9 Ways to Win the Dessert Course with Lemon

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Lemon bars and cakes and pies, oh my! This staple citrus is surprisingly versatile and can be added to a number of desserts to create the perfect combination of tart and sweet.

Try mixing lemon with blueberries for a refreshing, fruity dessert, or adding the flavor to whipped meringue frosting for a special treat. Check out our favorite lemony recipes below for even more dessert inspiration.

Lemon Cake with Lemon Meringue Frosting (pictured above)

Crushed raspberries, spread generously between layers of buttermilk-lemon cake and fluffy meringue frosting, bring bright, fruity flavor to this dessert.

Magic Lemon Meringue Pie

The magic ingredient in Trisha Yearwood’s recipe? A can of sweetened condensed milk, mixed into the lemony filling. It makes this pie, featured in Food Network Magazine, rich and creamy.

Lemon Icebox Bars

These simple icebox bars take only 25 minutes of prep time before going into the freezer overnight — no baking necessary.

Lemon Bars

No rolling or kneading required: The base of Ina Garten’s fan-favorite lemon bars is made from shortbread dough, which can be made in an electric mixer and pressed right into the pan. When it comes to the filling, it’s all about the balance of tart lemon juice and the sweetness of sugar in the rich, creamy curd.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

The addition of creamy ricotta cheese to these cakey cookies guarantees a moist finished product.

Fresh Lemon Mousse

Homemade mousse that’s easy? Yep, it’s possible, with Ina’s foolproof technique. The whipped egg whites will guarantee a light, airy finished product.

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Blueberry-Lemon Tart

Blueberries and lemon are a classic combo, and there’s a reason why. When mixed together, they form a refreshing blend of sweet and tangy that will bring summery flavor to this tart at any time of year.

Frozen Lemonade Pie

Featured in Food Network Magazine, this easy, top-rated dessert boasts a buttery graham cracker crust. The three-ingredient filling features a whipped cream base and your favorite store-bought frozen lemonade concentrate.

Lemon-Filled Coconut Cupcakes

Reinvent pantry ingredients like yellow cake mix and instant lemon pudding into flavorful cupcakes with the help of a splash of coconut milk.

Lemon Cake

Ina says that these light loaves are even better the next day, so you can make them in advance and enjoy later. While the cakes are still warm, top them with a lemony syrup to not only boost the flavor of the citrus but also keep the cakes moist.

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Since these simple bars are baked in a regular square pan, there’s no need to have a special springform pan on hand.

Cheesecake with Meyer Lemon-Ginger Curd

If you don’t have Meyer lemons on hand, opt for a mixture of classic lemon juice and orange juice, which will mimic the subtle sweetness of Meyer lemons, when prepping this impressive dessert featured in Food Network Magazine.

Lemon Tiramisu Trifle

Try this play on a signature Italian dessert: Layer lemon-syrup-soaked ladyfingers with a lemony cream cheese mixture and fresh berries to create a next-level dessert.

Lemon Chess Pie

Chess pie, a traditional Southern treat, uses cornmeal in the filling, resulting in a rich, thick center and perfectly browned top.

Lemon Ricotta Granita

Not a baker? No problem. This refreshing chilly treat lets the freezer do most of the work for you. Perhaps best of all, it’s made with just a handful of ingredients and can be prepped ahead of time.