Lemon Lasagna

This luscious lemon lasagna AKA Lemon Lush consists of 4 tasty layers, including a Lemon Oreo crust, cream cheese layer, lemon pudding layer and topped with whipped cream!

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

AKA Lemon Lush

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.

Crushed Lemon Oreos for Lemon lush recipe

How to Make Lemon Lush

OREOS. 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.

CRUST. Press into the bottom of a 9×13 pan, spreading out to cover the entire bottom of the pan.

CREAM CHEESE LAYER. 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.

PUDDING. 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.

TOPPING. Top off with the rest of your Cool Whip or Homemade Whipped Cream.

Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Add lemon slices and ENJOY!

Crushed lemon Oreo crust

Tips + toppings

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:

  • NUTS: crushed walnuts, crushed pecans, sliced almonds
  • FRUIT: strawberries, toasted coconut
  • OTHER: crushed Oreos, Sprinkles
How to make lemon lush process pictures

SUBSTITUTIONS

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.
Whipped cream on lemon lasagna

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 Lemon Lush 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!

Lemon Lush topped with a lemon slice on a white plate

For even more lemon desserts, check out:

Lemon Lasagna Recipe

4.92 from 72 votes
This luscious Lemon Lush 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 146 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 (14.3-ounce) package Lemon Oreos (or Golden Oreos; about 36 cookies)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

Filling

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 (16-ounce) tub whipped topping (or homemade whipped cream) divided
  • 2 (3.4-ounce) boxes lemon instant pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • lemon slices for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Crush Oreos in a food processor to a very fine texture. Place crushed Oreos in a large resealable plastic bag and add melted butter. Shake to mix until well combined.
  • Press buttered crumbs into the bottom of a 9-x-13-inch baking dish, making sure to cover the entire bottom.
  • In a medium bowl, blend powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter, and half of the whipped topping with a hand mixer. Blend well and pour over crust.
  • In another bowl, combine instant pudding and milk. Whisk together until pudding thickens, then pour over the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for at least 5 minutes.
  • Top off with the remaining whipped topping and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Add lemon slices for garnish.

Video

Notes

Make Ahead: This recipe can be made 24 hours ahead of time. Simply cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Variations: You can easily change the flavor of this dessert using different pudding flavors and types of cookies. Some ideas include:
o Chocolate pudding with chocolate Oreos, topped with chocolate curls
o White chocolate pudding with golden Oreos, topped with white chocolate curls
o Banana pudding with golden Oreos, topped with banana slices
o Pumpkin pudding with pumpkin or golden Oreos, topped with white chocolate curls
o Pistachio pudding with shortbread cookies, topped with chopped pecans

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  1. 5 stars
    I made the Lemon Lasagna dessert for a Mother’s Day BBQ & it was a big hit. My husband keeps asking me when I’m going to make it again.

    1. I am going to make the Oreo icecream cake recipe for dessert for tomorrow night. How soon can I make it?

      1. Hi Natalie! Ice cream cake stays good in the freezer for about 5 days, so you can make it up to 5 days before, since it stays frozen. Hope you enjoy the cake!

  2. Excellent! I want to make it using banana pudding this time. All the banana pudding I can find requires cooking the pudding. Will that work

    1. That sounds fun to try it with banana! I have not tried it with cooked pudding before…. If you use that, obviously just let it completely cool before adding that layer. I have seen Instant Banana Cream Pudding at my local Target or Walmart or even on Amazon too. Not sure if any of those places are an option for you to shop at, but they should carry instant pudding. #FingersCrossed We’d love to heard how it turns out with the banana flavors and especially if you do use the cook and serve pudding!

  3. 5 stars
    Absolute perfection!!! I first made this last year and then gave the recipe to my mom and we both have made it many times since. So easy to make and delicious!!

    1. Oh that makes me so happy to hear!! Thanks for sharing with your mom and I’m glad you both enjoy the recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious! Everyone loved it! I love lemon, so I added lemon extract to the cream cheese base and also to the lemon pudding mix. Fun to make and I will definitely make it again!

    1. So glad to hear that the recipe was a hit! Thanks for sharing what you did too. Sounds lemony and delicious!

    1. I have never tried it as a cupcake, but you could certainly try. You’ll definitely want to use sturdy cupcake liners. Let us know how they turn out if you make it as cupcakes!

  5. Delicious! I made this 3 times in the past few months. I add lemon extract to the cream cheese mixture and also to the lemon pudding to make it even more lemony! Real hit with all my family and friends!

  6. I made this and changed it up the second time I made it. It was so delicious I’m a lemon lover. The second time I made it I used graham crackers and pecans for my crust, and I made a lemon curd instead of using the boxed lemon pudding. This was so delicious with the lemon curd. This was the best lemon dessert we have had in a while.

  7. 5 stars
    I made this a little different. Instead of adding the half a cup of butter to the cream cheese and sugar mix, I added a half cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice and it was the most amazing lemon flavor. It is also healthier for me.

  8. 5 stars
    My health nut granddaughter said this is the only dessert she’ll splurge on – including passing up her own birthday cake! The family loved it.

    1. Awww! I love that this dessert is a guilty pleasure for her. 😉 So glad the recipe was a hit with the family!

  9. Amount of butter not designated for each step! Unfortunately, I put ALL of my butter in the crushed cookies and I have a solid mess and no butter for the next step… Please designate how much butter and when etc.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. The instructions on the recipe card (at the bottom of the post) do include specific amounts for each ingredient, but we do appreciate your suggestion for the main text of the post. Sorry to hear that those ingredients ended up going to waste.

  10. 5 stars
    I made this recipe for a get together and it was a hit. The flavors go together so well. Not overly sweet just perfect . Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe

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