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23 Best Lemon Desserts

Wondering what desserts can be made from a whole lot of lemons? Try these 23 Best Lemon Desserts to put a fresh spin on any sweet ending. From zesty bars to cakes, no-bake desserts, and creamy lemon pies infused with sunny citrus, there’s something for everyone.

Overhead view of lemonade cake topped with frosting swirls and lemon slices, with a slice cut into it.

The Best Lemon Desserts for Spring (and Beyond)

With spring around the corner, I am ALL about a lemon dessert. Lemon squares, lemon cake, lemon pie – gimme! You name the dessert, and I can’t get enough. Lemon treats are a perfect way to put a fresh spin at the end of any meal.

There’s something irresistible about desserts made with lemon. The sweet and zesty je ne sais quoi of sugar and citrus. After the richness of winter-worthy desserts like Pumpkin Cobbler and Bread Pudding, it’s a refreshing change.

Below, I’ve rounded up all the best and brightest, lemony desserts on the blog. Now that the warmer temperatures are here, I am planning on baking my way through this list ASAP.

Why You’ll Love These Recipes

What makes this the ultimate list of lemon desserts? Here’s why you’ll want these recipes on repeat all season (and then some):

  • Perfect for spring. Warm temperatures are here, people. I am more than ready to herald them in with fresh desserts bursting with sunny flavors. Who’s with me? (Psst… These lemon recipes are also great for Easter!)
  • Simple. Mouthwatering desserts don’t need to be complicated. The aim of these zesty treats is to keep things simple and delicious, with easy ingredients.
  • Full of lemon flavor. Most of these recipes call for real, fresh lemons for the best possible flavor. 

23 Easy Lemon Dessert Ideas to Try

Who’s ready for some fresh and easy lemon desserts? Below you’ll find everything from lemon bars to blondies, to lemon cakes, cheesecakes, and more.

Lemon icebox bars arranged on a white cloth.

Light No Bake Lemon Icebox Bars

You had me at no bake! These lightened-up lemon bars take less than 30 minutes to make and set up in the fridge overnight, for an easy make-ahead dessert.

A stack of three lemon cream cheese bars surrounded by lemon slices.

Easy Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

Zingy lemon and tangy cream cheese pair perfectly in these simple yet scrumptious lemon bars. The filling is rich and creamy between delightfully crumbly layers.

Front view of a lemon poppy seed pound cake cut into slices.

Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake

This moist and flavorful lemon pound cake recipe is dotted with poppy seeds and is so delicious. I like to think of this cake as a giant version of a lemon poppy seed muffin, that’s just as soft and fluffy.

Overhead view of a glazed lemon curd pound cake cut into slices.

Lemon Curd Pound Cake with Limoncello Glaze

Another easy pound cake recipe, this time with ribbons of creamy lemon curd throughout. Topped with a homemade Limoncello-infused glaze? So dreamy.

A slice of lemon cream pie on a plate.

Lemon Cream Pie

This easy lemon pie is made from tangy no-bake lemon cream filling set inside a crisp Nilla wafer crust. It’s a totally mouthwatering dessert that’s incredibly easy to make.

Frosted pistachio lemon bundt cake garnished with crushed pistachios on a square plate.

Pistachio Lemon Bundt Cake

A delicious bundt cake made with mild, nutty pistachios paired with bright lemons is giving serious Mediterranean vibes. If you love pistachio desserts like baklava, you’ll love the combination of flavors in this lemon cake recipe!

A slice of lemon chiffon cake on a plate.

Lemon Chiffon Cake

You’ll be blown away by the soft and fluffy lemony crumb of this incredible lemon chiffon cake. Frosted with sweet lemon buttercream, it’s the perfect Easter dessert.

A slice of lemonade pie on a plate with a fork in the foreground.

Lemonade Pie

Look no further for your next summer pie recipe. This one’s a keeper! Lemonade pie tastes like a tall, cool glass of lemonade wrapped up inside a smooth and creamy (almost) no-bake dessert.

