I’ve told you how much I love Oreos and peanut butter. How I like
to dip to smother said Oreo with as much creamy peanut butter as possible before stuffing it into my face. Not very lady like, I know.
That’s my comfort food. My pick me up. Oreos, peanut butter, and a large glass of milk. That’s what I eat when I need to feel happy. BUT, sometimes (very rarely) there isn’t a jar of peanut butter around. And I’m left with just regular Oreos and milk. And, guess what? That’s perfectly fine too.
The thing is, I like Oreos in general. With or without peanut butter. Double stufed or not. Flavored filling or regular. I’m an Oreo lover. Period. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
I’m that girl who walks down the cookie aisle every time I go to the market just to see if a new flavor or a seasonal/holiday themed Oreo has come out. And, of course, if something new is out, I have to buy it. Just to try it or to see the different designs up close. I mean, come on, Nabisco went through alllllll that trouble to create this cookie and it would simply be rude not to purchase a pack.
Mini Oreos? How could I not purchase them? They’re so tiny and cute.
Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Golden Oreos? Yup. Tried those too. Birthday Cake, Gingerbread, Mint, Coconut, Candy Corn, Marshmallow Creme, Berry Burst? Yeahhh, basically if you can name it, I’ve most likely tried it. And, sure, I like some flavors better than others, but I try to give each new creation a fair shot. I try one cookie, and if I like it, I eat more. Sometimes I like it so much that I make an immediate market run to buy another pack—you never know when they’ll be off the shelves.
This brings us to Lemon Creme Oreos. I bought a pack, ate one cookie, and within two days, the pack was gone. And, no that wasn’t just me eating them. Come on people, who do you think I am? Some sort of Oreo Junkie? Pssh. Not me…
The fact that I like these Lemon Creme Oreos is actually a little weird. Why? Well, lets just say I don’t really like lemony things. At all. As in, I’m not a fan of lemon bars or really anything with lemon, with the sole exception being lemonade. And, now these Oreos. And, these Lemon Oreo Creme Bars too.
I figured since I liked the Lemon Creme Oreos so much, I’d give the whole lemon bar situation another try. I wanted to make a lemon bar that basically tasted just like these Oreos: creamy, not too tart, but not too sweet, and not overwhelmingly lemony.
These Lemon Oreo Creme Bars have a lemon Oreo crust, are filled with a creamy lemon filling, and then sprinkled with crushed lemon Oreo cookies (minus the lemon filling). If all lemon bars tasted like this I would eat them on the regular. Seriously, these bars are perfect for lemon lovers and non-lemon lovers alike. They are creamy, lemony, but not in an overpowering way, and the perfect balance between sweet and tart. Did I mention super easy and quick to put together too?
Lemon Oreo Creme Bars
Yields: about 9 large bars
Lemon Oreo Crust
20 Lemon Creme Oreos cookies
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Lemon Creme Filling
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
¼ lemon juice
2 ½ teaspoons grated lemon peel
7 Lemon Creme Oreos cookies, with the filling scooped out, crushed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8×8 or 9×9 pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a food processor pulse the whole Lemon Creme Oreos into a coarse crumb. Pour crumbs into a medium-sized bowl and stir in the melted butter. Press crust into the lined pan and bake for 9 to 10 minutes. Let sit on top of the stove as you prepare the filling.
In a medium-sized bowl combine sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and grated lemon peel. Pour over the warm crust—use a spatula to make sure it’s spread evenly.
Sprinkle the crushed Oreo Cookies (with the filling scooped out) evenly on top of the lemon creme filling. Bake for 24 to 26 minutes, or until the top is a light golden brown.
Let cool to room temperature and then place in the fridge for 30 minutes before cutting into squares.
*lemon creme filling adapted from Betty Crocker