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40+ Best Lemon Desserts – What Can You Make with Lots of Luscious Lemons?

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What can I make with lots of lemons?

It is quite common for lemons to be one of the main ingredients in several sweet and savory dishes. If you love cooking and love to experiment on tastes, then you should always have a couple of lemons on hand since even just a few squeezes of these could bring a rich flavor to your dishes. What’s more is that they are also a good source of vitamin C which is essential for the protection of your health. Lemons also support heart health, increases your iron absorption, boost your immune system, and promote healthy skin. 

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Generally, lemons are perfect for several dinner meals as well as baked goods, salad dressings, sauces, desserts, and drinks. You can create delicious donuts, muffins, and cakes with a few drops of lemon syrup or a drizzle of lemon zest. You can also whip up some sweet, creamy pastry such as a lemon tart. And for drinks, lemon juice is going to be one of your best options for a healthy beverage since lemon juice will give you a boost of vitamin C.  It can also help you cleans your body and detox your liver.  Furthermore, you can have lemon juice prepared as oil or dressing for your green salads.

You can store your classic, freshly squeezed lemon juice in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks before it loses its freshness. 

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How do you make lemon cookies from scratch?

Lemons really go well with baked goods and pastries especially if you need that extra distinct flavor in your food. With that, one of the easiest and quickest lemon baked goodies you can make is lemon cookies. 

You just need a few basic ingredients such as:

1 whole egg

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

½ cups butter softened

1 cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoons vanilla extract

¼ teaspoons salt

¼ teaspoons baking powder

⅛ teaspoons baking soda

1-½ cup all-purpose flour

½ cups powdered sugar


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease your baking sheets with a nonstick cooking spray or cover with parchment paper. In a large bowl, add your cream butter and sugar and whip until light and fluffy. Mix in your vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and lemon juice. 

Stir in flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder slowly. Pour your powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a teaspoon of dough into a ball, and roll it in the powdered sugar. Place each dough on the baking sheet. 

Bake for about 9 to 11 minutes or until the bottom of your cookies begin to brown. Remove from oven and cool for about 3 minutes. 

No-bake fresh lemon dessert recipes

If you do not have the time or energy to bake, you can still whip up some decadent lemon desserts without the need to prepare your oven! Some delicious no-bake lemon desserts are frozen lemon pies, lemon squares, and more. 

If you are interested in making your own no-bake lemon desserts, then here are some quick and easy lemon recipes for you to try.

41. Lemon Icebox Pie

Light, smooth, zesty, and the perfect antidote to a sweltering summer day. It’s hard to resist the allure of this traditional lemon icebox pie.

40. Lemon Pudding Cake

My partner, Lloyd, is a big fan of this cake, primarily because it reminds him of lemon meringue pie. The cake is straightforward to prepare and yields just the right amount for two.

39. Individual Lemon Blueberry Trifle

Presenting this trifle in individual jars makes it a breeze to carry for a picnic in the park. It could also be a charming addition to a tea party or bridal shower.

38. Lemon Pound Cake

While a lemon pound cake is delightful on its own, it becomes utterly irresistible when topped with a lemon-infused glaze!

37. Best Lemon Bars – Easy Keto Low Carb Recipe

This simple recipe for keto lemon bars offers an ideal tart and tangy dessert for those following a low-carb diet. A delightful almond flour shortbread, topped with a tangy lemon layer and dusted with sugar-free powdered sugar. A splendid keto dessert that’s sure to impress!

Lemon bars have always held a special place in my heart as one of my most cherished desserts. They’re chewy, tart, and perfectly sweet! These are the ultimate keto lemon bars that everyone adores. They’re incredibly easy to whip up with just seven ingredients.

Occasionally, I find myself longing for a refreshing, lemon-infused summer treat that I typically take to family gatherings. No one ever suspects they’re actually sugar-free, gluten-free, and a keto-friendly dessert.

36. Keto Sugar-Free Lemon Curd

This vibrant, creamy, and fresh keto lemon curd is perfect for a plethora of delightful spring desserts. Use it as a garnish to your favorite sweet treats!

35. Lemon-Blackberry Cheesecake Bars with Toasted Coconut Crust

I’ve spoken about raspberries and strawberries before, but have you ever combined lemon and blackberry? If not, you should. It’s an astonishingly good combination. 

These cheesecake squares are appealing, vibrant, packed with flavor, and definitely worth trying. The coconut in the crust lends a chewy quality to the base, but it can be left out if preferred.

