Lemon Lasagna

Cakes & Cupcakes · Desserts · April 14, 2017

Lemon Lasagna - 4 layers of goodness including a Lemon Oreo crust, cream cheese layer, lemon pudding layer and topped with cream! It's DELICIOUS!

Hey guys! How’s your summer going so far? Has it been flying? Ours is going by so quick and we already start school in a few weeks. Pretty crazy, but the kids are excited. Can’t say I feel the same because I love our time together, but having school starts also means the holidays are fast approaching and that makes me pretty giddy (I’m crazy, I know!) Speaking of things that make me pretty giddy, I’m SO excited to share another delicious dessert recipe with you today that is AMAZING!!! This recipe for Lemon Lasagna will seriously knock your socks off. It’s one of those “layered” treats that has so many levels of delicious-ness. I’ve never been huge on lemon desserts, but things have changed and now I can’t get enough of them! My White Chocolate Lasagna has been a favorite, so I knew a Lemon version would be great. I’m thinking I’ll have to try other versions like cherry and strawberry soon because the layered desserts are a favorite of the family’s and are perfect for get togethers.

As I mentioned, this is a layered dessert, hence the reason why it’s called lasagna. This has a Lemon Oreo base, cream cheese layer, pudding layer and cool whip layer. Top it with a fresh lemon and you’ll be getting rave reviews from everyone. No baking is required for this recipe, and it’s especially perfect during the warmer months since it’s a cool recipe. Our whole family loves this Lemon Lasagna and can’t wait for me to make it again. It’s so creamy and one that everyone will love!

Lemon Lasagna - 4 layers of goodness including a Lemon Oreo crust, cream cheese layer, lemon pudding layer and topped with cream! It's DELICIOUS!Lemon Lasagna - 4 layers of goodness including a Lemon Oreo crust, cream cheese layer, lemon pudding layer and topped with cream! It's DELICIOUS!

Check out those layers!! Even though this lasagna recipe is especially perfect for Spring and Summer, we love making it all year long, but that’s because Arizona is warm all year long. πŸ˜‰ We really enjoyed it and hope you do too!

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Lemon Lasagna Recipe:

4.8 from 29 reviews
Lemon Lasagna
Lemon Lasagna - 4 layers of goodness including a Lemon Oreo crust, cream cheese layer, lemon pudding layer and topped with cream! It's DELICIOUS!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12-15
  • 1 package Lemon (or Golden) Oreos
  • 6 TB unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 8 oz. PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese (softened)
  • Β½ cup Margarine or butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large container cool whip - 16 oz. - or you can make your own cream
  • 2 - 3.9 oz packages of lemon instant pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • lemons (for garnish)
  1. Begin by crushing your Oreos. For a very fine mixture, place Oreos in your food processor. Place in a ziploc baggie and add your melted butter. Mix until it is well combined.
  2. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan spreading out to cover the entire bottom of the pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese, margarine/butter, powdered sugar and Β½ of the cool whip. Blend well and pour over your Lemon Oreo Crust.
  4. In another bowl, make your pudding by adding your milk to your bowl and instant pudding. Whisk together until pudding thickens. Pour over the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for at least 5 minutes.
  5. Top off with the rest of your Cool Whip.
  6. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Add lemon slices and ENJOY!

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Mel sure loved the dessert! She came sneaking in while I was taking pictures and kept pointing saying, “mmmm!” I let her try it and she loved it – kept asking for more. Looks like we have another Lil’ Luna test taster in the making. πŸ˜‰

Lemon Lasagna - 4 layers of goodness including a Lemon Oreo crust, cream cheese layer, lemon pudding layer and topped with cream! It's DELICIOUS!

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Amy @ Pressure Cook Recipes

Hi Kristyn,

Yes, summer is going by so quickly! Hope you’re having lots of fun with your kids. πŸ™‚
This lemon lasagna looks scrumptious. Thanks for this easy recipe.

