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20 Lovely Lemon Dessert Recipes

Lemon desserts are so fresh, tart and sweet. They make the perfect addition to your party or celebration!

By: Jamie Garcia, Editor, RecipeLion.com
Updated March 16, 2018
20 Lovely Lemon Dessert Recipes

Our collection, 20 Luscious Lemon Dessert Recipes, showcases all the many, varied and delicious ways lemons can be used to add flavor to a dessert menu. These easy-to-make recipes are perfect for entertaining and a wonderful way to enjoy the summer weather. The burst of lemon with each dessert is enough to satisfy any sweet tooth. From cakes and pies to squares and bars, there is no shortage of lemon desserts to try. Tangy and sweet, these recipes bring a fresh and light quality to dessert that is often lacking in other, heavier and indulgent recipes. This list of lemon desserts will give you plenty of inspiration for spring and summer parties, potlucks and holidays, however, we'd be lying if we said these delightful recipes aren't worth making during any time of the year.

Lemon Cake Recipes

Coconut and Lemon Poke Cake

A perfect party dessert, these lemon cake recipes will bring fun and flavor to any event. The editor’s pick for this section is the 2 Ingredient Luscious Lemon Cake. That’s right, only two ingredients! This cake is incredibly easy to make and is full of the wonderfully tangy flavor famous in all lemon dessert recipes.

  • 2-Ingredient Luscious Lemon Cake

    Talk about a perfect dessert! This 2-Ingredient Luscious Lemon Cake only requires 2 ingredients, comes together quickly, and is light, moist and full of lemon flavor.

  • Heavenly Lemon Angel Food Cake

    Angel food cake is not only easy to make and super delicious, but it is also a healthy alternative to your regular birthday cake. This homemade cake recipe is simply delightful.

  • Copycat Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake

    Between the luscious lemon cream filling and the divine vanilla crumb topping, it's no wonder that the lemon cream cake is one of Olive Garden's best-selling desserts.

  • Pink Lemonade Layer Cake

    Transform that box of white cake mix in your pantry into something fabulous with this recipe. Pink Lemonade Layer Cake is the perfect cake for a birthday party or other occasion.

  • Lemon Pudding Poke Cake

    It's hard to believe that three simple ingredients are all you need to create this luscious Lemon Pudding Poke Cake, but it's true!

  • Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake

    A potluck staple that is sure to remind you of those good old summer days of your childhood, this Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake tastes just as good as it looks... we promise!

  • Lemon Lush

    This Lemon Lush dessert is the perfect way to get ready for spring. This recipe calls for a shortbread crust, a layer of cream cheese, a layer of lemon pudding, and is topped off with a layer of whipped cream.

  • Lemon Magic Cake

    You'll never believe how good this Lemon Magic Cake is! It's a simple lemon cake recipe made with one batter that separates into three different layers while baking. 

  • Skinny Lemon Meringue Cake

    "Starting with a cake mix or scratch vanilla cake, this poke cake is covered in homemade lemon curd (or use store bought for a shortcut) and easy meringue. It's a great light dessert for spring or summer!"

Lemon Pie Recipes

Italian Lemon Crostata

If you know what you love, then stick to it. These lemon pie recipes are the original lemon desserts, and it doesn’t get much better than this. If you’re feeling particularly crafty, try this recipe for Mason Jar Lemon Meringue Pies.  An individualized summer treat, these mason jar pies are incredibly easy to make. This is one of many lemon dessert recipes guaranteed to impress at any get-together.

  • Mini Lemon Hand Pies

    Bite sized desserts are some of the best treats to serve at a party or just enjoy for a snack. These Mini Lemon Hand Pies are buttery and flaky pie crust filled with lemon curd and drizzled with white chocolate.

  • Old Fashioned Amish Lemon Sponge Pie

    Lemon sponge pies are very typical Amish recipes, and this one is an age-old favorite. Old Fashioned Amish Lemon Sponge Pie is an easy pie recipe that makes a refreshing lemon pie, which is served chilled.

  • Lemon Icebox Pie

    Lemon Icebox Pie is a Southern dessert named “icebox” because in old times it was set in the refrigerator rather than baked. This is a no bake, eggless and lower-in-fat version. There are many variations of this recipe.

  • Lemon Angel Pie

    Lemon Angel Pie will become one of your new favorite desserts. This lemon cream pie is a light summer dessert that has a hint of sweet citrus flavor in the filling. This pie is very similar to lemon meringue pie.

Lemon Bars and Lemon Squares

Lemon Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bars

Bring a huge platter of lemon bars and lemon squares to your next party, and watch them disappear before your eyes! Nothing gets eaten up faster than a handheld mix of sugar and lemon. And for those days when it is just too hot outside to even consider turning on the oven, try the Lighter No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Bars. A delightfully sweet and tangy summer treat, it is one of the best lemon dessert recipes to cool off with on a warm summer night.

  • Lighter No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Bars

    "This no bake lemon cheesecake recipe is simple, full of lemon flavor, and lighter than a traditional cheesecake recipe, making it the perfect summer dessert!"

  • Lovely Lemon Pie Bars

    "These Lovely Lemon Pie Bars are the perfect way to liven up your senses again after a long winter slumber. Bursting with citrus flavor, they're also a great dessert recipe for Easter."

  • Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

    For the perfect summer dessert, make these Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars. Every square contains layers of graham cracker crust, lemon cheesecake, and strawberry swirl.

  • Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

    Have you been looking for an easy cheesecake bar recipe? This one for Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars is the stuff that dreams are made of!

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OMG, these all look amazing. Lemon is my favorite dessert by far. Love this collection.

These all look so good! The Italian Lemon Crostada looks especially elegant.

There's something settling about lemon after a meal. I think it just seems to settle the stomach. Maybe its the acid, I am not sure but when you've eaten there is something very satisfying about lemon which seems to round up a meal. I have a friend who always brings over a lemon dessert every time I invite her for a meal. I always look forward to that dessert. Now I have some of my own to make!

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