Lemon desserts are the way to get that sweet and tart fix you crave! Feast your eyes on these awesome gluten free lemon dessert recipes using fresh lemons to give you that bold and zesty flavor that will leave you wanting more!

A collage of four lemon dessert pictures.

Before I start with all of the yummy gluten free lemon desserts, I want to talk a little more about one of my favorite things… lemons :-). How about lemon peels? They both help add flavor. The outside of the lemon packs a flavorful punch and adds a new dimension of lemon to your baking and cooking.

I am sharing my best gluten free lemon dessert recipes in hopes of helping bring confidence to your baking. Nobody will know these desserts are gluten free. They taste that good.

Check out all of my gluten free dessert recipes. I have 100s to choose from!

A close up of our lemon tree with big lemons in it.

Our lemon tree is blooming, and I love the sweet, fresh lemons for baking and cooking.

Why Are Lemon Desserts Great?

  • Refreshing taste: Lemons have a tart and tangy flavor that is refreshing and palate-cleansing. This makes it a great dessert ingredient, especially during hot weather or after a heavy meal.
  • Versatility: Lemon can be used in a variety of desserts, such as pies, cakes, tarts, sorbets, donuts, and more. It can be paired with other flavors like berries, vanilla, and chocolate to create complex and delicious desserts.
  • Appearance: Lemon desserts are often visually appealing, with their bright yellow color and fresh citrus aroma. They can add a pop of color and flavor to any dessert spread.

How To Zest A Lemon:

One of the best things about using lemons is including the zest from the peel. The lemon zest will give your food a nice zing of citrus. The lemon rind has natural oils that will add bold flavors that can complete a dessert or dinner dish.

Grab whatever tool you want to zest your lemon with, whether it is a microplane, paring knife, vegetable peeler, or even a citrus zester. Then, remove a very thin layer of the peel in one direction.

Note: when you zest too much in one spot and get the white flesh, it will give you a bitter taste, so zest carefully! You want only to remove the colored skin and leave the white alone.

A slice of lemon tart on a white plate next to the whole tart.

Can Lemons Be Frozen?

Yes, you can freeze lemons. Freezing a lemon whole will result in a mushy center, so they are best if used for baking or using juice. Freezing fruits is a great way to save them if you have a lemon tree and get too many at once.

Slicing the lemons and storing them in a freezer bag or airtight container is a great way to keep them longer. They will last six months to a year in the freezer.

To thaw them, place them in the fridge overnight or sit them on the counter until they have defrosted. You can juice them and add them to baked goods, fish, salads, or anything else you need some zesty flavor.

Do Lemons Go Bad?

There are several ways to tell if lemons have started going bad. If you notice the flesh has become discolored or extra soft, you should discard it. (We always see this if a lemon sits too long.)

If the lemon has white spots or is slimy, it is a good indication that it is past its prime.

If you ever notice a lemon is oozing juice, it is time to throw it out. Lastly, if you notice a stinky, pungent odor, the lemon has spoiled and should be discarded.

Three lemon brownies stacked on top of each other on a plate.

Ways To Use Lemons:

Lemons are so versatile, and you can make lots of different recipes. The opportunities to use lemon are endless, but here are a few of the best ideas:

  • Cakes, Muffins & Pastries – This roundup contains delicious recipes that will please your palate and use up your lemons.
  • Marmalades – Use the marmalade in dressings, marinades, or pastries. No matter how you use it, it is going to taste amazing!
  • Meat – Add lemon juice to your chicken, fish, or salad to give the dish some extra pizzazz.
  • Drinks – Add lemon to your water, tea, juice, or other beverages. You will get a fresh, zesty flavor no matter how you use it. You will also want to try this Tequila Lemonade Cocktail recipe :-).

Let’s get serious now and drool over all of the lemon desserts on my blog. There are a ton of them; I can’t help it because lemons are my thing…and having a giant lemon tree in the backyard definitely helps!!

The Best Gluten Free Lemon Dessert Recipes:

Gluten Free Lemon Pound Cake
Sandi Gaertner
A moist and delicious homemade gluten free lemon pound cake recipe. This recipe gets rave reviews and nobody will know it is gluten free!
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A sliced gluten free lemon pound cake on a platter.
Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Sandi Gaertner
The best light and fluffy gluten free lemon poppy seed muffins recipe! They are perfect for breakfast or a snack.
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Gluten Free Lemon Layer Cake
Sandi Gaertner
Easu directions to make a gluten free lemon layer cake. This lemon cake is perfect for a birthday, or any celebration.
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A fork slicing into a piece of lemon cake.
Gluten Free Lemon Brownies
Sandi Gaertner
These moist lemony gluten free lemon brownies are topped with a delicious lemonade glaze.
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A stack of three gluten free lemon brownies.
Buttery Gluten-Free Lemon Shortbread Cookies
Sandi Gaertner
These homemade gluten-free lemon shortbread cookies are full of buttery lemon flavors. They melt in your mouth!
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A gluten free lemon shortbread cookie topped with lemonade icing and lemon zest.
Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes with Lemonade Icing
Sandi Gaertner
Easy light and fluffy gluten free lemon cupcakes with a lemonade icing.
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Three lemon cupcakes on a plate. They are frosted and topped with lemon sprinkles.
No-Churn Lemon Curd Ice Cream
Sandi Gaertner
Creamy no-churn lemon curd ice cream.
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Homemade lemon curd ice cream in a bowl with sprinkles on top
Gluten Free Lemon Cookies
Sandi Gaertner
Delicious, slightly crisp, gluten free lemon cookies. If you love sugar cookies, this lemony version will make your day!
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A stack of five lemon cookies on a large flat wooden spoon.
Gluten Free Lemon Mug Cake
Sandi Gaertner
A gluten free lemon mug cake topped with lemonade icing. This delicious mug cake is ready in under 3 minutes!
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Gluten Free Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
Sandi Gaertner
Cute gluten free pink lemonade cupcakes with a pink lemonade buttercream frosting.
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Gluten Free Lemon Curd Coconut Cupcakes
Sandi Gaertner
Easy lemon curd filled gluten free cupcakes with coconut frosting
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Gluten Free Lemon Donuts
Sandi Gaertner
One bite and you will be hooked on these delicious gluten free lemon donuts! They are full of fresh lemon flavor.
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stacks of lemon donuts
Easy Gluten Free Lemon Tart
Sandi Gaertner
Easy lemony gluten free lemon tart recipe.
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🍋 Sandi says: Let me know which of these recipes you try first!

This recipe was updated from an old March 2019 post with more delicious lemon recipes.

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  1. You are speaking my language! I love citrus anything, and you have a wonderful collection of lemon recipes for me bake through!