7 Sweet-Tart Lemon Desserts for Spring

Lemon-Ricotta Cake

"I accidentally made this cake by substituting ricotta from my fridge for sour cream," explains 2020 F&W Best New Chef Camille Cogswell. "The outcome was much better, thankfully! This delicious, delicate lemon-flavored ricotta cake is one of my favorites.

Lemon Pound Cake

A lemony glaze adds flavor to our lemon pound cake's moist texture and golden-domed crispy crust. A few cupboard supplies make this citrus-infused cake suitable for breakfast, tea, dessert, or snacking.

Lemon Meringue Pie with Marcona Shortbread Crust

I enjoy lemon pie so much that I want even more of the bright, sunny lemon taste, so this filling has less sugar and more lemon juice than other recipes," explains cookbook author and F&W Cooks contributor Ann Taylor Pittman.

Lemony Butter Cookies

Powdered sugar, rather than granulated sugar, is used in the dough for these lemony cookies, which results in a crumb that is light and supple.

Limoncello-Ricotta Cheesecake

Limoncello, a sweet, powerful Italian lemon liqueur created by steeping lemon peel in grain alcohol or vodka, stars in this creamy treat. The filling is softened by ricotta cheese and zesty from fresh lemon juice and limoncello.

Lemon Bars

These bars have an unequaled mix of tastes and textures: smooth, sweet-tart lemony custard over buttery, slightly salty shortbread crust. They're easy to make and a hit at parties and afternoon snacks.

Julia Child's Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Because it is made with lemon curd and lemon buttercream, this poppy seed cake, which is four layers thick, has a refreshingly sour taste. It is very simple to put together because to the fact that the components may be made in advance.