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Hot Chocolate Lasagna {Easy, No Bake Dessert}

Hot Chocolate Lasagna {Easy, No Bake Dessert}


Indulge in this No-Bake Hot Chocolate Lasagna, a layered dessert with a crunchy Oreo base and a rich hot chocolate cheesecake layer. Topped with creamy chocolate pudding, fluffy whipped cream, marshmallows, peppermint, and a chocolate drizzle, it’s a decadent treat perfect for any occasion.

Hello, my friends! Welcome to my cozy kitchen corner, where I whip up yummy treats without turning on the oven.

‘Tis the season for yummy, festive treats and yummy delights and I’m all about bringing “joy, delicious and festive” into your kitchen too! I’m super excited today, because know you will love my new no bake holiday dessert!

Today, we’re making something super fun and easy – Hot Chocolate Lasagna!

hot chocolate lasagna recipe

Imagine your favorite cozy hot chocolate mixed with the cool idea of a lasagna but as a sweet, no-bake treat. It’s got layers of crunchy Oreos, creamy chocolate cheesecake, and fluffy toppings that are super simple to put together. Perfect for any get-together or when you’re in the mood for something sweet and chocolatey. Let’s get started on this delicious adventure – it’s easier than you think!

What You’ll Need to Make Hot Chocolate Lasagna

hot chocolate lasagna recipe step by step

Creating this indulgent Hot Chocolate Lasagna requires a blend of sweet ingredients and some essential kitchen tools. Let’s break down what you’ll need and how each component contributes to the dessert.



Ingredients:

hot chocolate lasagna ingredients

  • Oreo Cookies: Form the chocolatey, crunchy crust base.
  • Unsalted Butter: Binds the crust and enriches the cheesecake layer.
  • Cream Cheese: Adds creaminess and a tangy flavor to the cheesecake.
  • Confectioners’ Sugar: Sweetens and smoothens the cheesecake and whipped cream.
  • Vanilla Extract: Enhances the cheesecake with subtle sweetness.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: Creates a light, luxurious texture in the cheesecake and topping.
  • Instant Hot Cocoa Mix: Infuses the cheesecake layer with cozy hot chocolate flavor. Or, make your own homemade hot cocoa mix, if you’re up to it.
  • Milk: Blends with pudding mix for a creamy chocolate layer.
  • Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix: Contributes a dense, chocolatey layer.
  • Mini-Marshmallows: Add gooey sweetness throughout.
  • Chocolate Topping/Melted Chocolate Chips: Gives an extra chocolate kick and visual appeal.
  • Peppermint Candy Canes (optional): Offers a minty crunch for a flavor twist.

recipe for hot chocolate lasagna

 




Kitchen Tools:

  1. Food Processor: To easily crush the Oreo cookies into a fine crumb for the crust. Alternatively, a plastic bag and rolling pin can be used.
  2. 9×13 inch Casserole Dish: The perfect size for assembling and serving your lasagna.
  3. Electric Mixer: Essential for beating the cheesecake ingredients, whipping the cream, and mixing the pudding to the right consistency.
  4. Mixing Bowls: You’ll need varying sizes for different recipe components.
  5. Spatula: For folding and spreading the layers smoothly.
  6. Measuring Cups and Spoons: Precision is critical in baking, even in a no-bake recipe like this!

Why We Love this Hot Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

hot chocolate lasagna drizzled with chocolate

  • No-Bake Ease: Simple to make with no oven required.
  • Rich Chocolate Layers: Each layer offers a unique chocolate experience.
  • Oreo Cookie Crust: A crunchy, delightful base that everyone adores.
  • Creamy Cheesecake Texture: Smooth and luscious with a hot chocolate twist.
  • Marshmallow Surprise: Adds a gooey, sweet element reminiscent of classic hot chocolate.
  • Versatile for All Occasions: Perfect for holidays, parties, or a cozy night in.
  • Customizable: Easy to adapt with various toppings and flavor twists.
  • Kid-Friendly and Adult-Approved: Appeals to all ages and taste preferences.
  • Impressive Presentation: Looks as amazing as it tastes, sure to wow guests.
  • Comforting and Indulgent: A true treat for the senses, providing warmth and satisfaction.

