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The 50+ Best Lemon Dessert Recipes For When Life Gives You Lemons

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When life gives you lemons, sweeten your day with these vibrant lemon dessert recipes. Each year during the spring and summer months, I often have so many lemons from my tree I never know what to do with them all. I put together this wonderful collection of the best lemon dessert recipes I’ve found to make some sweet treats for family, friends and nieghbors.

Also, be sure to visit our list of 40 Savory Lemon Recipes to add some zest to your dinner table!

One of my most popular recipes is my Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Cake. It can be challenging to make gluten-free desserts taste just as good as the real thing, but this recipe nails it.

blueberry lemon cake with slices of fresh lemon

1. Gluten Free Lemon Cake with Blueberries (No Sugar Added)

This delicious lemon cake is gluten free and made with fresh blueberries with a lemon drizzle icing. This recipe uses no added sugar and instead uses Monk Fruit Sweetener.
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Another recipe that is my personal favorite is these Raspberry Lemon Muffins. These are wonderful for brunches and special holidays like Mother’s Day and Easter.

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2. Raspberry Lemon Muffins with Coconut Crumble

These Rasberry Lemon Muffins are moist, delicious, and feature a sweet coconut crumble. Included are easy modifications to make this recipe vegan, dairy free, or sugar free!
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The Best Lemon Dessert Recipes

Below are more of my favorite lemon dessert recipes to make throughout the year.

Meyer Lemon Curd Tart with Toasted Almond Crust

3. Meyer Lemon Curd Tart with Toasted Almond Crust

This smooth and creamy lemon curd tart features a buttery toasted almond crust and a sweet whipped cream topping.
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Meyer Lemon Bars

4. Meyer Lemon Bars

Deliciously tart and sweet, these Meyer lemon bars have a tender shortbread crust and a creamy filling.
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Lemon Raspberry Cookies

5. Lemon Raspberry Cookies

These Raspberry Cookies are soft, fluffy, buttery, and bursting with the delicious flavors of fresh lemon and raspberries. Super quick and easy to make and everyone loves them!
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Lemon Popsicles Recipe

6. Lemon Popsicles Recipe

These lemon popsicles have that perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. They’re an easy, refreshing, frozen treat for summer!
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Healthy Lemon Coconut Bread {Gluten-free}

7. Healthy Lemon Coconut Bread {Gluten-free}

This healthy lemon coconut bread is zesty, refreshing and so flavourful! Perfect to serve as a light and healthier treat! Gluten-free.
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Ginger Lemon Mini Pavlova: An Elegant Meringue Dessert | Kitchen Cents

8. Ginger Lemon Mini Pavlova: An Elegant Meringue Dessert | Kitchen Cents

Mini Pavlova meringue cookies flavored with a hint of ginger and topped with sweet whipped cream and tart homemade lemon curd.
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Limoncello Tiramisu

9. Limoncello Tiramisu

A citrusy version of the Italian classic, Limoncello Tiramisu is a no bake dessert that’s easy and elegant. Discover the best recipe for Limoncello Tiramisu.
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Lemon Sherbet - Monica Nedeff

10. Lemon Sherbet – Monica Nedeff

This easy homemade tangy, sweet no-churn Lemon Sherbet is the perfect summer dessert made without an ice cream maker!
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11. Easy Biscuit Base Lemon Meringue Pie

Savour the zesty sweetness of our Lemon Meringue Pie with a biscuit base and creamy condensed milk filling.
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Lemon Curd Cupcakes

12. Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Wonderfully lemony, these gorgeous cupcakes are sweet and soft, with a lemon curd center and a lemon cream cheese frosting. All components can be made ahead.
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Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies - Brunch & Batter

13. Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies – Brunch & Batter

Indulge in the perfect blend of tangy lemon and soothing lavender with these irresistible and buttery lemon lavender shortbread cookies.
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14. Easy Fudgy Lemon Brownies

Sweet, moist, and with an intense lemon flavor, these bars are super simple to make and glazed to perfection. A mouthwatering recipe that brings raves! They keep well and can be frozen.
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Italian Lemon Drop Cookies - Brunch & Batter

15. Italian Lemon Drop Cookies – Brunch & Batter

Lemony sweet and with just the right texture, these Italian lemon drop cookies will rival any bakery purchase. Perfect for Spring!
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16. Sourdough Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake – Sourdough Brandon

This Sourdough Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake features a zesty burst of citrus and the delicate crunch of poppy seeds in a tender and easy sourdough discard cake.
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Lemon Cream Puffs

17. Lemon Cream Puffs

These light and fluffy Lemon Cream Puffs are made with homemade pâte à choux and filled with sweet, velvety lemon cream. They’re a delicious and elegant dessert!
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No Churn Lemon Ice Cream - Make With Mara

