Published By: Ishani Karmakar

When Life Gives You Lemons – Make Desserts! 4 Yummy Dishes You Can Make With Lemons

We've all heard the saying, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." But why stop there?

Lemons, with their bright, tangy flavour, can be the star ingredient in a variety of delectable desserts that go beyond the classic lemonade. From pies to cakes, these citrus fruits can transform ordinary sweets into extraordinary treats. Here are four mouthwatering lemon desserts that will make you grateful for every lemon life throws your way.

Lemon Bars

Lemon bars are a classic treat that beautifully balance tart and sweet flavours. Here’s how you can make an easy version.


1 cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup powdered sugar

½ cup butter, softened

½ cup lemon juice

½ cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

¼ cup water


Prepare the Crust

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, powdered sugar, and butter until it forms a crumbly dough. Press this mixture into the bottom of a greased 8x8-inch baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes until lightly golden.

Make the Filling

In a saucepan, whisk together the lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch, and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens.

Assemble and Bake

Pour the lemon filling over the pre-baked crust. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Lemon Sorbet

Lemon sorbet is a refreshing dessert that’s perfect for hot days. This recipe is simple and requires just a few ingredients.


1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon lemon zest


Make the Syrup

In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Heat until the sugar dissolves completely. Let it cool to room temperature.

Mix and Freeze

Add the lemon juice and zest to the cooled syrup. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, pour it into a shallow dish and freeze, stirring every 30 minutes until smooth and icy.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

These lemon poppy seed muffins are moist, fluffy, and bursting with lemon flavour. They make a great breakfast or snack.


2 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup sugar

1 tablespoon poppy seeds

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup plant-based milk (such as almond or soy)

½ cup vegetable oil

¼ cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon lemon zest


Prepare the Batter

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, mix the plant-based milk, vegetable oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest.

Combine and Bake

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Divide the batter into a greased or lined muffin tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the canter comes out clean. Allow to cool before serving.

Lemon Cheesecake

This lemon cheesecake is creamy, tangy, and perfect for a special occasion.


1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs

¼ cup sugar

½ cup melted butter

2 cups cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

½ cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup heavy cream


Prepare the Crust

Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C). Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press the mixture into the bottom of a springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes and let cool.

Make the Filling

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the lemon juice, zest, and vanilla extract. Beat until combined. Fold in the heavy cream.

Assemble and Chill

Pour the filling over the cooled crust. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or until set. Serve chilled.

When life gives you lemons, don’t just make lemonade – explore the world of lemon desserts! Each of these desserts highlights the zesty, bright flavor of lemons, making them perfect for any occasion. So the next time you find yourself with an abundance of lemons, try whipping up one of these delicious dishes.