How to Make Hot Chocolate Lasagna

hot chocolate lasagna recipe

Embarking on the journey to create this scrumptious Hot Chocolate Lasagna is a delightful experience that combines layers of chocolatey goodness. Follow these straightforward instructions to assemble a dessert that will be a hit with all chocolate lovers.

Instructions:

Oreo Crust:

hot chocolate lasagna recipe step by step

  1. In a food processor, pulse the Oreo Cookies into crumbs (or smash them in a plastic bag for a more hands-on approach).
  2. Transfer the crumbs to a small bowl and stir in the melted butter.
  3. Press this mixture firmly into the bottom of a sprayed 9×13-inch casserole dish.
  4. Refrigerate or freeze this base to firm it up while preparing the next layer.



Hot Chocolate Cheesecake Layer:

recipe for hot chocolate lasagna

  1. Use an electric mixer to beat Butter and Cream Cheese until fluffy.
  2. Add Confectioners’ Sugar and Vanilla, blending at medium speed until you achieve a creamy and smooth consistency. Then, transfer this mixture to a large mixing bowl.
  3. In the electric mixer, beat Cream and Instant Hot Cocoa Mix until stiff peaks form.
  4. Gently fold half the hot chocolate whipped cream mixture into the cheesecake mixture. Repeat this process, ensuring that the bottom and sides of the bowl are scraped for a consistent blend.

hot chocolate lasagna recipe

5. Spread this combined mixture over your chilled Oreo crust and freeze it to set.

Chocolate Pudding Layer:

hot chocolate lasagna recipe step by step

  1. Blend Milk and Chocolate Instant Pudding mix in the electric mixer until it thickens.
  2. Mix in mini marshmallows.

hot chocolate lasagna recipe step by step

3. Spread this layer over the set Hot Chocolate Cheesecake Layer.

4. Freeze again to set this layer.

Topping:

hot chocolate lasagna recipe

1. Once the pudding layer has set, prepare the whipped cream. Beat heavy whipping Cream, adding Confectioners’ Sugar, until stiff peaks form.

2. Spread this whipped cream over the pudding layer, and refrigerate the entire dessert for a few hours, ideally overnight, to set completely.

3. Just before serving, scatter mini marshmallows over the whipped cream layer.

4. Finish by drizzling with melted chocolate, and if you like, sprinkle some crushed candy canes on top for a festive touch.



Tips and Tricks for Making the BEST Hot Chocolate Lasagna

When creating the perfect Hot Chocolate Lasagna, a few insider tips and tricks can elevate your dessert from delicious to divine. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a first-time dessert maker, these suggestions will help you achieve that perfect blend of flavors and textures, ensuring your Hot Chocolate Lasagna is a success.

how to make hot chocolate lasagna

  1. Cookie Crust Consistency: Ensure the cookies are finely crushed for the Oreo crust to achieve a consistent, firm base. A food processor works best, but if using a plastic bag and rolling pin, aim for a fine, even crumb.
  2. Butter Temperatures Matter: Use room-temperature butter for the cheesecake layer. This allows for a smoother, more easily blended mixture, avoiding lumps in your cheesecake layer.
  3. Whipped Cream Perfection: When whipping the cream for the cheesecake and topping layers, ensure it’s cold – this helps achieve stiff peaks more easily. Also, be careful not to over-whip, as this can cause the cream to separate.
  4. Layering Technique: When layering, spread each layer evenly and gently. This prevents the layers from mixing and maintains each layer’s distinct textures and flavors.
  5. Chilling is Key: Allow ample time for each layer to set in the fridge or freezer before adding the next. This patience pays off in creating clean, distinct layers that hold their shape when cut.
  6. Decoration and Serving: Consider using a piping bag for the whipped cream topping for an extra decorative touch. A hot knife (warmed under hot water, then dried) can help cut cleaner slices for serving.
  7. Customization: Feel free to get creative with toppings. Aside from mini marshmallows and crushed candy canes, consider adding nuts, chocolate shavings, or even a sprinkle of cinnamon or chili for a unique twist.

