Looking for a dreamy dessert recipe for an upcoming party or cookout? We found a lush you’re sure to go bananas over. Say hello to the Banana Cream Pie Lush, which definitely lives up to its luscious-sounding name!
Never heard of a lush? It’s simply a no-bake, layered dessert that typically has a cookie crust, no-bake cheesecake or pudding, and whipped cream. It’s the perfect after-dinner (or anytime) treat for summer because you don’t have to heat up the kitchen.
If you love banana cream pie but hate baking, you need to give this dessert a try. The sweet geniuses at Betty Crocker shared this creamy creation and it looks super easy to pull together!
First, gather your ingredients:
- 1 pouch (17.5 ounces) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
- Butter (for cookie mix plus 1/3 cup, melted)
- 1 Egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
- 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- One 12-ounce container of thawed Cool Whip topping
- 3 firm medium bananas cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 2 boxes (3.4 ounces each) Jell-O banana cream flavor instant pudding
- 3 cups cold milk
- 1 firm medium banana, cut into 1/4-inch slices
Once you have all of the ingredients together, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
The next step is to make drop-style cookies as directed on the package. You need to let the cookies cool completely so they stay crisp in the dessert.
After the cookies have cooled, set aside four of them for later. Then, take half of the cookies you have left and pulse them in a food processor. Add the melted butter and half a teaspoon of vanilla, then mix into a paste. This will be the crust you press into the bottom of a 13-by-9 glass baking dish.
Next, bring together the cream cheese, sugar and remaining vanilla with an electric mixer. Add in 2 cups of whipped topping until well combined. You’ll take this creamy mixture and spread it over the cookie crumb crust. Place a single layer of sliced bananas over the mixture.
Make the pudding by combining the dry mix and milk with a whisk until thick. Next, spread over the banana layer. Drop the leftover whipped cream on top over the pudding layer and then refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
For the final touch, crush the four cookies you set aside and sprinkle over the pie when it’s time to serve it.
Are you tempted by this easy-as-pie dessert?