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 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.

Shaved Brussels Sprout, Meyer Lemon, and Quinoa Salad

Shaved brussels sprouts heat up and sparkle with dried chile and Meyer-lemon juice. Quinoa and walnuts make the salad a super-satisfying lunch.

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.

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 and Coconut Layer Cake

A truly memorable way to feed a crowd, this dessert alternates between moist coconut cake and rich coconut-lemon curd on the inside and is covered with coconut buttercream frosting and shredded coconut on the outside. Homemade candied Meyer lemon slices and fresh mint decorate the top.

Carrot-Poppyseed Cake with Lemon Glaze

Classic carrot cake takes cues from lemon-poppy seed loaf in this elegant hybrid. It has all the warming spices of a traditional recipe, but the tiny, satisfyingly crunchy seeds replace nuts and raisins in the batter. And instead of a thick cream-cheese frosting, it's topped with delicate Meyer-lemon glaze. 

Meyer Lemon Crepe Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 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.

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.

Mango Sauce

Rating: 2.5 stars 24
Mango sauce is a wonderful and healthy alternative to typical waffle condiments like butter and syrup.

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.

Little Lemon Souffles

Rating: 3.5 stars 235
If you're lucky enough to find them, sweet, fragrant Meyer lemons will make this airy concoction a little more special.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our Best Lemon Desserts Are Sure to Brighten Your Day
From glazed scones to a showstopping pie, bake one of our sweet and zesty lemon dessert recipes.
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.
Traditional Meyer Lemon Gelato

Sicilians makegood use of the many citrus groves ontheir island; a traditional breakfast is ascoop of lemon gelato served on brioche. Of course, the combination isalso suitable for dessert.