The filling is as straightforward as creating a cheesecake batter and dividing it in half. One portion gets infused with blackberry puree, while the other is enriched with lemon juice and zest.

When you combine the two, the result is an enticing lemon dessert that no one can resist.

34. Easy Lemon Danish

Labelling it a danish makes it a perfectly suitable dessert for breakfast, wouldn’t you agree?

With a mere handful of ingredients, there’s no need to fuss over yeast or proving dough.

Purchased puff pastry is filled with a luscious lemon cheesecake and baked for just 20 minutes. It’s effortless to prepare and utterly delicious.

The glaze provides a hint of sweetness, but you could also throw in some blueberries before baking. 

33. Luscious Lemon Raspberry Parfait

Lemon and raspberries are a divine pairing. The combination of colors enhances any dessert, and the flavors harmonize wonderfully. 

The lemon mousse is light and pairs beautifully with the raspberry sauce. This duo would appeal to any dessert lover.

For an extra touch of impressiveness, consider serving with a pair of buttery shortbread biscuits for added crunch. 

32. Lemon Cupcakes

I used to consider lemon more suited for adult palates and avoided it when preparing treats for kids. However, after witnessing the speed at which these cupcakes disappeared, I stand corrected.

The lemon flavor in the cake is delicate, and the frosting is creamy rather than overly tart, making it ideal for children with less adventurous tastes.

But if you’re looking to elevate it further, consider inserting some lemon curd into the baked cupcakes. 

31. Easy Lemon Meringue Cookies

If you’re pressed for time but still want to whip up something lemony and impressive, no one needs to know how quickly these cookies can be put together.

By utilizing store-bought lemon curd and shortbread cookies, you can reduce your prep time to under 20 minutes.

This recipe does necessitate a kitchen torch, as broiling them would negatively impact the lemon curd.

30. Blueberry Cream Cheese Cookies with a Lemon Glaze

Although I’m partial to a soft, warm chocolate chip cookie, there is something about a little variety. Soft, chewy and perfectly tart, these cookies have it all. 

If you’ve never put cream cheese into a cookie before (why not??), add with the butter and sugar, then continue as normal.

When adding the blueberries, fold them in gently so they don’t streak through the dough too much – unless that’s the look you want. 

The glaze really amps up the lemon flavor of these cookies, but you can always stripe with a little white chocolate, too. 

29. Lemon Tiramisu Cake

I think coffee is one of those unicorns that isn’t enhanced by adding lemon. Don’t worry though, I haven’t gone mad. This dessert is all lemon. 

Rather than coffee, this recipe asks you to dip the lady fingers in lemonade, but if you want something more grown-up, Limoncello will be so good.

Either way, you have a creamy, tart dessert that screams springtime.

28. Lemon Meltaways

If I were you, I would double, or even triple this recipe. These buttery, lemon shortbread cookies are so delicious that you will need extra. 

Slice and bake cookies are always a great option and come together nice and fast.

Just roll your dough into a log and freeze down any extra to have on hand, should you need lemon cookies in a pinch.

27. Classic Lemon Meringue Pie

A list of luscious lemon desserts wouldn’t be complete without a lovely lemon meringue pie!

Top tip! Blind baking the crust – baking it alone without filling – will help to prevent a soggy bottom. And don’t forget to spread that fluffy meringue right to the edges, to avoid any sad weeping.

26. Lemon Marshmallows

Homemade marshmallows are often fluffier than store bought. With this recipe, you can slice them into squares and eat alone, or cut into shapes and dip in chocolate.

They can be made into fun marshmallow pops or tucked into an Easter basket.

You’ll need a stand mixer for this recipe and be careful when pouring the sugar syrup. Though kids will love them, it’s not the best recipe to be making with young helpers.

Where they can assist is with decorations! Once you have the mix prepared in your dish, you can either leave them plain or go nuts with toppings – literally!

Sprinkle with chopped nuts, sprinkles, or even edible glitter for a fun and delicious sticky treat.

25. Tangy and Delicious Lemon Bark Recipe

Chocolate bark is such a great option for gifts or a quick treat at home. It’s easy to change up but usually comprises Christmas-like flavors. 

This recipe is something a little different. Using lemon oil to flavor white chocolate, and sprinkling with candied lemon peel, this bark will be a great Christmas alternative, or something fun for spring.

You can eat the bark alone, or use it as a different cupcake topping. Try sprinkling some freeze dried raspberries with the candied peel.

