Lemon Crunch Cookies

Delectable Lemon Cookies get a boost of extra crunch from lemon Oreos! Pair these treats with a glass of cold milk for a sunny summertime snack.

I’m back with another delicious citrus packed dessert! This time it’s Lemon Crunch Cookies, that I whipped up when I needed a portable hand held dessert.

Why the crunch? Well, I added Lemon Oreos. You heard me right. Lemon cookies inside of lemon cookies.

Oreo pretty much is a genius cookie maker. With all of those flavors to choose from, you can pretty much find one variety or another to chop up and add to any cookie recipe. That is, if you can resist eating them all first.

But we all agreed that these perfect Lemon Cookies are even better than chomping down Oreos straight from the package. That’s a big compliment on our house because between all of us, we can easily eat a package of Oreo cookies in one sitting.

I loved the idea of having a bit of crunch in the cookies, but I also have a weakness for chewy doughy cookies. So, I used some Sugar Free JELL-O lemon gelatin to keep them soft chewy.

So yes. Chewy cookies with a crunch. It’s really the best of both worlds!

How to make Lemon Crunch Cookies

First, chop up those lemon Oreos! They don’t need to be tiny. Just move the knife over them until they’re in bite sized pieces.

For the cookie dough, you beat butter and sugar together, then add vanilla and lemon Jello pudding mix. Eggs, flour, baking soda and salt bring the dough together.

Next, fold in white chocolate morsels and chopped Oreos carefully. You want to avoid turning them into crumbs as you integrate the Oreo pieces in to the lemon cookie dough.

Use a rounded spoon or cookie dough scoop to scoop the dough onto a prepared cookie sheet. Bake them for 10 -13 minutes. Cool them on the cookie sheet for a minute or two after they come out of the oven, then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Eat and enjoy!

Storing lemon cookies

Wondering how long you can keep your homemade lemon cookies without sacrificing their taste? They’ll last about a week at room temperature if stored in an airtight container. After that, they’ll lose a bit of their crunch and chewy bite.

Can you freeze cookies?

Yes. Like most drop cookie recipes, Lemon Crunch Cookies are an excellent choice for freezing. Once cooled, you can transfer them to a freezer safe bag or container to freeze. They’ll keep this way for about 3 months.

You can also chill or freeze the dough if you won’t be baking these cookies right away. The dough will keep well wrapped in the fridge for about 5 days, or frozen for up to 3 months.

Note: If you’re having trouble with the cookies spreading too much, chilling the dough for at least an hour first helps tremendously!

Substitutions Ideas

This cookie recipe can easily be adapted to create chewy-crunchy cookies with all kinds of flavor combinations. Replace the lemon Oreos and lemon Jell-o with any of these flavors to make your customized cookie creation.

  • Crunchy cherry cookies: Sugar free cherry Jell-o mix and cherry cola Oreos.
  • Double chocolate crunch cookies: Sugar free chocolate fudge Jell-o mix and classic or chocolate stuffed Oreos. Substitute the white chocolate morsels for semi-sweet morsels.
  • Berries and cream crunch cookies: Sugar free strawberry or raspberry Jell-o mix and white Oreos.
  • Red velvet crunch cookies: Sugar free strawberry Jell-o mix and red velvet Oreos.

There are almost endless ways you can play with this cookie recipe! Every time I plan to experiment, though, I think about just how much I love the lemon flavor and I end up making them just the same.

I can’t help it. I have a lemon dessert addiction. Lucky for me, I’ve never known anyone to turn down a homemade lemon cookie with just the right amount of CRUNCH in each bite!

Do you love lemon cookies? These easy to make treats are the perfect balance of chewy and crunchy with DOUBLE the lemon happiness.

**if you can’t find the Lemon Oreos, substitute any lemon sandwich cookie instead. And cry just a little bit. Then eat a cookie and feel better!

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Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Lemon Crunch Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 pkg (0.3oz) Sugar Free JELL-O lemon gelatin mix
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 14 lemon Oreos (or lemon sandwich cookies), chopped
  • 1 bag (12oz) white chocolate morsels

Instructions

  1. In mixing bowl, beat butter with sugars. Add in JELL-O mix, salt and eggs, mixing until completely combined.
  2. Add in vanilla. Add flour and baking soda, mix completely. Fold in chopped cookies and morsels.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop cookie dough by large tablespoon onto cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10-13 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack. Store in airtight container for up to one week.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 69mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Aimee

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Posted on December 13, 2012

Comments & Reviews

  1. I finally found the Lemon Oreos and made the Lemon Crunch Cookies last night. They are Great!!! two questions though… they baked out very flat. Any suggestions for them to stay a little thicker???
    Also, any suggestions to make them just a little less sweet??
    Thanks,
    Sheryl

    1. I would suggest refrigerating your dough for at least an hour if you are having difficulty. Also, parchment paper helps with decreasing spreading. Hope this helps!

