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    Easy Pistachio "Better Than Tom Cruise" Dessert

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    25 mins

    10 mins

    15 mins

    Julesong's Note:

    I remember a version of this dessert from my teenage years as "Better than Robert Redford" but I think it's time to update the name a bit. ;) It *is* pretty darn tasty, after all.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 13"x9" pan.
    2. 2
      Combine crust ingredients (if you like, you can add 1/2 cup chopped pistachio nuts to the crust).
    3. 3
      Press crust mixture into the greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes.
    4. 4
      Remove from oven, set aside, and let cool completely.
    5. 5
      In a bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar until creamy.
    6. 6
      Fold in half of the dessert topping (Cool Whip) and carefully spread over the cooled crust.
    7. 7
      In another bowl, with an electric mixer beat together the pudding mix and milk at medium speed until thick (5-7 minutes).
    8. 8
      Pour slowly and carefully over cheese layer, using a spatula to spread without mixing with the cream cheese mixture.
    9. 9
      Spread the remaining Cool Whip on top and decorate as you wish with chopped pistachios, chocolate shavings, etc.
    10. 10
      Refrigerate for at least two hours or over night before serving.
    11. 11
      Makes 10 to 12 servings.
    12. 12
      You can also include a layer of crushed pineapple in the dessert.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 30, 2011


      What a hit this was; used to make this all the time when my boys were growing up; they were happy to taste it again. I added chopped pistacchio to the crust and sprinkled toffee bits on top. Fantastic! SO sorry I forgot to tke a picture.

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    • on March 25, 2007


      Had this at a potluck. Splendid.

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    • on October 13, 2003


      This was very tasty! I added some ground almonds to the crust as well as sprinkled them onto the top layer. Very good!

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    Nutritional Facts for Easy Pistachio "Better Than Tom Cruise" Dessert

    Serving Size: 1 (114 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 329.1
    Calories from Fat 192
    Total Fat 21.4 g
    Saturated Fat 12.1 g
    Cholesterol 59.6 mg
    Sodium 270.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 30.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
    Sugars 18.9 g
    Protein 5.0 g

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    dessert topping

    instant pistachio pudding mix

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