Our Best Lemon Desserts Are Sure to Brighten Your Day
When life gives you lemons, make our favorite lemon dessert recipes. From crowd-pleasing sheet cakes to the petite Lemon Custard Tarts pictured here, our best lemon desserts offer a bright bite at the end of any meal. When choosing lemons in the grocery store, they should offer just a little bit of resistance when you squeeze them. If they're too firm, it will be difficult to juice them. Another way to maximize their juice is by storing whole lemons at room temperature; they'll be softer to the touch and will release more juice than if they're pulled straight from the refrigerator. Be sure to stock up on a combination of Meyer lemons and regular lemons, as both varieties are used in these fabulous recipes.
While many lemon desserts are perfect for summer picnics or backyard barbecues, our lemon desserts are fitting year-round. Try making Meyer-Lemon Shortbread Wreath Cookies during the holiday season; there's tart lemon flavor in both the cookies and the glaze. Plus, the combination of fresh herbs, nonpareils, and pearl sprinkles give them a festive finish.
There are plenty of recipes ideal for feeding a crowd here, too. Lemon-Glazed Sheet Cake is perfect to take to a potluck party and is low-maintenance to prepare. Rather than decorating layer after layer, just decorate the top of the cake with lemon glaze and candied lemon zest. Another surefire winner is this showstopping Lemon-Mascarpone Crepe Cake. The lemon flavor comes in the form of a luscious curd filling made with the juice of five lemons.
These sweet and stunning lemon dessert recipes are sure to make you pucker (in the best way possible).
Lemon-Glazed Sheet Cake
Glazed Lemon-Ginger Scones
Meyer-Lemon Shortbread Wreath Cookies
Lemon-Olive Oil Cake
Meyer-Lemon and Hazelnut Tart
Meyer-Lemon and Coconut Layer Cake
Is there any better combination than coconut and lemon? We don't think so, which is why we've created a multi-layered treat made with coconut cake and coconut-lemon curd. The cake is garnished with even more coconut flakes and candied lemon slices for a hint as to what's waiting on the inside.
If you're hosting a more casual gathering where guests will be mixing and mingling, these individual bite-sized tarts are perfect for passing around.
Lemon Shortcakes with Basil Berries
Lemon Pound Cakes with Candied Lemon Slices
Vanilla Sheet Cake with Lemon Cream-Cheese Frosting
Medjool dates have a deep caramel flavor and chewy texture that is a delight to bite into in this riff on classic lemon bars. Date paste is spread over a homemade crust, then topped with a creamy lemon filling and light dusting of powdered sugar.
Lemon Honey Cake
Sparkly Lemon Cookies
Give these lemon cookies the finishing touch they deserve with a sprinkling of coarse sanding sugar. The crunchy topping is a delightful contrast to the cakey texture of the cookies.
Upside-Down Lemon Meringue Pie
This cake is not for the faint of heart—and that's why it's so fantastic. A lemony filling made with eight egg yolks and a cup of heavy cream is plenty rich and indulgent. And it just so happens to be one of Martha's favorites.
Lemon Cornmeal Cake
Pear-and-Lemon Pie with Pate Brisee Crust
Meyer Lemon Upside-Down Cake
One of the secrets to this mesmerizing cake is incorporating the egg yolks and egg whites separately. The yolks add richness and body while the whites create a luscious, light texture—it's pure heaven.
Lemon-Basil Custard Pie with Red Berries
Lemon-Mascarpone Crepe Cake
Want to create a dessert that will truly wow? Nearly two dozen crepes, stacked on top of each other between layers of a light lemon curd, should do the trick.
Meyer Lemon Coffee Cake
Perk up your morning with our sweet, crumbly coffee cake. Sliced Meyer lemons are baked into the batter of this cake for an unexpected tart flavor in each bite. If that's not enough, we've incorporated Meyer lemon juice into the glaze as well.
Lemon-Cranberry Meringue Pie
Take a gander at this beauty. On top of our buttery, flaky pate brisee is a double layer of tart goodness. The first layer is a creamy lemon filling that then gets topped with a thin cranberry gelée and is chilled until set.
Lemon Curd Souffle Tart
We've upgraded a basic lemon tart with a light, mousse-like filling and an all-butter crust. A generous dusting of powdered sugar is the finishing touch.