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    Lil' Luna

    Hi Amy!! Thanks so much! We are trying to have as much fun as we can! They love being by cousins now πŸ™‚ Let me know what you think of this recipe! Thanks again!


    The Lemon lasagna was easy and we love it, delicious!

Helen Reynolds

Hi Kristyn! I have loved your blog for a long time! I just posted a recipe for blackberry -Lemon marmalade that you might love, speaking of lemons! It is so delicious. Thanks for all of your great ideas.
Helen @threewonksdesign.weebly.com

Carole @TootSweet4Two

What a little doll baby! She’s adorable and that face, priceless! This lemon dessert looks delicious and Mel’s face says so! Visiting from Link Party Palooza and pinning to Pinterest!
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    Lil' Luna

    Oh, thank you!! She likes to be right there, tasting everything!! This recipe is one of our new favs!!


This looks yummy–I’m making it for company tomorrow. What size package cookies?

    Lil' Luna

    Just the regular size package works!! We love this recipe and hope your company does too!! Thank you!


      Regular cooking or the thin??

        Lil' Luna

        It’s the regular size cookies πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy!

          Katherine Reble

          Not sure what REGULAR means… There is big and small. (can’t remember the ounces) Which one is regular?

          Kristyn Merkley

          She was asking whether they were the thin ones or the normal size ones, so that’s what I meant by regular πŸ™‚ I can’t remember the ounces either, but it’s the normal size package, not like the family size (larger) one. Hope that helps you.


          Silly question but do you take the cream centre out of the cookies before placing them in the food processor?

          Kristyn Merkley

          Nope πŸ™‚ Hope you like this recipe!!

mina black

It is too hard to find your recipes. I spend almost a hour tp find it (call me crazy). I don’t have trouble with others webs site

    Lil' Luna

    I’m sorry you have trouble. I have a search bar, that makes finding them easier, than going through all my recipes. Especially, if you know the name of the recipe.


I was on your lemon muffins recipe and the name “Lemon Lasagna” called out to me. What a fantastic idea!
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Can’t wait to try some of your recipes. Everything looks so good. Taking a batch of your Lemon Lasagna to my son on Thursday.

    Lil' Luna

    I can’t wait to hear what you both think! Thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚


I don’t know what I’m missing, but I can’t seem to Pin the recipe for Lemon Lasagna.


    Nevermind. I finally found it. I’m not used to the ‘Pin it’ button being so hidden.

      Lil' Luna

      Glad you found it πŸ™‚


        Thanks. Have you considered putting the button in a more conspicuous place?

        I look forward to making this. I think I will love it.


Hi! Looks yummy!!! Could you please tell me what is the size of Oreo package? Thank you!!!

    Lil' Luna

    I don’t have the ounces in front of me, but it’s just the regular size package. Hopefully, that makes sense πŸ™‚ Thanks so much and hope you enjoy!

Angelina Carter

I just discovered this delicious looking lemony yummy lasagna! But, I have a question, do I take the cream out of the Golden Oreos or leave the cream in there? Seems like the crust would be extremely sweet of the cream was left in.

    Terry Cortez

    I was wondering the samething

    Terri Ann Flores

    I was wondering that too! I want to make it, but not sure about the cream centers.

      Lil' Luna

      You leave in the cream πŸ™‚ Once crushed, you can’t even tell there was cream. Enjoy!

    Lil' Luna

    Nope, you leave it in πŸ™‚ By the time you are done crushing them, you can’t even tell the cream was left in there. I hope you like it!

Terry Cortez

Gonna make this today with the help of my 3 year old great niece πŸ’—πŸ˜€

    Lil' Luna

    She’ll have fun helping you! You leave the cream πŸ™‚ Hope you guys have fun and that you love it!

Judy H

Do you use the unsalted butter for the crust or the cream cheese mixture?

    Lil' Luna

    I always use unsalted butter when baking πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy!

Amanda Snapp

I’m considering adding some lemon zest to the cream cheese layer, do you think this would be a good addition?

