From lemon tarts to lemon muffins to lemon cupcakes, these are the absolute best lemon desserts around.
Lemon can really add that bit of freshness to your desserts that are particularly delicious in the summer months (but you can use lemon in baking all year-round!)
Try your hand at some of the more technical recipes like lemon tarts, or get creative with lemon cookies or lemon ice cream to have some lemon dessert ideas that are also great for kids.
You’ll find a wide range of dietary needs covered, including gluten free and vegan, so no matter what kind of baking you like to do, you’ll find the perfect lemon dessert recipe idea below!
1. Gluten Free Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
Get ready for the best gluten free lemon poppyseed muffins you have ever tasted!
Filled with a refreshing citrusy flavor, dairy free, and paleo friendly.
Must-Have Baking Tools (seriously)
- Silicone baking mats – I use this brand and my cookies slide right off without burning!
- a cookie scoop – get this one. It makes the perfect rounded cookies every time!
- silicone spatula – try this set. It’s the best way to get the most out of your dough and batters
- rolling pin guides – I use this one. Genius way to roll your dough out evenly!
2. Individual Lemon Pavlovas
These Individual Lemon Pavlovas are light as air with a lovely lemon curd filling and topped with whipped cream.
They are the ultimate finish for any meal from a brunch, afternoon tea to dessert.
3. Frozen Lemonade Pie
This Frozen Lemonade Pie is a no-bake summer delight that will be ready and waiting for you on a hot day straight from the freezer.
4. Rosemary Lemon Olive Oil Cake
Grain-Free Rosemary Lemon Olive Oil Cake is perfectly sweet with a savory rustic flair.
This magnificently unique cake is made with 10 basic ingredients, is remarkably easy to make, and is a show-stopper for entertaining guests.
Dairy-free, refined sugar-free and easy to make sugar-free (keto).
5. Keto Lemon Bars
Easy Keto Lemon Bars made with 6 simple ingredients!
These sugar-free lemon bars include a buttery grain-free almond flour crust with a zesty lemon layer that will knock your socks off!
6. Strawberry Lemonade Bundt Cake
Everything you love about strawberry lemonade can now be found in a simple and delicious bundt cake!
7. Lemonade Popsicles
These homemade lemonade popsicles are super refreshing.
With just three ingredients they are easy to make and perfect to cool off on a hot day.
8. Lemon Bar Cake
All your favorite elements of lemon bars can be found in this delicious lemon bar cake!
9. Lemon Blueberry Cake
This Lemon Blueberry Cake is the perfect dessert for spring celebrations and get-togethers!
Each layer is studded with blueberries and frosted with a bright and refreshing lemon icing.
10. Lemon Cheesecake
This highly requested Lemon Cheesecake uses homemade lemon curd for a bright and sunny flavor.
This recipe is simple and uses NO water bath but yields beautiful, smooth results.
11. Lemon Trifle
Layers of lemony goodness in this easy-to-make lemon trifle!
This is a popular dessert that looks fancy, but is quick and easy to make.
With pudding, cake, whipped topping, and cookies, it’s hard not to fall in love!
12. Instant Pot Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake
Indulge in your Italian dessert cravings with this light & unique Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake – made quickly in your Instant Pot!
13. Lemon Chiffon Sponge Cake
This light dessert recipe uses both the warm foaming method (to make sponge cake) & chiffon mixing method, which helps produce a beautiful cake with a light, airy texture with excellent structure and stability.
That is why it has such a unique name (and texture) Lemon chiffon sponge cake.
14. Lemon Meringue Pie
This vegan lemon meringue pie has a buttery shortcrust pastry, zesty lemon curd and a torched meringue topping.
It’s fresh and tangy, using real lemon juice and zest for an intense tart flavor.
15. Vegan Lemon Cupcakes
Fresh and zesty Vegan Lemon Cupcakes are bursting with flavor!
Each bite is spongy, creamy, and decadent.
Top them with a vegan lemon buttercream for an elegant presentation!
16. Lemon Cake Mix Cookies
These lemon cake mix cookies are possibly the easiest dessert ever!
They’re bright and soft and totally addictive.
17. Vegan Lemon Shortbread Cookies
These tender lemon shortbread cookies are both eggless and dairy-free.
They have a sweet and tangy glaze for a delicious melt-in-your-mouth treat!
18. Vegan Lemon Cake
This moist vegan lemon cake has fragrant layers sandwiched with a lemony dairy-free buttercream.
It’s perfect for springtime!
19. Glazed Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake
Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake is a luscious, lemon pound cake made with beautiful fresh blueberries throughout and glazed with a sweet, tangy lemon icing.
20. Frosted Lemonade
Make this copycat Chick Fil A Frosted Lemonade, a zesty lemon flavored milkshake, using just 4 simple ingredients in the comfort of your home!
21. Mini Lemon Loaf Cakes
These mini lemon loaf cakes make a super cute addition to any dessert table or tea party.
They are free from dairy and eggs too!
22. Mini Lemon Cheesecakes
These Mini Lemon Cheesecakes are delicious little bites of a baked cheesecake topped with homemade lemon curd.
Perfectly proportioned, fresh and lemony cheesecakes are perfect for entertaining.
23. Copycat Nothing Bundt Cake Lemon Bundt Cake
This copycat nothing Bundt cake is a lucious lemon cake with delicious frosting.
It’s an easy recreation everyone will love.
24. Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies
These delicious thumbprint lemon curd cookies are spiced with cinnamon and ginger!
Crispy edges and creamy lemon curd make a good contrast in these cookies.
25. Lemon Rice Pudding
This lemon rice pudding is extra rich and creamy thanks to the addition of sweetened condensed milk, butter and eggs.
It tastes just like a lemon muffin!
26. Lemon Curd Cake
This lemon curd cake is made with two layers of moist lemon cake, filled with lemon curd, and frosted with lemon buttercream frosting.
27. Lemon Poke Cake
Easy and semi-homemade, this lemon poke cake takes just minutes to prepare, but tastes so good they think it was made from scratch.
28. Blueberry Lemon Pastry
Blueberry Lemon Pastry is made with fresh lemon and goat cheese, then topped with plump blueberries and sweet lemon curd on a puff pastry crust.
29. Lemon Ice Cream
Make this lemon ice cream in a blender in minutes!
So quick and delicious and great to have on hand for dessert anytime!
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