30 Dessert Recipes Using Lemon Curd

30 Dessert Recipes Using Lemon Curd

Find a sweet use for your lemon curd with these lemon dessert ideas.

Updated 6/4/21

30 Dessert Recipes Using Lemon Curd

Lemon curd is a ubiquitous kitchen staple that always delivers great texture and flavor, so we’re celebrating it here in this collection of 30 Dessert Recipes Using Lemon Curd. Lemon is a flavor that's great year-round, but it's guaranteed to hit the spot in the spring and summer. The pretty yellow color it gives any recipe certainly helps. Combine the sweet and the sour with a lemon curd cake, pie, or bar. The last section is full of assorted lemon curd treats, so make sure to explore.

Many of these recipes have their own directions to make homemade lemon curd, or you can buy from the store if you’re running low on time.

Looking to make something fast? Check out the recipes on this list that start with “easy.”

This list is full of lemony goodness, so whether you feel like making a cheesecake or a trifle, there’s something here for every kind of curd!
 

Lemon Curd Cakes

These picks bring the sour taste of lemon curd for a balanced, sweet and sour combination that pretty much everyone loves. Try out these Poke Cakes for a dessert that looks just as good on the inside as it does on the outside, or add flavor to cheesecakes of any size. Lemon is a classic summer flavor, but if it's too hot outside to bake, add an extra fruit and ignore the oven with the No Bake Lemon Raspberry Icebox Cake. 

Easy Lemon Cream Cake

This light, summery cake has lemon curd between the layers.

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Lemon Poke Cake With Lemon Curd And Whipping Cream

Garnish this lovely poke cake with slices of lemon to make it really stand out.
 

Skinny Lemon Meringue Cake

Top this lovely lower-calorie option with a light meringue.

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Belgian Lemon Tea Cake

Try something a little different and serve this thick, crusty tea cake at your next small gathering.

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Lemon Curd Cheesecake

Top a classic cheesecake with a perfect layer of lemon curd.

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Mini Lemon Cheesecakes with Extra Lemon Curd

Make these cheesecakes in your favorite glass container!

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Layer Cake Of Lemon Mousse

Once you've slid the lemon curd between the layers of this delicious cake, all that's left is to decorate it for spring.

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Coconut and Lemon Poke Cake

Use this tropical combination of flavors to make your guests think of vacation.

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No Bake Lemon Raspberry Icebox Cake

Beat the heat with this creamy cake with Graham crackers separating the layers.

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Lemon Curd Pies

Make a traditional lemon meringue pie with these recipes, or switch up the flavors by adding another fruit in the Strawberry Lemon Pie. If you want something light, whip the filling silky smooth for the Lemon Chiffon Pie. If you're gluten-free, head straight for our easy recipe that promises a great pie in just over an hour.

Strawberry Lemon Pie

Relish the tastes of summer with this easy pie.

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Easy Gluten Free Lemon Meringue Pie

You won't have to be jealous of everyone else when you have this gluten-free option.

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Lemon Chiffon Pie

Use your lemon curd to make a soft, delectable chiffon pie.

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Delicious Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

Test out this classic at your next gathering or lunch party.

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Lemon Curd Tarts and Pastries

Perfect for a party, these lemon curd recipes make individual treats for people to grab and go. Whether you prefer cupcakes or cream puffs, there's a little lemon curd dessert for everyone in this section. Make the Easy Lemon Curd Tartlets for a cute, easily-recognizable, and tangy dessert, or try your hand at pastry with the Mini Lemon Hand Pies.

Lemon Curd Cookies

These cute little thumbprint cookies filled with lemon curd are sweet and pretty to look at.

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Easiest Lemon Curd Tartlets

If you've never made tartlets before, these are a great starter recipe. You can't go wrong with these, because who doesn't love a little lemon tart?

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Mini Lemon Hand Pies

Get ahead with this recipe by using refrigerated dough, or show off your skill by making it homemade.

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Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling and Lemon Whipped Cream Frosting

Want to surprise your guests? The'll never guess these have lemon curd filling in them unless you tell them first.

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Amazingly Easy Lemon Cream Puffs

These cream puffs are pillowy, full of lemon cream, and not too sweet--in a word, dreamy.

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Lemon Curd Bars

There's a lot of ways to make lemon bars, but if you want to bring extra flavor to yours, try one of these Lemon Bars made with lemon curd. Mimic the pie textures with the Lemon Meringue Pie Bars, or make your dessert offering stand out from the rest with a Lemon Curd Shortbread Crumble topped with butter and brown sugar.

Lemon Meringue Pie Bars

Get the great taste of lemon meringue pie but in easy-to-serve bar shape.

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Lemon Curd Shortbread Crumble Slice

These crumbly bars are perfect for a potluck or outdoor party because they're so reminiscent of big family gatherings.

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Lemon Bars

Lemon bars need no explanation, but these have the added bonus of zesty lemon curd breaking up a more creamy texture.

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Unique Lemon Curd Uses

If none of the other dessert recipes using lemon curd have caught your fancy, this is the spot for you. These recipes cover "everything else," from trifle to scones. Impress your adult guests with a Lemon Curd Cocktail or practice your decorating skills with the Simple Meringue Wreath with Lemon Curd and Edible Flowers. If you're thinking about introducing your kids to the kitchen, try helping them make Easy Lemon Bar Muddy Buddies for a school snack. See how versatile your jar of lemon curd can be, or try something out of your comfort zone--the possibilities are endless. 

Lemon Curd Cocktail

Try your hand at bartending while using your lemon curd.

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Lemon Streusel Squares

These lemon squares topped with streusel provide the perfect crunch for a morning or afternoon treat.
 
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Simple Meringue Wreath With Lemon Curd And Edible Flowers

What makes this dessert special is the presentation, so take your time making this meringue look nice.

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Lemon Curd Mascarpone and Earl Grey Amaretto Tiramisu Trifle

This fancy dessert is the definition of a showstopper. Make this to impress your guests!

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Easy Mini Lemon Meringue Pie Cookie Cups

Make these cute little cookie cups for any occasion!

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Easter Cups with Lemon Curd and Cream

These might be your next go-to Easter gathering contribution.

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Easy Lemon Bar Muddy Buddies

These sweet lemony Muddy Buddies make a great snack or dessert.

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Lemon Curd Sticky Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

Switch out your breakfast cinnamon roll for this new option.

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Lilac Mini Scones with Turmeric Lemon Curd

Try this exotic combination of flavors with delighful scones and a lemon curd dipping sauce.

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