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27 Gorgeous Lemon Dessert Recipes to Brighten Your Winter!

So many light and summery foods are enhanced with a bit of lemon, that it can be easy to forget that lemons are at their peak during the winter months. If you ask me, that’s great timing since we could all use a little bit of lemony sunshine on these bone-chilling January days! And while many might think of lemon as a terrific compliment to other more flashy fruits, lemons can also hold their own as the main focus of many desserts. Now matter how you chose to cook with them, fresh lemons will add a bit of sunny brightness to your winter kitchen.

Are you ready for a few deliciously tangy desserts? Head below for 27 scrumptious lemon dessert recipes that are sure to brighten your winter with a little sun and sweetness!

  • 27 Gorgeous Lemon Dessert Recipes to Brighten Your Winter! 1 of 28
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    Is the winter weather starting to get to you? Spread a little sunshine with one of these deliciously bright lemon dessert recipes!

  • Classic Lemon Squares 2 of 28
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    Lemon squares have always been one of my favorite desserts, and armed with this effortless recipe I can have them whenever I like. Make a batch of your own and see why lemon squares are a dessert classic.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooke McLay

     

  • Tarte au Citron 3 of 28
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    Make the french classic at home with this simple recipe for tarte au citron —— you'll be imagining yourself at a Parisian bistro in no time!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal

     

  • Little Lemon Bundt Cakes 4 of 28
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    These lovely, and little, lemon bundts make for a buttery, delightfully tangy cake. And, owing to their diminutive stature, you can have one all to yourself!
    Babble Food has the recipe
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  • Snowy Lemon Cupcakes 5 of 28
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    Celebrate the season of snow with these "snow-capped" lemon cupcakes. Made with a classic 1-2-3-4 cake and topped with an ultra-rich buttercream, these stunning cupcakes are perfect for winter parties.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

     

  • Lemon Drop Jell-O Shots 6 of 28
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    These aren't your everyday Jell-O shots, no sir. These pretty yellow beauties feature a deliciously boozy lemon drop shot in the form of a lemon wedge, and making them is easier than you might think! (You can also make these cute Jell-O bites non-alcoholic so the kids can enjoy them too!)
    Babble Food has the recipe
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  • Frozen Lemon Meringue Pie Pops 7 of 28
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    If you're lucky enough to live in a place that's warm even during the winter, these cute frozen lemon meringue pie pops are the dessert for you!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Courtesy of Betty Crocker

  • Raspberry Lemon Bundt Cake 8 of 28
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    Don't let the pretty pink exterior fool you —— this gorgeous, raspberry-studded wonder is brimming with all the brightness of fresh lemons.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Meyer Lemon and Blueberry Bread Pudding 9 of 28
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    If you need a simple dessert, that also happens to be a total knockout, look no further than this easy, forgiving bread pudding with Meyer lemons and blueberries.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

     

  • Lemon Chiffon Cake 10 of 28
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    A silky lemon chiffon cake is a wonderful way to brighten a midwinter dinner party. This luscious cake is complimented beautifully by plump, juicy blueberries.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kelsey Banfield

     

  • Meyer Lemon Layer Cake 11 of 28
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    This Meyer lemon-infused layer cake makes for a beautiful dessert that's sure to bring a touch of sophistication to any winter gathering.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
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  • Blackberry Swirl Cheesecake 12 of 28
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    Blackberries may get top billing in this light and creamy cheesecake recipe, but it's the zest of two lemons that deliver the distinctive tang.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Meyer Lemon Poundcake 13 of 28
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    A sweet treat can be a wonderful way to brighten moods on dreary days. This incredible poundcake is suffused with the subtle sweetness of fresh Meyer lemons and will have your whole house smelling of citrusy cheer in no time.
    Just One Cookbook has the recipe
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  • Lemon Fig Cake 14 of 28
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    This lightly sweet lemon cake showcases the flavor of fresh figs beautifully. Since fresh figs can be tough to track down midwinter, consider dried figs for a more concentrated fig flavor.
    Diethood has the recipe
    Image: Diethood

     

  • Meyer Lemon Macaroons 15 of 28
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    Meyer lemons are milder than regular lemons and have an intense, juicy sweetness that's perfect for these delicious macaroons.
    52 Kitchen Adventures has the recipe
    Image: 52 Kitchen Adventures

  • Lemon Coconut Crinkle Cookies 16 of 28
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    Flecks of coconut flakes gives these incredible lemon crinkle cookies a hint of tropical flare —— the perfect antidote for chilly January winds.
    Chocolate Moosey has the recipe
    Image: Chocolate Moosey

  • Lemon Pudding Cakes 17 of 28
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    Individual cakes are ideal for a feeding a crowd, especially when they're brimming with all the brightness of fresh lemon juice and zest.
    Noble Pig has the recipe
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  • Glazed Lemon Loaf Cake 18 of 28
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    Keep things simple and light with this impossibly airy glazed lemon cake. This beauty is just right for dessert, or a special brunch.
    Spoonful of Flavor has the recipe
    Image: Spoonful of Flavor

  • Mixed Berry Lemon Cheesecake Bars 19 of 28
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    Made with a buttery graham cracker crust and topped with streusel, these mixed berry lemon cheesecake bars are certain to make you the belle of the potluck.
    Like Mother Like Daughter has the recipe
    Image: Like Mother Like Daughter

  • Meyer Lemon Parfaits 20 of 28
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    Layers of ladyfinger cookies, homemade Meyer lemon curd, and a lemon-infused simple syrup make these pretty Meyer lemon parfaits unforgettable. They're perfect for party treats or an afternoon tea!
    Cravings of a Lunatic has the recipe
    Image: Cravings of a Lunatic

     

  • Lemon Layer Cake 21 of 28
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    This gorgeous lemon layer cake features a fluffy cream cheese filling and creamy, sweet homemade lemon curd.
    Shugary Sweets has the recipe
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  • Lemon Snowball Cookies 22 of 28
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    These cheery lemon snowball cookies are a great baking project for kids.
    Chocolate Moosey has the recipe
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  • Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Shooters 23 of 28
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    These sophisticated cheesecake shots pair fresh Meyer lemon juice with tangy cream cheese for a small, yet unforgettable, dessert.
    Cravings of a Lunatic has the recipe
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  • Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Bread 24 of 28
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    This moist and lemony quick bread is studded with poppy seeds, and features a fragrant orange and lemon glaze.
    Like Mother Like Daughter has the recipe
    Image: Like Mother Like Daughter

  • Gluten-Free Meyer Lemon Loaf Cake 25 of 28
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    Cook up an impossibly light and delicious gluten-free treat with this Meyer lemon loaf cake recipe. Olive oil lends a distinct nuttiness and makes for a wonderful crumb.
    Cooking on the Weekends has the recipe
    Image: Cooking on the Weekends

  • Meyer Lemon Shortbread Cookies 26 of 28
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    These light and zesty shortbread cookies are absolutely brimming with bright lemon flavor, not to mention a hint of vanilla. They're just the thing to counter the wintertime blues!
    Karen's Kitchen Stories has the recipe
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  • No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake Mousse Cups 27 of 28
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    These easy-to-make treats are perfect for dinner parties, especially since they can be assembled in minutes!
    Overtime Cook has the recipe
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  • Lemon Ginger Scones 28 of 28
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    These tender scones feature a hint of lemon zest and a touch of heat from fresh ginger, and are the perfect treat for a frosty winter afternoon.
    Crumb Blog has the recipe
    Image: Crumb Blog

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