Are you looking for some delicious dessert recipes that don’t require much effort or time?
If yes, then these 27 Lemon Dessert Recipes are perfect for you. They are simple, quick, and easy to prepare.
The term ‘dessert’ has become synonymous with sweet treats. This is because they are usually served after dinner. And since they are rich in calories, they tend to be consumed sparingly.
However, there are other ways to enjoy them without having to worry about their calorie count. These include cakes, cookies, pies, puddings, and ice creams.
1. Ginger-Glazed Lemon Bundt Recipe
This recipe is perfect for those who are looking for something different. This bundt cake is moist, fluffy, and delicious. A hint of lemon zest adds just enough flavor for it to be refreshing without being too sweet.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- Zest of one lemon
- ½ teaspoon salt
2. Gingerbread Cookies With Lemon Frosting Recipe
This recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies. You can make it gluten-free by substituting the flour blend for the gluten-free baking mix.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups white rice flour
- Zest of one lemon
3. Lemon Ginger Icebox Cake Recipe
This recipe is based on a grandmother’s lemon ginger icebox cake. We love how it tastes like a sponge cake without having to bake one. It’s a perfect treat for summer picnics and barbecues.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Juice of 2 lemons
4. Ginger & Lemon Muffins Recipe
This recipe combines gingerbread spice with lemon zest and lemon juice for a muffin you’ll love.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
5. Lemon Cornmeal Cookies
We just adore this cute little lemon recipe! Cookies are always a great dessert staple, and this recipe is no excuse to rule out how amazing cookies are at any time of the year.
If it’s summer, try this recipe out for something refreshing alongside your dessert and if it’s winter during the holiday season, citrus is all around!
6. Lemon Cheesecake Mousse
We’ve been making lemon desserts for years now. This recipe is a family favorite, and we’ve always enjoyed making it, and now you can too!
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- Zest of 2 lemons
7. Contest-Winning Gingerbread With Lemon Sauce Recipe
This recipe came out of a contest where we had to create something delicious using gingerbread cookies. So many families loved it, and we still make it every Christmas.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 egg yolk
- 4 cups flour
8. Lemon Coconut Truffles
These little balls of cream cheese are perfect for serving as elegant desserts or for making cake pops.
They’re easy to make, require no special equipment, and taste great. You can use either regular cream cheese or a low-fat variety, whichever you prefer.
This recipe uses white chocolate, but dark chocolate also works fine. If you want to add some extra flavor, try adding a little lemon curd to the mixture.
9. Lemon Loaf
The holidays are here, and we’ve got our hands full trying to make sure everyone gets what they want without breaking the bank.
This is why we love baking — there’s always something delicious waiting around the corner.
And while most of us like to eat cake and cookies during the holiday season, we prefer to bake our treats because you never run out of room for dessert.
Here are some of my favorite recipes to help keep you well-fed throughout the holiday season.
10. Lemon Strawberry Trifle
We love trifles. They are easy to assemble and look very pretty. This one uses angel food cake layered with creamy lemon pudding and slices of strawberries.
You could easily substitute some other fruit such as blueberries or raspberries.
For this recipe, you will need to prepare the angel food cake and lemon curd ahead of time. To save time, you can buy both ready-made and follow the instructions on the packaging.
- 2 cups of angel food cake
- 3/4 cup of lemon curd
- 1 pint of sliced strawberries
- 1 cup of whipped cream
11. Lemon Scones With Lemon Glaze
Lemon Scones with Lemon Clotted Cream can’t not be a family favorite once the whole clan has tried it! Bring a few home goods to the table at your next family event to try it out for yourself!
Makes 12 scones
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup sugar
12. Lemon Crème Brûlée Recipe
Crème brûlée is one of those desserts that looks simple enough to make but requires patience and precision.
And while it doesn’t take long to whip up, there are some things you must know before you start baking. This recipe is our favorite because it uses real lemons, rather than artificial flavors.
13. Baked Lemon Donuts With Lemon Glaze
Lemon donut recipes abound, but we prefer the texture of baked ones over fried versions.
And while there are many variations out there, we like to keep things simple. These baked lemon donuts are our go-to because they’re quick and easy to make and taste delicious. Plus, the lemon glaze adds a nice kick.
- 2 cups of flour
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
14. Lemon Macarons
We’re always looking for ways to show the kids how easy life can be sometimes. They love to bake, and we thought these little treats would be perfect for them.
These lemon macarons are super easy to make, and they taste delicious. Plus, they’re fun to eat because they come in different shapes and sizes.
15. Easy Lemon Sorbet Recipe
Got 15 minutes and some martinis? If so, then you have the easiest little treat out there. Sometimes after dinner, all we want is something sweet to finish things off.
