Pistachio Torte

"This is an easy to make torte. There aren't any pistachios actually in it. The flavor comes from pistachio pudding. For the nuts in the crust you can use pecans or walnuts. You can change the torte by changing the flavor of pudding."
photo by Michelle Racine photo by Michelle Racine
photo by Michelle Racine
Ready In:
1hr 20mins




  • For the crust, mix together the flour, butter and nuts.
  • Press in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.
  • Bake at 325 for 15 minutes.
  • Let cool.
  • Mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar and 1 cup cool whip.
  • Spread on top of crust.
  • Mix well the pudding and milk.
  • Pour on top of cream cheese mixture and let set.
  • Top with remaining cool whip.
  • May top with chopped nuts if desired.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Kayla K.
    I forgot to buy the nuts.. was wondering if it would make a difference to make the crust without the nuts in it? Or would it really mess it up?


  1. John D.
    Always a delicious classic. We sell it in our bakery but use an elevated version of the recipe, using real whipped cream instead of Cool Whip which is basically aerated Crisco, and also use half the amount of powdered sugar it calls for and real vanilla in the cream and cream cheese layer. The result is a mildly sweet airy dessert. There’s so much sugar in the pudding, you only need a hint of sweetness in the other two layers to make it tasty. Everyone who buys it loves it and compliments how it’s not too sweet. And using real cream it doesn’t taste cheap. For holding up purposes just refrigerate it uncovered for a few hours and let the air dry out the top slightly. That way it will hold up if left out.
  2. MareBear4610
    I've been making this recipe for close to 30 years! It's very easy and always a crowd pleaser. I lost my original recipe when I re-organized my recipe file and am so happy to find it here. CocoaVan said that this recipe was named "The Next Best Thing To Robert Redford" in one of her cookbooks. If I was going to give this a name, I'd call it "The Next Best Thing to Antonio Banderas"! LOL Thanks for posting the recipe.
  3. Jackie M.
    I've been making this for years...was something my mother made also...exceptional. Great for picnics and family gatherings. Double the cream cheese layer tho...and add a bit of vanilla.
  4. Connie T.
    Made this today and followed the recipe exactly. Turned out okay, however, the cream cheese mixture is spread VERY thin in a 9x13 inch pan! Next time, I will double the cream cheese, powdered sugar and Cool Whip mixture.
  5. Sherrybeth
    VERY NICE!!!! I followed the recipe the first time and the second time I used Splenda instead of sugar and it was just as good!!! Thanks for a great new recipe.



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