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.
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.
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.
All you have to do is completely mix the ingredients together.
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).
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.
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.
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.
I absolutely love the layers of this dessert and how beautiful the color of pistachio pudding makes it.