The Times - Serving Waitsburg, Dayton and the Touchet Valley

By Teeny McMunn
The Times 


Chocolate Lasagna


I’ll bet dimes to dollars many of you quickly looked at the ingredients to make sure it wasn’t lasagna noodles and Hershey syrup. This dessert is, in my opinion, not sickening sweet, but it is very flavorful. A friend called it decadent, but you can’t go wrong with Oreos and chocolate pudding.

1 pkg. regular Oreo cookies, (not the Double Stuff) about 36 cookies

6 Tbsp. butter, melted

1-8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, melted

¼ c. granulated sugar

2 Tbsp. cold milk

1-12 oz. (large) Cool Whip, divided

2-3.9 oz. pkgs. Chocolate Instant Pudding

3 ¼ c. cold mile

1 ½ c. mini chocolate chips

Begin by crushing 36 Oreo cookies. I used my food processor for this (this is not me talking) but you could also place them in a large Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin (which I do). When the Oreos have turned into fine crumbs, you are done.

Transfer the Oreo crumbs to a large bowl. Stir in six Tbsp. melted butter and use a fork to incorporate the butter into the cookie crumbs. When the butter is distributed, transfer the mixture to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan. Place the pan in the refrigerator while you work on the additional layers.

Mix the cream cheese with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add in two Tbsp. of milk, and sugar, and mix well. Stir in 1 ¼ c. Cool Whip. Spread this mixture over the crust.

In a bowl, combine chocolate instant pudding with 3 ¼ c. cold milk. Whisk for several minutes until the pudding starts to thicken. Use a spatula to spread the mixture over the previous cream cheese layer. Allow the dessert to rest for about five minutes so that the pudding can firm up further.

Spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips evenly over the top. Place in the freezer for about an hour, or refrigerator for four hours before serving.

MY NOTES: When I see Oreos go on sale, I pick up a package. I have a recipe for cookies and cream fudge that uses Oreos. They are no longer 59 cents a package like when I was growing up. This makes a great dessert that people will be asking for the recipe, then tell them it’s called Chocolate Lasagna.



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