    Lil' Luna

    Sure!! I’d love to know what you think πŸ™‚ Hope you like it!!


Can I use real whipping cream in place of Cool Whip??

    Lil' Luna

    Of course!! Let me know what you think πŸ™‚ Thanks!

Saria Griffiths

If one cant get lemon pudding pkt what is the option or alternativery. .it’s not freely available in India..(Goa.)..where I live at present..pls do reply..thks


I think what you called instant pudding, I think we call it something different in Australia is that custard or something else?

    Lil' Luna

    It is like custard πŸ™‚ Hope you have that in Australia or you can look up a recipe, to make a homemade version.


    instant pudding is available in Australia usually near jellies mainly vanilla or chocolate


Ok, so I bought cook and serve pudding (it was the only lemon kind I saw). Should I make it as the package directs, then layer it on after it cools? Or go back to the store and find the instant kind?

    Lil' Luna

    I haven’t tried with the cook & serve, but go ahead and make it according to directions & maybe stick in the fridge to cool, then continue in the steps. Hope that helps!

Lisa Tucker

Hi, are you supposed to melt the half cup of Butter? I didn’t think I would ever get the butter blended with the cream cheese and powdered sugar.

    Lil' Luna

    You don’t melt it..I usually get mine out the morning of or night before, so that it’s at room temperature & much easier to mix. Hope that helps πŸ™‚


      here you say don’t melt the butter, but the above recipe state’s melted butter, I’m confused

        Kristyn Merkley

        The 6T butter is melted with the crushed oreos, but the 1/2 cup butter is softened. I hope that helps πŸ™‚


I will be making this today for Mother’s Day. I will let you know how it turns out! I am sure it will be fabulous!

JoAnn Manna

I made this for Mother’s Day and used almond milk because that’s what I had. I otherwise followed the directions exactly but it did not set right and was a bit soupy. Tasted good though but next time will use regular milk. Just wanted to share. Thanks

    Lil' Luna

    Thanks for giving it a try. Let me know what you think, using the regular milk πŸ™‚


    Almond milk and soy milks won’t let recipes set. You have to use regular milk.


It was fantastic!! It turned out beautifully and was sooo delicious!


    I used Lemon Oreos instead of the Golden Oreos…cuz you can never have enough lemon πŸ™‚


I made it for Mother’s Day and it was delicious. I used the Golden Oreo’s and added crushed walnuts on the top layer. This will be my new summer dessert. It’s cool and light. People who didn’t like lemons loved this dessert.
This was my first time on your site. I’m looking forward to checking out more of your recipes.
Thank you Kristyn:)

    Lil' Luna

    Oh, thank you so much for stopping by! And, I agree…people that don’t like lemon, don’t mind this dessert πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!!


I made this last night, it was awesome. Thank you !!! Delicious!

Carol Beattie

Hi, I love your lemon lasagna! I was wondering if using a good quality lemon curd would work or should I stay with using instant pudding? Thanks for sharing, I’m look in forward to seeing more goodies from you.

    Lil' Luna

    I wish I knew? I haven’t tried with lemon curd. Has anyone else? I’d love to know, so maybe I’ll have to try. The lemon pudding is great too, though πŸ™‚

Deborah Peters

Do you know the nutritional break down of the Lemon Lasagna? Also can you use to replace the 1/2 cup of butter in the cream cheese mixture? Just seems to be fat over kill. Made it for the first time and like it but think it is fat over the top!

    Lil' Luna

    I’m sorry I don’t have the nutrient break down. You can use applesauce or vegetable oil in place of butter. I hope that helps! Thanks for giving it a try!


Way to much cool whip, not enough lemony taste. Crust was good

Margaret Riccio

Love lemon .can’t wait to try this!

    Lil' Luna

    Then you’ll love this! It is so good! Let me know what you think πŸ™‚ Thank you!

