Chocolate Peppermint Lasagna

Best Christmas yet!  Seeing the excitement on my 2 1/2 year old’s face when he realized Santa came was priceless!  I know that it is only going to get better every year.

But now I want to talk about dessert.  I was hoping to blog about the desserts I have made the last couple of weeks leading up to Christmas, before Christmas came.  That definitely didn’t happen.  So here is one of four that I hope to share with you.

Prior to Thanksgiving, I made this amazing Pumpkin Pie Lasagna!

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So when I saw that Beyond Frosting posted a recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Lasagna, I could not wait to make it!  The original recipe has you make it in a 9×13 pan.  But I loved how the pumpkin one looked in the springform pan so I decided to make it in that instead.

chocolate peppermint CollageSo easy.  There is a layer of chocolate graham crackers, some delicious cream cheese/cool whip mixture, and yummy dark chocolate pudding.  Repeat these layers again and top it all off with more cool whip.

peppermint lasagna collage 2You can see why I wanted to make this dessert in a springform pan.  I love how you can see all the layers.  It is kind of like a trifle, but prettier.

IMG_20131225_190532Of course it isn’t just about how the dessert looks.  Let’s talk about how delicious it is!  The peppermint is very subtle, not overpowering.  This makes a wonderful holiday dessert that you can whip together in no time!  If you want to make this but you’re not crazy about peppermint or it is not Christmas time, just leave out the peppermint flavoring and Andes chips that are in it.  Substitute them for whatever you want!  Don’t forget to get the recipe here to give it a try!

Cookies n Cream Fudge – The Christmas Version

So while I am on my Oreo cookie kick, let’s talk about fudge.  I had some leftover Winter Oreos from when I made the Oreo and Pretzel M&M Bars.  And because Christmas is the season of making lots of fudge, I made Cookies n Cream fudge.  This recipe is extremely simple and can be found right on the Eagle Brand website.

close upThe red cream in the Oreos created the swirl in the fudge.  Gives the idea that it is peppermint but it is just really festive!  If you want to make it peppermint and can’t find the Candy Cane Oreos (which I have yet to do!), you could always put a small dash of peppermint extract in or some crushed up candy canes.

The recipe calls for white chocolate baking squares.  I find them to be way too expensive so I used white chocolate chips instead.  Also, I didn’t use as many Oreos as what the recipe calls for.  It’s really because I didn’t have enough but I don’t think I needed that amount.

Recipe:

  • 18 ounces of  white chocolate chips
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • About 12-15 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped
  1. Prepare an 8X8 square pan by lining it with foil – leave a little extra over the sides to create “handles.”  Spray with non-stick baking spray.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and salt together until smooth.  (Add optional peppermint extract or candy canes here.)
  3. Remove the pan from heat and fold in the cookies.
  4. Pour into the pan and spread it evenly.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
  6. Once the fudge is firm, remove it from the pan by lifting the foil.
  7. Cut into small squares and enjoy!

on penguinI clearly did not use a plate big enough for the fudge.  🙂

This is another quick and easy dessert you can bring to a party with a large crowd!   I brought it to my aunt’s Christmas party which is one of my favorite Christmas traditions!