Chocolate Peppermint Lasagna

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I am still on a high from my week long vacation in Colorado! We had such an amazing time- more so than usual I think. The week was pretty stress-free, we snowboarded every day and relaxed at night.  We ate out, a lot, because we were just too tired to cook when we got home. One night we decide to walk around downtown Breckenridge. We went to this awesome crepe house that was located on Main Street in Breckenridge. It was so cute and their menu was huge! Everything you could ever dream of in a sweet or savory crepe. I was trying to understand how they offered such a big menu  in such a small place. They even had a fire pit outside so I could stay warm while I waited for my crepe- PUMPKIN PIE! It was the size of my face. It was filled with brown sugar and cinnamon, pumpkin pie filling, crushed graham cracker and whipped cream. I must recreate that! I captured this action shot while I was patiently waiting for my dessert!

Since I got back, I have been Baking baking baking and more baking. Welcome December! It’s crazy there are only 23 days until Christmas! I am always so excited for the month of December but, I feel like it can’t be here already. I haven’t really gotten in the swing of buying presents or decorating- yet! So as action packed as the next few weeks are sure to be, I am giving you a quick, no-bake dessert that is sure to please a crowd. I actually brought this into work yesterday and my boss was literally eating it by the handful HAHA!

This is a Chocolate Peppermint Lasagna. It is layers of chocolate graham cracker, dark chocolate pudding and a peppermint cream cheese filling; topped cool whip. The inspiration for this lasagna comes from my most popular recipe- Apple Pie Lasagna, which is the perfect fall treat and also my Pumpkin Pie Lasagna. So naturally, I needed to make a chocolate-peppermint version for the Christmas holiday! This can be thrown together in about 15 minutes and kept in the fridge until ready to serve. I prefer to make this ahead of time so that the graham crackers soften up a bit. It is easier to cut through and the consistency pairs better with the pudding and cream cheese layer. The peppermint cream cheese layer is like a cheesecake- it’s so good! It is comprised of cream cheese, powdered sugar, cool whip and Andes Peppermint Chips.

 

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Chocolate Peppermint Lasagna

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16-20 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Hershey’s Dark chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 2 C Cold Milk
  • 1 Pk (8 oz) Cream Cheese
  • 2 C Powdered sugar
  • 1/4 C Heavy Whipping cream
  • 1 Container Cool Whip (8 oz), thawed
  • 1/4 tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 1 1/2 C Andes Peppermint Chips
  • 1 Box Chocolate Graham Crackers
  • 1 Container Cool Whip (8oz), thawed
  • Hot fudge sauce for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pudding by mixing the dry instant pudding mix with cold milk and whisk until well combined. Refrigerate for 10 minutes until firm.
  2. While the pudding is in the fridge, prepare the cream cheese layer. Beat cream cheese on medium high speed until soft and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream and continue to beat on medium speed until well combined.
  3. Add a full container of cool whip, peppermint extract and peppermint chips and beat until all ingredients are well combined.
  4. To prepare the lasagna, take a 9×13” pan and line the bottom with a layer of chocolate graham crackers. Next, spread half of the cream cheese layer over the graham crackers. Next, add half of the pudding mixture on top of the cream cheese.
  5. The next layer is a double layer of chocolate graham crackers in the middle. Top with remaining cream cheese mixture followed by remaining pudding mixture.
  6. The very top layer is an additional layer of cool whip; add as much or as little as you want.
  7. Top with additional Andes Peppermint Chips and drizzle with warm hot fudge sauce.
  8. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
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This dessert will serve a crowd- so it is perfect for a party! For added chocolate, you can double the pudding. If you can’t find chocolate graham crackers, you can substitute Oreos!

 

 

Be sure to check out my other lasagnas!

Apple Pie Lasagna

Pumpkin Pie Lasagna 

 

47 Responses
  1. Kim L

    It’s extremely hard to find the chocolate graham crackers so I improvised with Nabisco Famous Chicolate Wafers. I used 2.5 boxes for the recipe because I doubled them up to make them thicker like graham crackers! Turned out delish!

  2. DORIS

    Are the graham crackers chocolate or chocolate covered? also where can you find the andes peppermnt chips, and also the chocolate graham crachers if they are not the chocolate covered.

