Lemon Lush is an easy dessert recipe made with layers of pecan shortbread, sweetened cream cheese, lemon pudding, and whipped topping. Rediscover this classic summer dessert or enjoy it for the first time.

You’ll want to go light on dinner so you have plenty of room left for Lemon Lush!

Lemon Lush is an easy dessert recipe made with layers of pecan shortbread, sweetened cream cheese, lemon pudding, and whipped topping. Rediscover this classic summer dessert or enjoy it for the first time. You'll want to go light on dinner so you have plenty of room left for Lemon Lush!

How do you make Lemon Lush?

Lemon Lush always has a crunchy crust on the bottom. I use a pecan shortbread version, but some recipes use Pecan Sandies® (the actual cookies ground up) or even graham crackers.

Some recipes add sugar to the crust, but I think that makes the dessert overly sweet. You won’t miss that added sugar!

Lemon Lush is an easy dessert recipe made with layers of pecan shortbread, sweetened cream cheese, lemon pudding, and whipped topping. Rediscover this classic summer dessert or enjoy it for the first time. You'll want to go light on dinner so you have plenty of room left for Lemon Lush!

To finish the Lemon Lush dessert:

  1. Top it with a layer of cream cheese, sweetened with sugar.
  2. Add a layer of lemon pudding.
  3. Finally, top it off with a layer of cool whip.

Lemon Lush is an easy dessert recipe made with layers of pecan shortbread, sweetened cream cheese, lemon pudding, and whipped topping. Rediscover this classic summer dessert or enjoy it for the first time. You'll want to go light on dinner so you have plenty of room left for Lemon Lush!

Lemon Lush is the sort of dessert that makes you pass on seconds at dinner. It’s light, sweet, tangy, and the cool whip (or whipped cream) has a clean vanilla flavor and a light, fluffy texture.

Lemon Lush is an easy dessert recipe made with layers of pecan shortbread, sweetened cream cheese, lemon pudding, and whipped topping. Rediscover this classic summer dessert or enjoy it for the first time. You'll want to go light on dinner so you have plenty of room left for Lemon Lush!

Lemon Lush is an easy dessert recipe made with layers of pecan shortbread, sweetened cream cheese, lemon pudding, and whipped topping. Rediscover this classic summer dessert or enjoy it for the first time. You'll want to go light on dinner so you have plenty of room left for Lemon Lush!

Lemon Lush

Lemon Lush is an easy dessert recipe made with layers of pecan shortbread, sweetened cream cheese, lemon pudding, and whipped topping. Rediscover this classic summer dessert or enjoy it for the first time. You'll want to go light on dinner so you have plenty of room left for Lemon Lush!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Chilling time 1 hr
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 12 servings
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 350

Ingredients 

For the crust:

  • 1/2 cup pecans toasted (see notes)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter softened (2 sticks)

For the filling:

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant lemon pudding mix
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) container whipped topping thawed, or whipped cream

Instructions 

To make the crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch x 13-inch pan with nonstick spray. 
  • In a food processor, pulse pecans until finely chopped but not ground, about 5 to 7 pulses. Transfer to a bowl. 
  • To the food processor (no need to clean it), add flour and butter. Process until soft dough forms. Add pecans and pulse until combined.
  • Press into bottom of prepared pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges. Cool completely.

To make the filling:

  • In a standing mixer fit with the paddle attachment, or by hand using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Spread on top of cooled crust.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk until combined, about 30 seconds. Let sit at room temperature until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Pour on top of cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  • Remove from refrigerator and top with truwhip whipped topping. For best results, and for the cleanest slices, refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight (or freeze for 30 minutes). However, the dessert can be eaten immediately after being topped with truwhip.

Notes

  1. Toasting the pecans is optional but always recommended.

Nutrition

Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 5gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 211mgPotassium: 141mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 792IUCalcium: 92mgIron: 1mg
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  1. If I were to use the Pecan Sandie cookies or graham crackers to save time. Could you tell me how many cookies or graham crackers I would use? Then would I mix that amount with 1 cup of softened or melted butter?

    1. Hi Lisa, thank you for the question! I haven’t tried to substitute the crust for this recipe specifically. I think that my graham cracker crust would work perfectly for this dish, it takes 9 graham crackers, 5 tablespoons of butter, and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Bake the crust at 325 degrees for 10 minutes, and chill the crust for 2 hours before adding the filling to solidify the crust. Here’s the link: https://www.culinaryhill.com/how-to-make-a-graham-cracker-crust/ – Meggan

  2. I have a question regarding the nutrition for lemon lush is it per serving or per 13×9 pan? Thanks for getting back to me. I can’t wait to try it sounds delicious.

    1. Hi Lisa, the nutritional information is by serving size, so 1/12th of this recipe. I hope you enjoy it! – Meggan

  3. The directions say to mix the cream cheese and sugar together…but there is no sugar in the ingredients list…how much sugar does this need?

    1. 1 cup!!! So sorry about the typo, not having it in there. I’ve made the correction. Sorry again, and thank you for letting me know!