust.
  4. Third Layer
  5. Combine lemon pudding and milk.  Beat until thick.  Spread over cream cheese layer.
  6. Fourth Layer
  7. Spoon and swirl the remaining cool whip on top.  Sprinkle with pecans.
  8. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

If making this ahead, it will keep for an entire day.  I think it’s even better the second day!
If you want to make a smaller dessert, you can cut the recipe in half and use a 9×9 pan.
I highly recommend using Jell-O brand lemon pudding. I’ve tried a few off brands (specifically Kroger) and they did not have the same great lemon-y taste.