And sometimes, we just don’t feel like making anything else. But this lemon sorbet is so simple, fast, and easy to make ahead, that it can be enjoyed even after the big meal.
This recipe is so light, quick, and easy to make, that it can be done ahead of time. When frozen, this dish looks restaurant-worthy when served up in a tall glass.
We personally love martini glasses for this dish.
16. Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake
This recipe combines three of our favorite things: cheesecake, raspberries, and graham cracker pie. You’ll start by making a graham cracker crust and adding some cream cheese to make a smooth filling.
Next, pour the rest of your cheesecake mixture into the pan, and bake it for about 40 minutes.
Once baked, you’ll want to let it cool completely before slicing it up and serving it. Top each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and a few fresh berries, and enjoy!
17. Lemon Marshmallows
Homemade marshmallows are usually fluffier than store-bought ones.
But you don’t need a machine to make homemade marshmallows — just some patience and a little know-how. This recipe makes about 3 dozen marshmallows.
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 large egg whites
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
18. Sweet And Tangy Lemon Creams
This is one of those recipes we’ve been wanting to make forever! We love the idea of making our own homemade treats because you know exactly what goes into it. And, this recipe is super simple to make.
White chocolate and lemon are a classic combination, and adding lemon zest really brings out the citrus notes. If you’re looking for a unique gift idea for someone special, this is it!
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Zest of 2 lemons
19. Classic Lemon Meringue Pie
There are many ways to make a classic lemon meringue pie, but one thing you must remember is to bake the crust blind.
This way, there won’t be any soggy bottoms! To do this, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9-inch pan.
Sprinkle flour over the base of the prepared pan and tap out the excess. Bake the crust for about 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, cream cheese, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and salt.
Pour the mixture into the baked shell and return to the oven for another 20 minutes. When done, let cool completely before serving.
To make the topping, beat the egg whites in a medium bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add the granulated sugar, beating well after each addition.
Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Fold in the lemon zest and lemon juice. Spread the topping evenly over the cooled pie and serve immediately.
20. Lemon Meltaways
We love making our families homemade treats, especially during the holidays. One of our favorite things to make is lemon cookies. They are easy to make, require no baking powder, and taste amazing.
We usually use the same basic cookie dough recipe, but we change it up every once in a while depending on what ingredients we happen to have on hand.
We loved the idea of having a cookie that melts in your mouth but didn’t want to go out and buy special equipment. So, we used a food processor and turned the dough into little balls.
Then, we baked them off and let them cool completely before eating. Once cooled, we added some powdered sugar and dipped each one in melted chocolate. What a hit!
21. Blueberry Cream Cheese Cookies With A Lemon Glaze
We love baking because it reminds us of our childhoods. These cookies are no exception. They’re simple, delicious, and best of all, require minimal effort.
The recipe calls for cream cheese, but feel free to use whatever type you prefer. You’ll find many variations online, including one where the cream cheese is folded into the batter.
This is fine, but folding it in after the cookies come out of the oven gives you a better chance of getting those beautiful swirls across the tops.
We used frozen blueberries here, but fresh berries work well, too. Just make sure you wash them thoroughly before chopping them up.
If you’re looking for a different twist, try sprinkling some powdered sugar over the top before rolling the cookies in it. Or, if you’d rather go old school, roll the cookies in granulated sugar.
22. Lemon Meringue Cookies Recipe
These lemon meringue cookies are perfect for Easter brunch because they don’t require much effort — just melt some butter, add eggs, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and zest, and mix it up.
Then fold in lemon curd, rolled oats, lemon cookie dough, and crushed shortbread cookies. Bake ’em off at 350 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes.
23. Lemon Cupcakes
We love baking cupcakes. They are quick and easy, especially when you use premade mixes.
And while most recipes call for plain old lemons, we prefer zesty lemon cakes. So we found our own recipe for lemon cupcakes—and they turned out delicious.
These fluffy yellow cakes feature a light lemon frosting that’s flavored with just enough lemon juice to make them taste like summer sunshine.
The secret ingredient is lemon curd. When mixed into the batter, it adds extra lemon flavor without overpowering the delicate cake. You could even add a spoonful to the frosting for a little extra citrus punch.
If you don’t happen to have lemon curd on hand, regular store-bought lemon curd works well too. Just mix a teaspoon or two into the frosting.
To give the cakes a fun twist, serve them with sprinkles and a cute straw. Kids will love eating them straight from the paper liners, but we recommend cutting them in half and serving them with a fork.
24. Easy Lemon Danish
This recipe calls for store-bought puff pastry dough, which is perfect because you won’t have to bother making your own. You’ll find the dough in the freezer section of most grocery stores.
