Lemon is one of those extremely versatile ingredients.
If you’re enjoying a cold glass of water, a lemon wedge makes it even more refreshing. And if you have a summer salad on the table, a squeeze of lemon can add a whole new dimension to the recipe.
But lemon can go much further than an accompaniment. In fact, some of my favorite treats and baked goods include lemon in the recipe!
And although lemon recipes can be made year-round, they’re especially welcome during the warmer months. So as we’re heading into spring (which is less than two weeks away!), I wanted to share a few of my favorite lemon-based favorites for you to try at home.
But don’t stop scrolling because you’ll find a BRAND NEW lemon recipe toward the bottom of the page! It’s a classic — you won’t be disappointed.
Lemon Recipes For Spring
This first recipe is for all my pie lovers out there. Especially those who like tart types like Key Lime pie or Lemon meringue pie.
My Lemon Blueberry Pie is one of my easiest dessert recipes because it doesn’t require an oven. I’m not kidding! Made with only a few simple ingredients and filled with refreshing flavors, this pie sets on it’s own only a few hours after you pop it in the refrigerator.
To find the full recipe, you can click on the link HERE.
If you have a little more time and you don’t mind making use of your oven, you’ll love my Lemon-Poppy Seed Bread recipe. I created this one a while ago, but just shared it with you all a few days ago!
What’s my favorite part about this one? Well that’s easy. You can eat it for breakfast OR dessert! If you ask me, that’s the best type of treat out there.
Baking it at home? You can find all the ingredients HERE.
This is another lemon recipe I shared recently in celebration of National Pound Cake Day. All these little holidays are fun because they give me a reason to create something delicious in my kitchen!
My Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake is also one of my most popular recipes because it’s perfect for gifting and sharing. After all, one batch makes two large loaves!
Find the recipe (and all my baking tips to make it) HERE.
Best Ever Lemon Squares
And the moment you’ve been waiting for… a brand new recipe! It’s a classic and one that never disappoints when I bring it to gatherings.
They’re my lemon squares which are actually one of my favorite treats to please my sweet tooth. They were also published in a cook book called “Mr. Food — A Taste of QVC.”
These lemon squares a little different from other recipes out there. The shortbread-type crust is buttery and slightly sweet. The filling is almost like a lemon curd. The top becomes a bit crisp (almost meringue like) and makes for a sinful, textured bite.
In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with a family-friendly dessert like this. To learn how to make it, you can find the recipe below.
In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with a family-friendly dessert like this. These lemon squares a little different from other recipes out there.
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus extra for topping
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- Preheat over to 350°.
- In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups flour, the butter and the confectioners’ sugar. Mix until crumbly.
- Press into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish to form a crust.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- In a large bowl, with an electric beater on medium speed, beat the remaining 1/2 cup flour, the granulated sugar, eggs, lemon juice and lemon extract until well blended.
- Pour over the hot crust.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until set. Keep an eye in the final minutes that these don’t start to brown… it means the curd has cooked a bit too long.
- Allow to cool, then cut into squares.
- Dust with extra confectioners’ sugar and serve.
*If you want these bars to have a thicker crust, you can also bake these in an 11×8 pan. Baking time should stay about the same.
I don’t know about you, but my love of lemons isn’t just about flavor and recipes. There’s something so fresh and simple about the color and shape of lemons that make it such fun to use in decorating!
Before I let you go, here are a few lemon-inspired things you can use around your home and in your kitchen. Just CLICK ON THE PHOTOS BELOW to shop some of my finds!
Thank you for checking out my favorite lemon recipes!
From my spring kitchen to yours,