Slice of No Bake Strawberry Lemon Icebox Pie on a plate.

Strawberry Lemon Icebox Pie

This no-bake strawberry lemon icebox pie is a one-two punch of summer fruit, made from creamy, sweet-tart lemon pudding filling dotted with fresh strawberries.

A slice of Lemon Chess Pie on a plate

Lemon Chess Pie

You’ve heard of chocolate chess pie, now meet its fair-weather cousin! This easy chess pie still has all that irresistible creaminess of the original, infused with fresh lemon juice and zest.

Lemon Blueberry Whoopie Pies on a plate

Lemon Blueberry Whoopie Pies

Try these soft and cakey sandwich cookies bursting with zesty lemon flavor and juicy ripe blueberries. Filled with lemon cream cheese frosting, these homemade whoopie pies will have you hooked.

A Lemon Meringue Cheesecake on a cake stand with a slice missing.

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Get ready to do your happy dance! After one bite of this heavenly homemade lemon cheesecake topped with fluffy meringue, you won’t be able to contain the excitement.

A stack of three coconut lemon squares held up on a small rectangular plate.

Coconut Lemon Squares

Wait until you sink your teeth into these creamy lemon bars with a tropical coconut twist. This easy dessert bar recipe is perfect for potlucks. Just watch them vanish from the table!

Lemonade cake topped with frosting swirls and lemon slices, with a slice cut into it.

Easy Lemonade Cake

Turn a humble lemon cake mix and a can of frozen lemonade into this delicious and easy lemonade cake, frosted with tangy cream cheese frosting.

Three lemonade brownies next to lemon wedges on a yellow plate.

Lemonade Brownies

I should really call these blondies – they’re definitely blonde in color, and full of bright, sun-kissed lemon flavor. These dessert bars are also so easy to make, you’ll want to whip up a batch every week!

A frosted Pink Lemonade Chiffon Cake on a cake stand surrounded by tufts of pink chiffon.

Pink Lemonade Chiffon Cake

This pink lemonade chiffon cake conjures up images of tutus in the best possible way. Soft, airy layers of lemon cake made from pink lemonade and egg whites are filled with rich pink lemonade frosting.

A thick slice of Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake next to the rest of the cake.

Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake

This is a fun spin on my 7UP bundt cake (see below) made with lemon-lime soda and infused with the sweet-lemon flavor of Meyer lemons.

A small bowl of white chocolate lemon truffles, with one truffle cut in half.

Lemon Cream Truffles

These sweet and velvety white chocolate truffles are rich, buttery, and bursting with lemon flavor. Like little bites of sunshine!

A stack of three Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars topped with whipped cream and a strawberry on a wooden board.

Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

You’ll love this simple recipe for rich lemon cheesecake layered with fresh strawberry filling. Set in a lemon zest-infused pastry crust, it’s the perfect dessert for spring and summer.

Close up of a lemon meringue rice krispie treat on a marble surface, with more krispie treats in the background.

Lemon Meringue Krispie Treats

This recipe for perfect homemade Rice Krispie treats gets a jolt of fresh lemon flavor and a thick layer of fluffy meringue. The result is 100% irresistible!

Assorted White Chocolate Lemon Blondies arranged on a wooden serving platter, with utensils in the background.

White Chocolate Lemon Blondies

Try these easy lemon blondies filled with white chocolate chips. They’re perfect for gifting and sharing!

A 7UP pound cake covered with lemon icing.

7UP Cake

A soft drink? In a cake? You bet! This 7UP bundt cake is the ultimate lemon dessert, flavored with lemon-lime soda and drizzled with a creamy lemon glaze.

Assembled Berry Pound Cake Trifle in a glass trifle dish.

Pound Cake Trifle

Sweet and zesty lemon curd is layered with spongey pound cake, whipped cream, and fresh fruit in this classic trifle recipe. Make it for all your spring occasions!

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