Lemon Twist Oreos and a Pound Cake Recipe

You know that feeling you get when you’re in a public place and you spot a celebrity?  At first your brain is like “OMG!  It’s the woman from Modern Family” or “No way!  It’s that guitarist I haven’t seen since 1996 and here he is at the H.E.B.!”  and then you try not to stare and act goofy, but you really want to say hi.

That’s what happened when I saw these.  I almost fainted.

Lemon Twist Oreos

Sometimes when I spot a celebrity, there’s this urge to pull strangers over and say “Hey, look who’s here shopping in the store with us.”  But I don’t, and I didn’t with the Oreos either, though I wanted to tap people on the shoulder and say “Check it out!  Lemon Oreos.   Nabisco hasn’t made these since the 1920s, and here they are RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU at the H.E.B.  Get some!”   But as it happened, I just threw them in the basket.

When I arrived home with the celebrity Oreos, the family was pretty excited and wanted to open them up right away. I told them (okay, really it was only Fuzz) to cool off and that we’d try the cookies after lunch. We ate really fast.

Time for cookies! Fuzz said the Oreos reminded her of lemon Girl Scout cookies and that she was really surprised these were just a limited edition. My initial thought upon tasting was that they weren’t very lemony.  Then after a few more bites decided they were just the right level of lemony.  And then I started brainstorming ways to use them.

–Cut them up and put them in pound cake
–Use them as a base for Mini Oreo Cheesecakes
–Crush them and use them as a pie crust
–Pulverize them and make lemon flavored Oreo truffles
–Dip them in white chocolate (I just bought some Merckens coating and am anxious to try it)

I wanted to do all those things, but I started with the pound cake.

lemon cake with oreos

Things didn’t go as planned.  The chunks of Oreos melted into the cake making pockets of brown lemon gunk.

lemon pound cake

However, the layer of Oreos that I’d scattered over the top worked splendidly.  They made the already-crusty crust a little bit crunchy and added some lemon flavor.  Plus, they were pretty.

chunks of lemon flavored Oreos

For the base, I started with a Cook’s Country recipe, but halved it, changed the pan size, added lemon zest and altered the vanilla.  As mentioned, the Oreos I mixed into the batter didn’t work out so well, but the ones I sprinkled over the top made the cake special, so this recipe reflects that.


This recipe makes one 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch loaf.  If you have a better lemon pound cake recipe, use that.  Just cover the top with crushed Oreos before baking.


Cold Oven Lemon Oreo Pound Cake
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Cold oven pound cake made with lemon zest and lemon flavored sandwich cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • 2 packed teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) cake flour
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup chopped lemon flavored Oreos
  1. Do not preheat the oven since this is a *cold* oven pound cake. Just make sure the rack is in the lower third of the oven.
  2. Grease and flour an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch metal loaf pan or line it with nonstick foil.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the lemon zest and sugar. Using the back of a spoon, mash the lemon around until the sugar is fragrant.
  4. Add the softened butter a few chunks at a time. With the paddle attached, mix on medium low. Increase speed slightly and beat until creamy, scraping bowl often. Beat in the vanilla and salt. One by one, beat in the eggs, beating for 30 seconds after each egg and another full minute after all eggs are added..
  5. Beat in the baking powder.
  6. By hand, stir in the flour and milk, starting and ending with flour.
  7. Pour batter into pan and sprinkle the cookie chunks over the top.
  8. Set pan in the cold oven. Turn heat to 325 degrees F. and bake for 70 minutes or until the cake appears set and a pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely, then turn from pan.
A lot of standard loaf pans are a little over 9x5, so if you use a 9x5 loaf pan, your cake will be shorter and might bake a little faster. If using a 9x5 inch loaf pan, check the cake at 60 minutes. I used a 1 pound loaf pan that measured about 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches. I

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  1. says

    I can’t wait to spot those on the shelves in my area!! I haven’t been to Target in awhile. Maybe they’ll have them there!?

  2. Kim says

    I looked for them on Friday, but didn’t see them here in Georgia. Hopefully, they will still be in the stores when I am in Austin in November.

  3. Carolyn says

    We don’t get the special oreo cookies in Canada…. no Candy Corn, no lemon. Only golden oreos and regular ones. 🙁

  4. Beth says

    I didn’t see them in CT either! I’ll keep looking. I wanted to put them in the bottom of cupcakes.

  5. says

    Carolyn, that’s not fair!!

    About Target, this is the first time I’ve ever found a specialty Oreo flavor at a regular grocery store before spotting it at Target. Maybe Target is still busy pushing the Candy Corn Oreos? I don’t know.

  6. says

    I saw these at the ShopRite yesterday and all I could think was “Dang it, why do I have to be allergic to so many things!” I really want a Nicole-friendly cookie that tastes like this…….sigh. 🙁

  7. Martha in KS says

    These cookies remind me of graham cracker cookies. When I was a kid we made icing with powdered sugar & OJ concentrate or frozen lemonade, then spread it between squares of graham crackers. Anybody else remember those?

  8. says

    Gonna have to try to find those, although we just FINALLY got the Jif Hazelnut Spread, finally! Man, trends are slow here in Utah. 😉 (The Jif spread is good, the hazelnut flavor is much stronger than Nutella. I like it.)
    Martha in KS—we grew up having graham crackers with frosting as snacks all the time, but we never did the concentrate or lemonade. going to have to try that. We always just had white or chocolate frosting that was leftover from something else.

  9. Karen says

    OH yeah, I better get some of those lemon Oreo’s and save for the Christmas Oreo truffles that I like to make! I sure hope they come to rural MN!

  10. says

    Janetta, they are a little bit tart, but overall well balanced. The chemists in the Oreo flavor lab really know what they’re doing 😉

  11. Robert Blackburn says

    Lemon Twist Oreos Found – Woodbury, Minnesota; Grocery store, not at Target. Nabisco representative states that this will be limited edition/special display item only. Note: Candy Corn is Target exclusive. Thanks for info. that this Oreo was originally tried in the 1920s!

  12. says

    Hi Robert! Glad you found the Oreos in Woodbury. However, it is too bad that Lemon Twist is a limited edition. You’d think a lot of people would buy lemon flavored Oreos on a regular basis.

  13. says

    @ Robert. Which grocery store? I’m about 90 miles from Woodbury but if it’s a Byerly’s or a Coborn’s store I might be in luck where I live! Or, maybe I’ll get to the metro area while the Lemon Oreos are still on the shelves and I can pick some up at another location. I think Lemon Oreos are one of the best ideas ever. I hope they’re successful and they decide to make them a permanent flavor. (I hope the Oreo people are reading this thread!)

  14. says

    I too want to know where those lemon Oreos are in the Twin Cities Metro area!!! I’ll bet they taste a bit like the girl scout lemon cookies. Sue, if I find them, I’m closer to you than Woodbury so you could pick them up from me! On 2nd thought, maybe I don’t want to know where they are…The pound cake looks amazing and so well formed Anna!!

  15. Shanda says

    I found them at Woodmans in Mequon, Wi..unfortunately i bought the rest that they had…mmmmm yummy!!

  16. chris says

    just wanted to let everyone know that I just bought a bag of them at Brookshires grocery in southern Arkansas. They are back and they are the limited edition 2013.

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