Better than Robert Redford aka Chocolate Lush for Labor Day
It might be “Girdle Buster,” “Almost a Sin,” “Chocolate Delight,” “Better than Robert Redford,” or maybe, it’s “Better than Sex,” you get the idea…
Whatever you call it, it’s an “oldie, but goodie” for all you chocoholics out there, that’s known to us as Chocolate Lush.
Great flavors mingle together in your mouth with every decadent bite. Be adventurous and make it with your favorite pudding. I think lemon is great, but the chocolate version rules here.
The pecan crust is what makes it special. It goes with any flavor pudding, and contains no sugar, making it a perfect balance for the sweet layers topping it.
Spread over the crust is a smooth layer of powdered sugar, cream cheese, and Cool Whip. Topping that is the layer of cream chocolate pudding, then more Cool Whip is spread over the pudding.
Finally, scatter a few chopped nuts for the finish.
Ooooohhhhh, it’s a heavenly thing ~ maybe it should be called Heavenly Lush!
And, perfect for a Labor Day holiday dessert!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1½ cups flour
¼ cup chopped pecans, plus more for garnish
1½ sticks butter, softened
Mix all 3 ingredients, spread in 13” x 9” pan.
Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden.
(Can be refrigerated overnight.)
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
1 (9-ounce) Cool Whip, divided
Using electric mixer, blend cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, and 1 cup Cool Whip.
Spread over first layer.
Place in refrigerator and let set 1 hour or overnight.
2 small boxes instant chocolate pudding
3 cups cold milk
Mix pudding with milk.
Beat until dissolved and spread over second layer.
Spread with remaining Cool Whip.
Scatter ½ cup chopped pecans over all for garnish.
Cover and refrigerate for several hours.
We went for Sunday rides in the Model-T when my grandmother didn't visit. My parents liked the orange groves, miles and miles of orange trees always either in blossom or full of oranges. My parents had a picnic basket and a metal chest. In the metal chest were frozen cans of fruit on dry ice, and in the picnic basket were weenie and liverwurst and salami sandwiches, potato chips, bananas and soda-pop. The soda-pop was shifted continually back and forth between the metal box and the picnic basket. It froze quickly, and then had to be thawed.
~ Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye