Monday, March 10, 2014

Pistachio Layered Dessert


Kathleen is having her annual  St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl and I'm sharing my St. Patrick's Day tea.   I've made some Pistachio Layered Dessert, made into a smaller size.   Please join me for some Irish tea and and some dessert, won't you?  The Thomas Kinkade look-alike painting was done by my son, Mike, when he was a senior in high school, in 1999.  My daughter bought me the pretty teapot and I'm using my Belleek vase to hold some greenery and white flowers.  I can't part with my Irish breakfast tea tin that my hubby and I brought home from Ireland.  The journal holds daily memories of our trip, back in September of 2009. 

I had saved a Thomas Kinkade calendar and Mike asked me to pick out my favorite month and I chose this one.  Can you see the "K" that he painted above the front door?  The cottage reminds me of an Irish cottage and I love the bright flowers, the cobbled pathway and everything about it.

I thought this dessert would be perfect for my St. Patrick's Day tea and I'm serving it on my new "Shamrock" Fiesta plate.  My family bought me four different colors of Fiesta settings for my birthday. Make sure you check out all the fun St. Paddy's Day ideas at Cuisine Kathleen

Pistachio Layered Dessert

Crust:
1 1/2 cups crushed chocolate cream-filled cookies (Oreos) (about 18 cookies)
3 T. butter melted

Cream Cheese Layer:
8 oz block cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup Cool Whip

Pudding Layer:
1 box Instant Pistachio pudding
1 1/2 cups milk

Garnish:
Additional Cool Whip and Chopped Pecans or Chopped Pistachios


1. Crush cookies and mix with melted butter.  Pat into the bottom of an 8 x 8"  or 9 x 9" pan.  Refrigerate until next steps. 

2.  In the bowl of a mixer, combine softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and Cool Whip using the whisk attachment.  Whip until fully combined and spread over the crust.

3.  In a large bowl, mix pudding mix and milk until pudding is thickened. Spread over cream cheese layer.  Top with additional Cool Whip and nuts and refrigerate several hours until firm.

Note:
For a bigger crowd, double the ingredients and put in a 9 x 13" pan.

I am sharing this with these lovely parties:


47 comments:

  1. Mike's painting is great Kitty, it looks so pretty! That's a yummy looking dessert and I love Fiesta, it's so much fun to mix and match the colors-enjoy:@)

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  2. This is the perfect St. Patrick's Day dessert. LOVE it! Thanks for posting the recipe. Your tea set is so cute. :D

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  3. Hi Kitty, Mike's painting is just beautiful! I noticed it right away the first image and I love it!!!!!!!! Does Mike do much painting now? I have made this dessert quite a few times in the past, only with a graham crust. It's delicious! And it's a perfect dessert for St. Patrick's Day, Kitty.
    Hugs, Beth

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  4. Your son did a great job on the painting and the "K" on the door was a sweet touch. Your St. Paddy's tea vignette is lovely and I'm glad you have a couple of things to remind you of the trip to Ireland with your late hubby. I hope to bring home some tea when I visit in June.

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  5. What a nice tea table, with memories of your dear husband. Your son is quite talented, and how sweet to have you pick your favorite picture, and then paint a K over the door! Your pistachio pudding looks perfect for St. Patrick's Day!!

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  6. Good morning my sweet friend,
    What a lovely tea table! Your son did an exceptional job of the painting. My son also used to paint but unfortunately he has gotten away from it. Family and work takes up too much of his time these days. I hope he will take it up again someday.
    Lots of beautiful memories are represented on your table today. It really is lovely and I have made the Pistachio dessert many times as well as the chocolate. Thank you for sharing your pretty post with us and joining me for tea. Have a beautiful day, Kitty.

    Blessings n hugs,
    Sandi

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  7. Your son is so talented! That's a lovely painting. It does look like a wee Irish cottage where wonderful teas would be served along with yummy delights. This dessert looks delightful...I have a few pistachio lovers in the family.

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  8. Your are ready for St. Patrick's Day with all your lovelies, The pretty teapot and mugs are the perfect touch. I love the painting with the cottage and all the wonderful family treasures. Have a delightful week with the warmer weather!

    Pam

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  9. Love the hint of green in the pie!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  10. What a talented son! And your shamrock Irish vignette is perfect! The dessert is perfect for the occasion!
    Ruth

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  11. Kitty, Mike's painting is a real treasure! I really enjoyed your Irish tea -- everything so pretty and green! :) I'm going to have to try the pistachio layered dessert. YUM! Happy Tea Day!

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  12. It looks yummy, and not too difficult for my skills. Thank you for the recipe. Pretty tea pot!!!

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  13. Dear Kitty,
    What a wonderful painting your son did. Wow. It is very special and he is very talented.
    :) Ruthie

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  14. Kitty, that painting is fabulous. Mike is very talented. Your dessert is making my mouth water. Yum. xo

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  15. What a yummy dessert. (I'll be right over... LOL) I love that picture your son did for you. I love cottage prints, I have several.

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  16. Hi: Your son is amazing. What a beautiful painting. Love all the memories in this post. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

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  17. Oh Yum, this sounds fabulous. I adore that painting too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  18. This is one of our daughter's favorite desserts. Unfortunately she developed a life-threatening allergy to dairy products and I have since learned how to make a non-dairy version of this dessert that tastes almost as delicious. She appreciates it for her birthday. Everyone I make this for loves it and often I will make 2 pans of this and freeze one for later use. It is a great dessert to make ahead and pull out of the freezer and place in the fridge the morning of the day it will be served . You are right, it is a great dessert for St. Patrick's day tea.

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  19. Kitty, I am not sure where to begin with this post. I cannot believe that Mike did that wonderful painting for you - oh, and that sweet "K" over the door!!! Your teapot is lovely and the crocheted piece under it is so beautiful. It makes me want to get out my crochet hooks! Of course the food is always the "star" on your posts and this dessert is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. I have always enjoyed using the Pistachio pudding in recipes - cannot wait to try this one. Thank you for sharing the recipe. P. S. Monica is going to be jealous, about the Fiesta plates - lol!!!

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  20. This is so lovely Kitty! The pistachio dessert is going to be on my table at Easter...looks divine! I adore Beleek china. Such a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing with us!

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  21. Mmmm, looks so good, Kitty. The color is so pretty too....Christine

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  22. This is so darling Kitty. I love it. I am so drawn to cottages these days. I love your table setting and tribute to Saint Patrick's day!

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  23. A sweet vignette for St. Patrick's day Kitty. The painting by your son is beautiful. He has quite a talent! I love your dishes and the Belleek vase. I love pistachio cake or squares but haven't seen the recipe with Oreos for the crust. Yum!

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  24. What a beautiful picture! Your son is so very talented! Your dessert looks so yummy and perfect for St. Patrick's day! Thanks for the recipe!
    Hugs...Nancy

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  25. Kitty, Your son is so talented! I love your personalized painted cottage, so colorful and cheery! Your pistachio dessert looks wonderful with your tea and your sweet mug & teapot ♥

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  26. Kitty,
    I've missed stopping by and saying hello to you..but I am back..
    Your Mike is very talented and I would treasure that painting too..It is so pretty...
    I think I need some of that dessert so I will pin it for later..or just come on over and help myself to a big scoop at your house....
    Love, Mona

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  27. I haven't thought of that dessert in years, and I can hardly wait to make it again. Thanks so much! The painting is a true family treasure. Thanks for sharing it with us. Cherry Kay

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  28. Oh yum that dessert looks fabulous and so does the pretty tea set! Your son is quite talented- what a wonderful painting!
    Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  29. I haven't had this dessert in years, and I think it is time for it again so thanks for reminding me! Your son is talented -- is he a working artist now?

    Such sweet memories of your time in Ireland with your husband. Really nice post.

