27 Delicious Lemon Desserts

Life giving you lemons is pretty much the best thing that can happen.

Typically, a recipe will call for either a lemon or a meyer lemon, and it’s important to understand the difference.

Regular lemons are intensely sour and very potent, whereas meyer lemons aren’t as acidic, and have a subtly sweet, floral flavor. Also, meyer lemons are more orange in color, and have smoother skin.

Substituting one for the other won’t make a recipe taste bad, exactly, it’ll just taste different. Better to go with whichever variety is suggested.

1. Lemon Ginger Cheesecake


Who knew that when lemon met Cool Whip, something so… elegant would happen. Recipe here.

2. Easy Lemon Cake with Marshmallow and Toasted Coconut Frosting

With marshmallow frosting, you get the pretty effect of meringue without having to understand the annoyingly subtle difference between a “soft peak” and a “stiff peak.” Recipe here.

3. Lemon Pudding with Mini Poppyseed Meringues

Recipe here.

4. Coconut Cupcakes with Lemon Curd, Vanilla Whipped Cream and Toasted Coconut

Lemon curd > frosting, any day. Recipe here (with the lemon curd recipe hidden over here).

5. No-Bake White Chocolate Lemon Truffles

So, there’s no actual lemon, but these get points for unbeatable simplicity. Recipe here.

6. Lemon Curd Pistachio Sundaes

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A sundae bar for grown-ups. Recipe here.

7. Macarons with Lemon Buttercream Filling

Macaron recipe here, buttercream recipe here.

8. Lemon Panna Cotta with Lemon Marmalade

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Recipe here.

9. Lemon Poppyseed Donuts

Recipe here.

10. Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Filling and Meringue Frosting

Recipe here.

12. Warm Lemon Pudding Cake

Still confused as to whether this is pudding OR cake OR something entirely new. Honestly, though, it doesn’t really matter. Recipe here.

13. Buttermilk Lemon Chess Pie

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Recipe here.

14. Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Recipe here.

15. Lemon Ricotta Pies


Just a touch of lemon zest is enough for these delicate ricotta pies. Recipe here.

16. Meyer Lemon Macadamia Nut Tart

Recipe here.

17. Meyer Lemon Soufflés

I literally gasped at the sight of this. Recipe here.

18. The Best Damn Meyer Lemon Cake

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No frosting. No dusting. No artful presentation. This cake literally has nothing to prove. Recipe here.

19. Meyer Lemon Curd and Chamomille Vanilla Mousse

Recipe here.

20. Meyer Lemon Molten Cakes


Oozin’ curd. Recipe here.

21. Meyer Lemon and Poppy Seed Poundcake

Recipe here.

22. Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Ice Cream

An extra tart, cold treat. Recipe here.

23. Meyer Lemon Crinkle Cookies

WARNING: it’s truly impossible to eat just one. Recipe here.

24. Meyer Lemon Marshmallows

Recipe here.

25. Meyer Lemon Pastry

Candying the lemons makes them sticky-sweet and the perfect pastry topping. Recipe here.

26. Meyer Lemon Crepe Cake

You could even serve this for brunch if you were feeling something sweet (and ambitious). Recipe here.

27. Meyer Lemon Cheesecake with Biscoff Crust

What is biscoff, you ask? Only the most addictive little cookie that’s ever existed. Recipe here.

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