The Next Best Thing To Robert Redford

July 3, 2013 40 Comments | Disclosure

My husband’s family introduced me to The Next Best Thing To Robert Redford. No holiday is complete without it. I am forever grateful… ;)


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tub 7 oz. cool whip
  • 1 pkg. 6 3/4 oz. vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 pkg. 6 3/4 oz. chocolate instant pudding
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 1 Hershey chocolate bar, grated (optional, but makes it look SOO pretty!)


1. Prepare crust: mix flour, butter, and pecans until crumbly and press into a greased 13 x 9 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden. Let cool.

2. Layers: Beat cream cheese sugar and half carton of cool whip. Spread over cooled crust. Combine vanilla and chocolate pudding with 3 cups cold milk until smooth or thickened. Spread over cream cheese layer. Spread remaining cool whip over the top and sprinkle with the grated Hershey bar.



  1. Hmmm, looks yummy enough but I don’t think anything can be better than Robert Redford!!!

  2. I would have to name it “Next best thing to Steve Young” lol

  3. That is what our family calls Chocolate Delight. It’s a REQUIREMENT that we have this at every thxgvng n Christmas gathering on my moms side of the family. I like it with Graham cracker crust myself.

    • We call it Chocolate Delight, too! :-) AND, I also started using graham cracker crust instead. I like it better that way. Too funny!

      It is one of my favorite desserts. I could eat the whole pie.

    • We make it with a crushed Oreo crust. It’s truly sinful.

  4. THANK YOU for this. I was looking for something new and simply and I do believe this is the winner. Can’t wait to eat it. My thighs thank you too.

  5. We’ve been making this for years and love it. For a great variation use 2 pkgs. Pistachio pudding. Lemon is also wonderful. We like it slightly frozen too. Yummy.

  6. Oh My Gosh!!! I love this dessert!! We make it every year!

  7. We have always called this 4 layer dessert..but I prefer your name so much better…lol…This is awesome with butterscotch pudding!!

  8. My mom makes this with sugar free stuff. It’s great for people who can’t have sugar in their diet.

  9. This is a holiday staple at our house…. with the same name, I might ad! EVERYONE should take the time to try this dessert…. or not, if you are dieting! LOL

  10. Oh this is what we call better than sex cake. A staple at our house for
    new years parties!

  11. My husband’s family calls this recipe husband’s delight

  12. We call this recipe “Chocolate Pie Squares.” I guess Chocolate Pie Squares is easier to say than Chocolate Pudding Squares! I have made this for years and it always gets rave reviews!

  13. My cousin makes a lemon version of this called Lemon Lush, with the pecan nut crust. Oh boy, is it luscious! This chocolate version looks yummy too. I’ll have to try it. I have cream cheese just waiting in my fridge.

  14. No one makes this better than my mom! :)

  15. Yum!

  16. I’d call it “The Next Best Thing To Brad Pitt”!

  17. Our very old recipe says it’s called “Four Layered Dessert”, but our family renamed it “Texas Yum Yum”

  18. My mom made this pie every once in a while when i was a kid. So yummy!

  19. We call this Fat Man Pie!!!! Now I want one but no time to make it :(

  20. My mother-in-law makes this and she calls it “Plush”. We love it. Over the years she has modified it some. In my favorite version she completely cuts out the pudding and adds fresh sliced sugared strawberries. Absolutely delicious!

  21. wow! my family calls this Michigan dessert too! how weird is that. so glad you posted this =)

  22. WE MAKE THIS! It is delicious and this is what we call it too! ive never known anyone to have any idea what we are talking about!

  23. Cassie Robbins says:

    Also named “Republican Dessert” – I grew up on this dish at church potlucks and it was ALWAYS one of the first dishes to get eaten up! Making it for Christmas this year and can hardly wait…. :) :)

  24. amanda tuscany says:

    Oh how I love this dessert!! I never knew so many people knew about it hahaha we call it three layer dessert…… not counting the crust I suppose… not sure but my mom made it my entire life for all holiday events :) it is so awesome to see everyone’s names and different variations :) love ♥

  25. This is so good! We call it “Arizona Yum Yum” over here. And we use the graham cracker crust.

  26. When I was a kid I remember it being called “Better than S-E-X dessert,” said just like that because my mom, grandmother, aunts, etc. always spelled it out and blushed when they said it! Jello used to make a Butter Pecan pudding and that is still my favorite variation aside from pistachio, which is a close second.

  27. Our family has been making this since the 70′s and we also call it next best thing to Robert Redford. You are the first ones that I have found that call it the same thing! Its one of my favorites. Its also really good it you use thickened fresh raspberries instead of the chocolate pudding.

  28. My husbands family calls this Dallas Delight and no holiday is complete without it.

  29. We call it Aileen Torte and make it w/chocolate & lemon. My absolute favorite dessert!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Better than sex is what I’ve always heard it called. This is what I served at my wedding reception 24 years ago.

  31. so excited to make this! there is no such thing as a “6 3/4 oz. box of pudding.” does this recipe use 2 large or 2 small pudding boxes…thanks!

  32. We call it “better than sex cake” it’s very good…I don’t agree with the statement though lol!

  33. Better than Sex in a Pan, YUM!

  34. My friend’s mom used to make this, but I never had the recipe till now, so thanks! I’d call it “The Next Best Thing to Ryan Gosling.” ;o)

  35. I have a question about the recipe! I am allergic to nuts, so what do I need to do in relation to the crust? Will it turn out too mushy or soft w/o the nuts?

  36. Melissa H. says:

    Wow! This desert not only looks like it tastes really good, but sounds rather versatile and easy, and it has even started a whole conversation about itself. lol Can’t wait to try this easy recipe with the kids! Maybe the next one we can add our of tweaks to it.

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