Cookie Dough Lush

This Cookie Dough Lush is rich layer after rich layer, making for the most decadent amazing no bake dessert ever.This Cookie Dough Lush is rich layer after rich layer, making for the most decadent amazing no bake dessert ever.


Do you ever have one of those moments when you love your kids so much you feel like your heart is going to explode?  I mean . . . I don’t have those moments as often as I would like everyone to think I do . . . and they are even fewer and further between in the summer months when I’m working 40+ hours a week and my kids are all, “MOM!MOM!MOM!MOM!”


This Cookie Dough Lush is rich layer after rich layer, making for the most decadent amazing no bake dessert ever.

But last night I introduced the kids to The Never-ending Story.  Please tell me that you’ve watched it and you loved it and we can still be besties. I totally forgot how very 80s it is . . . probably because the last time I watched it was in the 80s.  But it is so incredibly packed with awesomeness.  And I sort of feel like Gavin is Bastian.

Anyway.  Watching it with them, sharing this very fond memory of my own childhood and then watching it again through their eyes . . . heart explosion.  I didn’t even want to murder Quinn when she spilled her root beer float all over the couch. #win

This Cookie Dough Lush is rich layer after rich layer, making for the most decadent amazing no bake dessert ever.

The other day we were out to eat and Piper threw a bottle at the man sitting behind us (seriously cannot take that kid anywhere), and he looked at us and said, “It’s okay, I’ve been there.  My youngest of three just graduated from med school.”  And then he said, “It really does go by so fast,” while I was still struggling with the idea of Piper-the-bottle-thrower going to med school.

Whenever anyone says that to me I have completely equal parts of myself yell, “HOORAY!!!” and “NOOO!!!! SAY IT ISN’T SO!” Because isn’t that what parenting kids this age is?  I mean, the age when they need all.the.things. from you.  When they can’t go five seconds without talking about why the moon is so far away or asking why they can’t eat boogers. When they want to know your reasoning behind each and every thing, and where now (at age 8) they want to question that reasoning.

And . . . when they want to crawl onto your lap and snuggle with you while watching a movie that is so dreadfully 80s just because you asked them to.  When they insist on a million hugs before bed.  When they are upset and they ask you to hold their hand to make them feel better. When they want to know everything about what you were like when you were a kid.

I know that this stage won’t last.  And I know that there are things about it that I WILL NOT MISS. But I also know that I will desperately miss it. This parenting of young kids . . . it’s such a weird time in life, no?

This Cookie Dough Lush is rich layer after rich layer, making for the most decadent amazing no bake dessert ever.

And when I get all too emotional about those kinds of things I turn to . . . Cookie Dough.

If you have never made a batch of edible cookie dough . . . I mean we can still be friends, but if I’m being honest, I’m on the fence a little.  Just kidding! #notkiddingatall

Edible cookie dough is almost as amazing as The Never-ending Story. You make it without eggs, but obviously with tons of butter.  And in this no bake lush (I told you you were only going to get lushes now), it is squished between Oreos, kind of a cheesecake like layer, chocolate pudding, whipped topping, and copious amounts of mini chocolate chips.

I’m not going to lie, it is a rich dessert.  So don’t cut a piece as big as you see here.  Do yourself a favor and cut a piece about a third this size.  And then savor each and every bite because it is totally amazing.  Quinn has already decided that it is going to be her birthday cake.  ???? #heartsplosion


Cookie Dough Lush


  • Crust
  • 20 Oreos, crushed
  • 3 TBSPs butter, melted
  • Filling
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature (I always use Philadelphia)
  • 4 oz whipped topping
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Cookie Dough
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 TBSP milk
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Pudding Layer
  • 3.5 oz box of instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I used skim)
  • Topping
  • 4 oz whipped topping
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Lightly spray a 9 by 9 baking dish with cooking spray (see note). Mix together the Oreos and the melted butter and press into the bottom of the pan.
  2. Beat together the 8 oz cream cheese, the 4 oz whipped topping, and the 1 tsp vanilla extract. Stir in 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips. Spread over the Oreo layer.
  3. Beat together the 1/2 cup butter, and 3/4 cup brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla extract, the salt, 3/4 cup all purpose flour, and 1 TBSP milk. Stir in the 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips. Gently spread over the cream cheese layer.
  4. Mix together the pudding mix and the 1 1/2 cups milk. Let sit for a few minutes before gently spreading over the cookie dough layer.
  5. Finally, top with 4 oz whipped topping and then the remaining 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips.


I really don't think this dish will work in a pan that is bigger than 9 by 9. The layers will be too thin to spread. Though it might work in a pan that is 8 by 8.

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This Cookie Dough Lush is rich layer after rich layer, making for the most decadent amazing no bake dessert ever.


  1. says

    Okay, so much to say: that movie? Loved it, but it TERRIFIED me. There’s this one scene where this guard guy gets incinerated and looks like ground beef. I had nightmares for years. But it’s still the coolest movie ever.
    I also simultaneously cheer and mourn the quick passage of time. I mean, my daughter still wants me to hold her all the time, and that will go away. On the other hand, she threw a helluva tantrum in Target yesterday when I wouldn’t buy her Paw Patrol underwear.
    This lush is the best one I’ve ever seen, hands down. Want to shovel it in NOW.

  2. Ashley says

    Made this last night. Delish! The only problem I had was the cheesecake layer. It didn’t even cover half. I whipped up another real quick. So I suggest doubling. Also, felt the cookie dough layer could stand to be doubled. Personal preference. I think the next time I want to try it with white chocolate pudding!

  3. Dawn says

    Made this for a potluck at work. A lot of work, but worth every step. Very yummy! I didn’t change anything! Worked out just like the pictures. I will make this again and again.

  4. Ellen law says

    Made this in my largest 9″ square pan. But we cut it into 16 pieces bcuz it extended the full height of the pan. Think I’d like real cream better than cool whip. Anybody got a guess for how much to whip? Equivalent to 8 oz cool whip container? 1 pint ?

  5. says

    I needed a dessert to take to a friend’s house that didn’t need to be baked and cooled, and this was the perfect recipe! I did decide to make my own pudding and use real whipped cream, but man…this recipe was amazing. That cookie dough layer though! I am totally going to use that as a stuffing for some kind of cupcakes. Thanks for the recipe!

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