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No-Bake Golden Oreo Lemon Dessert

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I’m in love with lemon, are you? Good, because I have another lemon dessert for you: a No-Bake Golden Oreo Lemon Dessert filled with lemon curd flavor!

No-Bake Lemon Dessert | | Full of lemon curd flavor and Golden Oreos!

I’m kind of in love with no-bake desserts. They’re so easy to make and they don’t heat up your kitchen. And they’re so good!

{I know, most of you are all “it’s snowing, I don’t care!” but here out side Sacramento it’s late Spring weather. It was in the 80s this weekend!}

I think I’m going to institute a no-bake summer. What do you think? I’m just getting my taste of the oven-free recipes and I think I like them. Plus, not turning on my oven from June-August would really help my hefty electric bill.

Anyway, back to lemon and this dessert. If it is still snowing where you are, this will get you in the mood for Spring, lickety split. Just the bright yellow alone makes me crave flip flops!

I’ve never made one of these heavenly luscious type desserts before, but after seeing Mandy’s Heavenly Oreo Dessert last week, I knew I needed to make my own version. I still have bags of lemons left from the last time my mother-in-law emptied her tree, and I had some egg yolks left over from a cake I made (recipe coming later this week!).

You know what that means, right? Lemons + egg yolks = lemon curd. And because I can eat lemon curd with a spoon, I had to put it in something fast. Behold…this no-bake Golden Oreo Lemon Dessert.

No-Bake Lemon Dessert | | Full of lemon curd flavor and Golden Oreos!

This dessert has a few different layers to it. First, the crust. Crushed Golden Oreos are mixed with softened butter (not melted) and placed into a 9×9″ baking dish. This isn’t a traditional crust – it’s not solid. It’s crumbly, but once the layers are added and it’s chilled it sets up nicely.

On top of the crust sits a layer of pudding. I used a cheesecake flavored pudding mix, but you can use lemon or vanilla, or even coconut. I didn’t make this with sugar-free pudding, but I think you could substitute it if you wish. You add 1 cup of milk to a small box of instant pudding, which is less than is called for on the box. Once it sets, you mix it with whipped topping (aka Cool Whip).

Let’s talk Cool Whip for a minute. First, I don’t think it’s death in a container, so please don’t tell me it is. Second, please buy actual Cool Whip, not imitation (not all imitations are made equal). And third, what I love about whipped topping is that you can substitute regular, fat-free, low-fat (lite), or sugar-free and it doesn’t matter, at least in this recipe. Use whichever you like!

On top of the pudding mixture is the bright yellow lemon curd layer. I mixed it with some more whipped topping to make it spread easier and go a little further. You can buy lemon curd by the jams and jellies at most grocery stores. I have a recipe I like, but the one I used for this is from Glorious Layered Desserts by Glory Albin of Glorious Treats. The recipe is perfect! (Her book is awesome, BTW. I’ll have a recipe and review next week!)

The top is spread with more Cool Whip and sprinkled with more Golden Oreos. They’re also spread between the layers too. You need to be patient when making this dessert – it comes together quickly but then it must chill for at least 8 hours before you eat it. If you cut into it too soon it’ll just fall apart. Chilling for the proper amount of time ensures nice squares when served.

I only got to take one bite of this dessert (it was headed to a potluck) but it was all I could do to only take one bite. The lemon curd flavor shines through all the other layers. And the Golden Oreos…well. Those need no explanation!

If you’re looking for an easy, no-bake dessert that screams SPRING, this is the one for you.

No-Bake Lemon Dessert | | Full of lemon curd flavor and Golden Oreos!

Lemon lovers unite! :)

No Bake Golden Oreo Lemon Dessert


  • 36 Golden Oreos, divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter, very soft
  • 1 box (3.4 ounces) cheesecake, lemon, coconut, or vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups whipped topping (about 12 ounces, from two 8-ounce packages), regular or fat-free
  • 1 cup lemon curd (jarred or homemade)


  1. Place 20 cookies in a gallon sized sandwich bag. Seal the bag except for one corner so air can escape and roll with a rolling pin to coarsely crush the cookies. Place cookies and butter in a large bowl. Mix with a spoon (or your hands) until the butter has been worked through. Place in the bottom of a 9x9” pan. Note: this is not a crust in the traditional sense. It’s loose and not compacted.
  2. Wipe out your bowl and add pudding mix and milk. Whisk until smooth and let sit for 2 minutes. Fold in a heaping 1 cup (about 1 1/2 cups) of whipped topping. Carefully spread over cookies in pan.
  3. Crush remaining cookies in a new gallon sized sandwich bag. Sprinkle half over pudding. Reserve the rest for the topping.
  4. Mix lemon curd gently with 1 even cup of whipped topping. Spread over pudding.
  5. Spread remaining whipped topping over the curd mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cookies. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 8 hours before serving.

