A classic recipe for Chocolate Lasagna. This easy, no-bake dessert is layered with crushed Oreos, cream, and chocolate pudding.

If you loved our popular Strawberry Pretzel Salad, you are in for a treat with this Chocolate Lasagna Recipe.

A slice of layered chocolate lasagna topped with crushed oreos and chocolate shavings on a white plate.

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Hey, hey, Valentina with Valentina’s Corner sharing our favorite no-bake chocolate lasagna recipe.

What is Chocolate Lasagna?

This dessert was made popular by Olive Garden’s Chocolate Lasagna. If you like chocolate cake but don’t like to bake, you have found yourself a new favorite dessert recipe. The dessert comes together so quickly. The crunchy Oreo crust with a cheesecake layer and chocolate pudding makes for a phenomenal combination of flavors.

We love make-ahead crowd-pleasing desserts like Panna Cotta and Baklava. This chocolate pudding layer dessert is a winner for parties and potlucks and loved by kids and adults alike.

A slice of chocolate lasagna on a plate with the dessert in the spoon.

How to Make Chocolate Lasagna:

  • Oreo crust- Using a food processor (or a ziploc bag with rolling pin), crush Oreos (with their cream) then combine with the melted butter and press into a 9”x13” baking dish. Refrigerate while you prepare the cheesecake layer.
  • Cheesecake layer- In a bowl, beat together the cream cheese with vanilla and powdered sugar. Fold in the cool whip. Carefully spread over the Oreo crust. Refrigerate as you prepare the chocolate layer.
  • Chocolate pudding layer- Beat the cold milk with instant chocolate pudding until it thickens. Carefully spread over the cheesecake layer. Refrigerate until it sets.
  • Cool whip layer- Spread the Cool Whip over the chocolate layer and top with reserved crushed Oreos or your favorite topping. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight and enjoy.
Step-by-step collage on how to make homemade chocolate lasagna.

TIPS for the BEST Chocolate Lasagna

  • Spread Evenly – It is easier to spread the layers if you add cream and pudding throughout the dish and not in one area.
  • Use original Oreos and not the double cream.
  • Chill Before Serving: Don’t take out the dish too early when serving. We recommend taking it our right before serving.
  • To cut clean pieces: run your knife under warm water and when slicing, continually wipe the knife clean.

Can I substitute the cool whip?

We have found that cool whip will keep longer and hold up better with refrigeration, but it can be substituted with an equal amount of whipped cream sweetened with sugar.

To replace 8 oz of cool whip: beat 1 ½ cups of heavy whipping cream on medium/high speed until soft peaks form then add 3 Tbsp of powdered sugar and continue beating until meadium/stiff peaks form. This will make 3 cups of whipped cream.

Chocolate lasagna in a glass casserole dish topped with crushed oreos.

More Topping Ideas:

You can be adventurous (by adding bacon bits) or more classic toppings once the layers are in place. Here are some options:

  • Chocolate mints, broken in pieces
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Chocolate ganache
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Crushed Oreos
  • Melted chocolate, drizzled
  • Dusted with cocoa
  • Marshmallows

Can I Freeze Chocolate Lasagna?

Yes, this dessert is great to freeze, covered. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving. You can serve it partially frozen and it will be a little like ice cream cake. Freezing works best when using cool whip without substitutions.

A slice of chocolate lasagna cake on a white plate topped with chocolate shavings.

More NO-BAKE desserts:

If you enjoyed this chocolate lasagna, you will love these crowd-pleasing desserts which are perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Fourth of July, birthday parties or any occasion. They are easy and can be made-ahead.

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Chocolate Lasagna Recipe (No-Bake Dessert)

4.99 from 144 votes
Author: Valentina Ablaev
Chocolate Lasagna Slice served on a plate
This Classic Chocolate Lasagna Recipe is DELICIOUS. An easy, no-bake dessert with an oreo crust, rich cheesecake layer, and chocolate pudding.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours

Ingredients 

Servings: 16 people

Crust Layer:

  • 14.3 oz pack of Oreos, or 405 grams
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Cheesecake Layer:

Chocolate Pudding Layer:

  • 7.8 oz instant chocolate pudding, (two 3.9oz packages)
  • 3 1/4 cup cold whole milk

Top Layer:

  • 8 oz cool whip, refrigerated (whipped topping)

Instructions

Prepare Oreo crust:

  • In a food processor or blender, crush the whole pack of oreos with their cream until fine crumbs form. Set aside about 3 Tbsp of crushed oreos for the topping. Transfer to a bowl and combine with melted butter.
  • In a 9”x13” baking dish, press the Oreo mixture into the bottom of the pan with a spatula to create a crust. Refrigerate while preparing the cheesecake layer.

Prepare cheesecake layer:

  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with vanilla and powdered sugar. Fold in the Cool Whip. Evenly and carefully spread the crust. Refrigerate while preparing the pudding layer.

