This is great dessert for any time of year. You can easily change the flavor by substituting a different pudding in place of the butterscotch (we also like chocolate a lot).

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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Coat a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

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  • In a bowl, cream together margarine with 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar. Mix in flour and 1 cup pecans. Press into prepared dish.

  • Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes, until very lightly browned. Cool completely.

  • In a bowl, cream together cream cheese with remaining 1 cup confectioners' sugar. Fold in half the whipped topping. Spread over cooled crust.

  • Stir together pudding mix and milk and allow to set up slightly. Spread over cream cheese layer. Top with remaining whipped topping and sprinkle with remaining nuts. Keep refrigerated.

Nutrition Facts

342.9 calories; 4.4 g protein; 35.2 g carbohydrates; 20.3 mg cholesterol; 332.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2003
This is a great recipe! Instead of browning the crust, simply crush a bag of Pecan Sandies cookies and mix with a cup of melted butter to form a "crust". My mom always makes this with chocolate pudding for holidays, and there is never any left! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/09/2003
Too sweet for my family Read More
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76 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 57
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2003
This is a great recipe! Instead of browning the crust, simply crush a bag of Pecan Sandies cookies and mix with a cup of melted butter to form a "crust". My mom always makes this with chocolate pudding for holidays, and there is never any left! Read More
(75)
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
I normally follow recipes fairly closely, but since I only had 15 minutes before people came over for a potluck, I followed the Pecan Sandies suggestion, and used 1/4 cup of white sugar (based on the not enough sugar comment) instead of the confectioner's sugar, and chocolate pudding. I placed these in short, clear cups, and they were beautiful. Lots of praise when they came out, and more after the first bite. THANKS!!! Read More
(33)
Rating: 4 stars
05/28/2012
I make the filling with reduced-fat cream cheese, "light" whipped topping, sugar-free CHEESECAKE instant pudding and fat free evaporated milk. If I have it on hand, I'll spread another layer of light cherry pie filling over the top. I almost always have at least one person ask me for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
This cake has been made in our family for years. Instead of using butterscotch I use one box of instant vanilla pudding and one instant box of chocolate along with the same amount of milk.. YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2004
When I have made this dessert I have only used melted butter flour & the pecan pieces for the crust and have always used 2 different kinds of pudding. The best combination was french vanilla & butter pecan - but I can no longer find butter pecan pudding in an instant. Very delicious with slices of strawberries or bananas on top along with sprinkles of the pecans. So fam. favorite now is vanilla with banana cream. I have made the crust in a 9x13 pan before but like to double the ingredients to get a fuller crust. Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2003
The only thing I would do to this recipe is double the pecan crust & double the cream cheese mixture. There didn't seem to be enough. Otherwise this was excellent!! My family loved it. Thank you Read More
(17)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2011
This timeless recipe has been around such a long time (I ve been making this since the early 70s!) not just because it s easy and versatile but because it s awesome good. It also serves an army! I like playing with this varying the flavors of pudding (try vanilla and add a layer of bananas or strawberries) crusts (graham cracker and Oreo crusts are easy and work well) and garnishes (crushed Heath bars with the chocolate version are dangerously delicious). Another thing that s great about this is that it s dependable because it turns out great every time therefore if you have a dessert to bring to a gathering or need one to give away you can turn to this one confidently as I ve done on this occasion. I ve never know anyone who could resist this dessert. (Note: if making this version use butter not margarine for best flavor) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
My sister Letty makes this for our family get-togethers and we would be upset if she did not bring it. It tastes so good. The combination of the crisp shorbread crust with the creamy pudding cream cheese and cool whip is a textual sensation as well as flavorful. Love it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2006
This is soooooo delicious!!! I recommend also trying chocolate pudding! YUMMMMMMMMMMMMM. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/09/2003
Too sweet for my family Read More
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