I made this for Memorial Day, and it was definitely a hit. I try to stay true to the original recipes, but with so many reviewers suggesting that the lemon flavor needed pumped up, I added a little lemon juice to the cream cheese layer, and also subbed some of the liquid in the pudding for the juice of one lemon. I only had cook and serve Jello pudding on hand, which calls for water instead of milk. I had no issues with it setting up, even though I added fresh lemon juice. Others said their Jello pudding was not as yellow as the photo, but cook and serve was that yellow. I can't speak for instant.
The one downfall of this recipe - the crust. Many asked what was in the crust, but I think they asked just because it was so bland. I assumed that the dessert itself would be sweet enough to balance out the lack of sugar, but without sugar the crust kind drew attention to itself. Next time I'll added a 1/2 cup of sugar to make more of a shortbread.
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I made this for Memorial Day, and it was definitely a hit. I try to stay true to the original...