20 of the Best and Most Delectable Lemon Dessert Recipes

The bright and citrussy flavour of lemons will shine through in these 20 delectable lemon desserts. You'll find creative inspiration in this collection of cookies, pies, cakes, doughnuts, ice cream and more. Learn new ways to use lemon juice, extract, zest and lemon curd to create delightful ways to enjoy this tart fruit. Make the most of lemons this season with these refreshing and sunny desserts!
From no bake to easy bake, these tangy and mouth-watering recipes will provide a zesty dessert to offer to your friends and family at your next event or gathering. Perfect for spring and summer (or to remind you of warmer days!), lemon is a flavour that everyone loves, especially when it's in a sweet treat!

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Get a little fancy with these swirled lemon bars! A sugar cookie crust hosts a cheesecake mixture that gets topped by a homemade lemon sauce. Use a knife to swirl the lemon sauce through the cheesecake layer. Bake, and then chill until ready to slice and serve.

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Cookies with frosting are little bites of goodness and these are no exception. The lemon-flavored sugar cookie gets a buttercream frosting with fresh lemon zest. Better make a double batch because these will disappear quickly!

Baked Lemon Doughnuts With Lemon Glaze

No deep frying needed for these delectable donuts that you can easily bake in your oven. They come out fluffy and soft with a decidedly lemon profile throughout the cake. Amp up the lemon with a citrussy confectioner’s sugar glaze. So good!

Lemon Curd Mousse

This make-ahead dessert is just the thing to impress your friends and family during spring and summer. It's a layered dessert with lemon curd on the bottom and a whipped lemon mousse on top. It's worth the time to make this homemade treat; it's not something you'll be able to find in the stores! Garnish with blueberries for a little extra yumminess!

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

This layer cake will be the bright spot of any event with its lemony batter infused with poppy seeds for a tasty combo. The cream cheese frosting has a subtle lemon flavor which lets the cake itself shine. Delicious!

No Bake Lemon Layered Dessert

No need to turn on the oven with this no-bake lemon layered dessert! It's full of golden oreos, pudding, cream cheese and whipped topping, all flavored with bright and tasty lemon. The cookies are the crust, followed by a sweetened cream cheese mixture, then the lemon pudding goes down and is topped with a whipped topping. Refrigerate until well chilled.

Lemon Meringue Pie

Hiding under a perfect meringue topping is a classic lemon filling that's tart, delicious and summery. Take the time to make this from scratch, all the way from the flaky crust to the egg-white whipped topping. It's a classic for a reason!

Lemon Loaf With Lemon Glaze

Perfect with a cup of coffee, everyone will love this delicious lemon loaf that stays extra moist thanks to Greek yogurt in the batter. Perhaps the best part, though, is the thick glaze full of lemony goodness that's drizzled over the top and down the sides. Perfection!

Shortbread Lemon Tart

This impressive dessert is perfect for guests but is also easy enough to make to just enjoy when you need something light and citrusy. The lemon filling can be made in a blender and added to a simple crust and baked. Chill before cutting. Sweet!

Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

This dessert is magic - literally! While it bakes, it creates a pudding-like sauce that's both creamy and smooth and light and airy. The top is a sponge cake texture while the bottom is a custard consistency. Full of sweet Meyer lemon, this is the perfect dessert to celebrate summer!

Lemon Streusel Squares

A buttery crust holds the zesty lemon curd filling. The crumbled topping is added and baked. When cooled, drizzle the luscious butter and powdered sugar lemon glaze of the top. Let set before serving.

Easy Creamy Lemon Ice Cream

Homemade lemon curd is the secret to this creamy ice cream. Tart and buttery, this smooth ice cream has a distinct citrus flavor profile that will give you that tangy taste you expect from lemon. It's sweet and refreshing, just in time for summer!

Lemon Coconut Macaroons

You'll be amazed at how easy it is to create these delightful bites of lemon and coconut goodness. Sweetened condensed milk and egg whites are the base for these cookies that get flavored with lemon juice and zest, and of course coconut and chocolate. Easy and perfect for spring and summer.

Lemon Bundt Cake

Sour cream gives this bundt cake an extra tang along with the sunny flavor from lemon juice and zest. Add another layer of citrus with a zesty glaze. This is the perfect cake for a special event!

Lemon Cheesecake

A traditional graham cracker crust holds this cheesecake that's infused with lemon juice and zest. A sweetly tart topping of lemon curd is slathered on once the cheesecake has cooled. Chill well before serving this tasty delight!.

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

No mixer is required to make this awesome cake flavored with lemon juice and zest plus Limoncello for good measure. Olive oil keeps it deliciously soft. All it needs is a dusting of confectioners sugar for a light summer dessert treat.

Lemon Curd Stuffed Cupcakes 

Your friends and family will be surprised with a zesty lemon curd that's hidden inside these cupcakes. Just hollow out the middle of the baked cupcake and spoon in the curd mixture. Top with a lemon buttercream for a delightful citrus dessert!

Lemon Yogurt Squares

An easy dough forms the crust for these summery dessert squares. The lemon filling is bright and tart thanks to yogurt and sour cream. Add crumbled dough on top and bake. Perfect for a backyard BBQ.

Lemon Texas Sheet Cake

Sheet cakes are perfect for big events, and this one is full of sunny lemon flavor. It's finished with a lemon-glazed icing with small lemon sections as a pretty garnish. Sweet!

Sour Cream Lemon Pie

A simple butter crust lets the flavor shine through in this delectable sour cream and lemon pie. The filling easily thickens in about 10 minutes on the stove top producing a smooth and creamy mixture that tastes like lemon sherbet once it's been chilled. Awesome!

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