No-Bake Oreo Layer Dessert

No-Bake Oreo Layer Dessert

This past Saturday, we celebrated my grandpap’s 87th birthday. You may remember me mentioning in years past that he’s always had a serious thing for Oreos. As a result, I try to whip up a new and different Oreo dessert each year for his birthday. In previous years, I’ve made a cookies and cream cake and cookies and cream ice cream cake (I also made black forest cake one year because he loves chocolate-covered cherries, as well!). This year, I needed the dessert to be relatively quick and low maintenance… when I found this no-bake layered dessert with an Oreo crumb crust and layers of cream cheese and chocolate pudding, I knew it would be perfect.

No-Bake Oreo Layer Dessert

The dessert was an enormous hit with the whole family, especially my grandfather. Quick and easy no-bake desserts like this are an absolute staple for me during the summer months. Sometimes you just can’t bear to turn on an oven or spend hours making a mess of the kitchen; times like those call for desserts like this!

Do any of your grandparents have favorite cookie cravings?

No-Bake Oreo Layer Dessert

One year ago: Homemade Graham Crackers
Two years ago: Portobello Pesto Pizza
Three years ago: Barbecued Beans
Four years ago: Cookies & Cream Look-Alike Cake
Five years ago: Basic Pizza Dough

Oreo, Cream Cheese and Pudding Dessert

Yield: 12 to 15 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

An easy no-bake dessert with layers of Oreo crust, cream cheese, chocolate pudding, Cool Whip and more crushed Oreos.


For the Crust:
1 (15.35-ounce) package Double Stuff Oreo Cookies
½ cup butter, melted and slightly cooled

For the Cream Cheese Layer:
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 (8-ounce) tub Cool Whip

For the Pudding Layer:
1 (5.1-ounce) box instant chocolate pudding
3½ cups milk

For the Topping:
1 (8-ounce) tub Cool Whip


1. Make the Crust: Place the Oreo cookies in a large ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin. The pieces should be in small crumbs, but still a little chunky, not completely fine crumbs. Set aside ½ cup of the crumbs for the topping, then transfer the remaining crumbs to a 9x13-inch pan and use a fork to mash them up a bit. Pour the melted butter over top and use the fork to combine, making sure that all of the crumbs are moistened. Press into an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate while the cream cheese layer is prepared.

2. Make the Cream Cheese Layer: In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium-low and gradually add the powdered sugar until it is all incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 30 seconds. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the Cool Whip. Spread in an even layer over the crust. Refrigerate while the pudding layer is prepared.

3. Make the Pudding Layer: In a large bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and milk for 2 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes to allow it to set. Use an offset spatula to spread the pudding in an even layer over the cream cheese mixture.

4. Spread the remaining 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip on top and sprinkle with the reserved Oreo crumbs. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

(Recipe adapted from House 344)

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  1. Renee @ Awesome on $20 on June 24, 2013 at 1:03 am

    This is so old school. I love it!!! I always forget how great the simple things are. I want it now.


  2. Jenna on June 24, 2013 at 2:04 am

    This is making me so drooly ! I love oreo’s and certainly will love this recipe too ! Thanks Michelle , I love your blog :)


  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks on June 24, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Happy Bday to your grandpa! I grew up eating things like this – Cool Whip, Oreos, Pudding Mix…yes please! Last summer I made something sort of like it with chocolate wafer cookies, choc pudding mix, and Cool Whip. Two tubs worth. And loved every second :)


  4. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious on June 24, 2013 at 3:52 am

    What a perfect way to celebrate your grandpa’s 87th!


  5. Deborah on June 24, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Love, love, love this!!


  6. Ang on June 24, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Wow, this looks soooo good! Unfortunately, I live in Denmark and we don’t have Cool Whip.. Do you know of a good substitute? Thanks!


    • Anne Weber-Falk on June 24th, 2013 at 8:09 am

      I bet you could substitute whipped cream for the cool whip. It might not stay sturdy for as long though. That would mean you have to eat it all. Darn!


    • Michelle on June 24th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Hi Ang, You could use stabilized whipped cream. You could also use regular fresh whipped cream, but you would need to eat it fairly soon after making it.


  7. Sam@FoodEqualsHappyMe on June 24, 2013 at 4:25 am

    I absolutely love the look of this! We don’t have cool whip in Aus but I’m already thinking about things I could substitute for it, I’ll definitely make a version of this soon!


  8. Tieghan on June 24, 2013 at 6:42 am

    This is an awesome way to celebrate your grandpas B-Day! This things is amazing andy anyone would love it!


  9. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet on June 24, 2013 at 7:14 am

    I knew I would absolutely love this! It looks incredible!


  10. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on June 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Happy Bday to your Grandpap! This sounds like the most perfect dessert to celebrate! It looks fab!


  11. Jodi Pavlik on June 24, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I have made this and my family loves it as well!


  12. Jamie @lifelovelemons on June 24, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Happy birthday to your grandpa! this looks delish!


  13. Tracey on June 24, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Awwww happy birthday to your grandfather – what a fun Oreo treat. He must have loved this! Shane is going to be begging me to make it when he sees this :)


  14. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen on June 24, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Happy birthday to your grandpa, Michelle! Who doesn’t love Oreos? So sweet of you to create special desserts each year featuring his favorite cookie!


  15. Cookbook Queen on June 24, 2013 at 8:37 am

    If I was your grandpa, you’d be my favorite granddaughter after making me this. Just saying.


  16. marie @ little kitchie on June 24, 2013 at 8:47 am

    My husband would absolutely flip over this!


