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Easy, cool, and creamy this layered chocolate lasagna is the perfect quick dessert your family will love to enjoy!
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  1. CHOCOLATE LASAGNA INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CHOCOLATE LASAGNA RECIPE
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This cool, creamy chocolate lasagna recipe is the ultimate homemade dessert — sweet and delicious, you’ll be in love! The chocolate Oreo cookie crust creates the perfect base for the sweet layers of delicious pudding, cream cheese, and Cool Whip that come next. 

This traditional favorite is a spin off my Nannie’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Lasagna, which is another homemade dessert you can create from scratch — and it’s no-bake as well! Some of my other favorite no bake dessert recipes include our No Bake Peanut Butter Pie, Strawberry Jello Pie and our No Bake Chocolate Pudding Pie.

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Our entire family absolutely loves this easy layered chocolate lasagna. Since it’s served cold, the sweet creamy filling creates a simple, delicious, light dessert that is perfect for any occasion. 

We typically make this chocolate lasagna recipe in a 9×13 casserole dish, but you can also make this amazing, cool classic dessert in pie form. You could also layer in a parfait dish. Either way is yummy! 

I’ve always loved spending time in the kitchen with my Nannie. Her no-bake light and fluffy desserts made with cookie crust, pudding, and Cool Whip rank as some of my favorites (try her Strawberry Angel Food Cake for another family favorite).

You’ll probably find yourself licking the bowl as you make this recipe… I always do! Other amazing chocolate recipes include our Better than Sex Cake, Chocolate Pudding Cake, Chocolate Poke Cake, and our Doubletree cookies

CHOCOLATE LASAGNA INGREDIENTS

For this cool, and creamy treat layered chocolate lasagna, we’ll need to gather a few items before we get started mixing:

  • 1 5.1-ounce box of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 5.1-ounce box of instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 14.3 oz package of Oreo cookies (regular, not double stuffed)
  • 8 oz of cream cheese
  • 16 oz of cool whip
  • ½ a cup of melted margarine or butter 
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • chocolate syrup
  • Optional topping: Chocolate curls or your favorite chocolate candy

HOW TO MAKE THIS CHOCOLATE LASAGNA RECIPE

Once you see how quick it is to make and how tasty the chocolate is, you’ll want to make this simple, homemade delight over and over again. 

There are four layers for this traditional dessert lasagna. Let’s get started making them! 

For the first layer:

Add whole Oreos to the food processor and pulse until the crumbles are even. Set aside one cup of the crushed Oreos for topping. 

chocolate lasagna process shot

Mix the remaining crushed Oreos with half a cup of melted margarine, then pat onto the bottom of a 9×13 pan. 

You could also make this in pie or parfait form if you wanted! 

Place your dish in the fridge to chill. 

For the second layer:

Mix eight ounces of cream cheese, 8 ounces of Cool Whip, and one cup of powdered sugar together, then spread over the cooled first layer. Place back in the refrigerator to continue chilling. 

chocolate lasagna process shot

For the third layer: 

Mix one package of instant vanilla pudding and one package of instant chocolate pudding together with three cups of cold milk. Spread onto the second layer. 

For the fourth layer: 

Spread Cool Whip over the third layer and sprinkle the remaining crushed Oreos. Drizzle a light layer of chocolate syrup over the entire cake. 

close up shot of chocolate lasagna

Finally, top with chocolate curls or your favorite chocolate candy chopped into small pieces and pop back into the fridge until you’re ready to serve. 

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I hope your family enjoys this chocolate lasagna as much as mine does. I think it’ll be a favorite in no time! This amazing, light dessert is served cold and is no-bake, making it a good option for warmer months. I’ve taken it to several potlucks and cookouts. It goes fast and people often beg for the recipe. 

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Chocolate Lasagna

5 from 19 votes
Easy, cool, and creamy this layered chocolate lasagna is the perfect quick dessert your family will love to enjoy!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 1 5.1 oz box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 5.1 oz box instant chocolate pudding
  • 14.3 oz package of oreo cookies regular, not double stuffed
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 16 oz cool whip
  • 1/2 cup margarine melted
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • chocolate syrup
  • chocolate curls or your favorite chocolate candy optional

Instructions
 

1st Layer

  • Add the whole Oreos to food processor and pulse until crumbles are even. Set aside one cup of the crushed Oreos for the topping.
  • Mix crushed Oreos with half a cup of melted margarine.
  • Pat onto the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Place in the refrigerator to chill.

2nd Layer

  • Mix 8 ounces cream cheese, 8 ounces Cool Whip and one cup powdered sugar together. Spread over cooled first layer. Place back in the refrigerator to chill.

3rd Layer

  • Mix one package instant vanilla pudding and one package instant chocolate pudding together with three cups of cold milk. Spread on top of the second layer.

