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Robert Redford Dessert

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COOK TIME
25 min
TOTAL TIME
40 min + chill time
SERVINGS
12-14 pieces

My Grandma Marian sent me a bunch of recipes when I lived in Chicago after college and this special little recipe is actually in the collection 3 different times (two typed on an actual typewriter and one handwritten). Which is probably why it has such a strong childhood memory for me. Fun fact, Grandma Marian lived in Chicago when she was young as well and it turns out she lived about 2 blocks from where I lived in Chicago. How cool is that?? I love stuff like that. 

Going strong with the Grandma recipes lately. This one has major memories attached to it. This dessert was big in the 80s and had all different names. The mixture of the crust with the chocolate and the nuts and the whip cream. I’m right back to 1987 in her kitchen. So good. And of course, it’s easy. I don’t mess around with fussy anymore so this one is perfect. 

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Robert Redford Dessert

Layers of buttery crust, smooth chocolate pudding, cream cheese layer, creamy whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Prep time: 15 min  |  Cook time: 25 min  |  Total: 40 min + chill time

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Ingredients

1 cup flour
2/3 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 containers (8 ounces) Cool Whip, thawed
1 package (5.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
1 package (5.9 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
3 cups milk
chocolate for shavings on top

Instructions

1. Mix together flour, butter, and chopped nuts. Press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely.
2. In a stand mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, and 1 container of Cool Whip until well mixed. Should not be gritty from the sugar. Spread evenly over the cooled crust.
3. In another mixer bowl, mix pudding mixes and milk until thick. Spread evenly over the cream cheese filling.
4. Spread remaining container of whipped topping over the pudding layer. Sprinkle grated chocolate over the top. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.

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