27 Lemon Desserts Perfect for Spring

updated Mar 28, 2024
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Head on shot of 3 small glass jars of creamy lemon mousse with layers of graham cracker crumbs and whipped cream, and topped with lemon zest.
Credit: Photo: Ryan Liebe ; Food Stylist: Ben Weiner

As we inch closer and closer to spring, we’re dreaming of the warmer weather to come, and days spent outdoors. While we know that we might not be able to celebrate in all the ways that we normally would, we can still welcome the lighter, brighter days in smaller ways — perhaps by baking something so full of lemons and sunshine that you can’t help but feel a bit cheerier.

Is there anything that screams spring more than lemon-y sweet treats? With spring just around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of the perfect lemon desserts to celebrate it. From tangy lemon bars and lemon cookies to moist and zippy bundt cakes and pound cakes to ultra-creamy puddings and pies, here are 27 lemon desserts to make right now.

Easy Lemon Desserts

From cookies to pies, and of course lemon bars, these sweet treats don’t require too much heavy lifting.

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Lemon Bars
You’ll definitely be team lemon bar once you taste these.
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Impossibly Creamy Lemon Mousse
This easy, no-bake dessert comes together in just 20 minutes.
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No-Bake Lemon Fluff Bars
These light and fluffy lemon bars live up to their name.
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Lemon Cloud Cookies
Sugar-dusted, soft lemon cookies that are as light as clouds.
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Lemon Crumb Bars
The crunchy oat crumble will make anyone a lemon bar fan.
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Lemon Blueberry Delight
Packed with four dreamy layers of jammy blueberries, creamy cheese, fluffy whipped cream, and sturdy graham cracker base, this no-bake dessert will be the hit of spring.
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Lemon Meringue Pie
The hardest part of making this lemon meringue pie is not the tender-crisp crust, the tangy-rich filling, or the light-as-air topping. It’s letting the thing cool completely before slicing into it.
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Limoncello Bars
Spiked with limoncello liqueur, this twist on classic lemon bars is packed with bright, citrusy flavor.
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Lemon Icebox Pie
No-bake lemon icebox pie has a creamy bite from cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and lemon juice and zest — topped with Cool Whip or whipped cream.
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Lemon Chess Pie
A classic chess pie with a bright and tart lemon butter filling.
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Lemon Cookies
These sunny, sweet-tart cookies start with a box of cake mix for a shortcut that makes them super simple to pull off. Add a touch of fresh lemon zest to really boost the flavor.
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Heavenly Lemon Bars with Almond Shortbread Crust
Lemon bars are a springtime staple. This version has a sweet, nutty undertone that comes from mixing almond flour into the shortbread crust.
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Lemon Cakes and Cheesecakes

Whether you’re game for a layer cake, bundt cake, or cheesecake – we’ve got them all.

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Easy Lemon Bundt Cake with Fresh Lemon Glaze
A gentle lemon undertone sweeps through the cake, which is subtly sweet, making way for the tart two-ingredient glaze that blankets the top. And in classic Bundt fashion, the texture is sturdy, with the lightness and tender crumb we love and expect in a lemon cake.
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Lemon Cheesecake
For a zesty, hearty dessert, look to lemon cheesecake.
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Lemon-Coconut Cake
Luscious bright lemon and creamy coconut are perfectly paired in this decadent layer cake.
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Copycat Costco Lemon Meringue Cheesecake
With a toasty graham cracker crust, rich cheesecake filling, lemon custard, and an airy meringue crown, this stunner rivals the viral dessert from Costco.
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Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake
A buttery-rich pound cake with fresh lemons to add a citrusy flavor to the batter and fresh (or frozen) blueberries to embellish every slice.
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Triple Lemon Cake
Inspired by Malinda Russell's cream cake, this triple lemon cake has a delicate crumb and is bursting with flavor.
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Lemon Meringue Cheesecake
Each layer of this cheesecake is delicious in its own right — creamy cheesecake, tart lemon curd, and toasted meringue — but combining them into one creates nothing short of a masterpiece.
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Lemon Pound Cake
This recipe will reward you with two soft and tender lemony loaves. While you could halve the recipe, I urge you not to. It freezes extremely well. Just hold off on adding the glaze until serving, if you plan to freeze.
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Easy Lemon Cake with Whipped Raspberry Frosting
If you need a fast-and-fancy dessert, this sunny lemon cake fits the bill. It won’t look out of place at most special occasions, but it’s simple enough you can put it together on a weeknight.
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Meyer Lemon-Olive Oil Chiffon Cake
Light and fluffy, sky-high chiffon cakes are simple to pull off and always look very impressive. A basic lemon glaze is all you need for a topping, though it can also be cut in half and filled with flavored whipped cream, mascarpone, or custard.
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Lemon Poppyseed Bundt Cake
This pretty cake gets an extra rich flavor and tender texture from a generous scoop of ricotta.
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Fluffy Lemon–Lime Cake
Bright lemon and lime flavor are baked into a tender cake and topped with a cloud of sweetened whipped cream.
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Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf Cake
From the warm lemon flavor to the impossibly moist, pillowy texture to the ultra-luxe lemon icing, this version is even better than the one from Starbucks.
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Lemon Marshmallow Cake

This light lemon cake gets topped with a melted marshmallow layer than makes it super fun to pull together.

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Flourless Lemon Almond Cake
A recipe for an easy gluten-free lemon cake made with almond flour.
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