28 Luscious Lemon Dessert Recipes
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.
Lemon Curd Bars
Little Traveler in Geneva, Illinois, uses creamy, tangy lemon curd to make these bars for its "girlfriend tea" events.
Lemon Butter Frosting tops a summer-perfect cake flavored with thawed lemonade concentrate.
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."
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.
Blueberry-Topped Lemon Cheesecake
This recipe features a luscious fresh blueberry sauce on creamy 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.
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.
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 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-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.
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-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 yogurt is the secret ingredient in these pretty biscuits. The recipe comes from Natura Farms in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota.
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.
Lemon Blueberry Fan Cookies
Lemon extract and blueberry jam make the perfect sweet and tangy combination for these eye-catching shaped 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 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.
Fresh Rosemary & Lemon Cupcakes
Italian flavors inspired this cupcake, with its refreshing blend of fresh rosemary and lemon and topping of lemon glaze.
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.
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.
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.
Rhubarb-Lemon Chiffon Pie
This light and airy pie recipe was a prizewinner at the Aledo, Illinois, Rhubarb Festival.
Delicious Lemon Cupcakes
Lemon frosting tops a cupcake flavored with shredded lemon peel.
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.
Lemony Spritz Cookies
Give extra zing to Lemony Spritz Cookies with Lemon Glaze and colored sugar.
Triple-Layer Lemon Cake
Lemon cream cheese frosting tops a rich special-occasion cake made with lemon peel, lemon juice and lemon curd.