Chocolate Dessert Lasagna (Lush)

Chocolate dessert lasagna (sometimes called chocolate lush) is a no bake chocolate dessert that is completely irresistible! Layers of chocolate pudding, cream cheese, whipped cream, and chocolate chips sit on a chocolate cookie crust. I think chocolate lasagna may be the best chocolate dessert recipe to make when you need an easy chocolate fix! This post includes a Weight Watchers Freestyle recipe option, too!

pan of chocolate dessert lasagna - chocolate lasagna is a layered no bake dessert made with chocolate cookies, chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and chocolate chips

It’s time for the February recipe collaboration group post! Last month, we shared our favorite slider sandwich recipes with you. With Valentine’s Day a couple of weeks away, this month’s theme is our favorite chocolate dessert recipes! Be sure to check out the list of delicious chocolate desserts at the end of this post.

14 indulgent chocolate desserts photo collage

What is Dessert Lasagna?

The first time I heard the term lasagna dessert recipe, I had a hard time visualizing a sweet lasagna. Lasagna is meant to be a warm, savory, comfort food dinner, not dessert! A couple of weeks later, I overheard a conversation between two ladies at the grocery store. One of them called it chocolate lasagna and the other called it chocolate lush. Wait. What?! A lush is someone who drinks too much alcohol, not a dessert! Oh, and I’ve also seen them called icebox cakes. I guess there are a lot of names for this simple, delicious layered dessert.

Regardless of what name you want to call them, no bake layered desserts are so easy to make!

What’s in a layered dessert lasagna?

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A dessert lasagna starts with a crust layer, which is usually made with crushed cookies or graham crackers. I’ve seen them made with shortbread, too.

The other “required” components for a dessert lasagna recipe are layers of pudding or cheesecake filling and at least one layer of of whipped cream. Anything else you want to add to your no bake sweet lasagna is up to your imagination.

How about some fresh fruit? My friend Dorothy adds sliced bananas to her banana chocolate chip lush. Are you a fan of ice cream? You can add a layer of it to your dessert lasagna! My friend Amy did when she made Hot Fudge Caramel Ice Cream Bar cake. Whoa!

Are you a candy bar lover? Add a layer of them between the whipped cream and pudding, like Julianne does in her No Bake Snicker’s Icebox Cake recipe.

This chocolate dessert lasagna recipe I’m sharing today is very basic and uncomplicated, but so full of chocolate flavor that I think it’s perfect just as it is.

pan and plate of chocolate dessert lasagna - chocolate lasagna is a layered no bake dessert made with chocolate cookies, chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and chocolate chips

Making Weight Watchers Friendly Chocolate Lasagna

Do you need or want a lighter version of this delicious chocolate dessert recipe? You may recall that Hasome and I started the Weight Watchers Freestyle program a couple of weeks ago. We’re both losing weight at a steady pace, and I don’t want to sabotage that, so I lightened up the recipe and calculated the Weight Watchers Freestyle points for it. Now, let me tell you,at 17 points per serving, this indulgent chocolate dessert is something you would enjoy on a special occasion. Of course, you can ALSO cut smaller slices to lower the Smart Points. 😉

Lighter Chocolate Lasagna Recipe Ingredient Swaps:

 

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Warning: this dessert is very rich. Don’t let the creamy pudding and fluffy whipped cream fool you into thinking otherwise. Small portions are required. Pace yourself. 🙂

Chocolate Dessert Lasagna Recipe

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Chocolate Dessert Lasagna {Chocolate Lush}

Prep Time 20 minutes Inactive Time 1 hour Cook Time 0 minutes Yields 15 slices

This no bake dessert has layers of rich chocolate pudding, whipped cream and chocolate chips, all sitting on a chocolate cookie base. This dessert is for you, chocolate lovers!

Ingredients

  • 36 chocolate sandwich cookies*
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk **
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip (or any brand of prepared whipped cream)
  • 2 packages (3.9 oz each) INSTANT chocolate pudding mix ***
  • 3 1/4 cups milk ** 
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Use a food processor to grind sandwich cookies into fine crumbs, or place the cookies in a zip top plastic bag and crush them using a rolling pin.
  2. Transfer cookie crumbs into a large mixing bowl. Add melted butter and use a fork to combine, making sure to coat the crumbs completely. Press the cookie crumb mixture into the bottom of a freezer safe 9 x 13-inch pan. Refrigerate pan while you prepare the rest of the dessert.
  3. Place softened cream cheese into a large mixing bowl ( I reused the bowl I mixed the cookie crumbs in.) Use an electric hand mixer on high speed to mix the cream cheese until it's light and fluffy. Add the sugar and 2 Tablespoons of milk and mix on medium speed until well combined. Use a wooden spoon or mixing spatula to incorporate 1 1/4 cups of Cool Whip into the cream cheese mixture. Spread mixture evenly over the cookie crust.
  4. To a clean mixing bowl, add both packages of dry instant chocolate pudding mix and 3 1/4 cups cold milk. Whisk for a few minutes, until the pudding starts to thicken.
  5. Remove pan from refrigerator and use a rubber spatula to spread pudding evenly over the top cream cheese layer. Let the dessert rest for 5 minutes to further thicken the pudding. After 5 minutes, spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top of the pudding layer, then sprinkle mini chocolate chips evenly over the top of the Cool Whip.
  6. Refrigerate the dessert for 4 hours or freeze for 1 hour before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • *If you want to make this a gluten-free dessert, be sure to use gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies
  • **You can use any type of milk you normally drink. I used almond milk. Just be sure the milk is cold.
  • ***Be sure to use instant pudding mix and NOT the cook and serve variety.
  • Original recipe found on Center Cut Cook.
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More Chocolate Dessert Recipes to Try:

Extreme Chocolate Poke Cake

Extreme Chocolate Poke Cake - This dessert has 5 different layers of chocolate in it! Chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, chocolate ganache, chocolate whipped cream, and mini chocolate chips. It's all topped off with a drizzle of caramel, making this an extreme chocolate lover's dessert! Recipe on ItsYummi.com

 

Chocolate Strawberry Parfaits {No Bake Dessert}

Chocolate Strawberry Candy Bar Parfaits - A fun and easy to make dessert recipe from @itsyummi with layers of strawberry fool, fluffy homemade whipped cream, and bite sized candy bars - Get the recipe on itsyummi.com

If you decide to make the no bake chocolate dessert lasagna recipe, please come back and leave me a comment and a rating for the recipe. I’d love to hear from you!

Chocolate Dessert Lasagna (also called Chocolate Lush or Chocolate Icebox Cake) Chocolate lasagna is a layered dessert with layers of chocolate cookies, chocolate pudding, whipped cream and chocolate chips! #nobake #dessert #recipe #chocolate

 

chocolate dessert lasagna (chocolate lush) photo collage

2 Replies to "Chocolate Dessert Lasagna (Lush)"

  • Deb A February 2, 2018 (8:47 am)

    Wow Becca! This looks so delicious! I’ll be making this soon!

    • Becca February 2, 2018 (10:04 am)

      Thanks, Deb. It’s pretty addictive!

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