4th Layer

  • Finally, spread 8 ounces of Cool Whip over the third layer.
  • Sprinkle with remaining crumbled Oreos.
  • Drizzle a light layer of chocolate syrup over the entire cake.
  • Top with chocolate curls or your favorite chocolate candy chopped into small pieces, if you like.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Nutrition

Sodium: 283mg | Calcium: 136mg | Vitamin A: 419IU | Sugar: 34g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 225mg | Cholesterol: 33mg | Calories: 368kcal | Saturated Fat: 8g | Fat: 18g | Protein: 6g | Carbohydrates: 49g | Iron: 3mg
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  1. Toni Ayne Thomason says

    5 stars
    O.M.G.! Talk about delicious!!! This is one of my favorite recipes. I cannot get enough of it.

      • Layne Kangas says

        Hi, JoAnn – there is a printable version of the recipe available right in the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

  2. Marilee DeAngelis says

    This looks amazing. How much in advance can this dessert be made? Will the crust get too soggy if it sits overnight?

  3. Ashlee Diamond says

    Hiya,
    Would love to try this receipt but I’m from New Zealand and we dont have cool whip here.
    What could you use as a substitute?

      • Elisabeth Morrissey says

        This looks yummy! It’s going in my “It’s Too Hot to Bake file. The only change I plan to make is using stabilized whipped cream in place of the artificial whipped topping. A pint of heavy cream, an envelope of Knox gelatin, and a couple of tablespoons of powdered sugar and you have the same thing with nothing invented in a chemistry lab.

  4. kim says

    Confused as to how the vanilla and chocolate pudding mixed together with milk is spreadable? It’s totally liquid so I am hoping it gets firmer as it sets in the refrigerator? The recipe does not call for the pudding to be cooked as directed on the box of pudding.

  5. Lynn Leiby says

    5 stars
    This was perfection! I made this for a church potluck and the response was overwhelming. Comments such as, “this is the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth!” and “I wanted to lick the empty dish but people were watching!” I personally thought there was so much going on with the flavors. Not too much of one thing but with each layer a distinct different flavor. This is a keeper for sure.

  6. marian rogansky says

    ate with 1st layer chocolate, 2nd layer with a slight mint flavor, third layer a mocha flavor, how do i get mint flavor and mocha and how much if I add flavoring.

  7. Marylou says

    Hmm…. sounds delicious as is, but wonder if I could adapt for one son’s bday who loves lemon… lemon filled cookies and lemon pudding?

  8. Kiara says

    Can I freeze left overs? I am making it as a birthday surprise for a friend and his mom wants me to freeze a piece for when she gets back from a vacation. 🤔

  9. Dena says

    While reading the summary it says 1 small box of vanilla and one small box of chocolate but the directions list it as a 5.1 oz box of each. That is the big size of pudding. Which is correct?

  10. Elaine Huyser says

    I have made this choc lasagne and I am very happy with what went into my mouth!!!! Definitely a recipe for dinner nights with my share my Table friends. Thank you all the way from South Africa.

  11. Barbara says

    5 stars
    Made this for my birthday and it was great. Gonna ,
    make it for my grandson”s birthday soon. Delish dessert

  12. Haley says

    I made this and the bottom layer was incredibly hard to cut through and stuck to the bottom of the pan. What did I do wrong and how can I fix this in the future?

    • Layne Kangas says

      Hey, Haley – I haven’t had that happen before. I wonder if it got too cold? Like almost frozen where it was hard to slice? Or perhaps it was a little too much butter and then it made it hard to slice when it could too cold? I don’t have a solid answer for you, I’m sorry!

  13. Denise says

    5 stars
    My family and I agree…This is probably the best chocolate dessert that we have had in a really long time. It is so easy to make. You definitely cannot worry about the calories though.

  14. Lauren N Solano says

    Hey I see this includes nutritional information however it doesn’t tell a serving size and we have a diabetic so is there any way to find that out?

    Thank you

  15. Amanda says

    Just double checking. The recipe calls for 1 box 5.1 oz chocolate and 5.1 oz vanilla pudding and only 3 cups milk.

    Then below it says to add two small boxes of pudding. The 5.1 oz are the large size and the 3.4 oz are the small size.

    Please verify which size pudding to add.
    Thank you,

  16. Jp says

    5 stars
    This is a fast & quick dessert. Especially if you’re a chocolate lover. I chopped a few Andes mints & incorporated them in with the remaining crumbs, chocolate curls. Yummy!

    • Layne Kangas says

      I usually make it in the morning and serve later that same day. It will keep in the fridge just fine for a couple days but I feel like it changes the texture a little. Enjoy 🙂

  17. Avery says

    Hello! I’m trying to decide if I should make this tonight to serve tomorrow evening or just try to make it quickly tomorrow. Which would you recommend? Is it better chilled more than an hour or so?

  18. ginny says

    5 stars
    I took this to a family gathering and the pan came home CLEAN! this chocolate Lasagna is a winner!

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