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Dine In: Red Velvet Lasagna

Red Velvet LasagnaValentine’s Day is Tuesday, and instead of fighting crowds at a restaurant, you might decide to dine in with the people you love.

We usually start out the day with cinnamon rolls molded slightly to be in the shape of hearts. I used to cut my boys’ sandwiches into a heart shape with a cookie cutter until I was informed that high school kids don’t eat sandwiches in the shape of anything except square. We usually get heart-shaped pizza for dinner.

This year, I’m going to make Red Velvet Lasagna for dessert. Clearly, it’s not a savory lasagna but a rich, decadent treat that you can probably only expend calories on once per year. Really, there’s no better way to show someone you love them than with a delicious dessert!

Red Velvet Lasagna

1 pkg Oreo cookies
2 Tbs butter, melted

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
8 oz whipped topping
1 tsp lemon juice

1 (5.9 oz) pkg instant chocolate pudding mix
3 cups cold milk
4 oz cream cheese, softened
red food coloring

8 oz whipped topping
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Pulse together Oreos and melted butter in a food processor until it forms fine crumbs.

Press the mixture into the bottom of the baking dish to form a flat crust.

Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until slightly toasted. Cool completely.

In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar, whipped topping and lemon juice.

In another bowl, mix the pudding mix and milk according to package directions. Beat until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add in cream cheese and as much food coloring as needed to achieve desired shade. Mix until well-combined.

Pour the cream cheese layer onto the crust; smooth out cream cheese.

Top with the red velvet pudding layer, and smooth that over the cream cheese layer.

Top with the remaining whipped topping, and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Add red sprinkles or hearts, if desired. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Serves 12

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 740, Calories from Fat: 344, Fat: 38 g (19 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 73 mg, Sodium: 487 mg, Carbohydrates: 93 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 57 g, Protein: 10 g.

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