Brighten Your Day With These Homemade Lemon Desserts

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32 Lemon Desserts to Brighten Your Day C.W. Newell
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You know how the saying goes: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Sure, that’s a great idea (and one that Ree Drummond often takes advantage of come summertime), but there are so many other ways to use lemons, too. In fact, the only thing that could make a refreshing glass of lemonade better would be to serve it up with a slice of lemon raspberry cake! That’s just one of many lemon desserts on the list ahead. You’ll also find bright and cheery lemon cookies, easy no-bake desserts, and sweet-tart pairings of lemon and blueberry.

Whether you're making bake sale goodies, surprising a friend with a batch of homemade sweet rolls, or simply looking to add some zing to your day, your plans should definitely involve one of these delicious lemon dessert recipes. Ree's got recipes for lemon pound cake, lemon meringue pie, and lemon bars that will become staples on your baking list for years to come. They'll be like a slice of pure sunshine.

A few quick tips before you start baking: If a recipe calls for lemon juice, press and roll your lemons against the counter first before you halve and squeeze them—this will help you get the most juice out of them! And if your recipe calls for juice and zest, make sure to zest your lemon first. Taking the rind off a whole fruit versus a squished half is so much easier. Happy baking, fellow lemon lovers!

Lemon White Chocolate Truffles

These pretty little treats are made with vanilla sandwich cookies, cream cheese, lemon, and white chocolate. Top them off with yellow sprinkles to really make them look sunny and bright.

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David Malosh

Lemon Raspberry Cake

The tender lemon cake and fluffy pink frosting make this cake as tasty as it is pretty. Best of all—there’s a surprise raspberry jam filling inside!

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C.W. Newell

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

These simple cookies are infused with both lemon zest and juice so there's plenty of bright, citrus flavor. They also have a pretty floral stamp design that makes them perfect for springtime!

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C.W. Newell

Ice Cream Icebox Cake with Lemon Curd

Homemade or store-bought lemon curd is the key to making this easy dessert. It's swirled with the vanilla ice cream to give it a pop of tart flavor that's paired with sweet preserves and gingersnap crumbs.

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Caitlin Bensel

Pink Lemonade Sheet Cake

The adorable pink color of this sheet cake will make anyone smile. Not to mention it has the classic flavor combination of strawberries and lemon. It'll remind you of a glass of pink lemonade!

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Ryan Liebe

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

These lemony muffins will feel like a sweet treat in the morning, noon, or night! They even have a crunchy sugar-coated streusel and a lemon glaze on top.

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Will Dickey

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

There are so many variations on crinkle cookies, but these are perfect for spring or summer. The powdered sugar and citrus flavor are like a pop of sweet sunshine in a single bite.

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Caitlin Bensel

Lemon Blueberry Cake

This cake is sweet and tart and so easy to make. You don't need any decorating skills, either. Just top it off with a layer of cream cheese frosting, a sprinkling of fresh blueberries, and lemon zest curls for extra pop.

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Caitlin Bensel

Classic Lemon Meringue Pie

Rich lemon curd meets light and airy meringue in this classic pie recipe. Use a torch or the broiler to get those toasty meringue swirls.

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Will Dickey

Lemon Cake

Not only are the cake layers made with bright lemon flavor but there's also a scrumptious lemon buttercream frosting, too! The edible flowers are option but they really make the cake feel like a springtime treat.

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Will Dickey

Lemon–Poppy Seed Scones

This pastry will brighten up anyone's morning with its tart lemon glaze and crunch from the poppy seeds. Of course, you can always serve it up for afternoon tea or just a sweet treat any time of day.

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Ryan Dausch

Easy No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake

There's no oven required at all when it comes to this easy lemon cheesecake. Just whip it up during the week and you'll have a sweet dessert on the weekend.

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Will Dickey

Lemon Tart

Between the tart filling and the buttery crust, there's something so simple, yet so elegant when it comes to this lemon tart.

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Will Dickey

Lemon-Poppy Seed Cake

Any cake that can be served at breakfast, brunch, or dessert is worth saving in our opinion. This one even has a simple glaze that you can whip up in minutes!

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Will Dickey

Lemon Curd Ripple Ice Cream

It's always homemade ice cream season! You can make both the lemon curd and the ice cream from scratch or take a shortcut with store-bought curd.

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Erica Kastner

Atlantic Beach Pie

If you take lemon icebox pie and key lime pie and mash them together with a salty cracker crust, you get this Atlantic Beach pie. It's so unique!

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Caitlin Bensel

Frozen Lemonade

Made with vanilla ice cream and homemade lemonade, this recipe is the perfect combination of a refreshing beverage and a dessert. It's great for those warm, sunny days.

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Nicole Dubois

Individual Lemon Blueberry Trifle

Serving this trifle up in individual jars makes it so easy to bring on a picnic in the park. It would also make a cute addition to a tea party or bridal shower.

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Erica Kastner / The Pioneer Woman

Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon pound cake is amazing on its own—but it's totally irresistible with a lemony glaze on top!

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Con Poulos

Homemade Lemon Curd

Creamy, tangy lemon curd is used in many of these lemon desserts, but it can also be a dessert in and of itself! Just serve it up over a scoop of vanilla ice cream or with a bowl of fresh berries.

Get the Homemade Lemon Curd recipe.

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Erin Merhar

Lemon Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting

From the floral frosting to the lemony cupcake base. everything about these treats screams springtime! The pretty purple color makes them a cute recipe for Easter too.

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Jessica Merchant

Lemon Icebox Pie

On a warm afternoon, it's hard to beat this chilled lemon pie. You may even find yourself sneaking a slice right out of the fridge.

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Will Dickey

Lemon Bars

These bars are big on crust—just the way Ree likes 'em! They're sweet, tangy, and delicious.

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Con Poulos

Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

Give lemon meringue pie a new twist: This fun take on the classic retro dessert comes in individual-size bowls!

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Con Poulos

Lemon Coconut Pudding Cups

Time for a cup full of tropical flavors! If you've never made pudding before, you're in for such a creamy, dreamy treat. It's made all the better with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

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Erica Kastner

Meyer Lemon, Ginger, and Turmeric Cake

You'll be absolutely amazed by the color of this cake when you slice into it. If you can't find Meyer lemons, you can substitute regular lemons instead. The result will just be a little more tart.

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Bridget Edwards

Double Lemon Cupcakes

Ree's extra-lemony cupcakes have zest in the batter and in the frosting. For the finishing touch, try topping them with candied lemon peel.

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Con Poulos

Lemon Zucchini Coffee Cake

This is a bright, citrusy take on a classic coffee cake—and a great way to use zucchini. Bonus: It tastes even better the next day.

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Bridget Edwards / The Pioneer Woman

Citrus Butter Cookies

These cookies are for lemon lovers—and orange and lime lovers, too! They're packed with three kinds of citrus for extra zesty flavor.

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The Pioneer Woman

Lemon Lime Pound Cake

If you've ever wondered what your favorite lemon-lime soda tastes like in cake form, this is it! The zest on top gives this cake a little extra zing.

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The Pioneer Woman

Blueberry Lemon Sweet Rolls

Lemon and blueberries go together like peanut butter and jelly! The duo makes for an extra-sweet take on traditional cinnamon rolls.

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The Pioneer Woman

Strawberry Lemon Bars

You know and love traditional lemon bars, but now it's time to mix things up. This berry-lemon combo does the trick!

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Chisel and Fork

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