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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. 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

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4.97 from 158 votes

Lemon Lasagna Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
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! 
Servings: 16
Prep: 10 minutes
Refrigerate: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes



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


  • 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


  • 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.



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


Serving: 1slice, Calories: 146kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 32mg, Sodium: 20mg, Potassium: 72mg, Fiber: 0.001g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 383IU, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 0.01mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Recipe Rating


  1. 5 stars
    I made this for a family reunion it was a huge hit!! Since I needed to make it the night before I backed the cookie crust for about 10 minutes. Will be making this again for sure!!

  2. 5 stars
    I’d give this 10 stars if I could. So DELICIOUS. Lemony and tangy and creamy all at once. At a 4th of July party this week this dessert disappeared!!! It’s that good. You will not be disappointed with this lemony treat!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this with lemon pie filling. It was a HUGE hit! We are always on the hunt for the perfect lemon recipe and I think we found it! I’m making it again for The Fourth!

  4. 5 stars
    I added 1/2″ tablespoon of cornstarch (let dissolve in 1 cup of the milk) to thicken up the pudding so it would look better and hold it’s shape when cut. I also used salted butter in the crust instead of unsalted to give it a little bit of a savory taste and not be overwhelmingly sweet.

    1. 5 stars
      I made this with lemon pie filling. It was a HUGE hit! We are always on the hunt for the perfect lemon recipe and I think we found it! I’m making it again for The Fourth!

      1. 5 stars
        I was thinking of doing the same thing. The pie filling wasn’t too hot for the cream cheese layer? I just added lemon extract to the pudding layer the last time I made it but I want it way more lemony

      2. If you do use a pie filling for a layer, you’d probably just want to let it cool completely before layering it, so that it doesn’t melt the cream cheese layer.

  5. 5 stars
    I made Lemon Lasagna for last night’s dessert. This recipe is definitely a keeper! My daughter in law loved it!!

  6. How do you make the pudding layer so yellow? my layers

    do not look separate like your pic¹
    I love the lasanga, tasted great!!!!

    1. I just used a lemon pudding so it was pretty yellow on it’s own. And then I put each layer into the pan one by one so they didn’t mix together. So glad you enjoyed the lasagna!