What to Serve with Hot Chocolate Lasagna

From beverages that cut through the sweetness to sides that contrast texture and temperature, here are some ideal pairings to serve alongside your lasagna, making each bite a symphony of tastes. Whether you’re catering to kids, adults, or a mixed crowd, these suggestions will surely add an extra layer of enjoyment to your dessert indulgence.

hot chocolate lasagna

  1. Beverages: Pair with hot coffee or espresso to balance the sweetness. For kids, a glass of cold milk complements the chocolate flavors perfectly.
  2. Fruit: Serve with fresh berries or a citrus fruit salad to add a refreshing, tangy contrast to the rich chocolate layers.
  3. Ice Cream: A small scoop of vanilla or peppermint ice cream on the side can create a delightful temperature and flavor contrast.
  4. Whipped Cream: Offer additional whipped cream for those who enjoy an extra creamy element with their dessert.
  5. Nuts: A bowl of mixed nuts on the side can provide a crunchy contrast and a break from the intense chocolate flavors.
  6. Digestifs: A small glass of sweet dessert wine or liqueur can complement the rich chocolate flavors for an adult gathering.



Creative Variations to Elevate Your Hot Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

Hot Chocolate Lasagna is a versatile dessert that can be customized to suit various tastes and occasions. Here are some delightful variations to try:

hot chocolate lasagna recipe

  1. Peppermint Twist: Add crushed peppermint candies or peppermint extract to the whipped cream layer for a refreshing, minty twist. This is especially great for the holiday season.
  2. White Chocolate Dream: Swap the hot chocolate mix and chocolate pudding with white chocolate versions for a creamy, dreamy white chocolate lasagna.
  3. Nutty Affair: Sprinkle chopped nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pecans between layers or on top for added crunch and flavor.
  4. Coffee Lover’s Delight: Mix a shot of espresso or strong coffee into the cheesecake layer for a mocha flavor. You can also use coffee-flavored pudding for an extra coffee kick.
  5. Fruity Fusion: For a fruity touch, layer in fresh strawberries, raspberries, or banana slices between the cheesecake and pudding layers.
  6. Caramel Drizzle: Drizzle caramel sauce over the top layer of whipped cream for a gooey, sweet addition.
  7. Cookie Variety: Experiment with different types of cookies for the crust, like graham crackers, chocolate chip cookies, or ginger snaps.
  8. Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly: Use vegan cream cheese, plant-based milk, and dairy-free whipped topping to cater to vegan or vegetarian preferences.
  9. Gluten-Free Option: Make gluten-free Oreos or a similar cookie for the crust to make this gluten-free dessert.
  10. Spice It Up: Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or chili powder to the hot chocolate mix for a subtly spiced flavor.

These variations can add a unique twist to your Hot Chocolate Lasagna, making it even more special and tailored to your taste preferences.

hot chocolate lasagna recipe

And there you have it, my friends – the ultimate guide to whipping up your Hot Chocolate Lasagna! Now, I’m extending a super sweet invitation to you: roll up your sleeves, get your mixer out, and make this mouth-watering treat. Picture this: the oohs and aahs of your friends and family as they dig into this layered wonder during your holiday gatherings. It’s more than just a dessert; it’s a conversation starter, a mood lifter, and, let’s be honest, a fantastic way to show off your culinary skills. 

So, why not make your holidays a little sweeter this year with a slice (or two) of this chocolatey, marshmallowy, oh-so-creamy goodness? Trust me, your taste buds will thank you. Happy baking, and let the holiday cheer begin!