      1. Thanks Aimee, but I tried to bake some the following day after they’ve been in the fridge for 24 hours. They still came out pretty flat. Nothing like in your picture! Any other suggestions?
        Sheryl

  2. I have a quick question. When I bought the sugar free gelatin and brought it home I realized that it only contained .30 ozs. so I added some lemon zest and lemon juice. The cookies didn’t last but 1 day so I went back to the store to buy more ingredients to make some more. Am I actually supposed to use 1 oz. of the gelatin (which means I would have to buy at least 3 packages to get close to 1 oz.) or just 1 package of .30 ozs? I can’t find any sugar free gelatin that has 1 oz.

    1. UGH. I am so so sorry. That is totally my typo! You are correct, it is only .3oz pkg of gelatin. I hope it didn’t cause you too much of a headache. Fixing the recipe now!!!

  3. I just got through popping a sheet of cookies in the oven. I only had 1/4 oz. of jello to put in the cookies so I added some lemon juice and lemon zest. My resident cookie dough eater (my daughter) assured me that the dough tasted great and had enough of a lemon taste. I should be able to judge for myself in 3 minutes. Thanks for the recipe.

      1. Note to self….. don’t eat lemon cookies while they are still warm. I tried them and thought they were just OK. However, after they cooled I tried them again and they were awesome. The first cooled batch lasted about 5 minutes and I had to fight my husband for the last cookie. Thanks again for the recipe.

  4. Lemon cookies are the bomb! Never knew Oreo made lemon cookies, but am not surprised because Oreos rock. I don’t know what cookies I’d make first, I’ve got such a long list of cookies I want to make.

  5. I’m so going to have to find me some Lemon Oreos. I love anything lemon and these cookies of yours look delicious.

    1. I hope you find the lemon oreos! You can substitute store brand lemon sandwich cookies, and girl scouts makes a lemon cookie too that would work! ENJOY.

  6. Wait, wait wait… Oreo makes LEMON flavored cookies? Must enter drawing for cookie sheets, then MUST find lemon Oreos! Woot! Keep up the good work, Aimee! Those double chocolate Oreo cookies are calling my name 🙂

    1. Haha, this cracked me up!! The lemon cookies are amazing! But, if you can’t find them, girl scouts make lemon sandwich cookies (as do most grocery store brand cookies)!!! GOOD LUCK.

  7. Love these cookies, Aimee! Hmmmm, I might just go for some good old-fashioned oatmeal cookies on one of these sheets–they look like they bake awesome!

  8. I’d love some new cookie sheets! The cookies I’ve been craving lately are oatmeal with craisins, white chocolate & semi-sweet chocolate. That’s what I’d try out on one of these pans!

  9. What a great cookie sheet. I love my stoneware too but like you say, it’s so heavy, I only use it for special occasions. If I didn’t try out this recipe (I’ve got to find those lemon Oreos) I’d test out our tried and true favorite Chocolate chip cookies.

    1. You can also substitute any brand of lemon sandwich cookies (even Girl Scouts make some too). It’s hard to use anything but stoneware…but I’m telling you these sheets are fantastic!

  10. These cookies look delicious! Love the recipe. My favorite are peanut butter cookies with Hershey kisses! So good!

  11. I am the cookie queen and would be making all kinds of cookies…but I would choose my ultimate favorite, Salted Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, for sure! 🙂

  12. When I saw you tweet this recipe (I’m @TarHeelTB), I was so excited! I LOVE lemon desserts, but rarely make them (not sure why). These look so simple! And Oreo is killlllling me with all their exciting and delicious flavors. Yum! I CANNOT wait to make these! And in addition to these cookies, I’d love to make some Peanut Butter Blossoms – they’re always a hit!

  13. Aren’t there lemon sandwich girl scout cookies? That would be a great use of those…I don’t usually buy pre-packaged cookies otherwise (baking is too much fun;)

  14. I would definitely bake some gingerbread cookies. We are getting ready to make our annual gingerbread train and I am hoping to add some other fun gingerbread stuff to our baking fun this year!

  15. I would make S’more cookies! My husband would love it if I won because he has been nagging me to get new cookie sheets forever. He hates my old ones!

  16. All kinds! I need new cookie sheets badly. Butt he first ones I would make would be my favorite multichip cookies

  17. Christmas cookies! I have 3 generations worth of traditional cookies to make… My great grandmother’s Pocketbooks, my mom’s mom’s (that looks funny!) Russian tea cakes, my dad’s mom’s Pefernusse, and my own random cookie (this year I’m thinking short bread). All I’ve made this holiday season is my mom’s fudge… I’m WAY behind schedule!

  18. These cookies look awesome! If I had new cookie sheets, which I desperately need, I would make my family’s cut-out cookies. Looks like it’d be easy peasy on them.

