This past Christmas, my mom was trying to decide which dessert to have with dinner.  She wanted something quick and without chocolate.  (My SIL still does not like chocolate!  I keep thinking this will change some day because it is so insane, but so far, no.)  My mom asked me for my thoughts.  For non-chocolate, she tends to gravitate toward the Maple Glazed Brown Sugar Cake because it is so delicious, and because everybody loves it.  While I do love that cake, we needed to get out of that dessert rut, so I told her we should do something different.  And the rest of the conversation went something like this:

Pistachio Dream Dessert?  It did sound dreamy, but I honestly had no clue what she was talking about!  After all these years, was there really a dessert that my grandma used to make that I absolutely did not recognize?  How was this possible?  Dessert is kiiiind of my thing.  It had to be a mistake, right?  How could I not know of this Dream Dessert?  Was I living in some kind of alternate universe?  Was my mind that fried from grad school?

So, we did have the Pistachio Dream Dessert, and once I took my first bite, I remembered it very well.  Cool and creamy deliciousness!  The funny thing is that I remembered it very well with pistachio pudding, but not so much with lemon as apparently my grandma often made it.  Not sure why, but there it was anyway.  A simple, but delightful pecan crust covered in layers of smooth sweetness!  A very unassuming dessert, but one for which you can’t help but go back for seconds!

While I’ve always loved pistachio pudding, and it’s definitely the star of this dessert, I think my favorite layer of this dessert is the cream cheese layer.  It’s the underrated co-star!  If you are able to make this dessert and not sample that cream cheese mixture several times, you have more self-control than I, my friend.  I must admit that I ate a couple spoonsful of it.  Not ashamed about it, either.

So, there you have it. My grandma’s famous Pistachio Dream Dessert. . .even if I didn’t really remember it.  I certainly will never again forget it, and neither will you once you’ve tried it!


  • ½ cup margarine 1 stick, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • Bottom Layer
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 8- ounce Cool Whip thawed
  • Middle Layer
  • 2 packages instant pistachio pudding 3.4 oz.
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • Top Layer
  • 1 8- ounce Cool Whip thawed
  • 1/3 cup chopped pistachios


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, stir together all of the crust ingredients until a smooth dough forms. Spread into the bottom of a 9 x 13 glass baking dish using your fingers.
  3. ........................................

for full instruction please see : www.worthwhisking.com

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