Everyone’s favorite childhood ice cream treat becomes a delicious layered dessert in this Orange Creamsicle Lush. This no bake recipe is creamy and refreshing and makes the perfect spring or summer potluck dessert.
⅓cupmandarin orange juicedrained from the 14 ounce can mandarin oranges
1tbspfresh orange zest ½ medium size orange
5dropsorange food coloringoptional
114 ounce canmandarin orangesdrained, reserve ⅓ cup for the orange jello layer
Using a medium size mixing bowl, combine the finely crushed cookie crumbs, melted butter and orange zest.
Generously spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
Evenly spread and press the cookie crumb mixture in the bottom of the baking dish. Chill in the refrigerator while making the cheesecake layer.
Using a medium size mixing bowl and a handheld mixer on medium-high speed, beat the cream cheese and vanilla extract for 1 minute, or until smooth.
Add the powdered sugar and continue mixing until well incorporated.
Fold in the orange zest.
Remove the crust from the refrigerator and evenly spread the cheesecake mixture. Return the baking dish to the refrigerator while preparing the orange jello layer.
Orange Jello Layer
Using a heat safe 1 cup measuring cup, heat the reserved mandarin orange juice in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Using a small size heat safe mixing bowl, add the orange flavored gelatin. Pour the hot mandarin orange juice over the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is dissolved. .
Using a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the instant vanilla pudding and the cold milk, until the pudding is thickened.
Whisk in the gelatin. Whisk until completely combined. If you wish to add the orange food coloring, whisk it in.
Fold in the orange zest.
Remove the baking pan from the refrigerator and evenly spread the gelatin pudding mixture on top of the cheesecake layer. Cover and return the baking dish to the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours to overnight.
Just before serving, evenly spread the whipped topping. Evenly divide and space the mandarin orange slices. Slice into 2 inch x 2 inch squares.
Storage :Store any leftovers tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Make sure that if you’ll be serving this at a potluck, or any place it might sit out, that you refrigerate it between servings. The layers will begin to melt and the dish will lose its shape if left out for too long.Important notes :
You can omit the orange food coloring if you are wanting a muted orange color.
You can omit the orange extract flavoring, but it will not be as strongly orange flavored as with the flavoring. It lacks a punch of flavor without it, in my opinion.
This can be adjusted to any fruit flavor, it is very adaptable. Omit the orange zest and orange extract if you’re doing this.