No-Bake Mint Chip Lush

I never know what to call these kinds of desserts. Are they simply a no-bake dessert? Lush? Lasagna? I have several lush recipes and I think I call them a different name every time.

Whatever they’re called, they’re one of the best desserts ever invented. And this No Bake Mint Chip Lush version? Is my favorite yet!

No Bake Mint Chip Lush Dessert filled with layers of cookie crumbs, no bake mint chip cheesecake, and chocolate pudding!

So we all know by now that Jordan is obsessed with mint. You’re probably tired of hearing about it, especially after I posted this cake and these cookies and this hot chocolate. But because she loves mint – and I do too – I have so many recipes that I want to make. Also, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day…so minty green foods are the perfect things for this time of year.

If there is one thing that Jordan is adamant about in her mint chip addiction, it’s that the item needs to be green. Otherwise she does not consider it mint…even though it tastes that way. Frosting, candy, ice cream…if it’s called mint chip, it better be “mint” color. In fact, our favorite ice cream brand makes mint chip that’s white…and she refuses to eat it. So, whenever I make mint recipes…they need to be green.

It’s a good thing I love McCormick green food coloring. I buy that stuff by the gallon this time of year.

No Bake Mint Chip Lush Dessert (5 of 16)

I can’t believe that St. Patrick’s Day is in only 2 weeks. Where has 2015 gone? Wasn’t it just Christmas? All of a sudden it’s March, my daughter is 10, and the leprechaun holiday is around the corner.

Is 10 years old the magical year where Jordan will not be afraid of the leprechauns? #letshopeso

Since St. Patrick’s Day is the holiday where we wear green and eat all sorts of green food, I thought that this Mint Chip Lush would be a good idea. After all, the mint is green…which passes the Jordan test.

No Bake Mint Chip Lush Dessert (10 of 16)

This recipe is super simple and comes together in just minutes. And, although I could eat the entire pan with a fork if I’m not careful, it’s the perfect potluck food. And everyone likes lush – even people that say they don’t like pudding. You know how I know that?

I don’t like pudding. But I could not get enough of this dessert!

The bottom layer of this dessert lasagna is made of crushed Oreo cookies. Use the Cool Mint ones for some extra flavor! You crush the cookies with a rolling pin and then you stir in some melted butter. It’s not a crust in the traditional sense; it’s more loose and not compacted. You just dump it in your pan and spread it out evenly.

Then comes the fun part: them minty green cheesecake layer. Cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and some peppermint extract get mixed together. (Note: I like peppermint extract more than mint, but if you like mint better, feel free to use that.) Fold in some whipped topping or freshly whipped cream and then you just need one thing: the green!

No Bake Mint Chip Lush Dessert (1 of 16)

I used McCormick green food coloring to color my cheesecake layer. Just a few drops will do, but you’re welcome to add more if you want a deeper green color. Their food coloring is a great way to add some Irish into your St. Patrick’s Day recipe. Check out the McCormick website for more Irish themed recipes!

On top of the green minty cheesecake layer is a layer of chocolate pudding. I used an instant dark chocolate pudding I had in my pantry but you can use any chocolate flavor you want or have on hand (or even make it from scratch, if that’s how you roll). The top is frosted with more whipped topping or whipped cream and then you sprinkle on some mini chocolate chips.

The one thing I love about lush recipes? They are so easy to eat.

No Bake Mint Chip Lush Dessert filled with layers of cookie crumbs, no bake mint chip cheesecake, and chocolate pudding!

Which is kind of why I don’t like them either. Seriously, make this for company. You’ll be happy you did (and so will they). 🙂

Did you make this recipe?

No Bake Mint Chip Lush

This No Bake Mint Chip Lush dessert is a layered chocolate and mint dessert that is perfect for any occasion! Layers of crushed cookies, mint chip cheesecake, and chocolate pudding make this the perfect dessert for mint lovers, and it's no bake!


