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Our orange creamsicle lush is a favorite dessert with its combination of orange flavors, vanilla cookie crust, and creamy, fluffy layers.
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The flavor that we enjoyed in popsicle form as a child is now reinvented in this Orange Creamsicle Lush recipe. A buttery cookie base is topped with a creamy orange-flavored cheesecake filling which is then topped with a sweet vanilla and orange pudding mixture. Finally, whipped cream tops this heavenly concoction for a dreamy no-bake dessert.

If you like this delightful treat, we can help you with other variations on this no-bake recipe, including our oreo delight, butterscotch delight, and pineapple delight dessert.


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ORANGE CREAMSICLE LUSH INGREDIENTS

You will need:

For the Crust

  • 30 vanilla sandwich cookies, finely crushed
  • 6 tablespoons salted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange zest (1 medium-size orange)

For the Cheesecake Filling

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest (½ medium-size orange)

For the Orange Jello Layer

  • 1 (6-ounce) box orange-flavored gelatin
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1¼ cup cold milk
  • ⅓ cup mandarin orange juice (drained from the 14-ounce can of mandarin oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest (½ medium-size orange)
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 5 drops orange food coloring (optional)

Pro Tip: You can also omit the orange flavoring, but it will not be as orange-flavored as with the flavoring.

For the Topping

  • 12 ounces whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (14-ounce) can mandarin orange segments, drained (reserve ⅓ cup for the orange jello layer)

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Fruit: This can be adjusted to any fruit flavor; it is very adaptable. Omit the orange zest and add whichever flavor jello, juice, and extract you’d like.

Whipped Cream: If you want to make homemade whipped cream instead of using Cool Whip and you have heavy whipping cream on hand, check out our recipe here.

Citrus: Replace the mandarin juice, orange zest, and orange gelatin with the lemon or lime equivalent for a tangy citrus version of this dessert.

Vanilla Sandwich Cookies: If you can’t get vanilla sandwich cookies, there are a few options you could choose from instead. If you want to stick with the vanilla base, you could use vanilla wafers instead. You could also use graham crackers, chocolate, or Oreo sandwich cookies as an alternative.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS ORANGE CREAMSICLE LUSH RECIPE

For the Crust

STEP ONE: Using a medium bowl, combine the finely crushed cookie crumbs, melted butter, and orange zest.

PRO TIP: To crush the vanilla cookies, either in the large bowl of a food processor, pulse the vanilla sandwich cookies until small even crumbs form, or you can crush them by placing them into a Ziploc and crushing them with a rolling pin.

STEP TWO: Generously spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

STEP THREE: Evenly spread and press cookie crumb mixture in the bottom of the baking dish. Chill in the refrigerator while making the cheesecake layer.

PRO TIP: Make sure that your crust is completely cool before going on to your second layer. It’s important that the crust is cooled so that the following layers set properly on top of it.

For the Cheesecake Layer

STEP ONE: Using a medium-sized mixing bowl and a handheld mixer on medium-high speed, beat the cream cheese and vanilla extract for 1 minute or until smooth.

PRO TIP: Make sure your cream cheese is room temperature; otherwise, you will end up with lumps in your mixture.

STEP TWO: Add the powdered sugar and continue mixing until well incorporated.

STEP THREE: Fold in the orange zest.

STEP FOUR: Remove the crust from the refrigerator and evenly spread the cream cheese mixture. Return the baking dish to the refrigerator while preparing the orange jello and pudding layer.

For the Orange Jello Layer

STEP ONE: Using a heat-safe 1 cup measuring cup, heat the reserved mandarin orange juice in the microwave for 30 seconds.

STEP TWO: Using a small size heat-safe mixing bowl, add the orange-flavored gelatin. Pour the hot mandarin orange juice over the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is dissolved.

STEP THREE: Using a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the instant pudding and the cold milk until the pudding is thickened.

STEP FOUR: Whisk in the gelatin mixture. Whisk until completely combined. If you wish to add the orange food coloring, whisk it in.

PRO TIP: You can omit the orange food coloring if you want a more muted orange color.

STEP FIVE: Fold in the orange zest.

