Homemade Lemon Oreos

Making homemade versions of my favorite treats is a new obsession. Next up: Homemade Lemon Oreos. Don’t wait for spring, don’t scour your store. Make these now…at HOME!

Homemade Lemon Oreos

Last week we started a pool re-do: new tile, new plaster. Instead of updating my kitchen or going on a trip to Hawaii, we’re doing some much needed repairs. (I was happy with the falling off tiles and said let’s plan a trip to Paris, but Mel outvoted me.)

I kind of hate home ownership. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love owning a house. I feel blessed I have a home to call my own. But all those invisible costs kind of add up. Last year, two fences. This year, the pool. Next year…I’m betting the back fence will fall down. After all, something held up by bushes and a bent over tree isn’t long for this world.

Sigh. #firstworldproblems

Oh well, instead of planning a kitchen remodel, I made you copycat Lemon Oreos. I bet you’re happier with that decision than I am. 😉

Homemade Lemon Oreos are soft, sweet, tart, and better than real Oreos!

Awhile back I posted a recipe for regular Golden Oreos and immediately I started thinking of new flavors. Lemon was the first one to come to mind.

Have you had Lemon Oreos? They’re the best. The cookie just a plain Golden Oreo, but the filling is all lemon. Since I’m obsessed with lemon, I decided to make my own version.

Since I prefer soft cookies to crunchy any day, (Oreos are no exception), I made these soft and pillowy using a combination of butter and brown sugar. Now, a traditional Golden Oreo would use shortening in both the cookie and the filling, but I like butter better.

The first time I made these cookies, I made them huge. Seriously – 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie. This time I wanted to make smaller, more Oreo-like cookies, so I used a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop. You can make them big if you want, but the baking time will be affected.

The filling is also made with butter instead of shortening. It’s also filled with lemon juice and lemon zest for a super tart and sweet lemon flavor. If you like Lemon Oreos, you’ll like these cookies. In fact, you might like them better.

I know I do.

Homemade Lemon Oreos

I also like them better than spending thousands on invisible home repair. Cookies > spending money. Am I right??

Did you make this recipe?

Homemade Lemon Oreos

A copycat homemade version of your favorite Oreo cookie! Lemon Oreos are soft, sweet, and tart. Dare I say, they're better than the original??


For the cookies:

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 egg

For the filling:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 2-5 teaspoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats.

  2. Whisk baking soda, salt, and flour in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  3. Cream butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer). Cream until fluffy, about 1 minute.

  4. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Slowly mix in dry ingredients, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.

  5. Scoop 1 tablespoon cookie balls onto the cookie sheets, 2” apart.

  6. Bake for 7-8 minutes, until the edges are golden. Remove from the oven and tap the cookie sheets on the top of the stove lightly to flatten the cookies a bit. Let cool completely before frosting.

  7. To make the frosting: mix butter with a hand mixer until creamy and smooth. Mix in powdered sugar slowly until crumbly. Add zest, 1 tablespoon milk and 2 teaspoons lemon juice and mix until smooth. Add up to 3 more teaspoons of lemon juice to get the right spreading consistency for your frosting.

  8. Frost the bottoms of half the cookies, then sandwich with another cookie. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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  1. I had never had a lemon Oreo until last year. I can’t believe I had been left out all that time! But then shortly after, I went gluten free, so I thought I would never have one again. But now, I can make this recipe gluten free! Thanks!

  2. Leave it to you to make a lemon oreo! I know how much you love your lemon desserts and I bet these are just the best little things ever! I am making a lemon dessert tonight…hopefully all goes well. I wish you were here to give me some good lemon karma 🙂

  3. I know it’s crazy but I’ve never had lemon Oreos! I need to make these!! 

  4. Those lemon Oreos are the bomb!!! I can only imagine how good these must be, homemade!! YUM

  5. Those look fabulous! Sounds like they’d be way better than any storebought version 🙂

  6. Wow, lemon oreos?! I’m so impressed, Dorothy! These look fantastic! I think I could devour the whole batch in one sitting. Pinned!

  7. I couldn’t pin these fast enough — these are amazing, I wish I could reach right in and grab one!!

  8. I didn’t know lemon oreos was a thing.  So I’m obviously going to need to make these so I can try them!  Lemon oreos sounds like an incredible cookie, especially if they’re soft instead of crispy!  Pinned!

  9. Even with all of those homeowner issues, I still can’t wait to move back into a house. Apartment life is awful! Our upstairs neighbors rearrange furniture to vacuum every Sunday like clockwork, and one of them got a new iPhone for Christmas, which they use as their alarm clock on the vibrate setting. And that vibration is at just the right frequency to travel through the walls and wake me up at 5:45 am every day with them. I need about a dozen of these Oreos to help me cope! 😉 Pinned!

  10. Hi, I am so excited to make these cookies, there is nothing better than lemon.  When I was reading the recipe I noticed it calls for light brown sugar, packed, then next it calls for brown sugar.  Is this correct?  Brown sugar twice?  Am I not understanding something?


  11. I’m with Amy, on the apartment thing.  We had an upstairs apartment, and a grouchy retired guy yelled at our 2-year-old daughter when she was rolling around a large, soft rubber ball on our balcony (at noon! )  When I confronted him, he snarled that he could hear our footsteps (he was lucky that we never did aerobics in the apartment, like some people do)!  House and pool repairs are a bummer, though!   Thanks for a fun recipe to try!

  12. Color me intrigued. I want to stuff my mouth with these sunshine sandwiches!

  13. I think on the ingredient list you wrote 1/4 brown sugar instead of granulated sugar because you have brown sugar listed twice. Maybe next you can make pumpkin spice oreos!!

  14. Yes! Lemon Oreos are my absolute favorite and the only ones I will eat. Knowing that I can make my own brings a smile to my face. Pinning these.

  15. I’ve never had lemon oreos before. Hm, something new to try. Thanks for the recipe.

  16. Ding ding ding, we have a winner! This is awesome! 

  17. Lemon is life. This recipe is straight genius! And while it’s definitely selfish, I am so happy you created this instead of a kitchen remodel 🙂 Pinned!

  18. Hi Dorothy,

    I’m afraid I would prefer them crisp. (sorry!) Is the swap for the butter and shortening one for one? Or would it be like half and half?



  19. Golden oreos are my favorite, but lemon are right up there. They are so springy, and tart but sweet, yum! I am super excited to give these a try. I too prefer a softer cookie, so these should be just my kind of treat! I always wished oreo would come out with a soft version.

  20. No, I never had lemon oreos, but it sounds delicious. And it’s way more exciting than kitchen remodel. 🙂

  21. I LOVE these!! We still don’t get any fancy flavour Oreo’s here, so I’ve yet to try lemon, mint, birthday cake, pumpkin… GAH the UK sucks, but now I can at least try the lemon ones! 😀

  22. They look beautiful, Dorothy, and I bet they are better than the originals!

  23. I prefer soft cookies over crunchy too! Looks delicious!

  24. I am going crazy for lemon this January. This homemade lemon Oreos look right up my alley!

  25. These look absolutely delicious!

  26. Love it!!!!  Of course great minds think alike…I have a  lemon funfetti whoopie pie sitting in my que right now 🙂  Similar but different!!!  I hate home repairs so much…vacation sounds so much more fun and relaxing!!!

  27. I’m so excited to try this recipe. So delicious!  So inspirational!


  28. Yes!!! Lemon Oreos are my favorite! I always stock up whenever they’re on the shelves.  Homemade Oreos sound a bazillion times better and I can’t wait to make these!

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