This Lemon Lush Recipe features four layers beginning with a crumb crust filled with white chocolate and a macadamia nuts. The bright fresh flavor of lemon pudding layered with a luscious cream cheese filling and whipped cream, can only be eclipsed by the crust filled with white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. It's sure to be the hit of your dessert table.
Easy Lemon Lush Recipe
This popular layered dessert has been rotating through Southern kitchens for many years. I love this vintage layer dessert so much I have several versions here in the Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen recipe index. To this lemon version, I added macadamia nuts and plenty of creamy white chocolate chips to the crumb crust. The top is also garnished with white chocolate to gild the lily. Layered desserts do take several steps to make by nature but none are difficult and the end result is totally worth it!
How to Make the Best Lemon Lush Recipe
- Ingredients you'll need to make homemade Lemon Lush: For the crust you'll need crushed vanilla wafers, granulated sugar, melted butter, white chocolate baking chips and white chocolate chips.
- For the cream cheese layer: Softened plain cream cheese, powdered sugar, whipped topping and vanilla extract.
- For the pudding layer: Two boxes instant lemon pudding mix plus whole milk or half and half to prepare. Half and half is half cream and half whole milk. It's sold as such in the US and will give even more richness to the flavor of the pudding layer. Rest assured, whole milk will work fine.
- The top layer consists of whipped topping and grated white chocolate. Grating white chocolate on top is purely optional but it's a nice touch and pairs beautifully with the flavor of the lemon pudding.
- You may opt to omit the macadamia nuts or swap them out using pecans, almonds or walnuts in their place.
- You could also use the same amount of crushed graham crackers or lemon wafer cookies for the crust.
- These types of desserts really do best using frozen (and thawed) whipped topping. It's more stable than fresh whipped cream and makes assembling a cinch.
- You can make this dessert one day in advance cover and chill in the refrigerator until serving.
- Store Lemon Lush chilled for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
- Other flavors of Lush desserts to try: Island inspire Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Lush, Chocolate Fudge Layered Lush and Banana Pudding Lush that combines this layered dessert with Southern banana pudding.
More Lemon Dessert Recipes to Make
I love desserts like this made one that are easy to pack-up and take to the office, to a church gathering or family potluck party. More lemon dessert recipes you may also like to try:
- Lemon Lovers Pound Cake can be glazed or dusted with powdered sugar.
- Classic Lemon Bars are a handheld dessert everyone will love.
- Who could resist a piece of homemade Lemon Meringue Pie.
- My recipe for Glazed Lemon Cookies melt in your mouth.
- Make your own Homemade Lemon Curd for filling tarts, cupcakes or serving with scones.
- Cool down with a glass of Berry Lemonade.
- Mini Lemon Cup Candies from Very Best Baking.
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Lemon Lush Recipe
- 2 cup vanilla wafer crumbs
- ½ cup chopped macadamia nuts divided
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup butter melted
- ½ cup white chocolate chips
- 2 8 oz cream cheese softened
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 8 oz whipped topping thawed or 4 cup sweetened fresh whipped cream, divided
- 2 3.4 oz boxes instant lemon pudding
- 4 cup whole milk
- 2 oz white chocolate bar grated
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly spritz the bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish.
- Melt the butter, then toss with the vanilla wafer crumbs, macadamia nuts, sugar, and white chocolate chips. Reserve 2 tablespoon of finely crushed nuts to sprinkle on top.
- Press firmly onto the bottom of the baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes until lightly golden and set. Cool completely.
- Whip together the cream cheese and powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon pure vanilla. Whip until fluffy, Whip in 1  oz cool chip or 2 cup sweetened fresh whipped cream. Spread over the cooled crust.
- Whip together both packages of lemon pudding with 4 cup cold milk until thickened. Pour over the cream cheese layer.
- Frost with the remaining 8 oz whipped topping or 2 cup sweetened fresh whipped cream. Sprinkle the top with grated white chocolate and reserved finely chopped macadamia nuts. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before cutting.
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Can another nut be used besides Macadamia? No allergy- I just had so many other types of nuts on hand. Thanks!
Oh sure, almonds or pecans would be great too!
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What a delicious recipe! I will definitely try this at home and also tell my friends and family to take this recipe at their home. Special thanks for you.
Thanks for such a sweet comment, I'm delighted your family is enjoying this, too!
I made this a few weeks ago for the family and they have done nothing but ask me to make it again! They even went so far as to buy everything for it. So today I am making it again and they and me can't wait for it to be ready. It is amazing to see and amazing to taste 🙂 cool and refreshing perfect for a hot summer day... Or anytime really
Sure, you can. No other adjustment would need to be made.
Can you make it without the white chocolate? Would anything need to be added to the crust in place of the chips?
My son made this for me for Mother's Day and it was fantastic!!!
What a fantastic son you have, so happy you enjoyed it!