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Butterscotch Dessert Recipe

Butterscotch Lush Dessert is a delicious treat and is perfect for any potluck or party.

This Butterscotch Dessert Recipe is a creamy delicious treat that is perfect for any party or potluck. The layered pudding dessert is easy to make and oh-so-hard to put down. You’re gonna fall in love with this lush dessert.

Hands down, this Lush Dessert is one of my favorite desserts. It is so rich and creamy and amazing. I mean, ah-maze-ing. 

One of the great things about this butterscotch dessert is that you can use any flavor pudding that you like, such as chocolate, vanilla, or any of your favorites.

Butterscotch lush dessert on a plate with a fork.

This is the perfect layered treat to take to a potluck or party. But, be sure to take copies of the recipe because people are going to ask for it–beg for it, even! 

The layered butterscotch pudding dessert is rich enough that you won’t even need to cut the pieces very large.

That’s kind of hard to say because I love large pieces of pretty much any dessert. But, this one is filling and that’s a good thing because then there is more to go around.

What Do I Need to Make the Butterscotch Dessert Recipe?

  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar
  • Whipped topping
  • Butterscotch pudding
  • Milk

Full printable recipe and instructions listed at the bottom of the post

How to Make the Crust

Picture of flour and butter in a bowl

Add the flour and butter to a bowl and mix together. 

Crust in a glass bowl.

Press the flour and butter mixture into a greased baking dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.

Allow the crust to cool a little bit before adding the cream cheese layer.

How to Make the Cream Cheese Layer

Cream cheese in a glass bowl.

Firstly, add the softened cream cheese to a large bowl. 

Cream cheese always softens desserts. It adds a creaminess that balances out the sweetness of this dessert.

Cream cheese and powdered sugar in a glass bowl.

Secondly, add the powdered sugar to the cream cheese and cream together. 

Cream cheese and whipped topping in a glass bowl.

Thirdly, add the whipped topping to the bowl and mix everything together.

This layer really makes the dessert.

Butterscotch and whipped topping in a glass dish

And fourthly, spread the cream cheese mixture over the top of the crust and set aside. 

How to Make the Butterscotch Pudding Layer

Instant pudding powder in a glass bowl.

Start off by pouring the instant butterscotch pudding into a bowl. Add the milk and beat until the pudding thickens.

This is the easy part. I always love to see pudding go from powder to pudding in just one step.

Butterscotch pudding in a large casserole dish.

Secondly, spread the pudding over the cream cheese mixture.

You’re gettin’ there. I had a really hard time keeping a spoon out of the dish and sampling it while making it. I am telling you, it’s not easy.

How to Make the Whipped Topping Layer

Whipped topping on butterscotch pudding dessert

Last and easiest step! Spread the second container of whipped topping on top of the butterscotch pudding. 

Place the dessert in the fridge for a couple of hours to get it good and cold. It will be a lot easier to cut up when it’s colder.

Unless you want to just get a spoon and go to town and forget all about cutting or sharing. I won’t tell. I promise…mainly because I’m guilty of doin’ it myself.

Butterscotch Lush Dessert is a delicious treat and is perfect for any potluck or party.
Yield: 16 pieces

Butterscotch Lush Dessert

Butterscotch Lush Dessert

Butterscotch Lush Dessert is a creamy delicious treat that is perfect for any party or potluck. The layered pudding dessert is easy to make and oh-so-hard to put down. You're gonna fall in love with this dessert.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 stick butter (melted)

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 - 8 oz. container whipped topping

Butterscotch Pudding Layer

  • 1 - 3.4 oz. package butterscotch pudding
  • 2 cups milk

Top Layer

  • 1 - 8 oz. container whipped topping

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350-degrees.

Grease 9" x 13" baking dish.

Crust

  1. Mix the flour and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a greased pan.
  2. Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

Cream Cheese Layer

  1. Mix the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 8 oz. of whipped topping.
  2. Spread on top of the crust.

Butterscotch pudding

  1. Mix the instant pudding powder with the milk. Mix until the pudding thickens.

Top Layer

  1. Spread the second 8 oz. container of whipped topping on the butterscotch pudding.
  2. Refrigerate for approximately two hours.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16 pieces

Serving Size:

1 piece

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 247Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g
Nutrition is approximate.

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Bronda

Monday 3rd of September 2018

Growing up, we always referred to this as "Mrs. Pickering's Dessert" because she was a dear saint in our church who always brought a pan of this to potlucks or funeral dinners. Brings back great memories for me! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I'm visiting from Meal Plan Monday on SouthernPlate.

Julie Pollitt

Monday 3rd of September 2018

Hi Bronda! I love to hear stories like that. Thanks so much for sharing and stopping by!

Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats

Tuesday 28th of August 2018

Wowwwwwwwwwwwww......can dessert get any better than this?!?! Umm NO!!!! Pinned!!

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 28th of August 2018

Ha! You're so funny! Thanks so much!!

Marilyn Lesniak

Monday 27th of August 2018

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Julie Pollitt

Monday 27th of August 2018

Awesome!! Thanks so much, Marilyn! I will check it out!