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3 Vintage Lemon Desserts Treats

Down South, we’re big fans of citrus. We love cooking with oranges, limes, and grapefruit, but there’s something about lemon that holds a sweet spot in our hearts.

Especially when combined with other fresh fruit flavors, like blueberry or raspberry, lemon brings brightness and tartness to desserts to make them dynamic. These bright and delicious lemon desserts will be the hit of any gathering you bring them to, and I'm sure everyone will ask you for the recipe.

Lemon Bar Cheesecake Recipe

This indulgent recipe marries two delicious desserts: lemon bars and cheesecake. Using a dark springform pan ensures a golden-brown crust on this tart dessert recipe without having to bake before adding the filling. Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. ice-cold water

  • 4 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 cups Quick and Easy Lemon Curd, divided

  • Candied Lemon Slices (optional)


Step 1 Pulse first 3 ingredients in a food processor 3 or 4 times or just until blended. Add butter, and pulse 5 or 6 times or until crumbly. Whisk together egg yolks and 1 Tbsp. ice-cold water in a small bowl; add to butter mixture, and process until dough forms a ball and pulls away from sides of the bowl, adding up to 1 Tbsp. remaining ice-cold water, 1 tsp. at a time, if necessary. Shape dough into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 4 to 24 hours.

Step 2 Roll dough into a 14-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Fit dough into a lightly greased 9-inch dark springform pan, gently pressing on bottom and up sides of pan; trim and discard excess dough. Chill 30 minutes.

Step 3 Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325°. Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer 3 minutes or until smooth. Gradually add granulated sugar, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears after each addition. Beat in vanilla.