18. No Churn Lemon Ice Cream – Make With Mara

This 5-ingredient No Churn Lemon Ice Cream is dreamy and creamy! And, there’s a gorgeous swirl of tangy lemon curd throughout the ice cream.
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No Bake Lemon Cheesecake - Make With Mara

19. No Bake Lemon Cheesecake – Make With Mara

This is the best No Bake Lemon Cheesecake ever! It’s so easy to make, incredibly creamy, and bursting with bright and vibrant lemony flavor.
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Lemon Lasagna

20. Lemon Lasagna

The quintessential lemon dessert, Lemon Lush has the perfect blend of textures with a rich, sweet, and tart lemon flavor you will crave.
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21. Easy Vegan Lemon Cheesecake (No-Bake) – Addicted to Dates

Easy vegan lemon cheesecake with no-bake cookie crust, cream cheese filling and tangy lemon curd. Made in a loaf pan, it makes a small batch.
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Moist Lemon Cupcakes with Fresh Lemon Flavor

22. Moist Lemon Cupcakes with Fresh Lemon Flavor

This post is brought to you by Bob’s Red Mill. Make it better with Bobs. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Bakes by Brown Sugar possible. Made with fresh lemon juice and lemon zest, this Lemon Cupcake recipe has the perfect balance of sweet and tart, with a soft and moist crumb that melts in your mouth. The tangy lemon flavor is paired with a creamy, buttery, and tart lemon buttercream frosting, making these the perfect lemon cupcakes If you’re a lemon lover or simply looking to try something new, these incredibly fluffy lemon
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Soft and Chewy Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

23. Soft and Chewy Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Made with fresh lemon zest and lemon juice, this Lemon Poppy Seed Cookie recipe produces soft cookies that are full of delicious lemon flavor with a satisfying crunch from the poppy seeds. This recipe is perfect for lemon lovers. The cookie dough comes together in minutes, and once it has chilled for at least an hour, you can have fresh baked lemon cookies in less than 15 minutes. I loved working on the recipe for this cookie. One thing I learned is that you can’t have too much lemon. The cookies use a combination of lemon zest and lemon juice
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Lemon Ice Cream (Quick and Easy Blender Recipe)

24. Lemon Ice Cream (Quick and Easy Blender Recipe)

Lemon ice cream is so refreshing, and this recipe is so incredibly easy to make! No ice cream maker necessary, just a blender!
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Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Recipe with Greek Yogurt

25. Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Recipe with Greek Yogurt

Transform your leftover Greek yogurt into a tantalizing dessert! Try our easy and scrumptious Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake recipe today.
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Lemon curd cake

26. Lemon curd cake

This lemon curd cake recipe with cream cheese frosting is a perfect cake to serve on any occasion. This cake is not overly sweet and has a tangy, refreshing flavor and creamy texture.
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Levain Bakery Lemon Cookies

27. Levain Bakery Lemon Cookies

Levain Bakery Lemon Cookies. These soft, thick, chewy, bakery-style Levain Bakery Lemon Cookies are made with three types of lemon flavoring plus lemon chips. You will love these bakery style lemon cookies!
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Lemon Blueberry Cake

28. Lemon Blueberry Cake

Light, fluffy, moist lemon cake with with fresh blueberries with a sweet cream cheese frosting. This is the best lemon blueberry cake recipe!
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Super Moist Lemon Olive Oil Cake Recipe

29. Super Moist Lemon Olive Oil Cake Recipe

With the zesty lemon flavor, soft crunchy texture from cornmeal and ground almonds, plus moist richness from olive oil, here’s one of my go-to desserts:
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Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

30. Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake is a creamy NY-style cheesecake made with the flavors of a classic lemon meringue pie with a ginger cookie crust. #lemoncheesecake
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Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

31. Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes are making dessert easier. Lemon curd fills this butter cupcake, that’s topped with a sweet meringue and torched. #lemonmeringuecupcakes
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Blueberry Lemon Scones with Lemon Glaze

32. Blueberry Lemon Scones with Lemon Glaze

Scones are like biscuits that have an English accent and sip tea with its pinky extended. They’re subtly humble, while being bougie at the same time. Naturally, I love them because they remind me a lot of myself. These particular Blueberry Lemon Scones- with their zingy Lemon Glazed tops- are going to make you pine …
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lemon blueberry cheesecake quick bread - Ninnescah Made

33. lemon blueberry cheesecake quick bread – Ninnescah Made

Lemon blueberry cheesecake quick bread: Fold in blueberries. Using the same bowl, whisk the cream cheese, lemon juice, egg whites and sugar
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Lemon Basil Cupcakes

