Chocolate Lush is a delicious dessert with layers of chocolate cookie crust, cream cheese filling, chocolate pudding and whipped topping. It's a crowd-pleasing treat for any gathering.
Chocolate Lush is an easy and enjoyable recipe to prepare, perfect for serving to a group or as a delightful treat. This dessert can be made in just 30 minutes, then just stick in the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours.
Chocolate Lush is part of the beloved 'lush' family of desserts and is known for its smooth, creamy layers.
Ingredients for Chocolate Lush
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies: Choose a brand with a rich chocolate flavor. The creamier the filling, the more decadent your crust.
Butter: I use unsalted butter.
Cream Cheese: Full-fat cream cheese will make a richer, creamier layer. Make sure it's room temperature so it mixes smoothly.
Powdered Sugar: Sifted powdered sugar is easier to mix and creates a smoother texture.
Whipped Topping (like Cool Whip): Thaw before use for easy spreading.
Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix: The instant variety is important for easy preparation.
Milk: Whole milk gives a richer taste.
Chocolate Shavings or Grated Chocolate: Optional, but adds a gourmet touch. Use a quality chocolate bar for the best flavor and texture.
Food Processor: For crushing the cookies. Alternatively, you can use a rolling pin and a ziplock bag.
9x13 inch Baking Dish
Electric Mixer: Helps in achieving a smooth cream cheese layer. A whisk or a fork can be used.
How to Make Chocolate Lush
Prepare the Crust: First, turn the chocolate sandwich cookies into fine crumbs using a food processor. Then, combine the crumbs with melted butter in the food processor, pulsing until well mixed.
Press this mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish, making sure to do an even layer. For a smooth surface, use the back of a spoon or a flat-bottomed glass to press down the crust.
Make the Cream Cheese Layer: Beat the softened cream cheese with powdered sugar in a mixing bowl until smooth. Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature for easier blending and to avoid lumps. Gently fold in some whipped topping to maintain a light texture.
Spread this mixture evenly over the crust. Be careful to not disturb the crust while spreading.
Prepare the Chocolate Pudding Layer:
In a separate bowl, whisk together instant chocolate pudding mix with cold milk for about 2 minutes, until it thickens. Let the pudding sit for a few minutes to thicken further, ensuring a firmer layer.
Then, spread the pudding evenly over the cream cheese layer.
Add the Final Layer:
Spread the remaining whipped topping over the chocolate pudding layer, creating a smooth, even layer.
For an optional garnish, add chocolate shavings or grated chocolate on top for extra flavor and visual appeal.
Chill the Dessert:
Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. This step is important as it allows the layers to set and the flavors to meld together. The dessert should be firm and well-set before serving.
Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Lush
Here are some tips for making a great tasting chocolate lush easily:
Make sure cream cheese is room temperature: Softened cream cheese blends more smoothly.
Chill thoroughly: Make sure to let the chocolate lush chill in the fridge.
Even layers: Take time to spread each layer evenly for a visually appealing dessert.
Garnish creatively: Chocolate shavings add a gourmet touch, but you can also explore with crushed nuts or a sprinkle of cocoa.
Chocolate Lush Dessert is best enjoyed fresh, but if you have leftovers or want to prepare it in advance, here are some storage tips:
Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap or foil and store any leftovers in the fridge. It can be stored for about 3-4 days, although the longer it's stored, the softer the crust will become.
Can I make Chocolate Lush Dessert ahead of time?
Yes, you can! In fact, it's recommended to make it at least 4 hours ahead of time to ensure it sets properly. You can even prepare it the night before and leave it in the refrigerator overnight.
What can I use if I don’t have a food processor for the crust?
If you don't have a food processor, you can place the cookies in a large zip-top bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Aim for a fine, even crumb similar to what you would get from a food processor.
Can I substitute the whipped topping?
Absolutely. If you prefer not to use store-bought whipped topping, you can make your own whipped cream. Simply beat heavy cream with a bit of sugar until stiff peaks form. Keep in mind homemade whipped cream won't hold up as long as store-bought whipped topping.
Can I use a different type of cookie for the crust?
Yes, you can experiment with other cookies like shortbread, graham crackers, or even different flavored Oreos.
When is the dessert chilled enough?
The dessert is set when the layers are firm to the touch and don't jiggle excessively when you gently shake the dish. It typically takes about 4 hours in the refrigerator.
How do I get a clean cut?
For clean cuts, use a sharp knife dipped in hot water. Wipe the knife after each cut. This helps to slice through the layers neatly.
- 20 chocolate sandwich cookies
- ¼ cup butter melted
Cream Cheese Layer:
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup whipped topping like Cool Whip
Chocolate Pudding Layer:
- 2 3.9 ounce boxes instant chocolate pudding mix
- 3 ¼ cups cold milk
- 2 cups whipped topping
- Chocolate shavings or grated chocolate optional, for garnish
- In a food processor, add the chocolate cookies and pulse until evenly crushed. Add the melted butter and pulse again until well mixed.
- Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish to form the crust. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Fold in 1 cup of whipped topping until fully combined. Spread this mixture evenly over the prepared crust.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the chocolate pudding mix and cold milk for about 2 minutes until it thickens. Allow the pudding to set for a few minutes, then spread it over the cream cheese layer.
- Spread the remaining 2 cups of whipped topping over the chocolate pudding layer, creating an even layer.
- Optionally, garnish with chocolate shavings or grated chocolate for an extra touch.
- Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or until set.