Orange Creamsicle Lush

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This orange creamsicle lush recipe is a cool and delicious no-bake dessert perfect for hot Summer days. With layers of creamy vanilla pudding and orange jello, sweetened cream cheese, cool whip, and a sweet vanilla cookie crust, this impressive dessert is always a crowd-pleaser. 

If you can’t get enough creamsicle flavor then chances are you will love this orange creamsicle fruit dip and orange creamsicle drink, too!

Orange creamsicle lush with layers of creamy vanilla pudding and orange jello, sweetened cream cheese, and cool whip on a sweet cookie crust. Mandarin orange pieces top the no bake cake.

As a child, I used to love getting orange creamsicle popsicles from the ice cream truck. While I haven’t seen an ice cream truck in years, I love recreating that orange creamsicle flavor with this incredible orange lush recipe.

A favorite childhood ice cream treat turned into a delicious no-bake dessert, this creamy lush is sure to be a hit with adults and children alike.

The bright and refreshing dessert is perfect for the spring and summer months. Whether you serve it up at a BBQ or bring it as a sophisticated potluck dessert to a Memorial Day party, the creamy orange and vanilla flavor is something that everyone will enjoy. 

Top of orange lush topped with mandarin orange pieces and mint leaves.

For another incredible lush recipe give this lemon lush recipe or my butterfiner lush recipe a try.

Why you’ll love this Orange Creamsicle Lush recipe

  • Easy, no-bake recipe made with simple ingredients.
  • Refreshing and creamy dessert for potlucks and BBQs.
  • Layer after luscious layer of orange creamsicle goodness makes for an impressive dessert.

Ingredients

This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.

Whipped topping, milk, vanilla pudding mix, orange jello mix, confectioners sugar, golden oreos, cream cheese, mandarin orange pieces, melted butter, whipped topping, cream cheese.
  • Golden Oreos – Combine with melted butter to form the perfect cookie crust for this layered dessert lush.
  • Butter – Either salted or unsalted butter are fine for this recipe.
  • Orange Gelatin – You will need 6 ounces of orange jell-o mix in total. Either one 6-ounce box or two 3-ounce boxes will work.
  • Boiling water – needed to prepare the jello.
  • Vanilla instant pudding mix –  Two 3.4-ounce packages – make sure you grab instant pudding mix. Cook-and-serve pudding will not work for this recipe.
  • Cold Milk – To combine with the pudding mix.
  • Cream Cheese – Make sure to leave the cream cheese at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to soften up before you begin preparing the recipe.
  • Confectioners Sugar – AKA powdered sugar, adds sweetness to the cream cheese mixture. 
  • Cool Whip – One 16-ounce or two 8-ounce containers, thawed in the fridge overnight.
  • Mandarin orange and mint – Mandarin orange segments and fresh mint leaves can be used to create little orange designs on the top of the dessert. Optional, but a nice touch.

Equipment 

  • Food processor
  • Mixing bowls
  • 9 x 13 baking dish – A glass dish would be ideal 

How to an Orange Creamsicle Lush Dessert

This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below. 

Step 1: Place the cookies in a food processor and pulse until they’re fine crumbs. Transfer the crumbs to a small bowl and stir in the melted butter. Press the cookie crumb mixture evenly into the bottom of a 9×13 glass baking dish. Place in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the filling layers.

Two image collage of golden oreo crumbs and melted butter in mixing bowl and then pressed evenly into a glass 9 x 13 dish.

Step 2: Add jello mix and boiling water to a medium bowl. Whisk together for 2 minutes or until dissolved. Set aside.

Step 3: In a second bowl, whisk the instant dry pudding mixes and milk together for about 2 minutes, or until the mixture starts to thicken. Add the pudding mixture to the gelatin mixer and whisk to combine. Set aside.

Jello mixture and pudding mixture in two separate bowls with wire whisks, then combined.

Step 4: In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar together until smooth. Fold in 2 cups of the whipped topping, reserving the rest for later.

Two image collage of a large mixing bowl with cream cheese and powdered sugar and the same bowl with cool whip added to the smooth and creamy mixture.

Step 5: Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the cookie crust. Follow with a layer of the jello mixture. Top with the remaining whipped cream topping. Cover and refrigerator for at least 4 hours (or overnight).

Step 6: Top with mandarin oranges and mint (optional) before serving.

Four image collage of layers of orange creamsicle dessert: cookie crust, sweetened cream cheese layer, orange jello layer, and cool whip topped with mandarin oranges and fresh mint leaves.

