Butterscotch Delight

 

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Butterscotch Delight is a luscious no-bake treat made with layers of graham crackers, sweetened cream cheese, whipped topping, and butterscotch pudding.
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  1. Butterscotch Delight Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make This Butterscotch Delight Recipe
  4. How to Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Recipes You’ll Love
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Butterscotch Delight is a layered no-bake dessert that’s light, creamy, and delicious. Made with cream cheese and butterscotch pudding, on a buttery graham cracker crust, this easy-to-make dessert is perfect for feeding a crowd. 

Love the buttery, caramel-like taste of butterscotch? Make butterscotch toffee cookies or no-bake butterscotch haystacks. Wash those treats down with a mug of homemade butterbeer

close up shot of a slice of butterscotch delight garnished with butterscotch sauce on a plate

Butterscotch Delight Ingredients

Butterscotch Delight raw ingredients that are labeled

You will need:

Crust

  • 1½ cups cinnamon graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whipping cream

Butterscotch Pudding Layer

  • 3.4 ounces instant butterscotch pudding
  • ¾ cup butterscotch chips roughly chopped and divided
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Whipped Topping Layer

  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • garnish with chopped butterscotch chips and chip crumbles cinnamon graham cracker crumbs You can also drizzle with  butterscotch sauce (like you use for ice cream or make your own)

Substitutions and Additions

GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS: Using cinnamon graham crackers to make your graham cracker crust adds a really nice, yet subtle flavor to your crust. You can also use regular honey graham crackers if you prefer. 

SAUCE FOR GARNISH: Besides the butterscotch chips and pieces, you can also drizzle the top of your dessert with butterscotch sauce (like you use for ice cream or make your own). 

How to Make This Butterscotch Delight Recipe

PRO TIP: It’s highly recommended to make this delicious dessert a day ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. This will allow it to thicken and makes it easier to cut into slices. 

PRO TIP: If you can’t find crushed graham crackers, you can crush them yourself by placing them into a Ziploc and crushing them with a rolling pin or running them through a food processor.

Crust Layer

STEP ONE: In a medium bowl mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter.

graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a bowl

STEP TWO: Press the mixture into an 8×8 dish. Flatten the mixture using the bottom of a flat glass. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

graham cracker crumb mixture pressed into a baking dish

Cream Cheese Layer

STEP THREE: In a large mixing bowl place the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Using a hand mixer, combine until light and fluffy and no lumps remain. Set aside.

PRO TIP: Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that they blend completely and don’t leave lumps in the cream cheese layer.

cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract combined in a bowl

STEP FOUR: In a chilled medium mixing bowl place the heavy whipping cream. Using a hand mixer on high beat the cream until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes.

heavy whipping cream folded in a bowl

STEP FIVE: Gently add the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture and fold together with a rubber spatula. Once combined spoon half of the cream cheese/whipped cream mixture on top of graham cracker crust.

whipping cream added to the cream cheese mixture and spread on top of the crust

STEP SIX: Set the other half of the mixture aside.

STEP SEVEN: Place the 8×8 dish in the refrigerator while preparing the next step.

Butterscotch Pudding Layer

STEP EIGHT: In the bowl with the remaining half of the cream cheese/whipping cream mixture, add the dry butterscotch pudding mix, chopped butterscotch chips, and heavy cream. Gently fold together until combined and solid in color.

butterscotch pudding, butterscotch chips, and heavy cream added to the cream cheese mixture

STEP NINE: Spoon the mixture on top of layer two in the 8×8 dish and spread evenly. This layer will be quite thick.

pudding mixture spread on top of the cream cheese mixture

Whipped Topping Layer

STEP TEN: Spread the Cool Whip on top of the 8×8 dish as the last layer.

cool whip spread on top of the pudding mixture

STEP ELEVEN: Garnish with remaining ¼ cup chopped butterscotch chips and drizzle with butterscotch sauce.

cake garnished with chopped butterscotch chips

STEP TWELVE: Chill at least one hour before serving. Ideally, chill for 2 hours.

