When it comes to desserts, lemons couldn't be a better match for sweet cheesecake batters and candy-like curds. So when life gives you lemons, make one of these lemon dessert recipes.
When life gives you lemons, you're in for a treat. Funnily enough, they're a little bit like eggs; affordable, versatile, and proof that big flavor comes in small packages. And when it comes to desserts, the bright, zingy, tart juice couldn't be a better match for sweet cheesecake batters and candy-like curds, and the fragrant zest that bursts with citrus oils will always bring something to your after-dinner confection that no other ingredient can. So in short: when life gives you lemons, make one of these lemon dessert recipes.
1. Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Pie
Picture a warm spring day with no clouds in sight. Or BBQ on the deck with all your favorite foods. Better yet, a long weekend and a clear calendar. The only thing that could make those blissful moments even better? An ice cold slice of this no bake strawberry lemonade pie.
2. Lemon Pudding Cakes
There's nothing quite as decadent as a sweet treat that's still warm from its time in the oven, and these individual lemon pudding cakes are the apex of those gooey, lava-like desserts. Just dip your spoon in to excavate the soft, golden, citrusy center.
3. Instant Pot Lemon Cheesecake
Decadent lemon desserts are the best kind. It's almost as if lemons were made to be juiced directly into cheesecake batter: thanks to high levels of acidity, they cut through the rich mixture of cream cheese, whole eggs, and heavy cream in this cheesecake recipe that can be made right in your Instant Pot in under an hour.
4. Lemon Meringue Tart
When the classics are this good, there's no reason to stray from them. This lemon meringue pie in tart form is exactly that: a tried and true combination of tender pastry that practically melts in your mouth, bright lemon curd, and peaks of toasted meringue.
5. Lemon Ricotta Bars
These aren't your average lemon bars. Sure, there's shortbread crust and lots of lemon curd involved, but whole milk ricotta and shredded coconut take this dessert to another level, making every bite a symphony of sweet, tart, and creamy perfection.t
6. Meyer Lemon Gin Fizz
Who would have thought that foamy egg whites could pair so well with gin and a splash of Meyer lemon juice? This elevated twist on a classic gin fizz is the perfect way to end a meal. After all, what's better than dessert in the form of a cocktail?
7. Creamy Meyer Lemon Curd Tarts
In case you were wondering, the answer is yes: the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is actually one of these Meyer lemon curd tarts. They start with an easy food processor tart shell and end with a luscious, smooth curd and a dollop of homemade whipped cream. The hardest part of this recipe? Waiting for the tarts to chill.