  19. I would bake Raisin Cookies (Hermits). I would love to try new cookie sheets, I’m not impressed with the last ones I purchased (what a waste of money)…

  20. You had me at Lemon Crunch! But pretty sure I’d have to try several different types… and, is it possible to have TO many cookies sheets? 😉

  21. If I won I would make some regular chocolate chip cookies but with the Toll House Christmas colred chocolate chips!!! Or maybe some mint cookies….hmm. 🙂 Also….I am a hardcore Pampered Chef stoneware user for all my baking! I would be excited to try something new! Oh and did I mention how much I LOVE your blog and Facebook page! You are my new inspiration! 🙂

  22. I would make your lemon crunch cookies, obviously! I adore lemon desserts! and OMG I have no idea lemon creme oreos existed!!!! I must be dreaming. 🙂

  23. I wish I had these this weekend. I plan to make some cookies and my sheets look awful.
    Chocolate chip cookies are always a winner around my house.

  24. I would first bake a batch of oatmeal scotchies…been craving them for a while now. These are some nice looking cookie sheets!

  25. I would be so excited I wouldn’t know what to do first! I would probably end up baking sugar cookies. A great cookie to test on a new pan.

  26. I would bake my favorite chocolate chip cookies. I’m going to check these pans out. I NEED new cookie sheets in the worst way!

  27. I would bake Blow Out cookies… peanut butter, chocolate chips, roasted peanuts, & chopped miniature p-nut butter cups… My all time favorite!

  28. I just Love your site….I bake alot for my family and for my husband work. And They Just Love these Recipes. Thank You for all the time you spend to share all of these Wonderful goodies with us.

  29. Where in the WORLD did you find Lemon Oreos Aimee? I can’t even find the Gingerbread Oreos in my neck of the woods….

    Those cookies look DELICIOUS-and so don’t those cookie sheets. The first cookies I would bake on those cookie sheets are the Crunchy Coconut Cookies I grew up with-LOVE those.

  30. I make a healthy whole wheat with dried coconut and nuts. Soooo good. You can even add dried fruit. No white flour or white sugar. It has sucanat for the sugar.

  31. I would have to make your copycat jingle cookies. My grandchildren really enjoy those cookies and I would really impress them with these cookies

    1. You can! you might lose a little of the lemon flavor but they will still be fantastic (and the JELLO helps add flavor too)!

  32. I don’t think there’s a kind of cookie I WOULDN’T bake! I recently had a rocky road cookie with these delicious chewy marshmallow bits – I think those would be my first try. After that – well, I’d methodically work my way through all your recipes of course. (Till I EXPPLOODDDEEE!)

    1. Haha. Please don’t explode or I’m going to have to put a disclosure on all my recipes, “Shugary Sweets is not responsible if you explode.” Those rocky road cookies sound incredible. Hmmmm, may have to create a version for the blog here!

  33. I’d love to make these, but… sugar free Jell-O? Can I just use regular instead? I really don’t like using artificial sweeteners in anything.

  34. I will finally bake some peanut butter blossoms instead of just eating the bags of festively wrapped Hershey’s kisses. Actually, I’m only halfway thru the 1st bag, which I think demonstrates remarkable restraint on my part!

  35. I’m dying to try these cookies!! My Mom’s favorite desserts are lemon flavored, so these are a must for her for Christmas! I would absolutely LOVE these cookie sheets too! If you say they’re good, they’ve gotta be good! 🙂

  36. I’m still debating on what cookie I’m going to make for Christmas gifts but if I won, whichever cookie I decide on would be the first one’s I’d try out on it! 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. I would love to make a batch of the white chocolate chip cherry cookies that are great at this time of the year. Oh who am I kidding they are great all year.

  38. Mmm, these cookies sound delicious! I’ve been wanting to make something with lemon, and these might do the trick! Thanks for posting. 🙂

  39. I would love to try some of your yummy cookies on the Heirloom sheet. I too have only used Pampered Chef for a very long time!

  40. I would love to be able to bake some of these lemon cookies for my grandsons on some new baking sheets that don’t burn the bottom of my cookies. 🙂

  41. Gosh I would have a hard time switching over from my baking stones…BUT I’m willing to try 😉 I would start with a classic and quick chocolate chip!

    1. It was a tough switch. But I am honestly loving the new pans. Some cookies will still have to be made on the stone, just because, haha!!

    1. Absolutely it counts! Speaking of which…I think I need to make some for the holidays…any new flavors in mind??

  42. Oh I would for sure make chocolate Reese’s cookies!! Good to know these cookie sheets are reliable. I’ve been needing some new ones for a while now. Guess I know what to buy! That is… if I don’t win. 😀

  43. I’d test them with chocolate chippers, and I’m looking to make chocolate gingerbread men with my son! Those lemon Oreos got our attention! Yum!

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