Turtle Lush

Turtle Lush is a decadent and indulgent dessert that combines layers of Oreo crumbs, creamy cheesecake filling, chocolate pudding, whipped topping, caramel sauce, and pecans. It’s a delightful treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth and impress your guests with its rich flavors and textures.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Perfect balance of chocolate, cream cheese, and caramel flavors
  • Easy to make with simple ingredients
  • Great make-ahead dessert for gatherings or special occasions


  • 3 cups Oreo crumbs
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 16 ounces of thawed whipped topping, divided
  • 1 5.9-ounce box of instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans, divided
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup


  1. Mix the Oreo crumbs and melted butter together in a small bowl, then press the mixture into the bottom of a 13×9 dish or pan. Place the crust in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
  2. While the crust is chilling, use an electric hand mixer to blend the cream cheese and powdered sugar in a large bowl until smooth.
  3. Add 8 ounces of whipped topping to the cream cheese mixture and continue mixing at low speed until well combined.
  4. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the chocolate pudding mix and cold milk for about 2 minutes or until the pudding starts to thicken. Let the pudding rest for another 2-3 minutes to thicken further.
  5. Remove the crust from the freezer and evenly spread the cream cheese mixture over the cookie crumb crust. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of chopped pecans over the cream cheese layer, gently pressing them in.
  6. Spread the chocolate pudding over the cream cheese and pecan layers. Then, spread the remaining 8 ounces of whipped topping over the chocolate pudding layer.
  7. Cover the dessert with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, though overnight chilling is recommended for best results.
  8. Right before serving, drizzle caramel sauce and chocolate syrup over the top of the dessert, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of chopped pecans. Slice and serve chilled.

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Chill Time: 4 hours | Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes | Servings: 12

Storage: Store any leftover Turtle Lush in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe Tips:

  • For a variation, you can add a layer of sliced bananas or strawberries between the cream cheese and chocolate pudding layers for a fruity twist.
  • Feel free to customize the toppings with your favorite nuts, such as walnuts or almonds, for added crunch and flavor.

Enjoy this delightful Turtle Lush dessert with its layers of creamy goodness and rich chocolatey indulgence!”

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