The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Pie

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You guys, Labor Day is just a few days away. I can’t even…

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How is the unofficial end of summer here already? It’s like a slap to the face I tell you! I just don’t want to believe that the days are getting shorter (you know what I mean), it’s already getting cooler in the mornings, and before I know it I’ll be muttering swears under my breathe as I shovel snow off the walkway in front of our house. Or my favorite, mop up melted snow water that sneaks away from the mat at the front door in hopes that the bamboo floors don’t get water damage there. Seriously, thanks previous owner- it was super smart to put a sensitive wood right at the door in a climate where is snows for like 8 months of the year. dumb.  And that’s just the beginning of the crap they didn’t or did do.

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Since September is just about here I am making this ‘The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Pie’ because it’s Price’s favorite pie and his birthday is coming. So let’s pretend this is an early birthday pie. Or is it a late birthday dessert since I never made him the German Chocolate Cake brownies that I owe him for his 2013 birthday. I am the worst.

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Speaking of being the worst, I can barely remember to do my time sheet every week before the system closes on Saturday at midnight. And yes we get reminder emails that I just delete because I’m dumb. That means I have to do it manually in excel on Monday mornings, which is bad because it creates more work for a coworkers as he then needs to enter it in the system in some sort of back way sort of way. And when I said Monday mornings I really meant Wednesday morning, which is exactly what happened this week since I was traveling on Tuesday… ugh. how am I not fired yet? So I bought him a breakfast burrito and left a note at his desk asking him not to hate me. Hello, tangent…

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Anyway, this pie is great. I had never heard of it before Price asked for it years ago. I did manage to make it for him in a somewhat of a timely manner then. ha! So you should do yourself a favor and make this asap since it’s the bee’s knees.

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It’s super quick to make since it uses the good stuff like Cool Whip and instant pudding mix, however it takes several hours to set up. Sooooo plan accordingly. And be sure to tell people that you are not make it for right just now. My mom is visiting and was kinda disappointed to learn that she would have to wait for it. So she just stole some of the cream cheese & Cool Whip layer and went back to watching TV and reading. #multitasking

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The first piece kinda has to be scarified since it just doesn’t come out of the pan that nicely so that is the one you get to set aside for a midnight snack. Or you can eat it for breakfast, like what Price did. Now that is not the worst.

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The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Pie


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 (8 ounce) containers frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 (5.1 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/8 cup grated semisweet chocolate


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, butter, and chopped nuts. Press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 x 2 inch pan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
  3. The the bowl of a stand mixer/large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add 1 container of whipped topping and mix until combined. Spread evenly over the cooled crust.  Attempt to not kill Pricer for screwing it up!!
  4. In a large bowl, combine the pudding mixes and milk well until thick. Spread evenly over the cream cheese filling.
  5. Spread the remaining container of whipped topping over the pudding layer. Sprinkle grated chocolate over the top.
  6. Refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours before serving.

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8 thoughts on “The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Pie

    • iamahoneybee says:

      hardly! but you could do lowish fat… use low fat cream cheese, skim milk for the pudding, and non fat cool whip if you wanted to give that a try


    • iamahoneybee says:

      I have never made it that way but I would give it a try. The consistency of the whipped topping it pretty dense so make sure you whip the whipping cream well.


  1. Tracy Little says:

    OK I made this pie for sunday. Family picnic and my nephews 15th birthday. I’m not known for my creative baking skills by any means. Lol but it actually was pretty easy to make. Can’t wait till sun to try it!


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