Lemon Hush

Lemon Hush is a delicious layered dessert of shortbread crust, cream cheese filling, lemon pudding, cool whip and chopped nuts. A family favorite.

This Lemon Hush with its crumbly, buttery crust, cream cheese filling, lemon pudding and cool whip topping is sure to become an Easter must have dessert.

**Update: this post was originally shared in March 2012. Photos and text have been updated to reflect the current feel of my blog. The recipe has not been changed.
Lemon Hush is a delicious layered dessert of shortbread crust, cream cheese filling, lemon pudding, cool whip and chopped nuts. A family favorite.
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This Lemon Hush is one of my top 5 favorite desserts of all time. ALL TIME I say. It has a weird name so let’s discuss everything that goes into this dreamy lemon dessert so you can fully understand just why you need it in your life. 

The first layer is a super simple shortbread crust that comes together in a snap. Flour, butter and walnuts are zapped in the food processor (or you can cut it together by hand with a pastry cutter or two forks). Once it resembles crumbly sand, press it into a 13×9 pan and bake. 
Lemon Hush is a delicious layered dessert of shortbread crust, cream cheese filling, lemon pudding, cool whip and chopped nuts. A family favorite.
While the crust is baking, you can mix up the next two layers. The first is a cream cheese layer that adds a creamy and tangy flavor profile to the lemon hush. This layer is another 3 ingredient wonder consisting of cream cheese, powdered sugar and Cool Whip. 

The lemon layer comes next and is simply lemon pudding mix and milk. It calls for less milk than the box states so that it gets thicker and holds together better.

So once the crust is cooled, the layers are carefully spread over the crust. Like I said earlier, it’s really crumbly so I take little dollops and drop them all over the crust and carefully spread them together so that I don’t pull the crust up.
Lemon Hush is a delicious layered dessert of shortbread crust, cream cheese filling, lemon pudding, cool whip and chopped nuts. A family favorite.
The last little layer is more Cool Whip, because why not. And a sprinkle of chopped walnuts for more crunchy texture. 

It’s creamy, tangy, buttery and has a nice crunch from the nuts.  It’s just so much goodness, flavor and texture in one bite.

And it’s perfectly refreshing and springy for Easter.

Lemon Hush
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Buttery crust, tangy cream cheese and tart lemon pudding combine for the best spring or Easter dessert. Lemon Hush is simple to make and will please a crowd.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon hush
Author: Meg's Everyday Indulgence
Ingredients
For the crust:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
For the cream cheese layer:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
For the lemon layer:
  • 2 3.4 oz. boxes instant lemon pudding mix
  • 3 cups whole milk
For the topping:
  • 4 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, butter and walnuts until a crumbly mixture forms. If you don't have a food processor, use a pastry cutter or two fork to combine the ingredients. Press into a 13x9 pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until golden. Allow to cool. 

  2. Mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and Cool Whip until completely smooth. Drop in small dollops all over the crust and carefully smooth. 

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and milk until very thick. Dollop over the cream cheese layer and spread evenly. 

  4. Spread the Cool Whip over the lemon pudding and sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Cover and refrigerate until firm. 

12 comments

  1. Yum, I can only imagine all those amazing flavors in one bite!

  2. I just love a nice Lemon refrigerator dessert for spring and summer and this one will be on my list it looks delicious. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. YUM!!!! Beautiful pictures– makes me want to take a bite right now!

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  6. This lemon dessert ranks among the best ever!!!

  7. Just made this for Easter and it was so YUMMY !! Will be making this again šŸ™‚

    1. So glad you enjoyed it! I just love the stuff!

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  10. I think the name is supposed to be Lemon Lush, Where did this Hush thing come in, and what is it supposed to mean?

    1. Hey Linda! It is normally Lemon Lush but I just grew up calling it Hush and that was the only way I knew until I started blogging. I’ve been going back and forth about changing it to Lush to lessen any confusion.

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