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Hot Chocolate Lasagna {Easy, No Bake Dessert}


  • Author: Jocelyn Brown
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours, chill time
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Description

Indulge in this No-Bake Hot Chocolate Lasagna, a layered dessert with a crunchy Oreo base and a rich hot chocolate cheesecake layer. Topped with creamy chocolate pudding, fluffy whipped cream, marshmallows, peppermint, and a chocolate drizzle, it’s a decadent treat perfect for any occasion.


Ingredients

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Oreo Crust

  • 36 Oreo Cookies
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter-melted

Hot Chocolate Cheesecake Layer

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted Butter (room temperature)
  • 8 oz (1 package) Cream Cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 cup Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping Cream
  • 5 small packets of Instant Hot Cocoa Mix (3.7 oz)

Chocolate Pudding Layer

  • 2 3/4 cups whole Milk
  • 2 small packets (3.8 oz) Chocolate Instant Pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cups mini-Marshmallows

Topping

  • 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping Cream (or 2 1⁄2 cups whipped cream)
  • 1/4 cup Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 3 cups mini-Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Topping to drizzle (or melted Chocolate Chips with tablespoon of cream)
  • Crushed Chopped Peppermint Candy Canes (optional)

Instructions

Oreo Crust

1. In a food processor, pulse the Oreo Cookies to crumbs (or smash in a plastic bag). Place in a small bowl. Stir in the melted Butter. Press the mixture in the bottom of a sprayed 9×13 inch casserole dish. Place in the fridge or freezer to firm while making next layer.

Hot Chocolate Cheesecake Layer

  1. In an electric mixer mixing bowl beat Butter and Cream Cheese until fluffy. Add Confectioners’ Sugar and Vanilla, and blend on medium speed until creamy and smooth. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. In the electric mixer beat Cream and Instant Hot Cocoa Mix until stiff peaks form.
  3. Fold half of the hot chocolate whipped cream mixture into the cheesecake mixture, thenrepeat, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  4. Spread the combined mixture over the chilled crust, and place in the freezer to set.

Chocolate Pudding Layer

6. In the electric mixer blend the Milk and Chocolate Instant Pudding mix until it begins to thicken. Stir in mini marshmallows, and spread over the Hot Chocolate Cheesecake Layer. Place in the freezer to set.

Topping

  1. When pudding layer has set, make whipped cream. Beat heavy whipping Cream and add Confectioners’ Sugar until stiff peaks form.
  2. Spread whipped cream on top of pudding layer and place in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
  3. Before serving scatter mini-Marshmallows over whipped cream.
  4. Serve drizzled with melted chocolate, and sprinkle with crushed candy canes if desired. Serve and enjoy!
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: hot chocolate lasagna, desserts, holiday desserts



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31 Comments

  1. 12/21/2023 / 9:56 pm

    This looks so delicious, I will have to keep the recipe in mind for my next holiday party, thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. 12/20/2023 / 5:41 am

    Wow , now this a holiday recipe I would try in heartbeat. It looks delicious! thanks for sharing!

  3. 12/20/2023 / 1:59 am

    Oh this was a fun surprise! I think I’d like to bring this to the dessert table on Christmas or Christmas eve!

  4. Vidya
    12/20/2023 / 12:09 am

    oh my.. this is so droolworthy – you had me at its name, but then the look, those delish layers, everything about it is great..now all that remains is to find someone who will make it for me – my teenager (after her finals this week, of course.. she loves making such treats)

  5. Melanie E
    12/19/2023 / 11:53 pm

    Oh wow, what an awesome idea for a sweet lasagne. I know my family would really enjoy this. It would be fun to make over the Christmas break.

  6. 12/19/2023 / 11:49 pm

    Absolutely loved the no-bake hot chocolate lasagna recipe! Super easy to follow even for someone not into cooking. The layers were divine, and it looked like a masterpiece. Can’t wait to try more of your fuss-free delights!

