Celebrate summer anytime with these bright and citrusy lemon desserts. From pies to tarts, cookies to cakes, these easy lemon dessert ideas are sure to tickle your taste buds!

When life gives you lemons, make dessert! Whether you love cookies, cakes, pies or tarts, these easy lemon dessert recipes make a sweet, citrusy finale to your summer meals.

1. Lemon Bars

Why mess with a classic? For lemon lovers of all kinds, these classic lemon bars are a must-have. Just the right amount of sweet and tart combine on a flaky crust for a scrumptious zesty sweet.

2. Mini Lemon Tarts

Sweeten up your celebration with these mini lemon tartlets. Made using store-bought pie crusts and curd, this is one dessert you can whip up in no time.

3. Lemon Meringue Tart

Next time you’re craving lemon meringue pie, try topping your pie with actual meringue cookies! A bright and colorful dessert with plenty of texture, this lemon tart is a fun twist on the recipe we all know and love.

4. Lemon Raspberry Tarts

These bright and flavorful lemon tarts make a wonderful dessert for any special occasion. Top your tarts with fresh raspberries, blueberries, whipped cream or lemon curls for added color and texture.

5. Golden Lemon Cheesecake

Create an indulgent and amazing dessert for your family with this golden yellow cheesecake. This creamy cheesecake features a sweet, crumbly crust, and can be topped with whatever fresh berries you’d like (we suggest blueberries or raspberries).

6. Lemon Cheesecake with Fresh Raspberries

This lemon cheesecake, wrapped in a tasty cookie crust, features fresh raspberries and lemon zest for a delicious punch of lemon flavor.

7. Lemon Lush Cake

A cool and refreshing dessert for summer family BBQs, this lemon lush cake features a coconut and macadamia nut crust, a layer of sweet cream cheese filling and a layer of tangy lemon pudding.

8. Lemon Meringue Treat Pops

Lemon flavors almost every layer of these cute white and yellow treat pops. A fun treat for both kids and adults, this dessert combine layers of lemon cake, lemon curd and light meringue icing for a sweet treat that won’t weigh you down.

9. Lemon Meltaway Cookies

A favorite treat for kids and adults alike, these sweet and tart cookies melt in your mouth. Buttery and bright, these little bite-sized cookies are best served alongside a cup of hot tea.

10. Lemon Blueberry Jar Cake

Lemon and blueberry are a match made in heaven, and this lemon blueberry jar cake celebrates both flavors. Save time by using a store-bought lemon curd, or serve in wine cups or bowls if you can’t find jars.

11. Sweet Meyer Lemon Pound Cake

Made with flavorful Meyer lemons, this lemon pound cake makes a wonderful treat morning, noon or night! Top you cake with a bright lemon glaze and serve alongside a handful of fresh berries or whipped cream for a tasty dessert.

12. Lemon Basil Shooters

This is one adult treat you’ll love to eat! Layers of pound cake, basil-infused syrup, lemon curd and whipped topping combine for a delicious and summery dessert that’s sweet and refreshing.

13. Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Treat the family to these adorable mini lemon muffins. Easy enough for a weekend breakfast or brunch, these little muffins are near impossible to resist!

14. Mini Glazed Lemon Loaf

These mini lemon cakes pack a lot of flavor into one small loaf. Drizzled with an icing sugar glaze, these mini loaves are an indulgent treat to share with a loved one (or enjoy yourself!).

15. Lemon Poppyseed Cake with Lemon Buttercream

Whenever you need a little taste of summer, try this simple lemon poppy seed cake. Topped with a zesty buttercream frosting, this cake features easy decorating techniques for a simple, yet stunning, dessert.

16. Lemon Basil Cake

This lemon basil cake gets better with every layer! Basil-infused cakes are sandwiched between layers of lemon cream cheese frosting for a bright and citrusy dessert everyone will love.

17. Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake

Take pound cake to the next level with this lemon pound cake recipe. Buttery and moist, this cake is topped with a tart lemon glaze and can be served for breakfast, brunch or dessert.

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