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Mar 17

No-Bake Golden Oreo Lemon Dessert

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.

Do you love lemon? So do I.

Check out my Crazy for Lemon pinboard or my insane Lemon Round-Up with over 140 ideas!

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Sweets from friends:
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112 comments on “No-Bake Golden Oreo Lemon Dessert

  1. 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!

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  4. 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?

    • 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!

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

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

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  10. Id like to make this for Easter this weekend, but I’m torn on what pudding to use! What do you typically use?

  11. Do you leave the “stuff” in the oreos when you crush them? Making this for Easter tomorrow. Sounds amazing! Thank you!

  12. I’m really excited to try this recipe for Easter tomorrow! I already have lemon pie filling in the pantry…do you think that would work for this dessert? Or is it best to use the lemon curd? Thanks! 

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  26. Do i remove the icing from the cookies? Is it a 9×13″ pan?
    I’m making it this weekend! Thank you!

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  29. This sounds great! I can’t wait to try it with lemon Oreos!!!

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  31. I made the recipe as written, using lemon pudding and jarred lemon curd.  I can’t begin to tell you how incredible it was! The dessert didn’t even last 24 hours! I am looking forward to trying other flavors the next time my family asks for something decadent. Thanks for the recipe :-)).

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