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28 Luscious Lemon Dessert Recipes

Lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon liqueur and more flavor our recipes for pies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, cheesecakes and ice cream.
Lemony Spritz Cookies

Lemony Spritz Cookies

Give extra zing to Lemony Spritz Cookies with Lemon Glaze and colored sugar.

Lemony Spritz Cookies

Meyer Lemon Pots de Crème with Honeyed Kumquats

The creamy lemon puddings look and taste sophisticated but are actually quite simple to make, and they can even be prepared in advance.

Meyer Lemon Pots de Crème with Honeyed Kumquats

Lemon Curd Bars

Little Traveler in Geneva, Illinois, uses creamy, tangy lemon curd to make these bars for its "girlfriend tea" events.

Lemon Curd Bars

Lemonade Cake

Lemon Butter Frosting tops a summer-perfect cake flavored with thawed lemonade concentrate.

Lemonade Cake

Lemon Curd Tart

This decadent recipe comes from Incredibly Delicious in Springfield, Illinois. "The lemon curd is one of our favorite workhorses," says owner-chef Patrick Groth. "My mother, who has worked for us for the last 16 years, is the only one who makes it. Hers is perfect, tart and smooth."

Lemon Curd Tart

Lemony Prairie Cake

Mix just six ingredients, including lemon-lime carbonated beverage, to make this lovely, citrusy cake from an Alta Vista, Kansas, reader.

Lemony Prairie Cake

Lemon on Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Infuse traditional shortbread with lemon zest and top with lemon icing to create our Lemon on Lemon Shortbread Cookies.

Lemon on Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Blueberry-Topped Lemon Cheesecake

This recipe features a luscious fresh blueberry sauce on creamy lemon cheesecake.

Blueberry-Topped Lemon Cheesecake

Lemon-Cream Cheese Pie

This creamy lemon pie, a longtime reader-favorite recipe, is a signature dessert at Al's Oasis, a family restaurant along the east bank of the Missouri River in Chamberlain, South Dakota.

Lemon-Cream Cheese Pie

Toasted Fennel-Lemon Cake

This moist beauty begs for a mug of afternoon tea. Fennel seeds add the faintest hint of licorice flavor, just enough to make the cake stand out from the other Bundts in the room. We like the sweeter flavor of Meyer lemons in this cake. Look for them sold in bags at large supermarkets. If you substitute regular lemons, reduce the zest to 2 tablespoons.

Toasted Fennel-Lemon Cake

Lemon Drop Cupcakes

Lemon liqueur and lemon zest flavor these cupcakes, while swirled lemon frosting adds an elegant topping. Finish with glazed lemon slices or crushed lemon drop candies.

Lemon Drop Cupcakes

Lemon Walnut Biscotti

Biscotti gets its crunch from twice-baking. This citrus-speckled recipe comes from the Inn at Kristofer's in Sister Bay, Wisconsin.

Lemon Walnut Biscotti

Lemon-Cream Dessert Cake

Start with a cake mix to make this light and citrusy creation layered with lemony cream cheese frosting. The recipe comes from an Ashtabula, Ohio, reader.

Lemon-Cream Dessert Cake

Lemon Bars

Anyone who loves lemon chess pie will enjoy these sweet and tart bars. The recipe comes from Palmer's Deli and Market in Urbandale, Iowa. Top the moist bars with powdered sugar.

Lemon Bars

Lemon-Drop Ice Cream

This cool treat gets a triple dose of lemon: peel, juice and puckery lemon-drop candy. It's a favorite from the recipe collection of a West Des Moines, Iowa, reader.

Lemon-Drop Ice Cream

Lemon-Blueberry Biscuits

Lemon yogurt is the secret ingredient in these pretty biscuits. The recipe comes from Natura Farms in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota. 

Lemon-Blueberry Biscuits

Luke's Lemon Meringue Pie

This lemon meringue pie recipe, which includes candied lemon peel, is a favorite at Southmoreland on the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. The recipe comes from Luke Reichle, brother of Southmoreland co-owner Mark.

Luke's Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Blueberry Fan Cookies

Lemon extract and blueberry jam make the perfect sweet and tangy combination for these eye-catching shaped cookies.

Lemon Blueberry Fan Cookies

Lemon Thyme Tea Bread

The intense flavor of tiny-leafed thyme teams up with lemon peel for this quick bread moistened with cream cheese.

Lemon Thyme Tea Bread

Lemon Drop Bark

Melt the candy coating, add the candy, and you're done. It's that simple. The crushed lemon drops give this sweet treat some pucker.

Lemon Drop Bark

Fresh Rosemary & Lemon Cupcakes

Italian flavors inspired this cupcake, with its refreshing blend of fresh rosemary and lemon and topping of lemon glaze.

Fresh Rosemary & Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Irresistible tangy lemon and rich pecans flavor one of the easiest cookies around: buttery shortbread. Serve with a cool dish of ice cream in warm weather or a hot cup of tea when it's chilly outside.

Lemon-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Spiked Raspberry-Lemonade Cupcakes

Lemon peel, lemon juice and raspberry liqueur give these cupcakes a refreshing sweet-sour flavor. Top with a fresh raspberry and lemon slice before serving.

Spiked Raspberry-Lemonade Cupcakes

Crustless Lemony Cheesecake

This cheesecake bakes in a souffle dish or casserole inside your slow cooker and surrounded by warm water. The result is a delicate dessert, lower in calories than many traditional cheesecakes.

Crustless Lemony Cheesecake

Rhubarb-Lemon Chiffon Pie

This light and airy pie recipe was a prizewinner at the Aledo, Illinois, Rhubarb Festival.

Rhubarb-Lemon Chiffon Pie

Delicious Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon frosting tops a cupcake flavored with shredded lemon peel.

Delicious Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Bundt Cake

Fill the center of this cake with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and melted strawberry jelly or jam to give it a festive look. Serve with extra berries on the side.

Lemon Bundt Cake

Lemony Spritz Cookies

Give extra zing to Lemony Spritz Cookies with Lemon Glaze and colored sugar.

Lemony Spritz Cookies

Triple-Layer Lemon Cake

Lemon cream cheese frosting tops a rich special-occasion cake made with lemon peel, lemon juice and lemon curd.

Triple-Layer Lemon Cake

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