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6 Delicious Lemon Dessert Recipes That'll Make Your Taste Buds Tingle

Got love for lemon? Well, you're going to love them even more in these six delicious lemon dessert recipes we picked out for you. Try these lemon recipes today!

It's warming up and summer is right around the corner. Do you know what that means? Picnics, potlucks, and barbecues with delicious food. 

Summer is peak grow and harvest period for many fruits, such as peaches, mangos, cherries, and lemons. If you grow lemons in your backyard(or would like to) you should know how to use them. Want to know how to put those lemons to good use? 

Check out our picks for the top 6 lemon dessert recipes to make with your summer harvest this year! 

Lemon Dessert Recipes 

Tangy, sweet, and just the right amount of sour. These lemon desserts are certain to please. 

1. Lemon Bars 

Lemon bars are a longtime crowd favorite. For these treats, you’ll need: 

Filling: 

  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 6 tbsp flour 
  • 6 eggs 
  • Juice from 4 lemons 
  • Confectioner’s sugar to top it off (optional)

Crust: 

  • 1 cup butter 
  • ½ cup sugar 
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • 2 cups + 2 tbsp flour 

These bars can be stored in the freezer for up to 3-4 months for later consumption. 

2. Lemon Meringue Pie 

Whether it's for a showcase or a counter, you'll love this lemon meringue pie recipe. For this recipe, you'll need: 

Filling: 

  • 4 egg yolks 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • ⅓ cup cornstarch 
  • 2 tbsp flour 
  • 1 ½ cup water 
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest 
  • Juice from two lemons
  • 4 tbsp butter 

Meringue: 

  • 4 large egg whites
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar 
  • ⅓ cup sugar 

Store and serve pie at room temperature. 

3. Lemon Dessert Cups 

If you are gluten-free, consider these lemon dessert cups. You'll need: 

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of gluten-free lemon wafers 
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese 
  • 8 ounces of whipped topping 
  • 3 lemons 

You can serve these dessert cups in mason jars, wine glasses, or cute ramekins!

4. Lemon Crinkle Cookies 

For these sweet, tart, melt-in-your-mouth cookies, you'll need:

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar

Add some white chocolate chips for some added sweetness. 

5. Pistachio Lemon Bundt Cake 

The combination of the savory pistachio flavor and tangy lemon makes this cake a real delight. You'll need: 

  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups shelled, roasted pistachios
  • 1 ½ cups butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup light rum

To pack a real punch, drizzle this cake with a lemon glaze before baking. 

6. Baked Lemon Blueberry Donuts 

The peak season for blueberries is June-August, which coincides with lemons, making these fruits the perfect duo. For these baked lemon blueberry donuts you'll need: 

Batter: 

  • ¼ cup butter 
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¾ cup sugar 
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp lemon zest 
  • 1 cup buttermilk 
  • 2 ⅔ cup flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup blueberries

Optional glaze:

  • 2 cups Confectioner's sugar 
  • 1-2 tsp lemon zest
  • 7-8 tbsp fresh lemon juice 

Feel free to add more lemon zest or juice to create a zesty bite. 

Try These Lemon Desserts Today! 

We hope this article of delicious lemon dessert recipes has inspired you to make something great. Instead of running to the grocery store every time you need lemons, you could have your own backyard supply by growing your own lemon trees or by subscribing to our fresh new citrus subscription box!

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