Meyer Lemons

Sweet and juicy, Meyer lemons are prized by chefs and loved by home cooks. Bright yellow in color, they're plumper and less acidic than regular lemons, with thinner peels and a more floral scent.

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Meyer-Lemon Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Almost too pretty to eat, these festive wreath-shaped shortbread cookies are infused with Meyer lemon and adorned with sugared rosemary and thyme.

Miso-and-Honey-Glazed Carrots

With a salty, umami edge from the miso, brightness from the Meyer lemons, and a touch of sweetness from the honey, this is a next-level carrot recipe.

Meyer Lemon Pound Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 236
A crack or crevice along the top of a pound cake is a good thing—especially when it's filled with a sweet Meyer lemon glaze.

Meyer Lemon-Orange Bitters

Rating: 3 stars 7
Making your own bitters is a labor of love, so use the highest-quality ingredients you can, such as unwaxed organic citrus and top-shelf vodka. Gentian can be found online or at some health-food stores.

Cacio e Pepe with Lemon

Rating: 4 stars 35
Cacio e pepe is practically synonymous with Pecorino Romano -- but Pecorino clumps when cooked. Add it at the end, instead, which also makes the most of its sharp flavor. Lemon adds spunk -- that is, acidity and freshness.

Rustic Meyer Lemon Tart

Rating: 3.5 stars 210
The delicate flavor of Meyer lemons can get lost in the shuffle of most lemon desserts. But this recipe is the perfect reason to seek out the special citrus; the simple curd filling really lets them shine. The dish was inspired by recipes in " Chez Panisse Desserts," by Lindsey Remolif Shere.

Quick Preserved Lemons

This secret weapon for authentic Middle Eastern fare usually takes weeks to make, but if you use finely sliced thin-skinned Meyer lemons, you can re-create the unique flavor and texture overnight. Finely chop and add to vinaigrettes, tagines, and marinades.

Meyer Lemon Coffee Cake

Rating: 3 stars 482
Layers of thinly sliced Meyer lemons lend a mellow complexity to this otherwise classic dessert. Thought to be a cross of a lemon and a mandarin, the fruit has an orange cast, a thin rind, and a heavily perfumed flesh that's valued by chefs.

Preserved Meyer Lemons

When a Meyer lemon is fully ripe, its thin, smooth skin should be a rich yellow-orange. Use these preserves in salads or stews, or whisk the pulp into a salad dressing or a Bloody Mary.

Winter Solstice Cocktail

Rating: 3.5 stars 234
This cocktail recipe is courtesy of Charles Corpion from The Four Seasons.

Mulled White-Wine Sangria

Rating: 3.5 stars 356
Punch is easier to prepare than individual cocktails -- especially when entertaining a crowd.

Inspiration and Ideas

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Meyer Lemon Crepe Cake
Rating: Unrated 108
Used in the curd and the candied topping, Meyer lemons subtly elevate this luscious dessert. The candied lemons, crepes, and filling are all make-ahead ingredients that can assembled just before serving.
Meyer Lemon Lace Tuiles
Rating: 5 stars 5

These tuiles are as buttery and light as the traditional version, but they have an added sparkle and tartness, thanks to the addition of Meyer lemon. Their tubular shape is achieved by rolling the disks around the handle of a wooden spoon while they are still warm from the oven.