Chocolate Lasagna

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  • Chocolate Lasagna: Have you heard of it before? A chocolate layered dessert that is also no bake and utterly decadent and delicious.

    layered chocolate icebox cake

    Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

    This is quite literally the perfect summer dessert. No heating up the oven, or even the stove, for that matter. And since it is served cold, the best refresher.

    chocolate lasagna with fresh fruit

    The idea is genius and actually quite simple, and the results are cravable. People will ask for the recipe and be amazed it was so simple. Seriously.

    5 Decadent Layers

    LAYER 1– the crust. Who doesn’t love a good cookie crust? It you tell me no- you are lying. You can make it from scratch in a food processor, as the recipe suggests, or buy the boxed Oreo cookie crumbs.

    PRO TIP: No food processor, no problem! Place your cookies in an airtight plastic bag and give them a few rolls with a rolling pin.

    You can even use graham crackers if you prefer. Whichever you use, it equals about 2 cups.

    Mix them with melted butter and there ya go- no bake crust!

    Oreo cookie crust in a baking dish

    LAYER 2– Silky cream cheese whipped with sugar and whipped topping. It is like a fluffy cream cheese frosting and oh so velvety and delicious.

    And yes, I did say whipped topping opposed to whipped cream. Even stabilized whipped cream will fall and melt a little. Whipped topping, like Cool Whip, is made with vegetable oils and skim milk, making it stay fluffy longer. For desserts like this chocolate lasagna, you need something this stable and stiff.

    whipped cream cheese in a mixing bowl

    LAYER 3– Pudding- this cake uses a blend of chocolate and vanilla, but you can use all of one or the other or get creative.

    Vanilla and cherry or strawberry are good options. As is chocolate and coffee flavors.

    Slather it over the cream cheese layer.

    how to make the pudding layer

    LAYER 4– This one is purely whipped topping to set the stage for layer 5. Give up some nice whisps and peaks to make it pretty- you can’t go wrong with light and fluffy!

    whipped cream topping for chocolate lasagna

    LAYER 5- The toppings! Oh, here you get to go bonkers! Use festive sprinkles, more crushed cookies, maraschino cherries, toasted nuts or sauces like strawberry sauce, fudge, caramel or even praline.

    I do suggest waiting until you’ve plated to add sauces or anything heavy, like cherries.

    close up of chocolate icebox cake

    Chocolate Lasagna Ingredients

    You’ll use several of the same ingredients in different layers, so pay attention to how much is used in each step.

    • Oreo Cookies- use regular stuff. I know your inclination is that more stuffing is better, but since this is a crust, you actually want more cookie, less stuffing.
    • Butter– salted is fine, in fact preferred, for this dessert.
    • Cream cheese– full fat is best for a super thick and rich layer, but you can also use a low or fat free to cut a few calories.
    • Sugar– to sweeten, of course.
    • Whipped topping– see my notes above- DO NOT USE WHIPPED CREAM for your chocolate lasagna, go get the frozen Cool Whip.
    • Instant pudding– get two small boxes of whatever flavors sound good to you. Make sure they are instant so they set fast.
    • Milk– whole is best for a fully bold dessert, but you can use 2% or skim.
    • Toppings– get creative! See below…
    overhead of chocolate lasagna on a serving plate

    Chocolate Lasagna Topping options

    This can be served with no toppings or some toppings. Have fun with it!

    • Mini chocolate chips
    • Sprinkles
    • Crushed cookies
    • Chocolate curls
    • Nuts
    • Fresh berries
    • Sauces

    Make it!

    I would say bake it- but there is no baking! Only spreading, layering and chilling (or freezing). So here we go, how to make chocolate lasagna

    how to make chocolate lasagna

    My suggestion is to use one large mixing bowl and make all layers in the same bowl. Just make sure to get as much as possible of each layer out with a spatula.

    • Press the cookie crust into a dish and chill to set.
    • Whip together the first layer (cream cheese) and spread.
    • Whip together the second layer (pudding) and spread.
    • Top with remaining whipped topping.
    • Decide if you want a fluffy chocolate lasagna or a chocolate icebox cake.
    • Garnish and serve. Keep chilled right up until serving.

    Chocolate Icebox Cake

    Chocolate lasagna is technically not an icebox cake because it is frozen. Icebox cakes use the same ingredients, but hit the freezer instead of the fridge.

    side view of chocolate lasagna with sprinkles

    The good news- this can be a chocolate icebox cake, just freeze it instead! When you do take it out to serve, let it thaw for about 5-10 minutes. Also run a knife under hot water between slices to make cutting easier.

    Make Ahead & Storage of Chocolate Lasagna

    While this chocolate lasagna is super easy, it is also a little volatile. You can make it up to a day ahead of time, but it is best consumed within 24 hours of assembling.

    Unless, of course, you freeze it. And then you have up to 3 months to enjoy its deliciousness!

    chocolate lasagna for pinterest

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    This no-bake cake is layered with graham crackers, vanilla and pistachio pudding and topped with chopped pistachios, chocolate sauce and cherries!
    No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Cake
    no bake strawberry cake using pound cake
    No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Cake combines layers of pound cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream topped with macerated strawberries. It can be made ahead and is perfect for parties!
    Mocha Cream Pie
    Mocha Cream Pie Recipe is three layers of delicious pie: brownie base, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream top all laced with coffee. #mochacreampie #brownies #creampie www.savoryexperiments.com
    Mocha Cream Pie Recipe is three layers of delicious pie: brownie base, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream top all laced with coffee.
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    Chocolate Lasagna

    An EASY chocolate layered dessert that is also no bake and utterly decadent and delicious! It's the BEST!
    Prep Time20 mins
    Chilling Time8 hrs
    Total Time8 hrs 20 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: chocolate lasagna, icebox cake
    Servings: 16
    Calories: 348kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Crust

    Layers

    • 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 16 ounces whipped topping , such as Cool Whip, thawed and divided
    • 3.4 ounces instant chocolate pudding
    • 3.4 ounces instant vanilla pudding
    • 3 cups whole milk
    • Toppings

    Instructions

    Crust

    • In a mixing bowl, combine Oreo cookie crumbs with melted butter until it forms a paste.
    • Coat a 9×13 dish with cooking spray and then press moistened cookie crumbs into the pan.
    • Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set. You can also use the freezer if you are short on time.
      cookie crust

    First Layer

    • Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and vanilla.
      cream cheese filling
    • Fold in 2 cups (about 8 ounces) whipped topping.
      whipped cream cheese
    • Spread over chilled crust.
    • Place in refrigerator while you make the next layer.

    Second Layer

    • Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk or a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, combine chocolate and vanilla instant pudding with milk. Whisk according to package directions (about 2 minutes) and then sit aside to set.
      pudding layer
    • Spread over cream cheese layer.

    Third Layer

    • Spread remaining whipped topping (8 ounces or 2 cups) over pudding layer.
      whipped cream layer
    • Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours or until ready to serve.

    Toppings & Garnish

    • Top with sauces and toppings of your choice when ready to serve.
    • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings!

    Notes

    *This equals about 1 14.3 ounce package. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 326mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 473IU | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 1mg

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