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Christmas Lasagna

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Christmas Lasagna is whimsical layered dessert with buttery red velvet shortbread cookie crust, peppermint cheesecake layer, white chocolate pudding, whipped cream and mini marshmallows on top. I’m sure it will be a hit at your Christmas gathering! Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Christmas Lasagna is whimsical layered dessert that will be a hit at your Christmas gathering!

You all know that I’m a little obsessed with my Lasagna desserts. I’ve already made it in chocolate version, then came my Pumpkin lasagna and Key Lime Pie Lasagna, and the latest version was my White Chocolate Blueberry Lasagna I made this summer.

Today I’m sharing with you my new favorite: Christmas Lasagna. If you thought that I’m done with lasagna desserts, you’re wrong. I still have so many interesting ideas on my mind.

Christmas Lasagna is whimsical layered dessert that will be a hit at your Christmas gathering!

When I start thinking about this dessert, I wanted it to be easy to make as much as possible. It should taste delicious, of course. But as a Christmas dessert it must look really cheerful, in the first place. Therefore I decide it will be in the colors of Christmas. Red white and green are traditionally associated with Christmas. Layered desert seems as the best option.

For RED layer I decided to make red velvet shortbread crust. I used my favorite shortbread recipe from my Strawberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies. I just left out the add-ins and mix in red food coloring and get delicious, buttery crust for Christmas Lasagna.

WHITE layer is simple no bake cheesecake. Instead the usual vanilla flavor I added some peppermint extract. There’s just something special about peppermint treats at Christmas season. You all know how many limited-edition sweets with peppermint flavor shows at grocery store that time of year.

Christmas Lasagna is whimsical layered dessert that will be a hit at your Christmas gathering!

For GREEN layer I used white chocolate instant pudding dyed with a few drops of green food coloring. I could use pistachio pudding which is already green, but the flavor combination doesn’t seem right. White chocolate goes much better with mint cheesecake.

And for garnish I used mini marshmallows. They make these Christmas lasagna looks magical and snowy. I also scattered a few red and green M & M candies and sprinkle cute little green Christmas trees and red sprinkles. Well, it’s Christmas Lasagna and it should be cheerful and merry!

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Christmas Lasagna is whimsical layered dessert that will be a hit at your Christmas gathering!

Christmas Lasagna recipe instruction

Christmas Lasagna

Christmas Lasagna is whimsical layered dessert that will be a hit at your Christmas gathering!

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For Shortbread Cookie Layer:

3/4 cup unsalted butter-softened

½ cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon salt

Red food coloring

For Peppermint Cheesecake Layer:

8 oz. cream cheese-softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1 ½ cup Cool Whip-thawed

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

For Pudding Layer:

2 x 3.9 oz. box white chocolate instant pudding

3 cups milk

Green food coloring

For Topping:

1 ½ cups cool whip

For Garnish:

2 cups mini marshmallows

Red and green sprinkles

M & M candies


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly butter 9 x 13 inch baking dish, set aside.
  • In a small bowl stir together flour, salt and cocoa powder.
  • In large bowl beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add red food coloring and mix well ( I used 1 tablespoon food coloring to get intense red color). Turn you mixer on low speed and gradually add flour mixture. Mix until combine.
  • Press the mixture into bottom of baking dish and bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  • To make cream cheese layer beat softened cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Add 1 ½ cup Cool Whip and peppermint extract and mix to combine. Spread over cooled shortbread layer. Place in the freezer to firm while preparing pudding.
  • To make the green pudding layer whisk together 2 x 3.9 oz. boxes white chocolate instant pudding mix with 3 cups milk. Add green food coloring (add a few drops at a time, to desired color) and whisk until smooth. Spread over cream cheese layer. Set in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  • Spread 1 ½ cup Cool whip over pudding layer and top with mini marshmallows and sprinkles. Place in the fridge for 3-4 hours until set.

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  1. HI i love the idea of this but the recipe seems to be very US centric! I'm in Australia and I doubt we have white chocolate instant dessert here. I've never seen anything that I can think of. Also, what is cool whip? I'd love to make this but would need to substitute some things I guess. Any ideas or suggestions?
    1. Hi Sarah, instead Cool Whip you can use homemade whipped cream but I recommend you to stabilize it with gelatin.You'll need about 1 1/3 cup heavy cream to make 3 cups whipped cream,2-3 Tbsp. powdered sugar ( to your taste), and 1 tsp. gelatin powder.Gelatin powder should be dissolved in 2 Tbsp. cold water,let it sit 2-3 minutes than heat in over low heat until it's melted and cool to room temperature before you add it into whipped cream. Beat heavy cream until soft peaks form, add powdered sugar, mix to combine, than add gelatin and beat until it became really thick.You could mix in 1/2 - 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Do you have any kind of pudding that doesn't require cooking? You could use vanilla instead white chocolate flavor?
  2. I made this for our Sunday School class Christmas party. It turned out well. I think next time, I will make twice as much of the Peppermint Cheesecake Layer. It seemed thin compared to the pudding layer. Another option would be using just one box of pudding mix for the pudding layer to make the layers more even. I did not use marshmallows. I used M&M's Baking Bits, Christmas tree sprinkles, and crushed peppermint to top the final Cool Whip layer.
  3. Delicious BUT I buttered the pan just like you said. Was very embarrassed as we had to dig the crust of the bottom in crumbs. Any idea why? Could you make it using parchment paper? I have another party coming up this week and would love to make I but not if I have to fight it.
    1. Hi Karen, you could try to use parchment paper. I didn't have the problem with the crust. Maybe your crust turned out too dry. You could use less flour in the batter next time or add more butter in the mixture, and do not bake it too long.
  4. Hi! I'm planning on making two of these for the first time. Will they be ok for 2 days in the refrigerator or will they get soggy? No chance of making them the day of the event I'm going to. Thanks!
  5. Hi! I am planning on making two of these for the first time. There's no chance of me making them the same day as the event I'm attending, so my question is will they be OK in the refrigerator for two days or will they get soggy or anything? Thanks!
  6. I am going to make this but do not want the peppermint flavor. Was thinking of adding in some melted white chocolate in the cream cheese layer instead. How much do you think I should add and do you think it would mix in alright?
  7. Because I am not a fan of untoasted marshmallows, what would you think about shaved white chocolate on top and then sprinkle with M & Ms?????
  8. Hi Vera -- We're going to eat this Sunday night. Can you make this dessert a day ahead or is it better to make it the day of the event? Thank you! Merry Christmas!
  9. Oh my. I think you've made a mistake. 2 3.9oz boxes of pudding just made a huge mess in my kitchen. Reg. Size pudding boxes are like 1 or 1.5 Oz. I'm assuming you meant 2 of those because your recipe cannot be right. Here I am on christmas eve trying to surprise my family with this recipe and now I have to find an open store to fix this problem
  10. Well I'm sorry but this recipe was a big flop for me. I too had to dig out the crust after thoroughly greasing the pan and it is hard and dry. The pudding never set. It looks nothing like pictured. I've been baking along time and have never had so much trouble with a recipe.

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