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The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford

By: Kelsey from Itsy Bitsy Foodies
The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford
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Not much can compare to Robert Redford, but this dessert lasagna recipe comes pretty close. The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford is a layered dessert made up of four layers. The foundation of this sweet treat is a buttery cookie crust, followed by an indulgent layer of sweetened cream cheese. On top of that is a layer of vanilla and chocolate pudding. Top it all off with whipped cream and chocolate shavings and you've got heaven in a pan. This dessert is great for parties and is often served at Thanksgiving. It will definitely give you a lot to be thankful for.


Why You Should Make This Dessert Lasagna

This vintage recipe first became popular in the 1970s when Robert Redford was in his heyday. It is not clear what connection the famous actor has to this dessert lasagna, but one thing is certain: everyone will love this recipe! This easy casserole has been called by almost as many names as Robert Redford has had acting roles. That definitely says something about the wide appeal of this dessert. Other names for this dessert lasagna include Better Than Sex, Chocolate Sin, Chocolate Pudding Dessert, and even Mississippi Mud. The wide range of names for this dessert lasagna really shows its popularity. It has perhaps been called so many names because it is so delicious that it makes people speechless! Although the history of this dessert recipe is uncertain, once you make this dessert lasagna, you may just create your own name for it. Don't believe us? Make The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford and see for yourself!


Preparation Time45 min

Cooking Time15 min

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This recipe looks incredibly decadent and delicious, and I need to try it immediately! I think the chocolate shavings make it look especially elegant.

This looks incredible! Do you think you can use sugar-free pudding to make it a little lighter and still get the same consistency and flavor? I am diabetic, but cutting back on some of the sugar allows me to count something like this in my diet as long as I use the right serving size.

Hi SissieSass, You can definitely use sugar-free pudding in this recipe. --Kaitlin, AFCAS Editor

This dessert does look AMAZING (next best thing to Redford is pretty high praise, though). Love the buttery cookie crust, especially.


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