The Candy Cane Lush Layered Dessert is a festive and visually stunning treat that captures the joyful spirit of the holiday season. This delightful dessert is a layered masterpiece, artfully combining the classic flavors of peppermint and rich, creamy indulgence.
The foundation of this dessert often features a crumbly and buttery crust, usually made with crushed cookies or graham crackers. This base provides a satisfying contrast to the creamy layers that follow. The next layer typically consists of a velvety blend of cream cheese, whipped cream, and powdered sugar, creating a luscious and smooth texture.
To infuse the dessert with a holiday twist, crushed candy canes or peppermint extract are often incorporated into the creamy layers, imparting a refreshing and festive peppermint flavor. The contrasting colors of white and red within the layers mimic the iconic candy cane, adding a visual appeal that makes this dessert a standout on any holiday table.
Additional layers may include a silky chocolate or vanilla pudding, further enhancing the decadence of the Candy Cane Lush. The dessert is usually crowned with a final layer of whipped cream and garnished with crushed candy canes or chocolate shavings for a touch of elegance.
As a no-bake dessert, the Candy Cane Lush is not only delicious but also convenient for holiday gatherings. Its vibrant colors, enticing layers, and minty freshness make it a crowd-pleaser, inviting everyone to indulge in the festive spirit with each delightful bite.
36 vanilla Oreo cookies
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
16 ounces whipped topping (2 8-ounce tubs)
6.8 ounces white chocolate instant pudding mix (2 3.4-ounce boxes)
2 1/2 cups cold milk
3/4 cup crushed candy canes
More candy canes for garnish
Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper to make slicing easier, but it is not necessary.
In your food processor, crush all the cookies into crumbs.
Place the cookies into a large bowl and add the melted butter. Stir until well blended.
Press the cookie crumbs into the bottom of a 9×13 glass baking dish.
In a large bowl using an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, peppermint extract, and powdered sugar until smooth.
Fold in 1 container of whipped topping.
Gently spread the cream cheese mixture over the cookie mixture.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry pudding mixes and milk until combined. Add in the crushed candy canes.
Spread the pudding mixture over the cream cheese layer.
Top with the remaining container of whipped topping.
Sprinkle more crushed candy canes or whole mini ones on top.
Refrigerate for 4 hours or freeze.
Slice and serve!
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