Thursday:What’s Baking?

101 Awfully Good Examples of Oxymorons - angmohdan.com

This week, I was investigating foods that make no sense! Quizzical items like: Vegan bacon, natural Cheetos, or even Saltine crackers with unsalted tops. It all seems so puzzling to the human mind, that these products could ever appeal to logic or reasoning, but for some reason it does! Big businesses love using words like “fresh” and “natural” on many of their products, giving the illusion that processed and fatty foods could somehow be good for you. This soothes the guilty conscience of a consumer when they throw the package into the cart, not even giving it a second thought;)

We do fall for the deception of oxymorons within our society, but I have to admit that there are a few of them out there that bring shameful pleasure to the palette! In the world of desserts you have the chocolate chip blondies, oreo thins, and flourless cake, just to name a few. One recipe in particular that tickled my senses is the Chocolate Lasagna, which is oreo cookie and cream cheese goodness, all rolled into one.

slice of chocolate lasagna on a white plate

Chocolate Lasagna

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 36 Oreo cookies 1 package regular cookies (do not remove cream centers)
  • 6 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temp
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk 1%
  • 16 ounces Cool Whip non-fat, 2 (8-oz) containers, separated
  • 7.8 ounces instant chocolate pudding 2 (3.9 oz) boxes UNPREPARED
  • 2 3/4 cups milk 1%
  • 3/4 cup miniature chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Use a food processor (or a zip top bag and a rolling pin) to crush the Oreos into fine crumbs.
  • Into a medium bowl, pour in the cookie crumbs and melted butter. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
  • Pour into a 9 x 13 baking dish and use a spatula (or the bottom of a measuring cup) to evenly press the crumbs across the dish.
  • In the same medium bowl, add the cream cheese and beat with a hand mixer until fluffy. Add in the 2 Tablespoons of milk and sugar.
  • Fold the contents of one of the 8 oz Cool Whip containers into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture over the cookie crust and pop it into the fridge to set for about 10 minutes.
  • While it’s setting, to a large bowl, add the pudding mixes and 2 3/4 cups milk and beat on medium until it starts to thicken.
  • Spread the pudding mixture over the cream cheese layer. Put back into the fridge to set for another 10 minutes.adding pudding mixture over cream cheese layer
  • Once set, gently spread the remaining 8 oz of Cool Whip over the top and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let chill for at least 4 hours in the fridge or 1 hour in the freezer before you slice.

Notes

  • Do not remove the cream centers from the cookies. Use regular Oreos, not Double Stuff. 36 cookies = 3 cups of crumbs.
  • Use 2 boxes of instant pudding, do not use Cook n Serve.
  • For a fancier presentation, substitute shaved chocolate for the chocolate chips. Use a vegetable peeler to shave a bar of bittersweet chocolate, creating short or long ribbons to sprinkle on top. There’s less sugar in a bittersweet bar, it simply shaves better creating prettier chocolate shavings.
  • If you have extra time, I highly recommend popping the dessert into the freezer after each step. It makes it easier to spread each layer. 
  • If you prefer, you can use an equal amount of homemade whipped topping instead of Cool Whip. To substitute whisk 3 cups of heavy whipping cream until medium peaks form. 
  • You can make this dessert up to 3 days ahead, keep refrigerated.

*Recipe taken from amandascookin.com

If you are going to try it, you might as well eat it before dinner. After all, we should use this as an excuse to keep in the theme of irony! I hope you all have a fabulous night! Until next time, happy Thursday everyone!

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