Christmas Lasagna

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!

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.

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!


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

Ingredients
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

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly butter 9 x 13 inch baking dish, set aside.
  2. In a small bowl stir together flour, salt and cocoa powder.
  3. 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.
  4. Press the mixture into bottom of baking dish and bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.