February 10, 2013

Pistachio Torte

Pistachio Torte dessert was such a favorite of mine growing up. It was one that my grandma would make for us often.  This isn't the same Grandma I have mentioned before, this recipe was from my dad's mom. Whenever we went back home to visit, she would pull a pan out of the freezer, and I would be so happy! 

Eating this dessert was back in the day before I was such a foodie, and loved recipe's as much as I do now. A few years after Grandma passed, I remembered her Pistachio Dessert, and wanted to make it. I really had no idea what it entailed. I just remembered Pistachio pudding, and some other layers with Heath bars crushed up for sprinkles on top. I searched every church cookbook I had that Grandma had recipes submitted to, never with any luck. I had checked with my Gram to see if she knew the recipe. Never any luck. I'd given up hope. Then one day, one of my cousin's asked if I would like some of our grandma's recipes... WHAT?  YES PLEASE! Thankfully, she had the Pistachio Torte dessert. I was so happy. 

After seeing the recipe, I realized it had been in front of my face for a long time. My southern blogger buddy over at South Your Mouth had posted her Chocolate Delight recipe, and I had seen her picture and read her recipe, it never occured to me, that this recipe was so similar to the one I was looking for, but with a different flavor pudding.  My grandma had a few different twists, but it was so similar.  If I hadn't been so focused on the Pistachio, I might have had an easier time finding the recipe.  Sometimes, I get a little to focused on the details to see the big picture.   

Pistachio Torte 

1 c. flour
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. finely chopped nuts (Walnuts, Almonds, Pecans)
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 c. Cool Whip, divided
1 c. powdered sugar
2 small (3 oz) pkg. Pistachio instant pudding mix
3 c. milk

Heath Candy Bar, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix flour and nuts.  Cut in butter until you have a crumbly mixture.  Pat in bottom of greased 9 x 13” pan.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until light golden color.  Cool.

While crust is cooling, beat cream cheese until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar and mix until combined.  Fold in 1 cup of Cool Whip. Spread over the cooled crust.

Mix pudding and milk until combined.  Spread over cream cheese layer.  Top pudding layer with remaining Cool Whip.  Garnish with chopped Heath Bar.  

Place in freezer for 2 to 3 hours.  Remove from freezer 20 minutes before serving.

Sharing this recipe at:
Clever Chicks Blog Hop
Manic Monday
Tuesday Talent Show  
Wednesday Extravaganza
Thursdays Treasures  
Pin Me Linky Party 
Weekend Potluck
Foodie Friends Friday
Weekend re-Treat  
Scrumptious Sundays
Strut Your Stuff Saturday  
Sweet & Savoury Link Party


  1. I wish I'd known you were looking for this... It is one of my favorites and I make it every year, at least once... Make sure the nuts in the crust are either salted or add just a little salt. It really perks up the flavor :)

  2. This is a beautiful torte! No wonder it's your childhood favorite. I'm glad that your cousin got the recipe....I love recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. There are just so many great memories and lovely stories behind them. :) I can't wait to give this a try. I love pistachio.

  3. I just wrote down this recipe. Thanks for sharing this as it is something that will go over well here at my house :)

  4. This sounds yummy! It looks so unique with that green layer. Glad you were able to find the recipe!

  5. Saw your torte at Thursday's Treasures ... I've never heard of a Pistachio Torte. It looks & sounds incredibly delicious!!! Pinned ;) Thanks for sharing!
    Have a lovely Valentine's Day!!


  6. Stopping by from Weekend Potluck! I haven't made this recipe in so long, I forgot how good it was:) Thanks for reminding me~ Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines:) Now following on GFC

  7. This looks so yummy. I love pistachio.

  8. Oh wow, I love pistachio pudding and this sounds amazing.

  9. I'd like to invite you to link up to Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady!



  10. LOVE this recipe. Thanks for sharing with us at FFF>

  11. Oh, this looks so good- I love that there is heath bar in it- yum! Congrats on it being a Host Favorite on Foodie Friends Friday! I am now following your blog on Google friends and following your FB page! :)

  12. My hubby goes crazy for pistachio! I especially love the nice color :)
    Thank you for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - see you there again tonight with more of your deliciousness :)

  13. WOW! I love sweets that I can squish around in my mouth so I want this NOW!!! YUMMMMMMMY!!

  14. Looks delicious, and I love pistachio. Would love for you to share at my linky party going on right now. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/02/tasty-thursdays-29.html

    Thanks, Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch

  15. Looks yummy! Love that it was a recipe from your grandma :)

    Thanks for sharing your link at last weekends link party @The Weekend re-Treat!

    Hope to see you link up again this week if you haven't already!

  16. I love everything about this delicious pistachio torte. I'll be sharing this on my FB page tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday "REcipes with a story" party this week.

    Look forward to seeing you again soon,

  17. G'day! Looks like children of all ages would go YUM!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of the Foodie Friends Friday Recipes that tell a Story