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Lemon Lasagna

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Lemon lasagna is a creamy dessert full of light and fluffy layers on top of a sweet and crunchy Oreo cookie crust.
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  1. Lemon Lasagna Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Lemon Lasagna Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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The perfect combination of sweet, tart and creamy, this lemon lasagna is one of our favorite no-bake recipes. Velvety cream cheese, fluffy whipped cream, and tangy lemon pudding are layered together for a dreamy dessert that will awaken your taste buds, while a golden Oreo crust and topping adds just the right amount of crunch to complete this amazing dessert.

Dessert lasagnas are all the rage, and we can’t get enough of these sweet layered desserts! Our other popular picks are chocolate lasagna and raspberry lasagna.

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Lemon Lasagna Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 (14.3-ounce) package golden Oreo cookies
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 16-ounce container Cool Whip, divided
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) package instant lemon pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • Optional: lemons for garnish

PRO TIP:

The pudding will not set with dairy-free or lactose-free milk. Make sure you are using regular milk in this recipe.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

LEMON PUDDING LAYER: Lemon pudding is an easy way to make this layer, but you could also use lemon pie filling or lemon curd. You can substitute either of these for a tart, more lemony flavor. Adding lemon zest to your pudding layer or sprinkled on top of the dessert is a delicious way to add some extra, bright lemon flavor.

CRUST: If you can’t find golden Oreos, you can use a graham cracker crust instead. Substitute 9 crackers (1 sleeve) of graham crackers. Check out our homemade graham cracker crust recipe for instructions.

TOPPINGS: There are so many tasty options here! Top this dessert with your favorites, such as chopped walnuts, chopped pecans, toasted coconut, or shaved white chocolate.

WHIPPED TOPPING: If you would prefer to make your own whipped cream instead of using Cool Whip, check out our whipped cream recipe.

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How To Make This Lemon Lasagna Recipe

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Transform this lasagna into a pie by making it in a pie dish. Follow the same steps to layer your pie (a deep dish pie tin is recommended). Since the pie dish will be a little smaller, don’t feel like you have to use all of the mixture for each layer.

For the Crust

STEP ONE: In a food processor, pulse the golden Oreos until fine crumbs are formed. Set aside 1 cup of crushed Oreos to use as a topping later. 

PRO TIP:

Be sure to add the whole Oreos to the food processor, filling included. This will help to keep your crust together.

STEP TWO: In a medium bowl, combine the crushed Oreos with ½ cup of melted butter.

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STEP THREE: Press the cookie mixture evenly into the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan. Chill completely in the refrigerator.

For the Cream Cheese Layer

STEP FOUR: In a large bowl, mix the softened cream cheese, 8 ounces of Cool Whip, one cup of powdered sugar, and lemon juice until smooth.

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STEP FIVE: Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly on top of the crust. Chill in the refrigerator.

For the Lemon Layer

STEP SIX: In a medium bowl, whisk together 3 cups of milk with both of the instant pudding flavors. Mix until the pudding thickens.

lemon lasagna process shot of lemon pudding layer being spread over cream cheese layer

STEP SEVEN: Spread the pudding layer over the cream cheese layer. Chill in the refrigerator.

For the Topping

STEP EIGHT: Top with the remaining Cool Whip.

lemon lasagna process shot of lemon lasagna being topped with cool whip then garnished with Oreo crumbs and lemon slices

STEP NINE: Chill for at least one hour before serving, or overnight if possible. Before serving, top with the remaining Oreo crumbs and sliced lemons for garnish, if desired.

PRO TIP:

Chilling this dessert overnight will make it easier to cut and give it a thicker consistency. If you plan to make it a day ahead, add it to the fridge overnight and then top with the crushed cookies just before serving.

How To Serve

Serve this luscious dessert treat for a quick and easy no-bake option anytime you are craving something sweet and tangy. Add our iced tea, raspberry iced tea, sweet peach iced tea, or our southern strawberry sweet tea on the side to wash it down.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: This lemon lasagna dessert recipe can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.

IN THE FREEZER: Lemon lasagna can also be frozen for up to a month. Defrost in the fridge before serving.

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This bright and cheerful lemon lasagna, also called lemon delight or lemon lush, is the ultimate four-layer treat! So many creamy ingredients make this a heavenly confection that will become one of your new favorite desserts.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I change the flavors in this lasagna recipe?

There are so many possibilities with this recipe. Try chocolate pudding with chocolate Oreos, banana pudding with golden Oreos, or pistachio pudding with chocolate Oreos. Choose toppings that pair well with each flavor.

How do I store this lemon dessert recipe?

You can keep lemon lasagna in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for about a month.

I can’t find vanilla Oreos, what other cookies can I use for the crust?

If you can’t find vanilla Oreos, you can use either graham cracker crumbs or vanilla Nilla wafers for your crust.

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Lemon Lasagna

5 from 15 votes
Lemon lasagna is a creamy dessert full of light and fluffy layers on top of a sweet and crunchy Oreo cookie crust.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 14.3 ounces golden Oreo cookies
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 16 ounces Cool Whip, divided
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • lemon juice, from 1 lemon
  • 3.4 ounces instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3.4 ounces instant lemon pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • lemons, for optional garnish

Instructions
 

For the Crust

  • Place the whole golden Oreos in a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs are formed. Set aside one cup of crushed Oreos for the topping.
  • In a medium bowl, combine crushed golden Oreos with ½ cup melted butter.
  • Press the cookie mixture evenly into the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan. Chill in the refrigerator.

For the Cream Cheese Layer

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix softened cream cheese, 8 ounces of Cool Whip, one cup powdered sugar, and lemon juice from 1 lemon until smooth.
  • Spread evenly over cookie layer. Chill in the refrigerator.

For the Lemon Layer

  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together 3 cups milk with both instant pudding flavors until pudding thickens.
  • Spread evenly over cream cheese layer. Chill.

For the Topping

  • Top with remaining Cool Whip.
  • Chill for at least one hour before serving. Cover with remaining Oreo crumbs and lemon slices for garnish, if desired.

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Notes

  • The pudding will not set with dairy-free or lactose-free milk. Make sure you are using regular milk in this recipe.
  • Transform this lasagna into a pie by making it in a pie dish. Follow the same steps to layer your pie (a deep dish pie tin is recommended). Since the pie dish will be a little smaller, don’t feel like you have to use all of the mixture for each layer.
  • Be sure to add the whole Oreos to the food processor, filling included. This will help to keep your crust together.
  • Chilling this dessert overnight will make it easier to cut and give it a thicker consistency. If you plan to make it a day ahead, add it to the fridge overnight and then top with the crushed cookies just before serving.

Nutrition

Sodium: 391mg | Calcium: 141mg | Vitamin A: 655IU | Sugar: 39g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 183mg | Cholesterol: 53mg | Calories: 488kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Fat: 25g | Protein: 6g | Carbohydrates: 62g | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Deb says

    5 stars
    This is so good!!! I want to try using lemon curd instead of lemon pudding. Can you tell me how much I should use and whether I should use the vanilla pudding mixed with the lemon curd? Thank you!

  2. Michelle Himegarner says

    5 stars
    I used lemon Oreos. Thought it might be too much lemon flavor, but my family said never too much lemon. They loved it.

  3. Gina says

    5 stars
    I made a version of this with lemon oreos ….I didn’t add cream cheese. I will definitely try it though. This is so yummy ,that would just make it even better!

  4. Jill says

    5 stars
    This was easy and tasty; I used lemon Oreos instead of golden for a bit more lemon flavor. I look forward to trying other flavor variations!

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