4cupsmilkyou can also do 3 1/2, if you want it a little thicker
Whipped Topping & Toasted Coconut Garnish Layer:
8ounceswhipped topping Cool Whip or you can substitute the same amount whipped cream
1cupunsweetened coconut flakestoasted
Optional: Sprinkle finely chopped pecans on top
FOR NO BAKE CRUST
Graham Cracker Crust: In a medium-large bowl, mix melted and cooled unsalted butter with processed graham crackers. Press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Cover and chill until the next layer is ready.
Bottom Pecan Crust Layer (for baked crust option): Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, melted and cooled butter, finely ground pecans and 1/4 cup sugar. Press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes (25 mins works best for me) until golden brown. Allow to cool completely before adding any layers.
Cream Cheese Layer: Using a hand electric mixer, combine cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, 1-2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice (2 tablespoons works best for me). Mixture should be even and smooth. Spread evenly on top of the baked and cooled bottom pecan crust or no bake graham cracker crust.
Coconut Cream Pudding Layer: In a large mixing bowl, whisk milk and instant coconut cream pudding mix until set. It may take 4-5 minutes to thicken. Spread evenly on top of the cream cheese mixture.
Whipped Topping & Toasted Coconut Garnish Layer: Spread thawed whipped topping on top of the pudding layer. Toast the unsweetened coconut flakes on a foil-lined baking sheet in the toaster oven or oven (350 degrees F) for 5 minutes; you should toss the flakes halfway to ensure even toasting. Be careful not to burn the coconut flakes and toast them until they are golden light brown. When the coconut flakes are cool, sprinkle them all over the Coconut Cream Lush and reserve more for sprinkling on slices. Optionally, you can freeze the Coconut Cream Lush overnight for more defined slices. Do not freeze if you substitute homemade whipped cream because it might not hold up like frozen whipped topping like Cool Whip. Enjoy!
I suggest using an offset spatula for spreading the layers and make sure it's clean before starting a new layer.
After refrigerating, for serving to show more defined layers, you can just take a butter knife and "wipe" along the sides and the layers will show nicely.
You can freeze the Coconut Cream Lush overnight (at least 6 hours) to get more defined slices.
Make sure you use a sharp knife to cut down into the bottom crust first before removing with the spatula. It will defrost fairly quickly.