  17. Maria on June 24, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Fantastic summer dessert!


  18. Leah | So, How's It Taste? on June 24, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I love this type of dessert. So easy to make and you don’t have to turn on the oven. Everyone always raves over the pudding desserts like this. You can never go wrong with anything Oreo!


  19. Mary Ann on June 24, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I pin your recipes frequently… but when they pin… they do NOT identify it as
    “Brown Eyed Baker”… I’m not sure if you know that. I usually type it in anyway, as a comment… but I wanted to let you know. I know they link back… but I like to tell people that I found it on “The Brown Eyed Baker!”. Your recipes are great, thanks a million.


    • Michelle on June 24th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Thank you for letting me know; I’ll work to change that!


  20. Terri on June 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I have seen this recipe and have it pinned and always thought this would be a great dessert to make in individual jars instead of a pan. Will have to try it the next time I need an easy dessert.


  21. The Bearfoot Baker on June 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Just what I ordered for summer, a simple no bake recipe that is sure to please everyone! Thanks for sharing!!


  22. Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen on June 24, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Yum! We had our first really hot weekend in Chicago and I realized that even with the AC on, the kitchen gets toasty. I need tons of no-bake recipes to make it through the summer.


  23. Jennifer Lange on June 24, 2013 at 11:26 am

    My family has made this exact recipe for years and years (at least 10!) and it always is sooooo rich and satisfying! I’m so glad you’re sharing it with the world!


  24. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on June 24, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I want to make this and eat it all by myself hahaha Love it! I’m clicking on over to check out the black forest cake you speak of :)


  25. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on June 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Cool Whip and Oreo cookies? This makes my day perfect.


  26. 3girls1apple on June 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    This looks incredible. Thanks for sharing I will try this at home =)


  27. Sues on June 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    This looks easy and awesome!!


  28. Nora on June 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    My grandma is in love with linzer tarts and black and white cookies. I have made both for her and she said they took her back to her childhood. This looks fantastic and really easy, I may have to make it for my BFF who loves Oreos and icebox cake.


  29. Karla @ Foodologie on June 24, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I just want to roll in this (in the best way possible). So much goodness I can’t even deal.


  30. Linda on June 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Proud you have a grandpa. Had one who died when I was 17. The other one died before I was born and both grandmothers and an uncle died when I was four.

    My son got sick on Oreo’s so most likely would never make anything like this .
    I am not a fan of Oreo’s myself but proud grandpa and everyone else enjoyed you dessert.


  31. Margaret on June 24, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Used to make this all the time. Always loved it. Now I want it again.


  32. Moira on June 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I’m all about things that don’t make me turn on my oven right now! What a perfect summer get together dessert.


  33. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on June 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Yum!! This reminds me of an oreo ice cream dessert I used to make, haven’t had it in probably 10 years! Now I am not sure which one to make; this new one, or my old one!


  34. Emily on June 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    We called this “Chocolate Yummy” when I was growing up. Haven’t made it in years, but I’m inspired now. Thanks, Michelle!


  35. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar on June 24, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Looks awesome! I love simple, no bake desserts! Perfect for summer :)


  36. Loretta on June 24, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Dangerous! This reminds me of a dessert we had pretty often growing up, minus the Oreos! They’re a great addition!


  37. steph@stephsbitebybite on June 24, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I could go CRAZY over this!


  38. Nessa on June 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I need a spoon :)


  39. Rachel @ Bakerita on June 24, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Yum! This baby definitely wouldn’t last too long in my house!


  40. Paula on June 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Happy birthday to your Grampa. You are a wonderful and very thoughtful grand-daughter and I’m sure he looks forward to your special treats every year.


  41. Danielle on June 24, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    My Dad is seriously obsessed with oreos. I would love to make this for him! And who doesn’t love a No Bake desert in 95 degree heat?! Thank you Brown Eyed Baker! : ) xo


  42. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on June 25, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Such a tasty dessert to celebrate your grandpa!


  43. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs on June 25, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Such a terrible dessert to look at before breakfast… it looks so darn good, I’d eat it all right now.
    Also, happy birthday to your grandpa :)


  44. Laurel on June 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I made something almost exactly like this for my Daughter-in Laws’ birthday.
    It is quite delicious. The recipe I used had a 12oz pkg of mini chocolate chips sprinkled on top. I did not like that. I think the crumbled cookie crumbs or chocolate curls would be much better.


  45. Kristina on June 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Can I just reach right through the screen with a spoon please?! That looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!


  46. Mrs. Jeffries on June 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Similar presentation….. different recipe
    In a 9×13 pan:
    crushed Oreo cookies layer
    softened vanilla Ice cream layer (could use the cream cheese from above)
    1 can cherry pie filling layer
    softened vanilla ice cream layer (could use the cream cheese from above)
    crumble of Oreos on top
    freeze. serve.


  47. Vicki @ WITK on June 25, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Love it. No bake, Oreo, delicious. I’m all over this. My grams would always have animal crackers. The pink iced ones.


  48. patrick on June 30, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    This is a simple recipe. Can you freeze the finished product?


    • on June 30th, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      I would think you could. But for how long? I’m thinking of making some for gifts.


    • Michelle on July 1st, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      I’m not sure, it might compromise the texture of the pudding and Cool Whip. If you try it, let me know how it goes!


  49. Jessica Donnovan @ Catering Services on July 1, 2013 at 3:00 am

    Everything Cookies and Cream is love!
    I mean that! Whatever it is, a frappe, ice cream, oreo itself ohhh goodness! Not to mention CREAM CHEESE! Ohh Heaven!

    BTW this recipe seems so easy to prepare because you don’t have to bake anything. Just a bit of mixing and layering.
    I’m so excited to try this for my kids at home :)


  50. Michele Karnbach on July 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Just made this. HUGE HIT. You’re awesome!


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