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83 Responses to “No-Bake Golden Oreo Lemon Dessert”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on March 17, 2014 at 3:13 am (#)

    My mom makes this stuff called lemon lush which is cool whip, lemon or lemon pudding? but with angel food cake all soaked together for like 12 hours. I love your version with the golden oreos and I can tell it’s much more tooth-sinkable than my mom’s which is truly like eating air. Lol. You are the queen of awesome lemon desserts! pinned


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 17th, 2014 at 7:12 am

      I toyed with calling it lush, but I did a google trend search and lemon dessert won out, lol. But I think that’s kind of what it almost is! :) Thanks Averie!!!


    • Lisa replied on March 30th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Will you share your mom’s lemon dessert please? I love anything lemon & that sounds really good!


      • Lisa replied on March 30th, 2014 at 12:44 pm


  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on March 17, 2014 at 3:41 am (#)

    Ummm….I take back what I said on Friday about that being your best dessert ever…this totally is! I have a total lemon addiction…and I LOVE golden oreos (not so much a fan of the chocolate ones.) Have you tried the Breyers Blasts Golden oreo ice cream? To.die.for.
    I would have never thought of pairing these, and I’m sure glad you did! Pinned!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 17th, 2014 at 7:11 am

      I never thought I’d love a pudding dessert but I so totally love this one! :) Thanks Taylor!


  3. Aimee@shugarysweets posted on March 17, 2014 at 3:43 am (#)

    Oh to have access to a lemon tree! So jealous! This dessert looks delicious and perfect for Easter too!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 17th, 2014 at 7:11 am

      I wish I could grow my own lemons, but we kill lemon trees, lol. Thanks Aimee!


  4. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:00 am (#)

    This looks amazing, Dorothy. I’m so jealous of your 80 degree weather. It’s snowing here–ugh! If you institute a no-bake summer, I totally have your back. Pinned.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 17th, 2014 at 7:11 am

      I think I’m going to do it 80%. I hate paying the A/C bill!


  5. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:43 am (#)

    I’m in love! I love these desserts and lemon is just perfect! And no-bake? Sign me up! I’m SO jealous of your warm weather too! Send a little this way, will you?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 17th, 2014 at 7:11 am

      I wish I could, it’s almost too warm for right now!


  6. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on March 17, 2014 at 5:07 am (#)

    Love how few ingredients this dessert has and yet it looks so complex! I LOVE lemon desserts and so does my husband! Definitely trying this one! THanks Dorothy :)


  7. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on March 17, 2014 at 7:19 am (#)

    I would kill for some 80* weather and a huge pan full of this lemon goodness right about now. Our temps dropped into the 20’s again yesterday. Winter can die any day now :-) This is one crazy awesome dessert girl…I would have trouble waiting 8 hours to dig in though!


  8. marcie posted on March 17, 2014 at 7:52 am (#)

    I love no-bake desserts, too — they’re the best! This is like a dessert my aunt used to make when I was growing up — she just used chocolate and cream cheese with a shortbread crust. I love this lemon version — the lemon curd takes this over the top in the best possible way for me!


  9. Lisa @ Je suis alimentageuse posted on March 17, 2014 at 8:25 am (#)

    I’m so jealous of your mom’s lemon tree. I LOVE LEMONNNNNN. This looks totally amazing and I can pretty much taste the lemon through the screen. Thanks for adding my link in there, Dorothy! <3


  10. Graham @ Glazed & Confused posted on March 17, 2014 at 8:40 am (#)

    This dessert looks absolutely amazing and insanely simple! I am obsessed with those Golden Oreos. They have such an amazing flavor so I can’t even imagine how great that crust tastes!


  11. Raquel @ Organized Island posted on March 17, 2014 at 9:58 am (#)

    Yes! I LOVE lemons! This a a lovely dessert and I like that it is a No-bake dessert. Perfect for those warm days like we are having now.


  12. Leslie posted on March 17, 2014 at 11:49 am (#)

    I’ve liked this post on Bloglovin. My boyfriend is going to love this. It looks so yummy!


  13. Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! posted on March 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm (#)

    Whoa – this lemon dessert is definitely one of my favorite desserts of yours!! I can’t even tell you how much I am loving the Golden Oreos in this… they are my all-time kryptonite. Oh, and I am totally on board with instituting a no-bake summer. Nothing beats a no-bake perfection like this one. Thanks for another brilliant recipe, Dorothy!


  14. Nancy posted on March 17, 2014 at 3:07 pm (#)

    I’m totally jealous of your weather! We are actually under a winter weather advisory! DO WHAT! Anyways this dessert definitely gets me ready for spring!


  15. Jennifer T. posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm (#)

    This looks delicious! I bet it would be awesome
    with the new lemon Oreos. I’m not sure if
    They’re sold everywhere or are just a Target only flavor.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 17th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      They have them at Walmart too, but I’m not sure about the regular grocery store. I have to try this with them!