34. Lemon Basil Cupcakes

These lemon basil cupcakes are a bright cheery cupcake with zesty lemon and herby basil flavors. Perfect for a spring or summer treat.
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Lemon Lavender Cake - Live to Sweet

35. Lemon Lavender Cake – Live to Sweet

This Lemon Lavender Cake is two layers of light, moist lemon cake with a smooth and silky lavender buttercream!
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Lemon Sugar Cookies

36. Lemon Sugar Cookies

Lemon sour cream sugar cookies are soft, tender sugar cookies that have the zing of lemon in both the cookies and lemon buttercream frosting!
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No Bake Lemon Cheesecake - Whisking Wolf

37. No Bake Lemon Cheesecake – Whisking Wolf

Add a little bit of spring to your springform pan with this No Bake Lemon Cheesecake. The perfect balance of sweet and tart on a buttery graham cracker crust
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Lemon meringue tartlets

38. Lemon meringue tartlets

Perfectly tart, subtly sweet and all kinds of refreshing, these lemon meringue tartlets are made with a buttery shortbread crust, a creamy lemon curd filling and a toasted meringue topping.
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Blackberry Lemon Bread | Savor The Spoonful

39. Blackberry Lemon Bread | Savor The Spoonful

This blackberry lemon bread is vegan and gluten-free. It is an eggless lemon cake with blackberries inside, with dairy-free lemon frosting.
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Lemon Blueberry Blondies | Savor The Spoonful

40. Lemon Blueberry Blondies | Savor The Spoonful

These lemon blueberry blondies are dairy-free and so easy to make with no mixer. They are full of blueberries and topped with lemon icing!
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Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake - Cooking Gorgeous

41. Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake – Cooking Gorgeous

Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake topped with a crunchy & lemony crumble is a classic and has many fans including myself.
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Lemon Strawberry Cake

42. Lemon Strawberry Cake

Indulge in the tangy and sweet flavors of summer with our Lemon Strawberry Cake recipe! This delicious cake features a fluffy and
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Lemon Icebox Cake (No Bake!)

43. Lemon Icebox Cake (No Bake!)

This Lemon Icebox Cake is super light, refreshing, and No Bake! The tangy lemons and lemon curd balances out the sweetness of this crowd-pleasing dessert.
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Easy 3-Ingredient Lemon Crinkle Cookies Recipe

44. Easy 3-Ingredient Lemon Crinkle Cookies Recipe

This 3-Ingredient Lemon Crinkle Cookies Recipe is the easiest cookie recipe you’ll make! But don’t let the simplicity fool you– They are packed with sweet, fresh lemon flavor, and the texture is divine!
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Iced Lemon Pound Cake

45. Iced Lemon Pound Cake

Need a new summertime dessert recipe? This iced lemon pound cake is the perfect balance of tangy lemon flavor and sugary sweetness. With a moist and
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North Carolina Lemon Pie - The Short Order Cook

46. North Carolina Lemon Pie – The Short Order Cook

The sweet tart combo of North Carolina lemon pie is made even better when it pairs with a salty cracker crust. Enjoy a big cold slice all summer.
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Lemon Zucchini Bread

47. Lemon Zucchini Bread

This moist and tender lemon zucchini bread is drizzled in a sweet and tangy lemon glaze, adding even more brightly citrus flavour.
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Lemon and Coconut Cake/ Simple Lemon Coconut Loaf Cake |

48. Lemon and Coconut Cake/ Simple Lemon Coconut Loaf Cake |

This coconut lemon cake is super moist and has tender crumbs. It has refreshing flavours with a hint of tartness in every bite. If you are a g
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Lemon Curd Sweet Rolls

49. Lemon Curd Sweet Rolls

Lemon rolls are a lemon-flavored twist on classic cinnamon rolls! They have lemon filling, lemon curd, and lemon cream cheese frosting.
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Roasted Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

50. Roasted Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

This roasted lemon poppy seed cake is packed with fresh citrus flavor and topped with tangy lemon curd and cream cheese frosting. It’s super moist, tender, and perfectly tart and sweet!
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Lemon Yogurt Cake

51. Lemon Yogurt Cake

Sweet lemon yogurt cake with a moist crumb, delicate fresh lemon flavor and topped with a sweet lemon glaze. Perfect for teatime or dessert, this cake is easy to make with simple ingredients and a crowd pleaser!
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Pink Lemonade Mini Cheesecakes -- Easy Recipe!

52. Pink Lemonade Mini Cheesecakes — Easy Recipe!

All the flavors of summer in a perfect handheld bite — these Pink Lemonade Mini Cheesecakes are super fun and easy to make!
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Be sure to bookmark this amazing list of the BEST lemon dessert recipes for the next time life gives you lemons!

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