STEP SIX: Remove the baking pan from the refrigerator and evenly spread the gelatin pudding mixture on top of the cream cheese layer. Cover and return the baking dish to the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours to overnight.

PRO TIP: Chilling overnight will allow all the flavors to mingle and blend together even more!

STEP SEVEN: Just before serving, evenly spread the whipped topping. Evenly divide and space the mandarin orange slices. Slice into 2-inch x 2-inch squares.

HOW TO SERVE

This delightful and fluffy orange dreamsicle lush dessert would be fantastic for any potluck or special event. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side and add our iced tea, raspberry iced tea, sweet peach iced tea, or our southern strawberry sweet tea on the side to wash it down, and you’ll have the perfect crowd-pleaser on your hands.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: If you have any fluffy orange creamsicle lush leftovers, be sure to store them in the fridge in an airtight container or covered in aluminum foil for up to 4 days.

IN THE FREEZER: You can also freeze this creamy dessert in an airtight, freezer-safe food storage container for up to three months. 

Creamy and dreamy, this layered dessert is always a hit any time of the year, especially when the warmer weather arrives. It tastes just like the favorite childhood ice cream treat. You can’t go wrong with no-bake desserts, and this one is amazing with its perfect cookie crust, fresh orange flavor, and pretty layers of creamy vanilla pudding and velvety cream cheese.

FAQ

What’s the difference between an orange lush, orange lasagna, and orange delight?

These different names all refer to the same amazing layered desserts. These easy recipes are full of soft layers that everyone loves to sink their teeth into!

Can I use a different type of crushed cookie base rather than the vanilla sandwich cookies?

This creamy lush recipe would also work with a graham cracker crust or a Nilla crust.

Can I change the flavors in this dessert 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.

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close up shot of a slice of Orange Creamsicle Lush topped with mandarin oranges on a plate

Orange Creamsicle Lush

5 from 1 vote
Our orange creamsicle lush is a favorite dessert with its combination of orange flavors, vanilla cookie crust, and creamy, fluffy layers.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients
  

Crust

  • 30 vanilla sandwich cookies finely crushed
  • 6 tablespoons salted sweet cream butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange zest 1 medium-size orange

Cheesecake Filling

  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest ½ medium-size orange

Orange Jello Layer

  • 6 ounces orange-flavored gelatin
  • 3.4 ounces instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 ¼ cup cold milk
  • cup mandarin orange juice drained from the 14 ounce can of mandarin oranges
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest ½ medium-size orange
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 5 drops orange food coloring optional

Topping

  • 12 ounces whipped topping thawed
  • 14 ounces mandarin oranges drained (reserve ⅓ cup for the orange jello layer)

Instructions
 

Crust

  • Using a medium-size mixing bowl combine the finely crushed cookie crumbs, melted butter, and orange zest.
  • Generously spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • Evenly spread and press the cookie crumb mixture in the bottom of the baking dish. Chill in the refrigerator while making the cheesecake layer.

Cheesecake layer

  • Using a medium size mixing bowl and a handheld mixer on medium-high speed, beat the cream cheese and vanilla extract for 1 minute or until smooth.
  • Add the powdered sugar and continue mixing until well incorporated.
  • Fold in the orange zest.
  • Remove the crust from the refrigerator and evenly spread the cheesecake mixture. Return the baking dish to the refrigerator while preparing the orange jello layer.

Orange Jello Layer

  • Using a heat-safe 1 cup measuring cup, heat the reserved mandarin orange juice in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Using a small size heat-safe mixing bowl, add the orange-flavored gelatin. Pour the hot mandarin orange juice over the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is dissolved.
  • Using a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the instant vanilla pudding and the cold milk until the pudding is thickened.
  • Whisk in the gelatin. Whisk until completely combined. If you wish to add the orange food coloring, whisk it in.
  • Fold in the orange zest.
  • Remove the baking pan from the refrigerator and evenly spread the gelatin pudding mixture on top of the cheesecake layer. Cover and return the baking dish to the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours to overnight.
  • Just before serving, evenly spread the whipped topping. Evenly divide and space the mandarin orange slices. Slice into 2-inch x 2-inch squares.

Nutrition

Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 319mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 744IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg
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