Prepare chocolate pudding layer:

  • In a bowl, beat together the pudding mix and milk until the pudding thickens.
  • Spread the chocolate pudding evenly over the cheesecake layer. Refrigerate until pudding sets.

Top layer:

  • Top with a cool whip as the final layer and sprinkle with reserved crushed Oreos then cover and chill at least 2 hours and keep chilled until ready to serve.

Nutrition Per Serving

362kcal Calories42g Carbs5g Protein20g Fat10g Saturated Fat44mg Cholesterol424mg Sodium210mg Potassium1g Fiber29g Sugar546IU Vitamin A114mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Lasagna Recipe (No-Bake Dessert)
Amount per Serving
Calories
362
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
20
g
31
%
Saturated Fat
 
10
g
63
%
Cholesterol
 
44
mg
15
%
Sodium
 
424
mg
18
%
Potassium
 
210
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
42
g
14
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
29
g
32
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
546
IU
11
%
Calcium
 
114
mg
11
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate lasagna, chocolate pudding cake
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 362

Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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Comments

  • Vicky L
    February 5, 2024

    My chocolate lasagne pretty much melted. 🙁 Everything ran together and I couldn’t get the neat squares and layers. I don’t know what I did wrong.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 6, 2024

      Hi Vicky! I would look over the recipe and ingredients again to see if anything was missed or not measured correctly. Did you use any substitutions? It should not run together but this also needs to be refrigerated long enough to set before cutting. Also- be sure to use cream cheese that is in a block form and not whipped cream cheese from a container.

      Reply

  • Lori
    December 11, 2023

    Wondering if I could use the heat up chocolate pudding then let cool?
    Also not everyone in this house likes cool whip. Can I make my own whip cream? I realize it will take longer. Thank You

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 11, 2023

      Hi Lori! That will work if you prefer that. Also- see my note above for substituting cool
      Whip.

      Reply

  • Andrea
    December 7, 2023

    Made for a work party. Not one person didn’t ask for the recipe! HUGE hit, completely gone! Making it again for Christmas!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 7, 2023

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Andrea! I’m so glad to hear it was a hit!

      Reply

  • Manda
    December 4, 2023

    This is my favorite!! So good and made it for family lunch and everyone loved it

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 4, 2023

      Nice to know that this is your favorite recipe, Manda. Thanks for sharing!

      Reply

  • Karen
    November 6, 2023

    Hi. I’m hoping to make this for Thanksgiving. Can it be made ahead of time? Thank you!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 6, 2023

      Hi Karen! Yes, you can. It also freezes well- see the notes for instructions above.

      Reply

  • Tammie
    October 7, 2023

    I just made it for my daughter’s dinner party. She loves chocolate and mint, so I put Andes chocolate mints on top. I haven’t tasted it yet, but it was so easy to make. I’m sure that she will love it.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 7, 2023

      That’s a great idea, Tammie! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • K Powell
    May 2, 2023

    I follow your recipes to the T, unfortunately for this one I did to my chagrin.. I didn’t have extra cool whip for the top layer…in the recipe it says to put it all in the cream cheese mixture. I thought you would say to keep a certain amount out..oh well.. family loved it anyway..

    Reply

    • Natasha
      May 3, 2023

      Hi, there are two 8-oz tubs of cool whip listed and we tried to make it clear by specifying: “Top Layer: 8 oz cool whip, refrigerated (whipped topping)” but it is at the bottom of the ingredient list so maybe it was overlooked? I’m glad your family loved it anyway.

      Reply

  • Mona
    March 26, 2023

    Hi!
    I enjoy your blog a lot Natasha! I am a lil confused to who Valentina Ablaev is? Suddenly I feel like she is on your blog ? Sorry for asking in the comment section but was just really curious.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 26, 2023

      Hi Mona! I’m glad you are enjoying my blog. On occasion, we will have a guest recipe post like this from Valentina, who is a fellow food blogger.

      Reply

  • Pierre Cipolletta
    February 9, 2023

    Could you use one cup of heavy cream and 2 1/4 cup of milk. Heavy cream makes the pudding thicker.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 9, 2023

      Hi Pierre! I think that could work. You’ll have to experiment with it.

      Reply

  • Elzbieta
    December 27, 2022

    AMAZING! Made this for Christmas Eve and we all loved it!! I have refrozen the little bit that is left and it just happened to disappear the next day. 🙂 Thank you for this fantastic recipe.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 27, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you loved the recipe. Thank you for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Anthony Marquez
    December 21, 2022

    I’m trying this for our Christmas party, but with a slight change… will try to make it “double layer” and see how they like it; will let you know how it turns out and if the second layer of crust causes any smushing…LOL.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 21, 2022

      I hope everyone loves it, Anthony! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

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