24. Easy Lemon Sorbet

Got 15 minutes and some martini glasses? Then you have the easiest little dessert out there. 

Sometimes after dinner, all you want is something sweet to top it all off. This recipe is so light, fast, easy to make ahead, and can be enjoyed even after a feast.

Once given enough time to freeze, this sorbet looks restaurant worthy when served in a tall glass. I personally love martini glasses for this dish, along with some fresh fruit and a drizzle of vodka.

23. Lemon Macarons

I know what you’re thinking, but trust me when I say you can make macarons at home. We’ve seen all the fails and worry they’re too complicated, and I was hesitant too at first.

But once you get it, you really get it, and you’ll be making these in your sleep. 

Before you start, look online and read through the process and steps. Something as simple as using a scale instead of a cup measurement can make all the difference with these little cookies. 

For this lemon macaron recipe, be sure they’re at the right consistency before baking, and don’t skip the drying stage. It’s crucial for this cookie to sit out for an hour to dry.

The lemon curd filling will be tangy and smooth and so good with the creamy vanilla frosting. Want even more lemon flavor? Mix some curd into the frosting!

22. Baked Lemon Donuts with Lemon Glaze 

Though the texture is a little more cakey, baked donuts are a great way of getting that glazed fix at home.

With just a 5-minute prep time, you can whip up a batch and still have time to walk the dog and finish the laundry.

This recipe uses lemon extract rather than lemon juice. It’s easy enough to find in the store and will ensure you get as much flavor as possible, plus the lemon glaze will give it a boost.

A pleasant alternative would be to use a blueberry glaze for a colorful change and complimentary flavor combination. 

21. Lemon Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee may look like a dish better left to professionals, but I promise, it’s not as difficult as you think.

When making your lemon custard base, it’s important to gently heat the cream and very slowly add it into the egg mix.

I like to use a ladle to help control how much I’m adding, which will keep your eggs from scrambling. 

What about that beautiful sugar top? Your oven broiler will do the trick just fine. But if you really want to do it like the pro’s, Chef’s torches are available online for less than $15.

20. Lemon Strawberry Trifle

I love trifles. They can be made with all store-bought items that layer together to make an impressive dish. 

For this lemon and strawberry dessert, you will need to layer angel food cake with creamy lemon pudding and sliced strawberries. But feel free to use more fruits if you like! 

If you don’t have time to make lemon curd, most supermarkets will have it in a jar.

19. Lemon Scones with Lemon Glaze

Scones are such a versatile treat. Whether sticking to the traditional raisin rounds with jam and clotted cream or taking things out of the box, they’re easy to make and great to travel with. 

The important thing to remember when making scones is not to overmix the dough. I like to just incorporate everything, leaving the dough a little shaggy.

As you form the dough on the counter, it will come together, and your scones will be tender and flaky. 

Try adding in a few blueberries or fresh raspberries for a pop of color and an extra bit of sweetness.

18. Lemon Loaf

I know it’s technically pumpkin spice season, and I’m just as eager for it as you.

But if you’re looking for a moist loaf recipe that non-pumpkin fans will devour, this one has you covered. 

Don’t worry if your batter looks a little curdled after you add the lemon juice, that’s normal. It will come back together once you incorporate the dry ingredients. 

The glaze is optional, but I highly recommend it. The loaf is tangy and tender, but sometimes these things are easy to over-do.

To make sure you get the moistest loaf ever, poke a few holes in the top and lather over the glaze, letting the sweetness seep in.

17. Lemon Coconut Truffles

These little balls of cream cheese, coconut, and lemon can be served as delicate truffles, or as fun cake pops. Either way, they won’t last too long.

The lemon in this dessert is subtle and complemented perfectly by the creamy coconut and white chocolate.

However, if you like a little more zing, you can always substitute a little cream cheese for lemon curd in the mix. 

16. Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

I think the words ‘no-bake’ are a favorite of baking enthusiasts who don’t always have a lot of time on their hands.

Whether you’re just in the mood for something sweet or need a last-minute dessert for a party, this no-bake lemon cheesecake mousse will be a definite hit.

With just 5 ingredients – 1 being water – you can whip up a light and creamy lemon dessert in no time. They look beautiful in glass jars, but will be just as delicious in a ceramic pot.

Try a variety of fruit toppings or compotes to make this a tangy, sweet dessert you’ll keep coming back to.

15. Lemon Bars with Shortbread Crust

An oldie but a goodie, there’s a very simple reason you always see lemon bars at parties and potlucks. They are so easy to make and packed with flavor.

