This "Butterscotch Delight" is such a scrumptious dessert! It's a layered dessert and each layer has it's own distinct yumminess. The one thing that makes this recipe so extra good is that the butterscotch layer is made from scratch instead of a pudding mix. However, if you want to take a shortcut I will give you instructions for using the instant pudding. This is a wonderful dessert for the holidays and it can be made a day or two ahead of time. Here is what you will need:
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)2 cups self rising flour
1/2 cup nuts, chopped (pecans or walnuts)
Cream Cheese Layer
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup brown sugar1/2 cup white sugar
pinch of salt
3 egg yolks
2 cups milk
4 Tbs. cornstarch
1/4 stick of butter
1 tsp. vanilla
12 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
maraschino cherries for garnishing or additional chopped nuts
*You can substitute 2 (3oz.) pkgs. instant butterscotch pudding and 3 cups milk for the butterscotch layer, but the scratch recipe is so much better!
Melt the butter in a 9"x 13" baking dish. Add the flour and the nuts to the butter and mix. Press in the bottom of the dish to make a crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until just lightly browned. Cool completely.
Beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla flavoring. Fold in 1/2 cup of the whipped topping. Spread evenly over the crust.
Mix cornstarch, sugars, and salt. Beat egg yolks with milk and add to dry ingredients in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Stir constantly and cook until it thickens. You can also do this in the microwave. Cook for about 2 minutes on high, remove and whisk well, return to microwave and cook on high for another 4 minutes or until it is thickened. Once thickened, add butter and vanilla and beat well until blended. Set aside to cool completely. You can put plastic wrap right down on the pudding mixture and refrigerate it a little bit to cool quicker. The plastic wrap keeps it from forming a tough skin on top.
Once this is cool, spread over the cream cheese mixture. It if is too thick to spread, once cool, add a few tablespoons of milk and beat with the mixer again.
If you are using the pudding mix, mix it with the milk until thick and then spread over the cream cheese layer.
Spread the whipped topping over the top of the dessert and garnish with maraschino cherries or some additional chopped nuts or go all out and do both!!! Refrigerate until ready to serve!
This is one delicious, rich and yummy dessert!