Ingredients:


  • 20 Oreo cookies

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (regular or low-fat)

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

  • 1 (8 ounce) container whipped topping (regular, light, or fat-free) *you can substitute about 3 cups freshly whipped cream, see note*

  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

  • 1 (approx. 3.4 ounce) box instant chocolate pudding mix

  • 1 1/4 cups nonfat milk

  • 5-7 drops green food coloring

  • Additional mini chocolate chips or crushed cookies topping


Directions:


  1. Place cookies in a large resealable bag. Seal all but one inch of the bag and gently crush the cookies using a rolling pin. Pour melted butter into the bag and mix gently with your hands. Pour the crushed cookies into a 9x9” baking dish. Spread evenly over the bottom. (The crust will not completely join together as a pie crust will.)

  2. Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with a hand mixer until smooth. Mix in sugar, vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract. Add more peppermint extract, up to 1/2 teaspoon total, as desired for your personal taste. Fold in 1/2 the container (about 1 1/2 cups) whipped topping. Fold in chocolate chips. Add green food coloring and gently stir to fold in the color. Spread the mint layer over the cookie layer.

  3. Mix the pudding mix with the milk. Whisk for 30 seconds. Let sit for a few minutes until the pudding thickens, then spread over mint layer.

  4. Top with the remaining whipped topping and sprinkle with additional chocolate chips or crushed cookies. Cover and chill at least 2 hours before serving. Eat within 3 days.


Notes:

You can use whipped cream in place of the whipped topping but then the dish needs to be prepared and served in the same day. The whipped cream will weep a little as the dish sits, so it's best eaten the same day it's made.


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57 comments

  1. My mom’s signature picnic, potluck, etc dish is a lush. Never a mint one though! This looks incredible and great minds again because just yesterday I photographed a pudding mix/cool whip number. I don’t do too many anymore but I couldn’t resist 🙂 Nor could I resist this! Pinned of course!

  2. I’ve never heard of lush dessert, but now that I have, I want to try it. I adore all of your mint recipes especially since you gear them toward your daughter. It’s very sweet (pun intended). All of my chocolate and mint cravings will be satisfied with this dessert. 🙂

  3. Jordan has it right. Mint desserts always should be green!
    I’m not a big pudding person either, but this has me thinking differently. I want it!
    Oh, and your nails are awesome. I play guitar and can’t have pretty nails, but I’m so jealous of people who do!

  4. I see chocolate mint is on our brains!!! I love these lush desserts, especially once summer comes. PINNED 🙂

  5. I’m definitely obsessed with mint, too! It’s such a refreshing flavor! This no bake dessert looks amazing! This totally counts for breakfast, right? Pinned!

  6. Jordan is a smart lady. All mint treats should be green 😉 This looks amazing!

  7. I’m with Jordan! I get freaked out by mint flavored food that isn’t green! 

    Love this no bake treat!

  8. I love that you call it lush! Perfect name for this type of dessert, it’s so fitting. I love light pudding desserts like these! How do you dislike pudding? WHAAAAT!! Haha. 🙂 Pudding on its own is not my fave either, but in desserts like these, I LOVE it!

  9. Jordan and I clearly need to hang out. We can go on a mint and chocolate eating adventure!

  10. I love this….I’m seeing mint chocolate chip everything the last week or two. It’s my favorite dessert flavor combo. I wish I had the ingredients to make this!

  11. Melba’s Delight is this name of the recipe I have. I have been making this dessert with pistachio pudding (instant) for about 35 years. It’s so good. I have not tried any other pudding mix but you can use any flavor you want to. It is very easy to make.

  12. Dude, Jordan is so right. Unless it’s peppermint (in which case it has to be pink or red), if it’s mint, it has to be green. This mint lush looks amazing! 

  13. This looks so light and creamy! I really enjoy desserts like this! And I totally agree with Jordan. Mint should be colored green!

  14. Is it bad that I want this for breakfast?! 😉

  15. This looks so good! Please do more cupcake recipes:) All your recipes are great.

  16. Oh my, this is lush! I love mint-choc-chip so much but probably not as much as Jordan! The contrast between the cookie crust and creamy cream cheese filling must be so good, pinned! 