      • Risa replied on March 21st, 2014 at 10:50 am

        They have them in regular grocery stores too (Lowes Foods in SC at least), but they disappeared everywhere down here for a few weeks and I’m just seeing them again. If you like them, stock up – because they’re limited time only I believe! I bought an extra pack just for this recipe.

  16. Michelle posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm (#)

    I LOVE lemon curd so can’t wait to give this a go! 2 questions though, what could I use in place of Cool Whip (I’ve heard plenty about this magical ingredient but we aren’t able to purchase it in Australia) and same with the Golden Oreo, is there a similar substitute? Thank you!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 17th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      You could use whipped cream instead of the Cool Whip, but it might not hold it’s shape as well (it’ll still be good!). My friend at Something Swanky has a copycat Cool Whip recipe, if you’re interested: For the Oreos, any golden type sandwich cookie would work, or even shortbread or vanilla or anything that would go with lemon! :)


      • Michelle replied on March 19th, 2014 at 2:30 am

        Awesome, thanks for your help! I’ll check it out and give it a go!

  17. Laurie F. posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm (#)

    Beautiful! This dessert just screams “Spring!” I wish the people on the East Coast could send some of the snow to the West, but I do enjoy the sunshine and all things yellow!


  18. Amy @Very Culinary posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm (#)

    OMG. Oreos AND lemon in one dessert. You’re killing me, Dorothy!


  19. Bess D. posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm (#)

    Did you know there’s new lemon golden Oreos? I’ve found them at every Kroger in my area. I think those would be killer in this recipe!


    • BitsyBet replied on March 31st, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      No, I didn’t. I’ve gotta keep my eye out for those. I really want to try this recipe with lemon golden Oreos. That really sounds fantastic.


      • Dorothy Kern replied on April 1st, 2014 at 6:28 am

        Yes! I have a pack of those but have been resisting opening them. I think these would be perfect with those (and, really, the only reason I didn’t use them was because I’d get all sorts of questions like “where do I find those?” or “I can’t get them what can I use instead???” :) Enjoy!

  20. sheila @ Sweet Baked Life posted on March 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm (#)

    AMAZING!!!! I have got to make this! I love lemon, and it sounds perfectly yummy!


  21. Crystal posted on March 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm (#)

    Amazing dessert!! I love lemon flavor. What a yummy spring treat. Thanks for the recipe!!


  22. Mandy@Mandy's Recipe Box posted on March 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm (#)

    *Blissful Sigh*. I love these desserts! I have a lemon version made with lemon pudding instead of lemon curd and this looks like it’s super delish! Thanks for the mention :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 17th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      You converted me to these Mandy! I am so in love, I can’t wait to make more versions. :)


  23. Rachel @the dessert chronicles posted on March 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm (#)

    Golden Oreos are my favorite! Everyone goes for chocolate, but they’re definitely underrated. Love how easy this dessert looks too!


  24. Monica posted on March 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm (#)

    Golden Oreos are good, lemon is great, and this is such a fun dessert! It’s such a nice change to make some no-bake desserts sometimes.


  25. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on March 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm (#)

    As soon as I read “lemon curd,” I got SO excited. I remembered how you posted that picture on Instagram after making Glory’s, so I knew this recipe had to be amazing! You have a ton of self-control not to take more than one bite; I could never do that. Ever. I always need at least three — BIG bites. ;) And YES, we definitely need a no-bake Sacramento summer!!


  26. Veronica posted on March 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm (#)

    Oh Dorothy, this looks so lemony and luscious! I could definitely use a bowl-full now! YUM


  27. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on March 17, 2014 at 10:04 pm (#)

    No-bake desserts are quickly becoming my most favorite! I am loving this lemon version!


  28. Kelly - Life made Sweeter posted on March 18, 2014 at 2:39 am (#)

    I am totally in love! Lemon desserts are my weakness and no-bake makes this super irresistible! Pinned :) This is totally making me think of spring weather and getting a lemon tree :)


  29. Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat. posted on March 18, 2014 at 7:11 am (#)

    Seriously? Could this be any more perfect? I love everything about this dish and I can’t wait to make it.


  30. Wendy posted on March 18, 2014 at 11:46 am (#)

    I read somewhere recently that America’s favorite flavor after chocolate is lemon (not vanilla). I wasn’t too surprised. I personally would place lemon over chocolate as a favorite. :) Gooey, creamy, sweet and tart lemon desserts are the best! Add in some crunchy golden oreos and Dorothy you have done it again! Yum. :)


  31. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:57 pm (#)

    No bake desserts are the BEST! This looks so freakin fabulous Dorothy!