Storage 

Store tightly covered in plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Serve chilled.

Do not store at room temperature or allow to sit at room temperature for too long as there is dairy in the recipe.

Make Ahead

This treat is a perfect make ahead dessert. Make it the night before your event, cover it with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Tips & Tricks

  • Make the creamsicle dessert in a clear glass dish to really show off all the beautiful cake layers.
  • You could freeze this dessert to help make slicing into portions cleaner and easier. It isn’t necessary but can help to get beautiful photo-worthy slices.
  • It is important to give the dessert plenty of time to chill. Four hours is recommended but overnight would be ideal. This is why it is a great make-ahead recipe. 
Orange creamsicle lush with layers of creamy vanilla pudding and orange jello, sweetened cream cheese, and cool whip on a sweet cookie crust. Mandarin orange pieces top the no bake cake.

Additions and Variations

Try a different flavor. This recipe will work well with all kinds of fruity flavors. You could stick with citrus and make a lime lush, or give a strawberry lush or raspberry lush a try. Just use the corresponding jello flavor and change up the citrus toppings for something more appropriate. 

Add some chocolate. You can never go wrong with chocolate. Use chocolate Oreo cookies as the base or try adding some mini chocolate chips into the pudding mix. 

Orange Creamsicle Lush FAQs

Can I crush the cookies by hand with a rolling pin?

I have found that crushing the OREO cookies by hand creates larger-than-ideal crumbs. If you don’t have a food processor I would recommend using a box of graham cracker crumbs to make a graham cracker crust instead.

How can I add more orange flavor?

Can’t get enough orange flavor? Mix a bit of orange zest or orange extract in with the pudding mix or no bake cheesecake layer. Or sprinkle orange zest over the top of the icebox cake.

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Orange creamsicle lush with layers of creamy vanilla pudding and orange jello, sweetened cream cheese, and cool whip on a sweet cookie crust. Mandarin orange pieces top the no bake cake.
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5 from 3 votes

Orange Creamsicle Lush

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 30 minutes
4 hours
Total: 4 hours 30 minutes
Orange creamsicle lush is a cool and creamy no-bake dessert that tastes like everyone's favorite childhood ice cream treat!

Ingredients
 

  • 1 package (13.29 ounces) Golden OREO Cookies about 33 cookies
  • 6 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 6 ounces orange Jello mix (two 3-ounce boxes)
  • cup boiling water
  • 6.8 ounces vanilla instant pudding mix (two 3.4-ounce-boxes)
  • 2 ½ cups cold milk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 16 ounces whipped topping thawed and divided
  • mandarin orange slices drained
  • fresh mint optional garnish

Instructions

  • Place the cookies in a food processor and pulse until they're fine crumbs. It may be necessary to do this in batches, depending on the size of your food processor.
  • In a small mixing bowl, stir to combine the cookie crumbs and melted butter. Press the crumb mixture evenly into the bottom of a 9 x 13 dish. Place the dish in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the filling layers.
  • In a large bowl, whisk to combine the orange gelatin mix and boiling water for 2 minutes, or until fully dissolved. Set aside.
  • In a meidum bowl, whisk the instant pudding mix and milk together for about 2 minutes, or until smooth and combined. Add the pudding mixture to the gelatin mixture and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and confectioners sugar together until smooth. Fold in half of the Cool Whip, reserving the rest for later.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture over the cookie crust in an even layer. Follow with an even layer of the orange jello/pudding mixture. Top with the remaining Cool Whip.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or overnight).
  • Top with mandarin orange segments before serving. If desired, and small mint leaves to the ends of the orange slices to make them look like little oranges.

Notes

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Graham cracker crumbs can be used instead of cookie crumbs if you don’t have access to a food processor. 

Nutrition

Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 356mg | Potassium: 384mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 2859IU | Vitamin C: 63mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 1mg
Orange creamsicle lush with layers of creamy vanilla pudding and orange jello, sweetened cream cheese, and cool whip on a sweet cookie crust. Mandarin orange pieces top the no bake cake.

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4 Comments

  1. This is tasty, but the vanilla pudding takes over the orange flavour. Next time I would either reduce the amount of pudding, or add an extra packet of orange jello.

  2. The dessert was good I had trouble getting the 6oz of orange jello to dissolve in the 1/3 cup of boiling water so added another Tablespoon or so & it still wasn’t dissolving so not smooth texture but edible after overnight refrigeration. I did not like the time it took to make this my orange, cream cheese jello salad gets higher reviews. 6

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