Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Favorite Dessert from the pig pen

When I married my husband almost 10 years ago, his family introduced me to a dessert I had never heard of before in my life.  They call it Robert Redford.  It is a delicious chocolate pudding concoction with a shortbread like crust.  Yummy!

The thing that makes me laugh about this dessert which  got its name because people say "It's better than Robert Redford" is we now have a generation or two of people that don't even know who Robert Redford is.  I think my daughter would prefer to call this dessert Better than the Jonas Brothers or Zac Efron. If you don't have a young daughter, you may be wondering who the Jonas Brothers or Zac Efron are, but they are common names at our house. 

Any way, I made this dessert for our family's Father's Day Celebration as it is one of my father-in-law's favorites and its relatively easy to make.

1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 sticks of butter
1/2 c. nuts (optional)
8 oz. cream cheese (can use regular, reduced fat, or fat free)
1 c. powdered sugar
Large container of Cool Whip
2 packages of instant chocolate pudding mix
3 c. cold milk (can use whole, 2%, or skim milk)

Mix first three ingredients (the nuts are optional, I prefer it without nuts in the crust) together.
Spread the "dough" in a 9x13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Let the crust cool before adding the additional layers.  

While the crust is cooling, cream the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and Cool Whip. 

 Spread on the cooled baked crust.

Whip the pudding with the cold milk and spread on next.


Spread the remainder of a large Cool Whip container on top and garnish with nuts if desired.  

Chill and store in the refrigerator. 



Blessed with Grace



  1. YUMMY! I am SO trying this one! Stopping by from Tasty Tuesdays at A Beautiful Mess.

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  3. lol. I agree, way better than Robert Redford!

  4. I love where the name came from! Too funny. This looks absolutely delish! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. That looks yummy!
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  7. That looks good I am a new follower from FMBT

  8. Mmm sounds and looks yummy! But seriously, anything called Robert Redford has got to be good! I realize he could be my grandfather - but that man, even in his senior years, is a handsome devil! :)

  9. I love the sound of this dessert - and the story behind it is lovely!

  10. um YUM! That sounds so good. Thanks for your comment today on my blog. Yes we are enjoying the strawberries. Our season started pretty late this year. It hasn't really started to act like Summer yet and the sun has only started to come out this past week. So yes yummy!

  11. OK...so I am definitely making this Heather. You for sure have me topped in the creativity department.

  12. This looks excellent! My friend and I are always making references to a character or someone that my kids have no idea about. We started singing the Gilligan's Island theme and my kids thought we were drunk. They had never heard of it!

  13. That is great.
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  14. I have a recipe with the same name, but mine has Heath bar in it. And since I'm too young for Robert Redford and too old for Zac Efron I call it "better than Brad Pitt." :)

  15. This recipe looks like something I've had before and they called it something "├ęclair". Wish I remembered. Either way, it's so yummy!

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  16. Wow. That sounds so yummy. Thanks so much for linkin it up with my tasty tuesdays meme today. And feel free to share in the coming weeks. I'd love it.

  17. Interesting.... I've never heard of this either. But I'll definitely try it. Sounds good! Thanks!

  18. That looks so GOOD! My son and I will have to make that this weekend for the 4th! :-)
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  19. Yummy!!!Visiting you from Tasty Tuesdays!

  20. We make this too! Now I want some! As far as the pig cupcakes - start looking for the pink marshmallows. I used the small ones (cut off one of the corners and shape) for the ears. Cut a large one in half for the nose. Add eyes and nostrils and your done!

  21. Hee hee! I HAD to click over to your recipe when I saw "Robert Redford"! Well, because I am of the generation that can still appreciate that hunky man! :-) Love the name! The recipe looks great too! Thanks for linking to TMTT.

  22. This is a staple in our family too. My mom used to always make it for her card club group. The name on her recipe card was "Better than sex dessert" - I've heard it called "Better than Robert Redford" too!

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  24. These all deserts are looking very great. Thanks for sharing that.

  25. Lol! We called it "The next best thing to Robert Redford " It is sooo yummy! My dad prefers it with butterscotch pudding.

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  27. I'm glad you all liked this desset idea. Thanks for sharing your twists to the recipes. I just love to make basic, yummy desserts like this.

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