15 Sweet Lemon Desserts and Drinks

Dessert,Drinks,Featured Article,In Season,Recipes,Spring,Summer
March 26, 2013

A collection of our favorite lemon recipes that are much more sweet than sour.

Whole Lemonade
Mark Boughton Photography / styling: Teresa Blackburn

Although we’ve all had a lemon of a car, lemons are rarely…lemons. Some may be juicier, some thinner skinned, but they’re always tart, flavorful and reliable. In fact, a squeeze of a lemon can fix anything, from flat vinaigrettes to salsa to sauces. Here lemons star in our favorite sweets—lemon bars, cool pies, zesty cookies and quintessential lemonade.

Whole Lemonade

Best Fresh Lemonade

Fully dissolving the sugar in water is key to great lemonade.

Lemon Snap Icebox Pie

Lemon Snap Icebox Pie

This layered lemon icebox pie is cool and refreshing—the perfect summer dessert.

Brown Sugar Lemon Squares

Brown Sugar Lemon Squares

These powdered sugar dusted squares are the perfect combination of tart and sweet.


How to Make Lemon Sugar

Drying lemons is easy, and they're the perfect ingredient for spring.


Mini Lemon Tarts

These simple lemon tarts are perfect to make with kids.


Lemon-Glazed Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

A tart, crisp cookie from The Good Neighbor Cookbook—ideal for welcoming a new neighbor or gifting to an old friend.


Candied Lemon Slices

A perfect topping for ricotta pie or cheesecake.


French Lemon Tart

Tangy, sweet lemon curd with a splash of cream fills this luscious pie.


Lemon Meringue Pie from Michele Stuart

This pie is absolutely beautiful to behold.

Lemon Cookies

Lemon Slice-and-Bakes

A shortbread with a subtle lemon twist, these go perfectly with tea or hot apple cider.


Lemon Heaven Sundae

Can't get enough lemon? This grown-up sundae's for you.


Easy Lemon Bars

A moist, crumbly bar made with freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Lemon Pudding Cake

Lemon Pudding Cake

An ooey-gooey citrus dessert that's part cake and part pudding.

lemon sherbet

Lemon Sherbet

Pair this lively sherbet with fresh berries or crisp cookies.


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