Lemon Lasagna

This luscious lemon lasagna consists of 4 tasty layers, including a Lemon Oreo crust, cream cheese layer, lemon pudding layer and topped with whipped cream! So creamy and refreshing—you can’t get enough!

My White Chocolate Lasagna was the hit recipe that started it all. Since then, I’ve made this Lemon Lasagna, and even a Pumpkin Lasagna! I’m thinking I’ll have to try even more flavors, because everyone loves these layered desserts!

Lemon Lush dessert on plate

It goes by many names

You might have heard of “Lemon Lush”, or maybe even “Lemon Delight”, and now you’re reading about “Lemon Lasagna”. Well guess what? They’re all names for this same recipe—a luscious layered lemon lasagna (try saying that three times fast!).

It’s one of those “layered” treats (hence why we call it lemon lasagna) that has so many levels of delicious-ness. It starts off with a Lemon Oreo base, then a cream cheese layer, lemon pudding layer, and lastly a layer of cool whip topping.

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.

Tips, toppings, and substitutions

TIPS. to ensure your layered dessert turns out perfectly, keep these tips in mind.

  • Leave the Oreo filling inside the Oreos when you make the crust. This helps to keep the crumbs together.
  • The pudding will not set if you try using a dairy free or lactose free milk.

TOPPINGS.  Here are some optional toppings for your lemon lasagna:

  • crushed walnuts
  • crushed pecans
  • strawberries
  • crushed Oreos
  • toasted coconut
  • sliced almonds

SUBSTITUTIONS. I get asked often if the lemon pudding can be replaced with lemon curd or lemon pie filling and the answer is yes! Those are great options. They will also give it a more tart, lemon flavor.

If you can’t find lemon Oreos, or if you don’t want the lemon flavor to be as strong, golden Oreos work just as well! You could also do a shortcake crust or Graham cracker crust instead.

PUDDING. Easily Change the flavor of the dessert using different pudding flavors. Some ideas include:

  • Chocolate pudding with chocolate oreos. Top with chocolate shavings
  • Banana pudding with golden oreos. Top with banana slices.
  • Cheesecake pudding with golden oreos. Top with fresh berries.
  • Pistachio Pudding with chocolate oreos. Top with mini chocolate chips.

Lemon Lasagna topped with a lemon slice on a white plate

Just as good a day or two later!

The great thing about this recipe is that it stores well in the fridge or freezer and leftovers taste fantastic. Just cover your pan with a lid or plastic wrap and store in the fridge 3-5 days. If you store it in the freezer, it will keep well for about a week.

Making the recipe ahead of time and storing it in the fridge for a day before serving works great for this recipe. In fact, giving it that extra time always helps the layers set even more.

If you want to make just the pudding layer ahead of time and store it in the fridge for a day this also can be done. It gives the pudding extra time to set and cool. 

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. 😉 We really enjoyed it and hope you do too!

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Lemon Lasagna Recipe

4.85 from 51 votes
This luscious lemon lasagna consists of 4 tasty layers, including a Lemon Oreo crust, cream cheese layer, lemon pudding layer and topped with whipped cream! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 445 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 14.3 oz package Lemon Oreos - or Golden Oreos about 36 cookies
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 8 oz PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 16 oz cool whip or you can make your own cream
  • 7.8 oz lemon instant pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • lemons for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Begin by crushing your Oreos. For a very fine mixture, place Oreos in a food processor. Place in a ziploc baggie and add melted butter. Mix until it is well combined.
  • Press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan, spreading out to cover the entire bottom of the pan.
  • In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese, margarine/butter, powdered sugar, and ½ of the cool whip. Blend well and pour over your Lemon Oreo Crust.
  • In another bowl, make the pudding by adding your milk and instant pudding to your bowl. Whisk together until pudding thickens. Pour over the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for at least 5 minutes.
  • Top off with the rest of your Cool Whip.
  • Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Add lemon slices and ENJOY!

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    I made Lemon lasagna according to the recipe and it was very good! then i made another one the following week and used lemon curd and real whipped cream. oh my, it elevated it to a whole new level!

  2. 4 stars
    I’ve made your lemon lasagna a couple times and everybody loved it. I’m just now noticing that there’s over 7000 cal in it. I was going to make this for a church dessert auction but don’t have the conSciEnce To do if that 7000+ cal is correct. Is it? other recipes show it with less

  3. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe I have made it twice everyone thinks it’s going to be sweet but it’s not, making again for the 4th of July putting a layer of canned apples and using golden oreos and Carmel pudding

  4. 5 stars
    This is seriously the best lemon dessert!! I love all the layers! It’s cool & refreshing & I can’t wait to try it with other pudding flavors!

  5. 5 stars
    I KNEW ID LIKE This recipe because i love all lemon treats. my 10 year old said “yummy yum yum” so i think this recipe was a hit ?

  6. 5 stars
    Love this recipe but you should note how many cookies Goes into the crUst! When uou Wrote this in 2016 the packs of cookies haD about 36 in a regular vut now in 2019 are at a staggering 20 cOokies per regular paCkage! I was wondering why my crust was so thin the first Few times i madr this delicious desert!

  7. 4 stars
    I’m only giving it a 4 because each layer is much thinner than what the picture shows. If it was in an 8 x 8″ pan then I could see it looking like the picture. I love the recipe and will make again and again and share. I will double it for a 9 x 13 pan though.

  8. Hello there:)

    Was planning on making this but; I was confused about the unSalTed butter vs regular butter. When do i use the Unsalted butter? Is it with the oreO cookies? And then use the regulAr butTer with the cream cheese and cool whip?

    1. The unsalted butter is used in step 1, then your margarine or butter (which I still use unsalted) is used in step 3.

    1. You maybe could use 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups. I personally haven’t tried, but you just need a enough to make a layer over the cream cheese layer.

  9. 5 stars
    I know this is a late comment, but I’ve been looking for some dessert inspiration for this weekend and I think this may just be it! I’ve been craving something delicious and lemony and I think this may just have won my saturday afternoon…

  10. 5 stars
    this is amazing.. my dad loves lemon meringue pie and he said this was way better then a pie.

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