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27 Delicious Lemon Desserts

Life giving you lemons is pretty much the best thing that can happen.

Typically, a recipe will call for either a lemon or a meyer lemon, and it's important to understand the difference.

girlversusdough.com

Regular lemons are intensely sour and very potent, whereas meyer lemons aren't as acidic, and have a subtly sweet, floral flavor. Also, meyer lemons are more orange in color, and have smoother skin.

Substituting one for the other won't make a recipe taste bad, exactly, it'll just taste different. Better to go with whichever variety is suggested.

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1. Lemon Ginger Cheesecake

Who knew that when lemon met Cool Whip, something so... elegant would happen. Recipe here.

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2. Easy Lemon Cake with Marshmallow and Toasted Coconut Frosting

howsweeteats.com

With marshmallow frosting, you get the pretty effect of meringue without having to understand the annoyingly subtle difference between a "soft peak" and a "stiff peak." Recipe here.

3. Lemon Pudding with Mini Poppyseed Meringues

bakerbynature.com

Recipe here.

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4. Coconut Cupcakes with Lemon Curd, Vanilla Whipped Cream and Toasted Coconut

cookingforkeeps.com

Lemon curd > frosting, any day. Recipe here (with the lemon curd recipe hidden over here).

5. No-Bake White Chocolate Lemon Truffles

kitchensimplicity.com

So, there's no actual lemon, but these get points for unbeatable simplicity. Recipe here.

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6. Lemon Curd Pistachio Sundaes

Jonathan Lovekin / marthastewart.com

A sundae bar for grown-ups. Recipe here.

7. Macarons with Lemon Buttercream Filling

diethood.com

Macaron recipe here, buttercream recipe here.

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8. Lemon Panna Cotta with Lemon Marmalade

Romulo Yanes / bonappetit.com

Recipe here.

9. Lemon Poppyseed Donuts

thenovicechefblog.com

Recipe here.

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10. Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Filling and Meringue Frosting

mingmakescupcakes.yolasite.com

Recipe here.

11. Lemon Bars

bakersroyale.com

Recipe here.

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12. Warm Lemon Pudding Cake

seasonsandsuppers.ca

Still confused as to whether this is pudding OR cake OR something entirely new. Honestly, though, it doesn't really matter. Recipe here.

13. Buttermilk Lemon Chess Pie

Anders Overgaard / bonappetit.com

Recipe here.

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14. Lemon Shortbread Cookies

onsuttonplace.com

Recipe here.

15. Lemon Ricotta Pies

Just a touch of lemon zest is enough for these delicate ricotta pies. Recipe here.

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16. Meyer Lemon Macadamia Nut Tart

loveandoliveoil.com

Recipe here.

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17. Meyer Lemon Soufflés

marthastewart.com

I literally gasped at the sight of this. Recipe here.

18. The Best Damn Meyer Lemon Cake

André Baranowski / saveur.com

No frosting. No dusting. No artful presentation. This cake literally has nothing to prove. Recipe here.

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19. Meyer Lemon Curd and Chamomille Vanilla Mousse

tarteletteblog.com

Recipe here.

20. Meyer Lemon Molten Cakes

Oozin' curd. Recipe here.

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21. Meyer Lemon and Poppy Seed Poundcake

spoonforkbacon.com

Recipe here.

22. Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Ice Cream

katieatthekitchendoor.com

An extra tart, cold treat. Recipe here.

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23. Meyer Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Flickr: traceysculinaryadventures

WARNING: it's truly impossible to eat just one. Recipe here.

24. Meyer Lemon Marshmallows

wannacomewith.com

Recipe here.

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25. Meyer Lemon Pastry

marthastewart.com

Candying the lemons makes them sticky-sweet and the perfect pastry topping. Recipe here.

26. Meyer Lemon Crepe Cake

marthastewart.com

You could even serve this for brunch if you were feeling something sweet (and ambitious). Recipe here.

27. Meyer Lemon Cheesecake with Biscoff Crust

food52.com

What is biscoff, you ask? Only the most addictive little cookie that's ever existed. Recipe here.

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