Crumbly, buttery shortbread makes the perfect base for these bars. Lemon can be tart, so the sweet and crunchy shortbread will really help to mellow things out a little.

But that’s not to say the flavor of that lemon won’t pack a punch. The filling comes together in one bowl, making cleanup a breeze.

14. Instant Pot Lemon Curd

Do you like lemons? I sure do! If you have never had Instant Pot Lemon Curd, you are in for a treat This is an easy pressure cooker lemon curd recipe, and the results are amazing! Lemon curd is a tart-sweet custard type confection, and is a wonderful topping on yogurt, cheesecake, toast, pastry, and much more.

Check it here.

13. Lemon Thyme Tarts

Creamy and lemon sharp, these tarts have a hint of thyme and almond, perfect for an early spring dessert. Particularly if you still have too many lemons (includes my recipe for lemon curd)!

Check it here.

12. Lemon Loaf Cake (Keto, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free)

If you’re looking for a healthy, low-carb cake recipe, you’ve found it! This Lemon Loaf Cake is Keto, sugar-free, gluten-free and so delicious! The best part? It’s a super simple, no-fuss recipe with a short ingredients list!

Check it here.

11. Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Squares

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Squares are creamy, sweet and tart. With a delicious cheesecake base, you can make them with fresh or frozen blueberries. You can make these cheesecake bars any time of the year!

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10. Raspberry Lemon Bundt Cake

This raspberry lemon bundt cake is absolutely delicious! With a tender and soft cake, fresh raspberries, and a tangy lemon glaze on top, it’s the perfect summertime dessert.

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9. Mini No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake Tarts

With a light and tangy lemon cheesecake filling, these adorable mini cheesecake tarts are a perfect bite-size treat for any spring or summer celebration. They come together quickly, with no baking necessary, and can be garnished with any fruit you like!

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8. Blueberry Biscuits with Lemon Glaze

This recipe for blueberry biscuits with a lemon glaze makes for a delicious treat in the summer, or any time of year!  Lush, ripe blueberries (or use dried!) in a flaky buttermilk biscuit with a sweet lemon glaze on the top make for a perfect mouth-watering appetizer.

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7. Vegan Lemon Poppy Bread Recipe

This Vegan Lemon Poppy Bread Recipe is light and fluffy! Perfect for an appetizer or snack. I like to spread a little vegan butter or almond butter on this recipe for lemon bread with glaze.

Check it here.

6. Traditional Lemon Limoncello Pound Cake

This Lemon Limoncello Pound Cake is a luscious lemon pound cake made extra special with Limoncello and not one but two glazes.

Check it here.

5. Classic Lemon Meringue Pie – Delicious Lemon Dessert Recipe

I used to despise making this Classic Lemon Meringue Pie…but now that it is Mike’s birthday request, I have gotten better at it. Not only is it his favorite it is also my dad’s and father in law’s favorite dessert, so needless to say I have made it quite a few times in the last few years. NOW I can whip this bad boy up in about 25 minutes.

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4. Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

Okay this Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake is stunning and perfect for a Spring/Summer dessert! I used fresh raspberries swirled into a light lemon cheesecake and let me tell you- Ah-maz-ing!!!  I know cheesecakes intimidate people to make at home, but it is easier think you think and you will be so happy once you sink your teeth into that first bite!!

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3. Homemade Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Lemon Ricotta Cookies are the light and flavorful answer to your craving for a sweet treat.  The ricotta gives them a moist and soft result, while the brightness of lemon keeps them from feeling too heavy.  One bite is never enough with this favorite cookie recipe. 

Check it here.

2. Fresh Lemon Cake – Favorite Lemon Dessert

Lemon cake is an easy and delicious sheet cake recipe that’s loaded with lemon flavor and perfect for spring and summer special occasions!

Check it here.

1. Pink Lemon Poppyseed Cake

This Pink Lemon Poppyseed Cake is a take on traditional lemon poppyseed cake using pink lemons and freeze dried raspberries.

Check it here.

Lemon Desserts

Lemon Dessert Recipes

40+ Best Lemon Desserts - What Can You Make with Lots of Luscious Lemons?

Explore the best lemon dessert recipes and discover delightful creations using an abundance of lemons. Get inspired and make something sweet and tangy!


  • Lemon Curd
  • Lemon Thyme Tarts
  • Lemon Loaf Cake
  • Lemon Blueberry Cream Cheese Cake
  • Lemon Cheesecake Squares


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