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Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Dessert
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Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Dessert

The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Dessert is full of layers of creamy, chocolaty goodness on top of a pecan shortbread crust. This throwback to the 70's dessert is a fun choice for parties and potlucks.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 10 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 (8 ounce) package reduced fat (Neufchatel) or regular cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 (8 ounce) containers whipped topping (Cool Whip)
  • 1 (5.1 ounce) package vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 (5.9 ounce) chocolate fudge instant pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup grated semi-sweet chocolate bar
  • additional finely chopped nuts for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 13" x 9" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, melted butter, and chopped nuts until well combined and crumbly. Press into prepared baking dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly golden brown around edges. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  • In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Fold in 1 container of Cool Whip and stir to combine well. Spread over cooled crust.
  • In a clean bowl, whisk both the vanilla and chocolate pudding mix with 3 cups cold milk. Whisk together until smooth and thickened and spread over cream cheese layer. Spread remaining container of Cool Whip over the top.
  • Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight. Garnish with the grated chocolate and additional finely chopped nuts, if desired, before serving.
  • Garnish with the grated chocolate and additional finely chopped nuts, if desired, before serving.
  • Adapted from Family Circle Magazine

Notes

If you prefer less whipping topping you may choose not to use the entire second container for the top layer. Optionally, you may substitute one (12-ounce) container of Cool Whip, using half for the cream cheese layer and the remaining half for the top layer.