Lemon Delight

Bright citrus flavors infuse layers of pudding and Cool Whip in this unique but familiar Lemon Delight dessert recipe.

Bright citrus lemon flavor infused in layers of pudding and Cool Whip in this unique but familiar Lemon Delight dessert recipe on a white plate on a yellow and white plaid napkin.

Cool And Creamy Lemon Delight Recipe

Best served in the spring or summer during warm weather this is a lush dessert with pudding that is refreshing and helps you cool off while taking a break.

Our first go at this recipe was to share with family at Easter. My sister-in-law brings a fun seasonal version of Oreo Dirt Pudding, my mother-in-law makes a Carrot Cake and there’s always a variety of other options.

Our Lemon Delight Recipe helps enhance any celebration that spring and warmer weather has arrived.

Not as common as Chocolate Delight, also known as Chocolate Lasagna or Banana Cream Dessert, this version is more unique.

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Layer of Cool Whip on top of a thick layer of lemon pudding with layers of cream cheese on a vanilla wafer crust in a delicious four layer dessert on a white plate with the full pan in the background.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Instant Lemon Pudding
  • Vanilla Wafers – Make a sweet and easy crust.
  • Butter – Skip the margarine and go for the real thing for full flavor.
  • Milk – Activates the pudding mix to make the thickest layer.
  • Cream Cheese – Makes a rich layer in every lush dessert.
  • Powdered Sugar – Helps sweeten the cream cheese.
  • Lemon – I strongly prefer fresh lemon juice over a bottle. Use the extra juice to flavor your water for the day.
  • Whipped Topping – Also known as Cool Whip. Follow the directions as this ingredient is divided between two steps.
Ingredients to make lemon delight are milk, lemon pudding, vanilla wafers, cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, lemon and Cool Whip on a white counter.

How To Make Lemon Delight Dessert

Crush vanilla wafer cookies and stir into melted butter. Bake in a preheated oven for 5 minutes.

The brief baking period will help the cookie pieces stick together, but don’t over bake or they may burn.

Vanilla wafer cookie and butter crust pressed into the bottom of a 9 x 13" glass dish on a white counter top.

In a medium sized mixing bowl beat cream cheese until smooth.

Add powdered sugar and lemon juice and mix again.

Powdered sugar poured over beaten cream in a white mixing bowl.

Spoon only one cup of whipped topping into this mixture and gently fold in.

Spatula folding a little Cool Whip into the cream cheese mixture in a white bowl.

Spread over a cooled crust.

Spatula spreading luscious cream cheese and powdered sugar mixture over the vanilla wafer crust in a glass dish.

Then whisk together milk and pudding.

Whisk mixing together instant lemon pudding and milk in a white mixing bowl.

I often chill the bowl for 10 to 15 minutes before spreading over the cream cheese layer.

Spatula spreading thick layer of lemon pudding over a sweet cream cheese layer on a white counter top.

Spread remaining Cool Whip on top and chill before serving.

Overhead view of lemon delight cake with a layer of whipped topping in a 9 x 13" dish on a yellow and white plaid napkin.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Using finely crushed wafers is important to hold the crust together. If the cookies are coarsely crushed then the crust will fall apart more easily when serving.
  • Graham crackers can be used in place of wafers in the crust, this will change the flavors in the dish.
  • We would like to test this recipe with the Lemon Wafers, but haven’t had a chance to do so yet.
  • To make clean cuts and have slightly firm pieces freeze in a level spot for about an hour before serving.
  • We love our OXO 9 x 13″ baking dish with a lid to make storing and transporting this recipe easier.
  • Garnish with chopped nuts if you like.

More Easy Dessert Recipes

Caramel Apple Salad is a fall favorite. We love having a variety of recipes to make with each season.

Pistachio Pudding Cake is another recipe that is refreshing, unique and enjoyable.

Mandarin Orange Pie is super simple and has mandarin orange flavors that we crave.

Close up square piece of easy lemon delight pudding dessert on a white plate with a fork resting in the background.

Lemon Delight

Servings 16 pieces
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Bright citrus flavors infuse layers of pudding and Cool Whip in this unique but familiar Lemon Delight dessert recipe.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes



  • 11 ounce box vanilla wafers
  • 1/2 cup butter


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 8 ounces whipped topping defrosted
  • 6.8 ounces instant lemon pudding 2 small boxes
  • 3 cups milk



  • Preheat oven to 400℉ and lightly coat a 9 x 13" pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Crush wafers and mix with melted butter. Spread evenly in the bottom of the pan and bake for 5 minutes.
    11 ounce box vanilla wafers, 1/2 cup butter
  • Cool completely.


  • Mix softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice and 1 cup of whipped topping.
    8 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Spread over cooled crust.
  • Whisk together pudding and milk. Spread over cream cheese mixture and chill until pudding is set.
    6.8 ounces instant lemon pudding, 3 cups milk
  • Top with remaining whipped topping. Store covered in the refrigerator.
    8 ounces whipped topping


Calories: 312kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 257mgPotassium: 122mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 467IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 0.05mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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