How to Make a Lemon Lush Dessert

Updated on January 20, 2020
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I love making delicious desserts and sharing recipes with others.

Lemon Lush, ready to eat.
Lemon Lush, ready to eat. | Source

Springtime Dessert?

Anytime I hear "lemony," I think spring. I guess because the pretty, little, yellow fruit comes out in the spring and summer, in the South especially. But is this the only time you can or should make this luscious dessert? No, not at all. You can have lemon lush anytime you want to.

In fact, my daughter requested this instead of the traditional birthday cake for her birthday, which is in January.

There is a diner near us that has this on their menu all the time. They make it right on the premises, and it's very popular. Anytime you hear someone ordering dessert, you hear the words, "Lemon Lush, please."

Not hard to make, so give it a try and I'm sure you won't be sorry.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 13 min
Ready in: 33 min
Yields: Serves 8 to 10 people


  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 16 oz. Cool Whip, Defrosted
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 boxes lemon instant pudding, made to directions and refrigerated


  1. 1st Layer: Mix butter, flour, and 3/4 cups pecans together and press into the bottom of a 9" x 13" glass baking dish, sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 10–15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.
  2. 2nd Layer: Blend in a large bowl the cream cheese, sugar, and 1 cup Cool Whip until creamy. Then spread it over 1st layer.
  3. 3rd Layer: Spread prepared lemon pudding over the 2nd (cream cheese) layer.
  4. 4th Layer: Spread the rest of the Cool Whip over the top of the pudding layer and top with remaining pecans.
  5. Refrigerate!

Visual Guide

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Crust and 1st layer2nd layer3rd layer4th layer with Cool WhipLemon Lush ready to eat.
Crust and 1st layer
Crust and 1st layer | Source
2nd layer
2nd layer | Source
3rd layer
3rd layer | Source
4th layer with Cool Whip
4th layer with Cool Whip | Source
Lemon Lush ready to eat.
Lemon Lush ready to eat. | Source

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    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Debangee, thank you, I'm glad you like this recipe.

      Blessings to you.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Linda, Thanks for stopping by and for the encouraging comment. I appreciate it.

      Have a nice holiday weekend.

    • Debangee Mandal profile image


      3 years ago from India

      Quite easy and nice. Looks yummy.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoy anything flavoured with lemon. This dessert sounds creamy and delicious. I think I would love it!

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Jackie, you're so nice and I love your comments. Thanks for visiting, I appreciate it. Yes, they have improved the instant pudding mixes, even the sugar free ones, which is what I used here and I can guarantee that my family won't notice the difference.

      Blessings to you.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 years ago from the beautiful south

      Wow Rachel, this sounds so good and I do love lemon.

      I used to not like the instant pudding which make desserts so much quicker and easier but they must have improved, I prefer them now.

      So I will be trying this. Lemon compares to ice cream to me for a hot day treat. Thanks for another great recipe!

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Cynthia, I love Lemon Meringue pie also. Maybe that's the reason I love this dessert too. Thank you for stopping by and the nice comment.

      Blessings to you.

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      3 years ago from Georgia

      This looks like must try. On first glance at the pictures I thought of lemon meringue pie, which I love. From the instructions to the ingredients, I think I could love this one, too. Thank you for sharing your recipe.


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