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Doris. I found Chocolate flavored graham crackers at my local grocery store. I did not use the chocolate covered graham crackers. The Peppermint chips are usually found with the chocolate chips, but sometimes this can be a seasonal item that is only carried from the end of November through Christmas. Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions!

  3. DORIS

    Are these chocolate covered graham crackers or chocolate graham crackers? If the latter, where do you find them, also where do you find the Andes peppermint chips?

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Danielle- I am using 2 8oz containers. I will add that information into the recipe! Please come back and let me know how it turns out!

  4. Ron

    Lasagna has been a long-standing tradition for our annual family Christmas dinner. The tradition will continue, not main course, but dessert! I have no doubt there will be no tears shed when the crowd learns we are exchanging pasta for pudding! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Jen Nikolaus

    This is GORGEOUS!!!! WOW. So pretty and looks delicious! Okay, snowboarding. Tried it for my first time and totally hated it! Chipped my tooth with the board, pretty sure I broke my tailbone… should I give it one more try? I’ve heard the first time is the worst but it gets easier?? Colorado sounds amazing! And so does this lasagna! Pinning to my desserts board and cannot wait to try!

  6. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    Wowza! This looks amazing, Julianne! Thanks so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays. Pinned and sharing on social media! Have a great week!

  7. Sue Bayer

    This was amazing. So many happy people at work today enjoyed this. I substituted Andes Creme De Menthe Thins. Next time I would use 2 packages and reserve about 1/2 cup to sprinkle on the top. I crushed these with my mini food processor. Also, I might replace the 2nd cool whip with an aerosol whipped cream (like Redi-Whip) to make a more decorative top layer. By accident, I used a cooked chocolate pudding box- and that worked! Just had to microwave it for 6 minutes. Simply easy ….simply amazing! Thanks, Jules!

  8. Cassie

    Hi! I made the pumpkin pie lasagna so when I saw this, I was super excited! I would love to try it in the springform pan because I love how it looks. Do you think any adjustments need to be made? Comparing it the the pumpkin recipe, it doesn’t seem like it. Thanks!!

  9. Jessica Knott {Swankyrecipes}

    This looks absolutely amazing! I’m adding this to my holiday baking list this weekend. Can’t wait to try this!

  10. Wendy

    Your dessert lasagna recipes are always amazing, Julianne! They are no-bake, look fantastic, and taste wonderful! Please keep inventing. 🙂 This chocolate peppermint lasagna will be at several holiday celebrations!

  11. Gloria // Simply Gloria

    I soooo wish Christmas didn’t come so fast! I love the days building up to it…don’t you? All the holiday stuff to do…
    When I saw this recently, I seriously could not stop eyeballing it. (Think I already told you that!) But, I’m being honest! It’s not only gorgeous…but it’s calling my name!

  12. Beth @ bethcakes

    Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! And that crepe sounds like it was amazing too! Anyway, I love all the layers of this lasagna, and the soft pink color the peppermint chips give it. So pretty!

  13. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    *Mouth dropping to the floor* You are seriously the dessert lasagna queen!! Totally, totally incredible. Pinned 🙂

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Thank you Trish! I can’t take credit for the original idea of dessert lasagna but I love coming up with my own variations of it!

  14. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    Oh my gosh! This chocolate lasagna looks downright indulgent and incredible. I love Andes Peppermint chips!

    Kevin used to live in CO and snowboarded everyday with his buds. I would love to visit someday!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Sally! Thank you! I was seriously hunting the shelfs for the Andes Peppermint Chips before Halloween hahah. Colorado is so amazing, we go for Thanksgiving every year. I hope to move there some day. GORGEOUS! You must go!

  15. Rebecca @ Dorm Room Baker

    Pumpkin pie crepes!? I must say I’m quite jealous. When you get a chance to recreate it, I’ll definitely try it out! I love how easy this lasagna is. And like you said, it’s perfect for a party (or a horde of hungry college students studying for finals haha)!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      oh my lord, yes! They were amazing! You can TOTALLY make this in your dorm room- no baking required. BUT if might not fit in your mini fridge hahahah!

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