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Lemon Recipes to Brighten Up Your Day

My favorite lemon recipes to make your day brighter all in one place! You’ll find sweet cakes and tarts, and savory sauces for pasta or chicken. Something for everyone!

Lemon Recipes to Brighten Your Day


So here’s the real reason I needed to share all my favorite lemon recipes: IT WILL NOT STOP RAINING. 

I love a good rainy day, y’all. Really. Rainy days are a great excuse to wear stretchy pants and socks (aside from every other day I mean; on rainy days this is probably appropriate attire) and bake bread from scratch. Binge on Netflix. Make soup. 

Rainy days are fabulous every now and then. 

But 2019 in North Carolina has been like monsoon season. Everything is muddy, my dogs are losing their ish and think the living room is their new wrestling ring, and my body is crying out for some vitamin D. I need sunshine, you guys. So we are gonna fake it until we make it. 

These are my very favorite lemon recipes, and the color + flavors have been enough to get me through. They are all simple, and there’s definitely something for everyone. Cakes? ✅15 minute dinner recipe? ✅A tart that looks like the sun and has a saltine cracker crust? Yup? ✅

13 Lemon Recipes to Brighten Up Your Day

I love lemon! Lemon Recipes are always good for making things brighter. So whether you are looking for a savory sauce to pour over pasta, or a sweet and salty pie that tastes like sunshine and summer, or you want to make mimosas that taste like lemonade, there's definitely something here for everyone.

Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake

Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake is celebration of everything you want in a pound cake. Tender crumb, buttery texture, and loaded with lemon flavor.

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Atlantic Beach Pie

A southern classic! Atlantic Beach Pie is made with fresh lemon juice, a few pantry staples, and has a saltine cracker crust! You'll adore this simple, sweet, tart pie. It tastes like summer and looks like the sun.

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Strawberry Lemonade Loaf

Strawberry Lemonade Loaf Cake has the texture of pound cake but you can skip the bundt pan, and just make a pretty loaf cake. Lemons and strawberries together are a springtime fave.

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Lemon Ginger Sugar Cookie Slices

Lemon Ginger Sugar Cookie Slices are homemade slice-n-bake sugar cookies. The flavors of lemon and ginger are bright and the cookies are chewy and soft.

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Easy Homemade Lemonade

Easy Homemade Lemonade is refreshing and tart and sweet! This recipe makes it simple to adjust the sugar so it's super simple to get it just right.

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Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake

A simple (and small!) bundt cake recipe that's perfect for brunch or tea time.The glaze is probably my favorite thing to add to ALL pound cakes. Don't skip it.

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Winter Citrus Bars

Got citrus? These are for you. Winter Citrus Bars are sweet and tart, with a smooth, creamy texture and a buttery shortbread crust. Try these with grapefruit, blood oranges, tangerines, lemons and / or Meyer lemons.

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Irish Lemon Pudding Tart

Shortbread crust with a creamy lemon filling. Irish Lemon Pudding Tart has the texture of cheesecake. A traditional fluffy and delicious Irish lemon pudding that is probably one of my favorite desserts I have ever made. Fresh and delicious and perfect for a baby shower or Brunch!

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Meyer Lemon Mimosas

These taste like champagne lemonade. Which is also probably a think I should make. Noted! Anyway, Meyer Lemon Mimosas are made with a Meyer lemon simple syrup and champagne! Brunch will thank you.

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Easy Lemon Herb Spaghetti

This is at the top of my list of 15 minute meals. It's like butter noodles for adults. Spaghetti tossed in garlic-infused olive oil, with fresh lemon juice, basil, oregano, crushed red pepper, and toasty panko bread crumbs.

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Easy Vegetable Tart with Lemon Herb Crust {and the importance of a sharp knife}

The lemon is in the crust! This easy vegetable tart is like a layered vegetable pie. Oh! And there are herbs AND goat cheese. This is one of those dishes that will make people think you are fancy, but it's actually crazy easy. Don't worry. The secret's safe with me.

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Mushrooms and Sage

30 minute dinner alert! Crispy sage, bacon, mushrooms, and LOADSSSS of lemon in the sauce. This is one you will be adding to the weekly menu!

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Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Blueberry Lemon Muffins! These can be made with fresh or frozen blueberries. To make these you have to rub the sugar with the lemon zest which is SO fragrant and makes them extra lemon-special.

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