Sandra corbin

This is wonderful I also used this to make a key lime lasagna!! Yes royal brand carries key lime instant pudding!!! Thankyou

Wendy k

I love the use of the lemon cookies as the crust! A think a gingersnap cookie crust would be amazing.
This recipe was delicious as is but I can taste that the pudding is boxed. I think I might try a lemon curd next time.
This was a great quick recipe for a last minute get together and the lemon fans loved it!

    Lil' Luna

    Thank so much for trying it! Gingersnaps would be great!


Hi Luna,

Love your creations and so are my kids :).
I would like to make the Lemon Lasagna for the weekend for a BBQ party but here over at the UK we don’t have lemon instant pudding. What can I buy or make on my own instead .

Many thanks in advance.

Judy gudz

Try pudding would not thicken. Could it be because I used lactose free milk. Should I have followed pudding directions on the pudding and pie filling?

    Lil' Luna

    Yes, I would follow the directions for the pudding. That could have been why. Hope you’ll try again πŸ™‚


Would a can of lemon pie filling (which I have) work instead of the pudding?

    Lil' Luna

    I have not tried that, but it might work just fine? I wish I knew…only one way to find out πŸ™‚ Let me know how it comes out..thank you!

Cheryl Ramirez

Can you make a Graham cracker crust instead of cookies?


I just tried this recipe today and it was pretty tasty. To give it just a bit more tartness I added about 2 oz of frozen lemonade concentrate to the cream cheese mixture. Nummy!

    Lil' Luna

    I’ll have to try that! Thanks for sharing and I’m glad you liked it!


Do you scrape off the filling of the Oreo cookie in the Lemon Lasagna before you crush them

    Lil' Luna

    Nope, you crush them together πŸ™‚ You won’t even see the filling once it’s crushed. Enjoy!


How well does this keep after it is made This is Thursday and want to have it over the weekend.

    Lil' Luna

    It should be ok. I haven’t made it that early in advance, just maybe the night before or morning of. Cover well. Good luck!


I made the Lemon Lasagna and everyone loved it. I made it using strawberry pudding also and that was just as good. I am going to make this for our annual Italian Festival where I live, can I make these ahead and freeze them?

    Lil' Luna

    I am so glad to hear that!! Thank you so much! I haven’t tried freezing it before, so couldn’t personally let you know, but I think it should be ok. Hope that helps! Enjoy!

Betty Wood

The Lemon Lasagna is now one of my family’s favorites! Giving my Mom the recipe as she asked for and my brother, etc. A tasty delight!

    Lil' Luna

    Awe, love to hear that! Thank you so much!! I’m so glad it’s a hit!!

Jill Telow

Can I use real whipped cream instead of Cool Whip in the lemon lasagna. I just can’t stand cool whip.

muriel quail

I made this today awesome and so easy follow directions my friends will think im a great cook tysm


looking goooood πŸ™‚

Karen Kitts

Thank you for not using graham cracker crust! I am so tired of it to the point of not liking it anymore! Thank you again! πŸ˜€


the lemon lasagne recipe looks good ..not sure what coolwhip but you mentioned can make your own do you have a recipe for that and also not sure if we have golden oreos in Australia so will have to substitute

    Kristyn Merkley

    This is so good & refreshing! I hope you do try it πŸ™‚ The cream is made with heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, & maybe a little vanilla. You could look up homemade whipping cream & you’ll find the amounts that you need πŸ™‚

Sheila Coon

Looks yummy to me,can’t wait to try it.Thanks for sharing.


The lemon lasagna looks really yummy. I’m going to make this and hopefully it taste as good as it looks.

    Kristyn Merkley

    Let me know what you think πŸ™‚ I hope you do like it! It’s so refreshing & good!


It’s very easy and tasty. The second time I made it i tweaked a couple parts to make it more to my taste. I doubled the amount of Oreo crust. And instead of lemon pudding I used lemon pie filling. It was much tarter.

    Kristyn Merkley

    Love that you changed it to what you like! πŸ™‚ That is what I love about cooking/baking. Thank you for sharing!