  7. LisaLisa
    12/19/2023 / 8:47 pm

    Yessssss, this is my kind of dessert and wow do it look delicious. I’m surely going to try this recipe out soon.

  8. 12/19/2023 / 7:04 pm

    I’ve never heard of this but it looks so delicious! I’m definitely trying it this yer. Yum!

  9. Amber Myers
    12/19/2023 / 6:37 am

    Yes please, this is my kind of dessert. I just love all things chocolate.

  10. Kathy
    12/19/2023 / 5:18 am

    This looks so good. I definitely need to try it. I’ve heard about chocolate lasagna before, but haven’t tried it out yet. Can’t wait to try this.

  11. 12/19/2023 / 4:03 am

    This is the best holiday treat in the history of treats! I love how rich it is and all that chocolaty hot chocolate flavor! Om nom nom.

  12. 12/16/2023 / 3:11 pm

    Hhhhmmmm….this lasagna must be so nice. I really look forward to the day I taste lasagna. Thanks for this recipe.

  13. Catalina
    12/11/2023 / 4:04 am

    Oh my goodness, this no-bake hot chocolate lasagna sounds like an absolute dream! I’m always on the lookout for desserts that are not only delicious but also easy to make!

    • Catalina
      12/19/2023 / 2:46 pm

      I’ve made this hot chocolate lasagna and my family loved it so much! It’s a favorite now!

  14. 12/11/2023 / 3:47 am

    This is so cool! What a neat and interesting recipe. So many great flavors and layers to this!

  15. 12/10/2023 / 7:18 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had hot chocolate lasagna before. Gotta make this asap! Love that it’s no bake!

  16. Amy Liu Dong
    12/10/2023 / 7:50 am

    Oh my gosh, this is easy and delicious. A perfect dessert to make for Christmas!

  17. Zab Zaria
    12/10/2023 / 6:45 am

    The best dessert I’ve seen! My son would love this for sure

  18. 12/10/2023 / 5:50 am

    It’s really the holiday season! I’ve been seeing recipes that can melt people’s heart with delight!

    This looks so easy to prepare but I surely bet that there’s a lot of labor of love done baking this one! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  19. 12/10/2023 / 2:16 am

    As a hot chocolate lover, I must say this is absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to try.

  20. Lavanda Michelle
    12/10/2023 / 12:47 am

    This has to be good to be true! It looks so delicious!!

  21. 12/09/2023 / 11:53 pm

    This sounds so good, I will have to make it for my holiday party. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

  22. 12/09/2023 / 7:52 pm

    Minus the marshmallows, this sounds divine! I know my kids would love the whole thing (and probably be bouncing off the walls after). Thanks for sharing!

  23. 12/09/2023 / 6:00 pm

    Oh, wow! This looks absolutely incredible. I have two children who would love this. It’s DEFINITELY going on my list of things to make over Christmas!!

  24. 12/09/2023 / 1:22 pm

    What a scrumptious dessert! There are so many layers of goodness… YUM!!! It’s perfect for taking to holiday parties.

  25. Tara Pittman
    12/09/2023 / 4:10 am

    This is an amazing dessert. It will be perfect for my Christmas dessert.

  26. 12/09/2023 / 3:13 am

    Oh, these look delicious and I love that they’re no-bake. Frees up my oven for other things over the holidays.

  27. Ben
    12/09/2023 / 12:40 am

    Booyah! That’s what I’m talking about! Every part of this is fully awesome. I’m going to make a batch of this, and I will share none of it. Absolutely not one bite.

  28. 12/09/2023 / 12:35 am

    Every sweet tooth in my head is now fully activated! I absolutely cannot wait to make this! It looks AH-mazing!

  29. Merideth
    12/08/2023 / 10:10 pm

    YUM! Hot chocolate and lasagna are two of my favorite things so this recipe intrigued me. Then I read the list of ingredients! Has there ever been such a delicious line up? I think not! I will be adding this to my list of new holiday recipes to try!

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