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Lemon Layered Dessert

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We are finishing up Lemon Week today with this lemon layered dessert from my childhood. I can’t believe I haven’t shared it before now!

My mom would make this often for family gatherings. I know I have seen this also called lemon lush or lemon lasagna. Whatever you call it, it’s easy to make and so delicious!

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When mom made it, she usually made the recipe in two 9 x 9 inch pans. Then, she would make it with one pan with a package of lemon pudding and and the other pan using a package of chocolate pudding.

The recipe I have for you today is made in a 9 x 13 inch pan and uses 2 packages of lemon pudding. However, if you don’t want it all lemon, just do what my mom did and you will also have a chocolate option for those who aren’t lemon lovers.

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Lemon Layered Dessert

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  • 1 cup cold butter cubed
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 8 oz carton Cool Whip, thawed, divided
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 3.4 oz each pkgs instant lemon pudding mix


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut butter into flour until crumbly. I just put it in my food processor and pulse it a few times. Then press the mixture into a 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Fold in 1 cup of Cool Whip and spread the mixture evenly over the cooled crust.
  • In another bowl, beat milk and pudding mix together on low speed for 2 minutes. Pour over cream cheese layer and carefully spread out evenly.
  • Top with dollops of the remaining Cool Whip and carefully spread out evenly. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Makes16 servings.
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Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

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