Jackie Aarns

The Lemon Lasagna is just delicious. I had it at a party this weekend, everyone was crazy about it.

    Kristyn Merkley

    I love to hear that! It’s always a hit around here πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing!


This is amazing! I have two very picky eaters here and it was inhaled. So good. The only sad part was that we don’t have lemon Oreos in Canada so golden it was. Thank you! May I share this link on Facebook?

    Kristyn Merkley

    Yay!! I’m glad they liked it! Too bad you don’t have the lemon ones! Yes, you can, as long as you post the link πŸ™‚

eva ingram

all your recipes sound beautiful


Can you freeze this? It sounds awesome.

    Kristyn Merkley

    I personally haven’t tried. It should be ok. I would take it out the day of & stick in the fridge. Let me know how it turns out πŸ™‚

Patrisia Rawlins

Any chance these recipes can be prepared using sugar- and/or fat-free ingredients? I’m an overweight diabetic!

    Kristyn Merkley

    I am sure they could. You could use the fat free/sugar free of any of the ingredients πŸ™‚

Kimberly Riggan

I think marsapone would be a great substitute for cool whip.

Susan L Meadows

Has anyone made these and added some lemon juice or lemon extract to the cream cheese layer? And is the butter really necessary in the cream cheese layer? Thanks in advance for any help. I’m dying to make this!

Wanda Renz

Can’t wait to try the Lemon Lasagna.


I used 2% reduced fat milk and mixed it with the instant pudding and I could not get it to thicken at all – came out very soupy like some others have mentioned. Do you need to actually follow the directions on the pudding box and boil the mixture first and all that? Or do I need to use whole milk instead? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!!

    Kristyn Merkley

    That shouldn’t make a difference. I’m sorry it was too soupy. Did you use 2 boxes of pudding & just the 3 cups of milk? No, you don’t follow the directions on the box. I hope we can figure out why it was soupy!


    The recipe calls for two pkgs. of 3.9 oz. lemon instant pudding. In Wisconsin, pkg. size is now 3.4 oz., which equates to 1 oz. less pudding mix for this recipe. Thinking it might be too ‘soupy’ if adding 3 c. milk since less pudding mix is actually used, I used only 2-1/2 c. milk (I used whole milk so it would set up nice). Seemed a bit thick spreading it on the cream cheese layer; will see how it turns out tomorrow. Just a note: Pudding mix instructions says to use 2 c. milk per 3.4 oz. pudding mix for pudding so maybe 3 c. milk would set up even if not using two pkgs. 3.9 oz. pudding mix. The pudding box states the pudding will not set if using soy milk. 2% milk shouldn’t prohibit setting but it might be softer set than using whole milk.

Francine mann

I love this site.


I have made this yummy dessert on several occasions with someone asking for the recipe each time. I love anything lemony.Thank you for sharing.

    Kristyn Merkley

    Glad to share πŸ™‚ Thank you for giving it a try & sharing the recipe πŸ™‚

Sasha @ Just Coffee Maker

Needs more tang, I will add a couple Tbsp lemon juice to the pudding mix next time – – it is too sweet otherwise.


I just made this for a family gathering and boy was it a hit! No leftovers! Super easy recipe with fantastic results. Thank you for sharing this one!

    Kristyn Merkley

    You are so welcome!! That’s why I love this recipe πŸ™‚ Thank you for letting me know!


This is a favorite of my dad. To answer some of the other posts, I used the thin lemon Oreos. I was afraid there wouldn’t be enough, so I used 2 packages and kept the melted butter at 6T. Work perfectly. This is definitely a family favorite. Thanks for Sharing!


I made this recipe but instead Of the pudding I use lemon curd and it is AMAZING!


i made the lemon lasagna on Saturday for our get together and everyone loved it, I love it, so easy and so good, glad u put the recipe here, can wait for more desserts , that are as easy as this one

Thanks again


Sasha @ Just Coffee Maker

Those layers are on freaking point! This is the kind of lasagna I am craving πŸ˜‰

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