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  30. Wow!! Your son is very talented!! Takes after his mom!! The pistachio dessert is perfect for celebrating St. Patrick's Day! I love the little doily and stand your tea pot is on!!

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  31. Extraordinary painting by your son! And, lovely table vignette with pretty doilies. The pistachio pie is perfect! :)

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  32. Mike's painting is great Kitty! My mom always made me a pistachio cake for my birthday in August, and I know I would love your pistachio pie. Such sweet memories of your Ireland trip with your hubby. I am a Fiesta lover too! Happy St. Patrick's Day dear friend. xo

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  33. Hi Kitty, I have a tea set almost just like yours. :) Your son painted a beautiful picture; I'm so impressed, since I can't even draw stick people. He did a lovely job, and it's very similar to Thomas Kincade. I'm so glad you have those happy memories of your trip to Ireland with Rich; I know that was a special time.

    Your table vignette is sooo pretty, Kitty! I've already pinned that dessert to my Pinterest. It's perfectly green for St. Paddy's Day. Thank you for sharing with us!

    Big hugs to you,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  34. Kitty, your son is very talented. I know you cherish this painting. Your tea time table is perfection, and I find it very touching that you included some special mementos from your trip to Ireland. Isn't it fun to look back at travel journals? I'd hold on to that special tea tin too. Those are the best kinds of souvenirs. Thanks for sharing all these beautiful St. Patrick's Day details.

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  35. Looks great and your teapot is wonderful.

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  36. What a lovely setting for tea! So many special things. Your son did an amazing job on the painting. What a treasure!! I'm going to give that dessert a try.

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  37. Your son, Mike, has some real talent...I thought it was a real Kincaid at first.
    I always appreciate how you are able to reduce the size of so many of the recipes we see. Thanks for sharing how you did it.
    LOVE your teapot & cups....every year I say I'm going to find some.

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  38. What a wonderful, memory filled vignette Kitty! Your son is very talented, I hope he is still painting~ your dessert looks pretty dreamy too!
    Jenna

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  39. Kitty, your son is very talented, beautiful painting. You have set a lovely tea table. Pistachio is a favorite in our house, even when it isn't a holiday!
    Have a great week.

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  40. OOO, Kitty...this painting is so beautiful, it almost makes me cry. What a blessed talent he has.
    and your dessert looks sooo good.
    What a lovely tea you are having.
    xoxo

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  41. The dessert looks awesome, but my favorite part of the post was mention of the journal you and your hubby kept of your travels. Such memories can be found there I'm sure.

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  42. I love your Irish dishes, so lovely! The dessert looks awesome with some Green too. What a wonderful and clever idea you and your dear hubby kept a journal of your travels, wish I had thought of that! You have such special memories of him like the wonderful artwork. I have of my hubby too and I treasure it more than the important artists I have. Enjoy your weekend and happy St. Pat's Day.
    FABBY

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  43. I am making this special Pistachio Layered Dessert for Leonard, he is a Pistachio fan. I'll be sure to tell him that the recipe came from Miz Kitty and that will make it even more special to him. I love your Kinkade, very special. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to Ya and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  44. Love the memories of the Tea Tin! Hold on to them all, Kitty!
    Yummy on the layered dessert, and such a pretty Belleek tea pot!
    Thanks so much for taking part in the 6th annual St. Pat's Bog Crawl! Slainte'!

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  45. Kitty, your son is an amazing artist! I have this recipe, but have not made it with the pistachio pudding in years. Must make it for St. Patty's. Tea tin memories are precious! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  46. I've still got a huge bag of pistachios on my counter--now I know what to do with them, thanks to your delicious dessert. Your Irish vignette is so pretty and touching; and your son's painting is stunning. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  47. Kitty: I just wanted to thank you for your pointers on blogging--I am very new and I learned two new things today! Thanks very much. Any advice you have in the future would be very welcome :). Now on to your post...I love this picture even more than the birds! The colors are so vibrant and beautiful. You're right...it looks like an Irish cottage in spring.

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