How to Serve

Superb for taking to a potluck or get-together with friends and family, you can make this heavenly dessert a day ahead of time. Serve your slices of Butterscotch Delight with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of butterscotch syrup over the top. Wash it down with a mug of coffee or hot chocolate. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Leftover butterscotch delight should always be stored in the refrigerator. It’s also best to place it in the fridge in between servings. The ingredients can melt very quickly. If you plan to make it ahead of time, it should also be refrigerated until served. 

IN THE FREEZER: Butterscotch delight is very simple to freeze! Just make sure to cover the top with an airtight lid and pop it in the freezer. When ready to serve, let it thaw in the fridge.

close up shot of a dish of butterscotch delight

Butterscotch Delight is a luscious dessert with layers of graham crackers, sweetened cream cheese, whipped topping, and butterscotch pudding. Also called Butterscotch Lush, every bite of this delectable no-bake treat is creamy and cool. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze this butterscotch delight dessert? 

This great dessert can be kept in the freezer for up to a month. Thaw in the refrigerator and serve.

Can I use a different type of crust for this recipe? 

You could use Nilla wafers or digestive biscuits in place of the graham cracker crust for this recipe.

Is this recipe the same as Butterscotch Lush or Butterscotch Lasagna? 

Yes! This great recipe goes by many names, including butterscotch lush, butterscotch dream, and butterscotch lasagna.

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close up shot of a slice of butterscotch delight garnished with butterscotch sauce on a plate

Butterscotch Delight

Butterscotch Delight is a luscious no-bake treat made with layers of graham crackers, sweetened cream cheese, whipped topping, and butterscotch pudding.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

Crust

  • cups cinnamon graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whipping cream

Butterscotch Pudding Layer

  • 3.4 ounces instant butterscotch pudding
  • ¾ cup butterscotch chips, roughly chopped and divided
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Whipped Topping Layer

  • 8 ounces cool whip
  • chopped butterscotch chips and chip crumbles cinnamon graham cracker crumbs, optional garnish (you can also drizzle with butterscotch sauce)

Instructions
 

Crust Layer

  • In a medium bowl mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter.
  • Press the mixture into an 8×8 dish. Flatten the mixture using the bottom of a flat glass. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Cream Cheese Layer

  • In a large mixing bowl place the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Using a hand mixer, combine until light and fluffy and no lumps remain. Set aside.
  • In a chilled medium mixing bowl place the heavy whipping cream. Using a hand mixer on high beat the cream until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes.
  • Gently add the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture and fold together with a rubber spatula. Once combined spoon half of the cream cheese/whipped cream mixture on top of graham cracker crust.
  • Set the other half of the mixture aside.
  • Place the 8×8 dish in the refrigerator while preparing the next step.

Butterscotch Pudding Layer

  • In the bowl with the remaining half of the cream cheese/whipping cream mixture, add the dry butterscotch pudding mix, chopped butterscotch chips, and heavy cream. Gently fold together until combined and solid in color.
  • Spoon the mixture on top of layer two in the 8×8 dish and spread evenly. This layer will be quite thick.

Whipped Topping Layer

  • Spread the Cool Whip on top of the 8×8 dish as the last layer.
  • Garnish with remaining ¼ cup chopped butterscotch chips and drizzle with butterscotch sauce.
  • Chill at least one hour before serving. Ideally, chill for 2 hours.

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Notes

  • The butterscotch layer of this is thicker than the other Delight recipes but still tastes good.
  • If you can’t find crushed graham crackers, you can crush them yourself by placing them into a Ziploc and a rolling pin or running them through a food processor.
  • It’s highly recommended to make this delicious dessert a day ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. This will allow it to thicken and makes it easier to cut into slices.
  • Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that they blend completely and don’t leave lumps in the cream cheese layer.

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