Slice into this dessert and reveal the layers of creamy lemon goodness! This dessert is surprisingly simple to make, my teenage son clipped it out of a newspaper a few years ago and made it for dessert that night.
Luscious Lemon Layer Dessert Squares
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch
1-1/2 cups cold water
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup cold butter
1 (8oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cup cold milk
2 (3.4 oz. each) packages instant vanilla pudding mix.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (16 oz) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
In medium saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch; mix well. Gradually stir in water until smooth. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; cook 2 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir about 1/4 cup of hot mixture into egg yolks; blend well. Add egg yolk mixture to mixture in saucepan. Cook over low heat until mixture boils, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in butter, lemon peel, and lemon juice. Refrigerate until cool.
Combine flour and nuts in a medium bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press onto the bottom of a greased 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Bake at 350°F. for 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on wire rake.
In a mixing bowl beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth; carefully spread over cooled crust. Spoon and spread cooled lemon mixture over cream cheese layer.
In another bowl, combine milk and pudding mixes; beat for two minutes. Add vanilla; mix well. Fold half of the whipped topping into pudding mixture; spread over lemon layer. Spread remaining whipped topping over pudding mixture. Chill for at least 4 hours before cutting into squares. 18 to 24 Servings.
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