  32. Nicole posted on March 18, 2014 at 11:51 pm (#)

    Can you believe that I have never tried a Golden Oreo!?! What is wrong with me? I love lemony desserts. Maybe this made with those new Lemon Cream Oreos? I haven’t tried those yet either, lol. This looks delicious, Dorothy :D


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2014 at 6:33 am

      YOU MUST. They are the best!!


  33. Katie Jones posted on March 19, 2014 at 2:03 am (#)

    I love this recipe and would really like to make it.

    I am from UK and not sure what box (3.4 ounces) cheesecake, lemon, coconut, or vanilla pudding is? Is there an equivalent to this that I could use as I don’t think any of the shops here sell a pudding mix?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2014 at 6:33 am

      Hi Katie! In the past I’ve had this question and I think that Angel Delight is similar to pudding mix! :)


  34. Kristyn posted on March 19, 2014 at 8:07 am (#)

    Golden Oreos are my FAV. This looks so delicious and easy to make. PINNED!


  35. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on March 19, 2014 at 8:55 am (#)

    I love no-bake desserts, especially now since we’re having an unseasonably warm springtime. A few days ago I was legit sweating outside during a walk with Mannie… WTH?! This looks so easy and involves lemon curd which instantly makes it amazing.


  36. Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled posted on March 19, 2014 at 7:31 pm (#)

    I am obsessed with anything lemon or lime, some people love peanut butter and chocolate…mine is lemon/lime anything! LOL And this no bake lemon dessert looks so delicious, I could eat the whole dish! Need to make this ASAP :)


  37. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles posted on March 20, 2014 at 7:08 pm (#)

    Oh wow…oh yum! This looks perfect, Dorothy!


  38. Renee @ Two in the Kitchen posted on March 20, 2014 at 7:40 pm (#)

    Dorothy, I L-U-V this dessert! Lemon is truly one of my favorite things on earth and I am a sucker for pudding desserts! This is just gorgeous!!!


  39. Jodi posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:34 am (#)

    You had me at “golden Oreo lemon”. I am in love with golden Oreos and anything lemon I love!!! I cannot wait to try this. I’m afraid I will eat the whole pan though!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 22nd, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      I know I would have if I wasn’t sending it out the door Jodi!


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  41. Debbie posted on March 22, 2014 at 2:25 pm (#)

    LOVED this! Made it with the lemon Oreos. Will go into regular rotation. Co-workers devoured it, even a self proclaimed lemon hater (he went for seconds). :)


  42. Regina posted on March 25, 2014 at 7:47 am (#)

    I think I’m going to make these up for the bridal shower I’m doing just in shot glass for small individual servings. Should go great with all my other bites.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 25th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      I love making things like this single serving! That would be perfect!


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  45. Heather posted on April 16, 2014 at 4:14 pm (#)

    We love anything lemon, so we decided to give this a try. I couldn’t wrap my head around the Oreos being in there, so I used butter cookies instead. Everyone loved it! This will be my go to dessert when I have to bring something to a gathering.


  46. Jill posted on April 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm (#)

    Made this tonight to serve after Easter dinner tomorrow. I couldn’t help snitching a little bit and oh. my. yum! It’s so good. Thanks for the perfect spring recipe. My guests are going to LOVE it!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 21st, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it Jill!!


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  50. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies posted on June 1, 2014 at 10:26 am (#)

    Thanks for the nod, Dorothy! ;) This recipe looks like it would be perfect for my lemon-craving days. Which is basically all summer long.


  51. chelsea posted on July 2, 2014 at 11:47 am (#)

    Hello! This looks totally fabulous! Question though… how many cups would you say this recipe uses of lemon curd? I was going to use a jar of lemon curd from trader joes that is 10.5 oz. Thank you! I hope to make this for the fourth of July this weekend!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 2nd, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      It’s 1 cup, which was about 8 ounces (volume). I think a 10.5 ounce jar would be fine! Even if it’s a little less it’ll be okay.


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  54. Joanna posted on July 27, 2014 at 12:28 pm (#)

    This looks absolutely amazing! I have a slight obsession with lemons and golden Oreos too(: I was just wondering if I could easily half the recipe and get the same result? Or would the ratios be a little off if I did that?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 27th, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      You could half the recipe, and use a smaller pan. But you’ll have to adjust the amount of pudding and all that. These dessert recipes are perfect for that – a little off doesn’t make a huge difference (unlike baking!) Enjoy!


  55. Lisa | Mummy Made.It posted on July 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm (#)

    I can definately see this is my future! I’m thinking of a Lemon Lasanga!!


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  58. Jami posted on January 25, 2015 at 12:45 pm (#)

    Looks delish!! I am getting ready to make this and was wondering if you could freeze it instead?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 25th, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      I don’t see why not Jami, except the Oreos might get soft. Just beware of that! If you don’t mind that, they have at it, and let me know how it goes!


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