Oreo Icebox Dessert I was feeling a bit lazy this week. Winter is such a pain when you have young children. All of you who are parents will relate for sure. So, in this state of mind, I wanted...

Oreo Icebox Dessert
Oreo Icebox Dessert

I was feeling a bit lazy this week. Winter is such a pain when you have young children. All of you who are parents will relate for sure. So, in this state of mind, I wanted to please my kids and cook them a nice dessert. In my search for inspiration, I had the memories of my mom putting together layers of good stuff in a pan when I was a kid. That’s how I started to look for a quick and simple, no bake recipe. Which I found! I love Oreos, my kids love Oreos, who doesn’t... We’ve known Oreos our whole life. Since their introduction in 1912, the Oreo cookie has become the best selling cookie in America. It can certainly be good and give a twist to mom’s old recipe. The good thing about it is that you can’t burn it, it looks pretty easy and it fills the whole pan so, if I’m lucky, they’re going to be good for two days with this dessert. This recipe is simple. I just had to follow one direction at the time, one layer at the time. Easy? Not really. I suggest that you organize your time, your kitchen and, even more importantly, make sure your children are not around or hide from them. Since you have to chill the dessert in your fridge for 8 hours, which is a very long time in a kid’s mind, I think the best time to do it is at night when everybody is asleep. Of course, I did not. Result: chaos. I didn’t think about it, but all the ingredients looked very appealing for my youngest. After one layer, I was running out of Oreos (good thing I bought two packages). Half of the pan never made it to the morning. The over half was under maximum security. Well organized, this recipe might just be the awesome in your kids’ day! Anybody can do it. The only thing you need is time: 20 minutes between each layer, so about 50 minutes of preparation.

Ingredients

  • 1 (350g) package Oreos, crushed
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 (250g) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 large (113g) box instant chocolate pudding + milk to prepare, as specified on the pudding
  • package
  • 1 large (1L) container Cool Whip whipped topping

Directions

  1. Set aside about 1/4 cup crushed Oreos.  Mix remaining crushed Oreos with the melted butter.  Press into the bottom of a 9 x 13" pan.
  2. Combine cream cheese and sugar; mix well.  Fold in 1/2 of the Cool Whip until well combined.
  3. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the crushed Oreo layer.  Chill for 20 minutes.
  4. Prepare chocolate pudding according to package directions.  Spread over cream cheese layer.  Chill for 20 minutes.
  5. Spread remaining Cool Whip over the pudding layer.
  6. Sprinkle reserved crushed Oreos on top.  Chill for 8 hours or overnight before serving.

Result: Sweet! Sweet! Sweet! It is obviously a nice twist to those lasagna desserts. If you’re like me and prefer just a little less sweetness in your plate, I suggest using sugar-free instant pudding, light Cool Whip and less-fat cream cheese. Next time I make it, I’ll use only a ½ cup of sugar instead of one cup for the cream cheese layer. I would prefer to taste more of the cream cheese flavor in it. After I took the pictures, the other half of the pan was not on maximum security anymore and it disappeared within 10 minutes. Probably the best evidence of culinary appreciation! When the pans and pots are empty that fast, it feels like a success to me!