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Luscious Lemon Desserts

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Lemons are the powerhouses of the fruit world. Their aroma, flavor, and piquancy add freshness to any dish. Desserts, in particular, are the perfect showcase for their bright, refreshing flavor. From our popular lemon bars to silky lemon curd to classic lemon meringue pie, there’s a lemon dessert here to make any occasion a sweeter one.


Triple-Lemon Layer Cake

This light and tender special-occasion layer cake is flavored with lemon, layered with tangy lemon curd, and coated with a voluptuous lemony butter frosting, making it triple-delicious.

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Lemon-Raspberry Crostata

Lemon custard and fresh raspberries are in perfect balance in this rustic Italian tart. Both the dough and the frangipane can be made ahead, making this an ideal holiday dessert.

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Lemon Roulade with Sytrawberry-Mint Salsa

This sweet and tangy cake is served with a topping that combines fresh, ripe strawberries with bright mint and a surprising ingredient: jícama, which adds a wonderful crunch.

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Lemon Pudding Cakes

Pudding cakes combine two crowd-pleasing desserts in one, and though reminiscent of dramatic soufflés, they’re a little easier to pull off. Make and serve these sweet treats in individual ramekins for a special touch.

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Pistachio-Lemon Dacquoise

Pistachio-flecked meringue layers contrast a tangy, creamy lemon curd filling in this stunning dacquoise. Perfect for a special occasion, this make-ahead dessert needs at least 24 hours in the refrigerator before serving, so plan accordingly.

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Lemon Bar Cheesecake

This cheesecake gets a double-dose of citrus from the lemon zest stirred into the filling and a layer of tangy lemon curd spread on top.

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Lemon Custard, Blueberry, and Shortbread Verrines

Buttery shortbread adds sweetness and crunch to the tangy, floral combination of lemon and blueberry in this refreshing dessert.

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Frozen Lemon Cream Cakes with Toasted Meringue

Classic lemon icebox cake gets an impressive update with these individual frozen desserts boasting a graham cracker crust, layers of lemon curd, lemon cream, and toasted meringue, with a rich caramel sauce and fresh berries.

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Lemon Pots de Crème

Pot de crème is a heavenly dessert that's also convenient—you can (and should) make it the day before you plan to serve it, so when it’s time for dessert, all you have to do is pull the chilled custards out of the refrigerator and decorate them with candied zest or flowers, if you like.

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Lemon Icebox Cake

In this light and bright dessert, slices of angel food cake are layered with a luscious lemon mousse right in the cake pan.

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Slow-Cooker Citrus-Lemongrass Rice Pudding

This simple-to-prepare rice pudding—delicious served cold or warm—is creamy and perfumed with the Thai flavors of citrus and lemongrass.

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Not-So-Classic Lemon Bars

These bars start off with a rich, buttery shortbread base. The shortbread is topped with thick, smooth, custardy lemon curd—technically not classic for a lemon bar, but perhaps even better.

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Lemon-Meringue Sandwich Cookies

Lemon meringue pie is the inspiration for these cookies: crisp meringue buttons are sprinkled with gingersnap crumbs (the crust) and sandwiched around a vibrant lemon curd.

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Classic Lemon Curd

If you’ve ever botched a batch of lemon curd (and who hasn’t?) this recipe is for you. The foolproof technique skips the straining and turns out luscious, creamy lemon curd every time. Want more guidance? Watch the video for a step-by-step demonstration.

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Lemon-Chiffon Cake with Raspberry Cream

This chiffon cake, flavored with a double hit of lemon juice and lemon zest, is what angel food cake wants to be when it grows up. A little taller, a little prettier, and a lot sexier.

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Lemon-Coconut Pound Cake

This tender cake is flecked with sweet coconut and lemon zest, with sweet-tart glaze that helps keep it fresh longer.

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Lemon Cheesecake Squares

These sweet-and-tangy squares are what you get when you cross lemon bars with cheesecake.

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Lemon Meringue Pie

With its luxuriously smooth filling and billowy top, this classic dessert is a showstopper. Watch the step-by-step video to ensure a flawless pie.

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