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A collection of favorite fresh Meyer lemon recipes to bake and enjoy during citrus season! You’ll love these delicious dessert and baking recipes featuring sweet and aromatic Meyer lemons.

Favorite Fresh Meyer Lemon Recipes
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What are Meyer lemons?

Meyer lemons are considered a cross between regular lemons and mandarin oranges. In season from winter through spring, Meyer lemons are usually smaller than regular lemons, with vibrant yellow, smooth skin.

Meyer lemon zest and juice is incredibly sweet and aromatic, and Meyer lemons are much less acidic than regular lemons.

  • Appearance: Vibrant yellow, with smooth, thin skin
  • Flavor: Bright, sweet, and aromatic
  • In season: December – early April

What are Meyer lemons best used for?

You can use Meyer lemons almost anywhere that you use regular lemons. Here are some of my favorite ways to use them:

  • The juice is fairly sweet, so it’s perfect to use in a cocktail, homemade lemonade, or to brighten up your baking. Just be sure to have a mesh strainer on hand to strain out the seeds.
  • The peel can be candied or zested for intense lemon essence. I like to pulse Meyer lemon zest with granulated sugar for 1 minute, until finely ground. The infused lemon sugar is great for baking!
  • Use Meyer lemon juice and zest to make silky smooth homemade lemon curd.
Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Can I substitute regular lemons for Meyer lemons?

If you can’t find Meyer lemons (or you’re baking out of season), you can also use regular lemons in any of these recipes. Keep in mind that regular lemons will add a more tart, tangy, and zesty flavor to your baking.

For the most similar flavor profile, I recommend mixing regular lemons with a sweeter citrus, such as mandarins or oranges.

Best Recipes for Meyer Lemons

And now, the best ways to bake with Meyer lemons! Here you’ll find 16+ favorite fresh Meyer lemon recipes, including Meyer lemon crinkle cookies, the perfect Meyer lemon bundt cake, and homemade cream puffs filled with Meyer lemon curd.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon poppy seed muffins make the perfect breakfast. The bakery-style muffins are flecked with fresh lemon zest and topped with a drizzle of sweet lemon glaze.

Meyer Lemon Rolls

Meyer Lemon Rolls

Homemade soft fluffy lemon rolls made with fresh Meyer lemons! These sweet, lemony rolls bake up golden and pillowy, perfect for breakfast or weekend brunch.

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Classic all-butter shortbread cookies get a burst of fresh, zesty lemon flavor in these lemon shortbread cookies!

Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake

Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake

Bright and buttery, with a swirl of homemade Meyer lemon curd and the best golden crumb, this cake is lemon bundt perfection!

Meyer Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Meyer Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Rolled in powdered sugar and flavored with sweet Meyer lemon zest and juice, you’ll love these soft and buttery Meyer lemon crinkle cookies!

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

The best Meyer lemon poppy seed cake! This easy lemon loaf cake drizzled with lemon glaze is bright and buttery with a tender crumb.

Meyer Lemon Brown Butter Bars

Meyer Lemon Brown Butter Bars

Sweet and tangy Meyer lemon brown butter bars make the best treat! You’ll love these easy lemon bars with a generous dusting of powdered sugar.

Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Lemon Layer Cake

Lemon layer cake made from scratch with real lemons! This soft lemon cake is topped with sweet and tangy lemon cream cheese frosting.

Meyer Lemon Danish Braid

Meyer Lemon Danish Braid

Flaky and light, this Meyer lemon Danish braid bakes up golden and fluffy with a blissful cream cheese-Meyer lemon curd filling.

Meyer Lemon Coffee Cake

Meyer Lemon Coffee Cake

The lightest and fluffiest coffee cake, baked to golden and buttery perfection with a fine crumb and ribbons of homemade Meyer lemon curd.

Meyer Lemon Yogurt Cake

Meyer Lemon Yogurt Cake

Made with Greek yogurt and citrus olive oil, this stir-together loaf cake comes together quickly (no mixer required) and bakes up incredibly tender and delicious.

Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars

Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars

Easy lemon sugar cookie bars make the perfect anytime treat! These buttery soft cookie bars topped with delicious swirls of lemon frosting are perfection.

Meyer Lemon Cream Puffs

Meyer Lemon Cream Puffs

Meyer lemon cream puffs are a delicious spin on classic cream puffs! Filled with whipped cream and Meyer lemon curd, these pastries make a perfect treat.

Meyer Lemon Earl Grey Tea Cake

Meyer Lemon Earl Grey Tea Cake

This simple and delicious tea cake flavored with Meyer lemon and Earl Grey tea is welcome anytime of day!

Meyer Lemon Crumb Bars

Meyer Lemon Crumb Bars

Bright and tangy Meyer lemon curd meets buttery crust and crumbs in these blissful Meyer lemon crumb bars! Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Meyer Lemon Crunch Cake

Meyer Lemon Crunch Cake

Incredibly bright and buttery, this scrumptious cake is layered with Meyer lemon curd, lemony cream cheese buttercream, and finished with homemade toffee.

Meyer Lemon Sheet Cake

Meyer Lemon Sheet Cake

There’s only one lemon sheet cake recipe you need, and it’s this Meyer lemon sheet cake! Flavored with fresh lemon zest and topped with swirls of lemon frosting, you’ll love this homemade lemon sheet cake.

Meyer Lemon Ricotta Muffins

Meyer Lemon Ricotta Muffins

Light and fluffy Meyer lemon ricotta muffins dressed up with lemon butter glaze make the best breakfast!

Meyer Lemon Meringue Pie

Meyer Lemon Meringue Pie

With an all-butter crust, bright and tangy Meyer lemon filling, and silky Swiss meringue topping, this Meyer lemon meringue pie is a dream lemon dessert!

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  1. you’ve overwhelmed me! I love lemon plus almost anything, in baked stuff especially, so I’d love to work my way through each of these, starting with the cream puffs, thank you!