Grandma Norma’s Pistachio Dessert

Pistachio Dessert

Every Sunday we used to go to my grandparents house for dinner. My Grandma Norma used to make a dessert each week too. More often than not the dessert she made was her Pistachio Dessert. Everyone loved this dessert because it is light, refreshing, and so different from classic brownies or cookies. It is perfect after a huge carb heavy meal.

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This picture of my grandma holding her Pistachio Dessert was taken about 5 years ago (hence the horrible quality). My grandma lived for cooking for her loved ones and I think that her smile in this picture showed it. Unfortunately, my grandmother has dementia now and is unable to cook on her own. We do the cooking for her and I love to use some of her recipes. When I do use her recipes, she is very eager to tell me what I did wrong, which is great for my blog! I want to give you guys the best recipes I can. 

crust ingredients

The crust of the dessert is made with flour, crushed walnuts, and butter. You can either chop the walnuts very small, put them in a bag and pound them with a rolling pin, or put them in a food processor for a few seconds. 

pistachio crust

All you have to do is completely mix the ingredients together. 

pistachio crust

Once the dough is completely mixed, spread and pat it evenly into a 9×13 pan. Bake the crust at 350 degrees until it is golden brown (about 30 minutes). 

cooked crust

Once the crust is done baking, cool it in the fridge. This is very important! You do not want your other layers to melt or your crust to crumble. 

Once the crust is cooled, add the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and cool whip mixture over top. 

pistachio layer

Prepare the pudding and spread it evenly over the cream cheese layer. Place the dessert in the fridge to cool and set for an hour. 

pistachio dessert topping

After the pudding has set, spread the cool whip over the pudding and top with crushed walnuts, pistachios, or both! Chill the dessert until ready to eat. 

layers

I absolutely love the layers of this dessert and how beautiful the color of pistachio pudding makes it. 

grandma normas pistachio dessert

grandma normas pistachio desser

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Grandma Norma's Pistachio Dessert
pistachio dessert topping
Servings
Ingredients
Crust
Filling
Topping
Servings
Ingredients
Crust
Filling
Topping
pistachio dessert topping
Instructions
Crust
  1. Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the flour, crushed walnuts, and butter together. I used my stand mixer and paddle attachment for this. Add the crust mixture to a greased 9x13 pan and press down to form an even crust. Bake the crust for about 30 minutes or until the edges start to brown. Refrigerate the crust until completely cooled.
Filling
  1. Using the paddle attachment on the stand mixer (or a lot of elbow grease), cream together the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and cool whip. When completely combined, evenly spread the mixture on top of the cooled crust.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the two boxes of pistachio pudding mixes with three cups of milk until it begins to thicken. Pour the pudding over the cream cheese layer evenly. Allow the dessert to chill in the refrigerator for about an hour.
Topping
  1. Once the dessert has chilled for an hour, spread 8oz of cool whip over top of the pudding layer. Top the cool whip with chopped pistachios and/or walnuts. Allow the dessert to chill for another hour or until ready to serve!
Recipe Notes

Note: The number of servings depends on the size of the slices that you make. This recipe calls for a 9x13 pan. 

Tip: To save money, you can buy the 16oz cool whip and use half for the filling and half for the topping! 

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