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Butterscotch Lush Dessert Recipe

Butterscotch lush 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.

Butterscotch Delight

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

Hands down, this lush dessert is one of my favorite desserts. It is so rich and delicious and amazing. I mean, ah-maze-ing. 

The recipe features creamy layers and a mouthwatering butterscotch center.

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.

The recipe is perfect for those summer potlucks when you want a cool refreshing dessert on hot summer days.

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?

  • All-purpose flour
  • Butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar
  • Whipped topping
  • Butterscotch pudding
  • Milk

Printable recipe with full list of ingredients, measurements, and instructions listed at the bottom of the page in the recipe card.

Simple Recipe Step-By-Step Instructions

How to Make the Crust

Picture of flour and butter in a bowl

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

For this recipe, you also have several crust options.

You can use the flour and butter crust like I am showing here, you can make a graham cracker crust, or you can make a pecan crust.

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1-3/4 cups crushed graham crackers (or buy pre-crushed graham cracker crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

Pecan Crust

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
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.

The crust layer is the only part of the recipe you will have to bake.

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 with a hand mixer. 

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.

For this recipe, I used thawed Cool Whip.

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 mixture over the cream cheese mixture.

You’re getting there. I had a really hard time keeping a spoon out of the dish and sampling it while making it. I’m 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 cream topping on top of the pudding layer. 

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.

More Butterscotch Desserts

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

Optional Additions To Sprinkle On Top:

  • Butterscotch chips
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Drizzle butterscotch sauce on the top
  • Chocolate shavings

So what are you waiting for? Whip up a batch of butterscotch lush dessert and let the amazing layered dessert speak for itself.

The creamy pudding dessert recipe is sure to be a hit at your next party, potluck, or family gathering.

And if you’re looking for more dessert ideas, check out our website for tons of recipes that will have your taste buds singing with joy.

Thanks for reading about the simple layered dessert, and happy cooking!

Layered Butterscotch Pudding Dessert

Butterscotch lush dessert on a plate with a fork.

Butterscotch Lush Dessert

4.46 from 59 votes
Julie Pollitt
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
Course Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 16 pieces
Calories 247 kcal



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick butter melted

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 ounce container whipped topping

Butterscotch Pudding Layer

  • 3.4 ounce package butterscotch pudding
  • 2 cups milk

Top Layer

  • 8 ounce container whipped topping


  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Grease 9″ x 13″ baking dish.


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

Cream Cheese Layer

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

Butterscotch pudding

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

Top Layer

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



Serving: 1pieceCalories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 3gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 198mgSugar: 17g
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Recipe Rating

Lee Ann hedeen

Wednesday 9th of August 2023

Can cook & serve butterscotch be substituted for the instant?

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 10th of August 2023

It can, but you would have to let it set up and cool before adding it to the recipe. Hope you love it!

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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!

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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!