If you’re lucky enough to live near a bakery, ask them where they buy theirs. They might even sell some frozen dough.
You’ll want to defrost the dough overnight in the refrigerator, so plan ahead. Unroll the dough onto the prepared pan.
Using a sharp knife, cut out 4 circles of dough. Gently press each circle into a 9-inch round cake pan. Bake for roughly 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
Meanwhile, prepare the filling. In a small bowl, whisk together 3 eggs and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Add the cream cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
Whisk well to combine. Pour the mixture over the cooled crusts. Place the pans in the fridge while you prepare the topping.
In a medium saucepan, bring the milk and butter to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
Stir in the powdered sugar, salt, and cornstarch. Cook another minute, stirring constantly, until thickened.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Let stand for 30 seconds, then pour the glaze over the pies. Refrigerate until chilled, about 15 minutes. Top with whipped cream and berries, if desired.
25. Lemon Raspberry Parfait
Lemon and raspberries are one of our favorite flavor combinations. They go together like peanut butter and jelly — or chocolate and strawberry — and we love how they complement each other.
When we discovered lemon curd paired with raspberry jam, it became even better. This parfait recipe combines both flavors into a lightened-up dessert.
The lemon mousse is airier than traditional ones, and the raspberries add a bright pop of color and tartness to the sweet treat.
If you don’t want to spend too much money, use frozen berries. You’ll still enjoy the same delicious combination.
26. Coconut-Lemon Ice Cream Cake
Summer barbecue season is upon us, and what better way to enjoy the warm weather than with a slice of ice cream cake?
This coconut-lemon ice cream cake is light and fluffy, thanks to the addition of whipped egg whites. It’s perfect for summer parties and picnics.
The best thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t require any baking skills.
You’ll just need to whisk together three ingredients—egg yolks, lemon juice, and granulated sugar—and mix in coconut milk while whipping up the egg whites. Then pour everything into a spring-form pan, bake, and let cool.
This recipe is one we’ve been making since my childhood days in Hawaii, where we’d go camping every weekend.
Back then, there wasn’t much food around, so I remember eating lots of different types of desserts.
When we moved away from home, we came across this recipe online and thought it looked like something we could easily replicate.
27. Lemon Blackberry Cheesecake Bars
You’ll find yourself reaching for one of these beauties every time you walk into the kitchen. They’re rich, creamy, flavorful, and loaded with fruit.
And there’s no baking required—just mix everything together and chill overnight. This recipe makes about 16 small squares, perfect for a party.
Frequently Asked Questions
How To Store Lemon Melt Away Cookies?
Lemon Melt away Cookies are one of our most popular cookie recipes (see also ‘40 Easy Cookie Recipes We Can’t Live Without‘). They’re soft, sweet, and melt in your mouth. If you’ve ever had them, you know how amazing they are.
But what happens if you don’t eat them within a day or two? Do they still taste good? Can they go wrong? And how do you store them so that they’ll keep tasting great even after several days?
If you want to make sure that your cookies won’t lose their freshness, you should try storing them somewhere where there’s no humidity.
This includes places like the freezer or fridge. Just make sure that they aren’t exposed directly to cold temperatures because that could cause them to freeze solid.
If you’d rather store them somewhere that doesn’t require refrigeration, try placing them on a plate or baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Parchment paper prevents moisture from getting into the cookies, keeping them moist. You can cover it loosely with plastic wrap, or place another piece of parchment paper on top of the plastic wrap.
What Is A Lemon Bar?
Lemon Bars are basically sugar cookies baked inside a butter cookie shell. They’re light, fluffy, and delicious. We love lemon anything, so we had no problem trying out this recipe.
The first step is to make the dough. You’ll want to mix together your flour, baking powder, salt, and shortening. Once those three ingredients are combined, add your eggs one at a time.
Then fold in your zest and juice. After everything is well mixed, place your dough into the refrigerator for about half an hour. While you wait, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once your dough is chilled, roll it out onto a large piece of parchment paper. Cut the circle into 12 equal pieces. Bake each one for 10 minutes. Let cool completely before adding the filling.
Looking for the perfect lemon dessert recipes? We’ve got you covered. Whether it’s cake, cookie, bar, pudding, or something else entirely, we’re sure there’s a recipe here to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
These are some of our favorite lemon desserts around the web.
We’re not usually fans of pie, but when it comes to lemon meringue pie, we can’t help ourselves.
The combination of tangy lemon filling and sweet meringue topping is absolutely divine. And that’s just one of our amazing recipes featured above!
Ginger and lemon are a match made in heaven. And we’re here to prove it. Whether you’re looking for a refreshing drink or a savory side dish, there’s something special about adding both of these delicious flavors together.
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