Lemon Dessert (aka Lemon Lush)

lemon lush lemon dessert on plate

Easy cold lemon dessert (aka lemon lush) made with cream cheese and lemon pudding.

  • Author: Lynette
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 18 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup pecans + extra for top
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 16 oz cool whip
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 small (3.4 oz) boxes lemon instant pudding
  • 5 cups milk


First Layer

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  •  Cut butter into flour.  Mix well and add pecans.  Pat into the bottom of a 9×13 pan and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool completely.

Second Layer

  • Whip together softened cream cheese and powdered sugar.  Fold in half of the cool whip (about 8 oz.).  Spread over crust.

Third Layer

  • Combine lemon pudding and milk.  Beat until thick.  Spread over cream cheese layer.

Fourth Layer

  • Spoon and swirl the remaining cool whip on top.  Sprinkle with pecans.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.


If making this ahead, it will keep for an entire day.  I think it’s even better the second day!

If you want to make a smaller dessert, you can cut the recipe in half and use a 9×9 pan.

I highly recommend using Jell-O brand lemon pudding. I’ve tried a few off brands (specifically Kroger) and they did not have the same great lemon-y taste.  That being said, even with the Kroger brand the final product was delicious!

Keywords: Lemon Lush, Lemon Pudding Dessert, Lemon Dessert