Better Than Robert Redford

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Better Than Robert Redford

It's the name that was given to this dessert... many years ago! I'd personally call it "Better Than George Clooney."


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened
1 cup chopped pecans
One 8-ounce package cream cheese
1 cup granulated white sugar
One 9-ounce tub Cool Whip
One 6.75-ounce box instant vanilla pudding (prepare it as directed on the package)
One 6.75-ounce box instant chocolate pudding (prepare it as directed on the package)
One grated milk chocolate bar


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Prepare the crust: In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, butter and pecans. Press into 13x9-inch baking dish and bake 15-20 minutes, until set and lightly browned. Let the crust cool completely.

3. Prepare the filling: In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese with the sugar until smooth. Fold in half of the Cool Whip.

4. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the cooled crust. Then spread the vanilla pudding. Then spread the chocolate pudding. Spread remaining cool whip on top.

5. Sprinkle with grated chocolate and serve. Or refrigerate and serve later.

Source: (recipe given to me wayyyy back in high school)

3 Responses to “Better Than Robert Redford”

  1. postedApr 20, 2013 2:18 PM
    Liz H.

    Made this about 30 years ago (I’m dating myself.) I’m going to make this for my Bunco group. Can’t wait!

  2. postedJul 25, 2013 5:17 PM
    Geralyn Hodges

    My mom has this recipe and we have always shortened the name to “robert redford”. If you have never tried it, you have to make this because it is awesome. This is what I ask for every year for my birthday instead of birthday cake and I have never seen someone share the recipe on a food blog. Great recipe!!

    • postedJul 26, 2013 5:59 AM

      How fun to hear that you love it too. I made this a couple of weeks ago for a summer bbq with neighbors and it was devoured so quickly that I couldn’t even snap a photo!

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