Pistachio Lush

May 15, 2024 - Country Cooking

Pistachio Lush is a creamy, rich summer potluck dessert that is a cinch to make. Two boxes of pistachio pudding can easily be turned into a delicious no-bake layer dessert.

Pistachio pudding is a food that takes me back to my childhood. I loved it as a kid.

I also love a good lush dessert for summer entertaining. They are so cool and refreshing and will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. Butterscotch Lush, Butterfinger Lush, and Lemon Lush are some of my favorites.

I also love to serve this layer dessert for Christmas or Easter. It has such a festive green color that is perfect for the holidays.

Creamy Layered Dessert

But sometimes I’m really craving some pistachio pudding and it’s Pistachio Lush to the rescue. This creamy dessert has 4 awesome layers and is totally no-bake. On the bottom is a graham cracker layer followed by a cream cheese layer, a pistachio pudding layer, and a layer of Cool Whip.

Tips For Making Pistachio Lush

Once the crust is set, you can add all 3 layers at once or do them one at a time and let it hang out in the fridge between adding layers. Whatever is going to be more convenient for you.

If you wish, you can bake the crust for 8-10 minutes in a 350 degree oven and let it cool before adding the next layer. I find the crust holds together fine with no baking and in the middle of summer, why would you turn on the oven if you don’t have to?

Be sure to use INSTANT Pistachio pudding and not the Cook and Serve kind.

How To Store

Leftovers can be tightly wrapped with plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.

More Pistachio-Flavored Desserts

Watergate Cake

Watergate Cupcakes

Watergate Salad

No-Bake Pistachio Pudding Pie


Pistachio Lush

Pistachio Lush is a creamy, rich summer potluck dessert that is a cinch to make. Two boxes of pistachio pudding can easily be turned into a delicious no-bake layer dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword no-bake, Pistachio lasagna
Cook Time 15 minutes minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour hour
Total Time 1 hour hour 15 minutes minutes
Servings 16
Calories 324kcal



2 cups graham cracker crumbs1/2 cup butter, melted1/4 cup granulated sugar

Cream Cheese Layer

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature1 cup powdered sugar1 (16-ounce) container Cool Whip, divided

Pistachio Pudding Layer

2 small boxes Pistachio instant pudding mix3 cups whole milk


chopped pistachios, optional


In a medium bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar. Press into the bottom of a greased 9×13-inch pan. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until creamy. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
Stir in 1 1/2 cups of Cool Whip. Spread over graham cracker crust.
In a large bowl whisk together pudding mix and milk until it starts thickening, about 2 minutes. Spread over cream cheese layer.
Spread remaining Cool Whip on top. Sprinkle chopped pistachios on top if desired. 

Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.


Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used.


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 463IU | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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Originally posted May 4, 2019.

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