So, you may be wondering where the pretty picture of the dessert is. Well, I'll tell you... it went down the gullet of the man in the picture. I made this yesterday when some of my girlfriends were out for lunch - it's perfect for St. Patty's day, pretty and easy to make! I had three pieces left and I thought, oh I'll take a picture of one so everybody can see just how pretty it is. But, by the time I returned from my local RWA meeting SOMEONE had eaten it all! All three big pieces. Oink, oink! And you can see how ashamed he is. He did look very guilty when I asked where it went, but obviously Gerhardt has learned that it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. Anyway, here's the recipe. BTW, you can make half the recipe if you have a small group coming and put it in a 9 X 9 square baking pan. (Which is what I did yesterday. Obviously, I should have made the entire amount!)
1 cup flour
1 cube of butter
1 Tb. sugar
Directions: Mix the above and press into a 9 X 13 inch baking pan. (BTW, this last time I made this I didn't butter the pan. I think next time I will since my crust stuck.) Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. (Of course, the sticking crust could have had something to do with the fact that I baked the crust longer than 10 minutes.)
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup cool whip
Blend the above ingredients and spread over the cooled crust.
2 packages instant pistachio pudding mix
3 cups milk
Directions: Mix according to package directions and then pour over cream cheese mixture. Chill until firm. Spread with cool whip. (I actually whip up about a cup and a half of real whipped cream and top with that.)
If you want you can make your crust the day/night before your party. Once the crust is made, you're done making this dessert in a snap.