Maybe it’s their bright summery flavors, maybe it’s because citrus is in season, or maybe it’s a bit of both!
Lemon recipes are a surefire segue into summer, which makes them ideal for springtime baking. Nothing shouts “spring” from the rooftops louder than a beautiful and zesty lemon dessert.
Should You Use Bottled or Fresh Lemon?
Fresh lemon, always and forever!
There’s just something about the sensory experience of freshly squeezed lemons that can’t be captured in a bottle. The scent, the taste, the freshness – magical. Plus, fresh lemon juice contains much higher concentrations of vitamin C than the stuff that comes in bottles.
How Do You Zest a Lemon?
Zesting a lemon is made easy using a microplane grater for a finely grated zest, or a citrus zester for longer strands. Both of these kitchen tools are quick and easy to use, and worth investing in (IMO)! Here are some other suggestions for zesting lemons:
Potato peeler. A good alternative to quickly zest a lemon if the above tools aren’t available.
Cheese grater. Many boxed cheese graters nowadays have a side with small holes, which works well as a lemon zester.
Knife. A sharp paring knife is best to use when peeling or zesting a lemon.
Lemon Dessert Recipes to Try
From fresh and zesty pies to creamy lemon cheesecakes, these lemon desserts are full of bright citrus flavor and perfect for spring!
A homemade cheesecake recipe made with 100% natural lemon, and no artificial flavors! Lemon zest and lemon juice are the stars of this no-bake cheesecake that tastes pretty close to a ray of citrus sunshine.
Is it just me or is lemon meringue pie a springtime classic? This homemade meringue pie is full of cool and creamy flavor, channeling all kinds of light, fresh, citrusy vibes. Make the whole pie from scratch or take some store-bought shortcuts for extra convenience.
Sour cream brings a level of moisture to these sugar cookies that’s totally irresistible! Deliciously flavored with lemon and frosted with a decadent lemon frosting, these easy drop cookies are perfect for spring.
An easy and kid-friendly recipe for soft and tender lemon crinkle cookies made from cake mix! This cookie recipe takes only 20 minutes to make – and you’ll be dunking them in milk any chance you can get!
A crisp and buttery shortbread cookie recipe with loads of bold lemon and almond flavor, these cookies also happen to be gluten free! You can make a batch of these slice and bake cookies in no time, for an easy gluten free dessert.
Is it breakfast? Is it dessert? It’s both, and it’s simply delicious! If you ever needed an excuse to eat cake for breakfast, this gorgeous lemon blueberry pound cake drizzled with lemon glaze is the answer!
This little loaf cake is packing major lemon flavor! Made with a moist, tender crumb thanks to the combination of Greek yogurt and extra virgin olive oil, this lemon cake is unique in taste and unbeatable in texture!
Light and fluffy cake gets layered with creamy pudding in this easy lemon dessert recipe! It’s a celebration of lemon flavor, with the most amazing texture. You’re going to be licking the bowl that this pudding cake comes in!
Take advantage of your ice cream maker with this homemade dairy-free ice cream loaded with creamy lemon flavor! Bursts of dairy-free cream cheese mingle with bold lemon and crispy vanilla wafers in this easy, summery ice cream recipe.
These lemon cupcakes are super moist and delicious thanks to a secret ingredient – zucchini! You won’t believe that these cupcakes are hiding a sneaky vegetable, the sweet flavors are just so amazing. Especially topped with lemon buttercream!
Delve into layer upon layer of moist sour cream lemon cake and fresh juicy blueberries with this easy dessert recipe. One slice of this cake topped with cream cheese frosting and your taste buds will be dancing!
Tangy and sweet lemon sugar cookie bars are the best dessert bars for warmer weather! Thick and chewy, full of flavor, these cookie bars are frosted with vanilla buttercream in a dessert that’s simple and delicious.
Another dessert bursting with lemon flavor, this lemon icebox cake is a fresh and citrusy twist on a classic old-fashioned dessert! This no-bake recipe comes together quickly, and is sure to carry you through spring and into summer!