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Lemon Lush

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Lemon Lush is the perfect dessert to enjoy on a hot summer day or served as an Easter dessert! It is light and fresh and an instant favorite. With the golden Oreo crust, lemon cream cheese mixture, lemon pudding, and lemon whipped cream you will be in lemon dessert heaven! 

Lemon Lush is indeed a delightful treat, especially during the warm months, or as a sweet finish to your Easter celebration! Its combination of flavors and textures creates a truly heavenly dessert experience. As a devoted fan of Creamy Lemon Pie I can’t help but appreciate how Lemon Lush captures that same irresistible tanginess and creamy richness. The golden Oreo crust provides a perfect contrast to the zesty lemon cream cheese mixture, while the layers of lemon pudding and lemon whipped cream add a refreshing burst of flavor with every bite. It’s no wonder why Lemon Lush quickly becomes an instant favorite for anyone who tries it—it’s like indulging in a slice of nostalgia with a modern twist!

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Lemon Lush

Lemon is my love language I think! Give me anything lemon flavored and you and I will be BFFs for life. I am a sucker for blackberry lemonade, lemon cream cheese danishes, lemon bars, and of course this lemon lush dessert! 

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You are going to love this lemon lush for so many reasons! 

  • Easy to make! 
  • Lemon flavor is in every layer!  
  • Light and creamy with a delicious crunchy Oreo cookie crust. 
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Ingredients:

For the crust

  • 2 Cups Crushed Golden or Lemon Oreos
  • ½ Cup Melted Butter

For the cream cheese mixture:

  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
  • ½ Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • 1 Tablespoon Whole Milk
  • 8 Ounces Whipped Topping

For the pudding:

  • 2 (8oz)  Lemon Pudding Mix (Instant)
  • 3 ¼ Cups Whole Milk (Very Cold)

For topping:

  • 8 Ounces Whipped Topping
  • Lemon Zest

How to Make Lemon Lush

For the crust:

  • In a medium sized bowl, mix together the crushed oreos and melted butter until combined. Press the crust mixture onto the bottom of a 9×13” baking dish. Place in the refrigerator or freezer to set.

For the cream cheese mixture:

  • In a medium sized bowl, add the cream cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest, milk, and powdered sugar. Whip together using a hand-held electric mixture until smooth. Fold in the 8 ounces whipped topping using a rubber spatula. 
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly in the 9×13” baking dish over the crust, place back into the refrigerator or freezer while you make the pudding mixture.

For the pudding:

  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and whole milk until combined and smooth. Allow to set for 5 minutes.
  • Spread the pudding mixture over the cream cheese mixture evenly.

For topping:

  • Spread the other 8 ounces whipped topping over the pudding evenly, sprinkle on the lemon zest.
  • Place the lemon lush in the refrigerator to set for at least 1 hour, but preferably 2-3 hours before slicing and serving. 
  • Slice and serve the lemon lush and enjoy!
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Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • If you prefer you can make a shortbread crust instead of the oreo crust. If making a shortbread crust you will need to bake it. 
  • Be sure the crust is completely set before adding the next layer. 
  • Use fresh lemon juice rather than bottled lemon juice. 
  • You can swap out the cool whip for homemade whipping cream if you prefer. Just be sure you add ¼ cup of powdered sugar into the whipping cream to sweeten it up along with the lemon. 
  • Add garnish and toppings to the top of your lemon lush. Try fresh berries, white chocolate shavings, or lemon slices. 
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Store your lemon lush in the fridge covered with plastic or in an airtight container. This will keep for up to 4 days. 

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Freezer

It is possible to freeze your lemon lush dessert. Wrap the dessert in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. It will keep for about 1 month. Thaw in the fridge overnight. 

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Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes, you will want to make this dessert at least 6 hours ahead of time. This allows all the layers plenty of time to set. You can make it up to 2 days ahead of time. 

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Lemon Lush

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Lemon Lush is the perfect dessert to enjoy on a hot summer day or Easter dessert! It is light and fresh and an instant favorite. With the golden oreo crust, lemon cream cheese mixture, lemon pudding, and lemon whipped cream you will be in lemon dessert heaven! 

Ingredients

  • For the crust
  • 2 Cups Crushed Golden or Lemon Oreos
  • ½ Cup Melted Butter
  • For the cream cheese mixture:
  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
  • ½ Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • 1 Tablespoon Whole Milk
  • 8 Ounces Whipped Topping
  • For the pudding:
  • 2 (8oz) Lemon Pudding Mix (Instant)
  • 3 ¼ Cups Whole Milk (Very Cold)
  • For topping:
  • 8 Ounces Whipped Topping
  • Lemon Zest

Instructions

    For the crust:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the crushed oreos and melted butter until combined. Press the crust mixture onto the bottom of a 9x13” baking dish. Place in the refrigerator or freezer to set.

For the cream cheese mixture:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, add the cream cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest, milk and powdered sugar. Whip together using a hand-held electric mixture until smooth. Fold in the 8 ounces whipped topping using a rubber spatula. 
  2. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly in the 9x13” baking dish over the crust, place back into the refrigerator or freezer while you make the pudding mixture.

For the pudding:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and whole milk until combined and smooth. Allow to set for 5 minutes.
  2. Spread the pudding mixture over the cream cheese mixture evenly.

For topping:

  1. Spread the other 8 ounces whipped topping over the pudding evenly, sprinkle on the lemon zest.
  2. Place the lemon lush in the refrigerator to set for at least 1 hour, but preferably 2-3 hours before slicing and serving. 
  3. Slice and serve the lemon lush and enjoy!

Notes

Yields: 9-12 Servings

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 368Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 317mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 5g

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