  17. I agree with Jordan if it is going to be mint it needs to be green.  This looks awesome!!  My family often makes different types of lush but not a mint one.  Pinned!!

  18. I aspire to be this kind of lush.

  19. Love it! That looks amazing.  I’m kind of with Jordan on the green thing though, it doesn’t seem like mint if it’s not green.  Which is ridiculous, but there you go! 

  20. Oh my lanta…I love everything about this! The color, the minty-ness, the gorgeous layers, and that you call it lush!! Must.make.immediately! 🙂

  21. oh this is sinful looking but super yummy!

  22. lol that’s funny, Michael’s dad is the same way about mint MUST be green 😛 and I’ve never seen these desserts called lush before but it’s an apt name-it looks LUSCIOUS!

  23. If 9 was the year that Jordan tried (and liked!) hamburgers and In-N-Out, then I think 10 is the year where she starts to like white mint chocolate chip ice cream. 😉 You’re an awesome mom to tint everything green for her until then though! Pinned!

  24. So I’ve never heard of a lush (gasp!)  I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten something like it in the past…anything pudding-y, creamy, with cookies has to be good though, right? 🙂

  25. This is my favorite kind of dessert! I love how easy it is! Yummmm! Pinned!  

  26. My daughter loves mint too. .  this is SO awesome!!! and oh my goodness. .  I can’t even believe it’s already March 5?! I feel like New Years was yesterday.  . and by the way, “mint chip lush” is the best dessert name ever! 

  27. I love super easy desserts like these, especially when it gets hot out!!  And I’m with Jordan, mint treats should be minty looking 🙂  

  28. This is 100% my kind of dessert! Looks amazing!

  29. Whatever you choose to call it, I will devour it!!! 

  30. OMG I need this NOW!!! Sounds sooooo good! I think I’m going to make it this weekend 🙂

  31. I have problems with these types of desserts because they taste so light I eat half the pan in one sitting. Although I guess that’s not a bad thing…. 😉 I love your pictures of this too! I always have a hard time making the light green look green and not white!

  32. I love these kind of desserts!  In fact, I literally just made something similar!  I totally agree that the mint takes it to a whole different level!  🙂

  33. Yesss, Dorothy, this is the dessert of desserts. I am the biggest sucker for anything Oreo and everything mint. So yes to all of this mint heaven! 

  34. I love when Jordan demands mint chip desserts because those are my favorite too!

  35. Yummy! I love mint and chocolate! Pinned. 🙂

  36. Beautiful recipe! It turned out perfect in spite of this being my first time making it. I wanted to make this for a potluck, but I didn’t initially read far enough down the page to realize that this was only for a 9×9 pan (oops!), so I wanted to share my tweaks that made this big enough to fit a 13×9 pan.

    For the crust, use an entire 15.5 oz. bag of original Oreos and a whole stick of butter and follow the directions provided up above in the original recipe (crush Oreos, melt butter, etc.). I know that seems like a ton of butter, but you won’t taste it, I promise.

    For the mint layer, the amount of cream cheese and peppermint extract stays the same, but mix it with one cup of confectioners sugar instead of granulated sugar along with either one 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip or half of a 16 oz. tub. This is totally optional, but I chopped about eight or nine Andes mints and stirred them into the mint filling for additional mint flavor. Spread over the Oreo layer as directed.

    For the pudding layer, use two 3.4 oz. boxes of instant chocolate pudding mix and whisk it in a bowl with 3 1/2 cups milk. Let it set for a few minutes and pour it over the mint layer.

    For the top, use either a second 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip or the other half of a 16 oz. tub.

    I made a similar layered dessert before and sort of combined that recipe and this one and it turned out absolutely perfect! I had several requests to make it again. I hope I don’t sound like I’m being critical of your recipe (I promise that’s not my intent). It just seemed like a 9×9 dessert wasn’t quite party-sized.

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