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Orange Creamsicle Lush

close up shot of a slice of Orange Creamsicle Lush topped with mandarin oranges on a plate
Our orange creamsicle lush is a favorite dessert with its combination of orange flavors, vanilla cookie crust, and creamy, fluffy layers.
Prep Time 30 mins
Chill Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 420 kcal

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 9x13 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: 420kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 5gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 319mgPotassium: 165mgFiber: 1gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 744IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 1mg