Zesty Delights: 15 Tempting Lemon Desserts

Krystal Smith

It’s hard to resist the tart, tangy taste of lemons, and they are ideal ingredients for dessert recipes. There is just something about the combination of tart and sweet flavors that gets our mouths watering. We have curated a list of lemon desserts, from the classic lemon meringue pie to lemon bars. These tart, tangy, and delicious lemon dessert recipes will have your friends and family returning for more and begging you for the recipe.

Lemon Meringue Pie Cupcakes

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This is a classic lemon meringue pie in a cupcake format.  It’s hard to resist this super soft lemon pie with the crunchy graham cracker crust.  The addition of the fluffy, sky-high meringue on top is the highlight of these cupcakes.

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No Bake Blueberry Lemon Cake

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This No-Bake Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake is dessert perfection! It’s hard to resist this creamy lemon cheesecake with a buttery vanilla cookie crust. The blueberries on top add loads of juicy deliciousness.

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Easy Glazed Lemon Loaf Cake

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This recipe should definitely be on your go-to baking list if you are a citrus lover.  The lemon loaf cake is much lighter than a classic pound cake but richer than a sponge cake.  The addition of avocado oil helps the cake to stay moist.  

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Lemon Blondies (or brownies)

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If you are a lemon lover, you will want to keep this recipe close. These sweet, moist, lemon-flavored bars are easy to make.  The finger-licking glaze adds to the perfection of these lemon blondies. 

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Lemon Poppy Seed Scones with Lemon Glaze

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These lemon poppy seed scones offer a burst of citrusy flavor with their triple dose of lemon, which is added through lemon zest, lemon juice, and lemon glaze. They only take 20 minutes to prepare and are the perfect way to start your day.  

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Lemon Olive Oil Cake

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It’s hard to believe that this cake can be prepared in 20 minutes.  Rich olive oil, lemon, and yogurt combine to make a rich, delicious cake.  The sweet and zippy lemon glaze on top guarantees that this cake will be a showstopper on your family table.

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Easy Lemon Meringue Tart

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This lemon meringue tart is not only beautiful but delicious.  If you want to show off your baking skills to family and friends at get-togethers, this delicious tart will do the trick.  It has a buttery shortbread crust and a bright, creamy lemon filling, topped with beautiful meringue.

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Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

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These gluten-free lemon bars have a buttery shortbread crust and a creamy lemon filling.  The tart and sweet flavor combination will definitely have your family going back for more!

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Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies

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These lemon curd cookies are the perfect balance between sweet and tart.  They have a delicious sugar cookie base topped with luscious and smooth lemon curd.

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Lemon Icebox Pie

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This Lemon Icebox Pie is perfect for the summertime. This easy, simple icebox pie utilizes condensed milk and a homemade graham cracker crust for the perfect pie.

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Lemon-Cardamom Olive Oil Cake

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This Lemon-Cardamom Olive Cake will soon become your favorite. This upside-down cake has layers of candied lemons, and the cardamom pods add extra flavor to this rich, delicious cake.

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Lemon Stuffed Cupcakes

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These delicious lemon cupcakes are so delicious they are well worth the effort.  If you are a fan of lemon meringue pies, the lemon curd filling will definitely please your palate.  The lemon cream frosting on top makes these cupcakes a definite favorite.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Stuffed Cupcakes

Vegan Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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This vegan lemon cake has a fluffy, moist texture and is packed with real lemon flavor.  This vegan cake utilizes dairy-free cream cheese frosting and an eggless lemon curd filling.

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Lemon Pudding Cookies

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If you are a cookie connoisseur, you will definitely enjoy this recipe!  These lemon pudding cookies will stay soft and chewy for days.  These delicious cookies have a cake-like texture.  However, they also provide just the right balance of tart and sweetness that will keep your friends and family coming back for more.

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Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

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Lemon Lovers rejoice!  These lemon ricotta cookies will have lemon lovers jumping for joy as they eat these little Italian confections. These tender cookies deliver a burst of lemony goodness with every bite.  

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Orange Loaf Cake Recipe

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Looking for a delicious and easy-to-make dessert to impress your family and friends? Look no further than this mouth-watering orange loaf cake! With its perfect balance of tangy and sweet flavors, this cake is sure to become a favorite in your recipe collection.

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Tres Leches Cake

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Gluten-free Tres Leches Cake is made with a combination of gluten-free flours and is just as decadent and indulgent as the original version. Whether you’re gluten intolerant or just looking for a tasty dessert that everyone can enjoy gluten-free Tres Leches Cake is a must-try.

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Vegan Lemon Matcha Marble Loaf Recipe

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This unique dessert combines the bright, zesty flavor of lemon with the earthy bitterness of matcha to create a tantalizing taste experience. Made with simple ingredients like all-purpose flour, almond milk, and vegetable oil, this cake is easy to make and perfect for any occasion.

Get the Recipe: Vegan Lemon Matcha Marble Loaf Recipe

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