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The Next Best Thing To Robert Redford

As the name of this dessert recipe suggests, The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford is a treat that's pretty darn delicious. If you can't have the famous movie star, why not enjoy the next best thing in the form of a rich, creamy, chocolaty dessert? With layers of cream cheese, whipped topping and chocolate pudding, this indulgent treat is one you'll want to have a second helping of, to be sure! The next time you get a craving for something completely sinful and totally delicious, dig into this amazing dessert recipe... after all, it's the next best thing to Robert Redford!

Chilling Time8 hr

Cooking Time15 min


  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup nuts, chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup non-dairy whipped topping, divided
  • 1 (3-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 (3-ounce) package instant chocolate pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup shaved chocolate or toasted coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine flour, nuts and butter in medium bowl; press firmly in bottom of 9" x 13" pan. Bake for 15 minutes, then allow to cool.
  3. Beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth.
  4. Stir in 1/2 cup of the whipped topping. Spread over baked layer.
  5. Mix puddings and milk; spread over cream cheese mixture.
  6. Top with remaining 1/2 cup whipped topping.
  7. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.


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I made this in the 1960s. It was called Robert Redford cake and was made with pistachio pudding.

I have made this recipe for 40 YEARS.I take it to all the pot lucks and get togethers. In all these years no one has ever had or heard of it but from me. It was originally published in the Daily Times Call from Longmont,Colorado in 1973 or 1974. The original recipe only used 2 boxes of vanilla pudding. My husband likes it with only chocolate also ,but he absolutely LOVES it with Pistachio pudding. My favorite Key Lime Pie Filling. My husband GOBBLES up desserts and this is the only one I have ever found that he can only eat of a little bit at a time. I'm curious where you got it from


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