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Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Dessert

This old favorite recipe really made me chuckle when I ran across it. This was a very popular dessert back in the 80’s . Apparently Robert Redford was, too. I think now we should rename it. My personal favorites would be ‘next best thing to Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt”. This recipe or a similar version also used to be called “Better than Sex Dessert”, pretty risque for the 80’s! Anyway this recipe originally came from the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, Nov 8, 1981. It is truly an oldie, but goodie.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 8 ounce carton Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 large package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 large package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • Chocolate bar, grated

Mix together: flour, butter and pecans until crumb like. Press into bottom of a 9×13 inch pan and bake until golden brown (350 degrees for 15-20 minutes). Cool.
Make a mixture of cream cheese, powdered sugar and the Cool Whip. Spread over cooled crust. For the top layer, mix pudding mixes with milk until smooth and thickened. Spread over cream cheese mixture. Spread remaining topping over top and sprinkle with grated chocolate bar. Refrigerate until serving.


One response to “Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Dessert”

  1. Sharron Avatar

    Oh, yes, the 80’s–I remember them well. I especially remember making this very dessert for my co-workers down at the county courthouse. Obviously, It was always a very big hit since there was never a crumb left in the pan. We would always have a laugh trying to decide which name to give it.

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