This chocolate layer dessert also known as chocolate lush is a family favorite! It has a chocolate cookie crust, a layer of cheesecake mousse, a layer of chocolate pudding, whipped topping, and chocolate sprinkles on top! It doesn’t come out as beautiful as I would like, but it tastes absolutely amazing!
Chocolate Layer Dessert
Who else is a big fan of a layered chocolate pudding dessert? My most popular one on the blog is for my chocolate peanut butter layer dessert. Peanut butter and chocolate pudding just go together so well.
BUT I know some people apparently don’t like peanut butter in their dessert. Crazy, I know. That’s how this dessert came about and I’m glad it did because it’s scrumptious!
So here’s the deal with this dessert. It needs to be made within the first day or two of being made. The chocolate pudding will start to discolor the whipped topping which isn’t a big deal other than it’s no longer white. Once the dessert has been cut, the topping will start to slowly separate. I think you’ll be okay, because this is seriously so addicting that your family will eat it in 1 or 2 sittings.
Want to change up the flavors? It would be pretty easy to do with this recipe. Swap out the original oreos for chocolate mint or whatever flavor has caught your eye. I’m drawing a blank on all of the flavors. There are just so many that are coming and going, I just can’t keep track. Add a little extract that pairs with the oreo flavor you chose. Add 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint if you chose the chocolate mint oreos and definitely a little green gel food color too.
OHHH, what about the lemon filled Oreos? Yeah, that would be delicious with a lemon pudding. Guys! I might have to make that because it sounds like the best spring dessert ever.
Did I mention I did a cookie butter layer dessert? YES! If you have a Trader Joes near you, get in there and grab some cookie butter. Even if you don’t make the dessert, get a spoon and eat it. It’s like the best thing ever.
How to make chocolate layer dessert
Chocolate Layer Dessert
- 26 oreos
- 6 T. butter, melted
- 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 T. milk, cold
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 12 oz. (1 1/2 cups) whipped topping, divided
- 3.9 oz. package instant chocolate pudding
- 3 cups milk, cold
- 2 T. chocolate sprinkles, for garnish
- Add the cookies into a food processor and pulse until all of the cookies are fine crumbs.
- Add in the melted butter and pulse until the cookie crumbs are coated with butter. (If the cookie crumbs are still slightly dry, add another tablespoon of melted butter.)
- Press the cookie crumbs into a 9x9 square dish to form a crust. Place the dish in the fridge as you prepare the cream cheese layer.
- In a large bowl, add the cream cheese and sugar. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth.
- Add the milk and vanilla and beat until incorporated.
- Fold in 1 cup of the whipped topping using a spatula.
- Spread the cream cheese mixture over the cookie crumb layer making sure to spread it to all of the edges. Place back into the fridge.
- In a separate bowl, add in the instant pudding powder and milk. Whisk for about 4 minutes until the pudding starts to thicken.
- Pour the chocolate pudding over the cream cheese layer and spread to the edges.
- Add dollops of whipped topping on top of the pudding mixture. Spread them out. Carefully worked the whipped topping on top of the pudding being careful not to mix the two layers together.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2-4 hours before serving.
- Before serving, add chocolate sprinkles or extra crushed cookie crumbs on top.