Wanted: Your Best Lemon Recipes

Guess what I have in my backyard?

A lemon tree!

Yesterday I made a delicious strawberry iced lemonade, but my tree is overflowing with lemons and I need your help to come up with new recipe ideas.

This week I will be hosting a lemon linky! On Friday, you can link up with your favorite lemon recipes so that my family doesn’t get sick of lemon poppy seed bread this month. If you don’t have a blog you can always leave a your recipe in the comments on Friday.

And because it is Christmas and I’m in a giving mood, one random recipe will win a gift card from me! 🙂

So, get your best lemon recipes ready to link up this Friday, November 19th!


  1. I have 3 lemon trees! And quite a few lemon recipes for you 🙂 Make sure you zest the lemons before you juice them, and freeze both the zests AND the juice 🙂

    My trees really suffred last year becuase it was 22º (they are good to 28º); I thought they would die; they didn’t, but all I have this year from the 3 trees is about equal to what you show in your picture. I’m just very thankful that they made it!

    I also freeze juice in mini ice cube trays to throw in a glass of water or to have just a small amount for a recipe.

  2. Wow I have zero lemon recipes that I can think of ( outside of lemonade and basic lemon bars) but that tree looks beautiful. Lemon is one of my favorite flavors. I would love to have a lemon tree, however Michigan is not the right climate. Lemon bars, lemon cake, homemade lemon curd, lemon chicken. I ‘ll be checking back to see what others post.

  3. Don’t forget cleaning….lemon works great in homemade cleaners & it’s leaves your kitchen smelling so fresh and lemony. (I laugh at products claiming to have a fresh lemon scent when it’s really artificial. How hard is it to squeeze a few lemons?) Oh, and because of the enzymes…it works awesome as a stain treatment on clothing. Just squeeze FRESH lemon juice on a fresh food stain (most effective when you treat it right away but can help w/ old stains too) and let sit for 10-15 min then wash. (Don’t let it dry or it may set the stain in further). Also good for cutting through deodorant stains.

    Quick & Easy All Purpose Cleaner

    2 Parts Vinegar
    2 Parts Fresh Lemon Juice
    1 TSP – 1 TBLSP of all natural dish detergent (depends on how much solution your making)
    *If you want to preserve this even longer, add 15-30 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract*

    Happy Cleaning. 🙂

  4. Angela Morgan says:


    2 sticks margarine
    2 c. flour
    1/2 c. powdered sugar

    Melt butter in 9 x 13 inch pan. Mix flour and powdered sugar. Pat down to make crust. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
    4 eggs, beaten
    1/4 c. lemon juice
    2 c. sugar
    1/4 c. flour
    1 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 tsp. salt

    Beat together and pour over hot crust and bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Sift powdered sugar over top. Let cool. Cut in small squares.

  5. You are a lucky woman! I wish I had a bunch of lemons to worry about using! 🙂

    I don’t have a specific recipe, but one way to use and enjoy lemons (and other citrus) is to make homemade potpourri that simmers on your stove top. Makes your house smell wonderful! I’m sure most of the recipes call for lemon/orange, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, etc etc.

  6. Deborah Green says:

    I will have to go find some that I have, but remember when you are done with the lemon (after zesting and juicing) throw it in your garbage disposal to keep it fresh smelling.

  7. Lavender Lemonade
    Make a lavender simple syrup- 1 cup sugar,1 cup water, 1/4 lavender flowers.
    In sauce pan simmer on stove for about 10 minutes or so let cool then strain.
    Its keeps in a jar for about 3 weeks in the fridge.

    Take the juice of fresh squeezed lemons (I used about 8)
    Then add eqeal part water to juice.
    Then add about 1/2 of your lavender simple syrup.

    (you can make endless flavored simple syrups to use with the lemons)
    example ginger,violets and pansies.

    I hope to win your giveaway.

    I also have a good dilled tarter recipe on my The Rustic Kitchen {blog}
    My main blog is THE GARDEN GATE.

    Peace LOve and Joy,

  8. I just found this recipe, and I thought of your post. I would love to try these for the holidays!

  9. Wow that tree is really producing some nice lemons! I will add my grandmothers recipe to comments on friday it’s sooooo yummy.

  10. That tree looks gorgeous! Here is a recipe for Lemon Pepper Chicken in the Crockpot: http://fink-girl.livejournal.com/20997.html. Enjoy!

  11. If my husband and daughter were around you would have no more lemons. They both eat lemon like oranges. I put the peels in my food processor and process until they are little crumbles. I then freeze them and put them in cakes, cookies etc.

  12. If U don’t mind me asking, what part of Florida did U move to, my grand-parents lived in Pensacola until they both passed away, I love it there. I hope it is close to ur parents. I have a recipe from Taste of Home Magazine: Lemon Bread:
    1/2-cup butter, softened
    1-cup sugar
    2-tblsps-lemon juice
    1-tblsp-lemon peel
    1 1/2 cup-flour
    1-tsp-baking powder
    In a large bowl mix butter and sugar, add eggs, lemon juice, and lemon peel. In a small bowl put flour, baking powder, and salt. then add flour mixture to batter and milk. Pour into greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for 45 min or until done. Combine glaze ingredients and drizzle over loaf while still warm.
    Glaze Ingredients:
    2-tblsps-Lemon juice
    1/2 cup powdered sugar
    I hope U enjoy this to me it is more like a dessert than a bread, we love it!!!!

  13. I squeeze half a lemon into water every day for a quick pick me up in the afternoon. You can squeeze and strain all the lemons that are extra and freeze in ice cube trays to use whenever you need them.

  14. Even though I live in the Pacific Northwest, I also have an (indoor) lemon tree and am always on the lookout for good lemon recipes (I loooooove lemon!)
    Here are two that are tried & true (and a great breakfast alternative to cereal 😉 ):

    1C strawberries
    1/4C veggie oil (or sub applesauce)
    1/2C milk
    1 egg
    1 lemon, zested & juiced
    2C flour (whole wheat is great in this one!)
    1/2 tsp salt
    1tsp baking powder
    1/2C sugar (plus a smidge to sprinkle on the tops of muffins)
    1/4C brown sugar
    beat oil, milk, egg & lemon juice in bowl. mix zest, flour, salt, baking powder & sugars in bowl. Add strawberries to dry, then add oil mixture but do not over mix. bake @375 about 25″

    1C oats
    1C flour (whole wheat tastes best here, too!)
    1/4C sugar
    3tsp baking powder
    1/4tsp salt
    ***mix all of these together***
    (sep. bowl)
    2 egg whites
    1C milk
    2 tbs applesauce
    1tsp lemon zest
    1tsp lemon juice (or more, this is in place of vanilla… I like STRONG lemon taste)
    ***mix all of these then mix dry ingredients in***
    1C blueberries
    ***fold these in to batter, bake @400 about 20″

  15. Oh wow – that is awesome…. my daughter can eat leomons like oranges!!

  16. rachel hood says:

    i don’t have any fabulous recipes to share but a pretty box or bag of lemons would make a thoughtful (free to you) gift! just a suggestion.

  17. I already posted a recipe but I too have a ton of lemons to use up. I don’t have a tree but I recived a box of orgaic lemons from a friend. 🙂 Plus I just bought a BIG bag at Costco!

    So your post had got me really thinking about how I too will use up ALL these lemons.

    I found a Lemon chicken recipe here:


    I will be trying it soon it sounds sooo delish!

    Happy cookin’

    Peace Love and Joy,

  18. You can juice them and freeze the juice in ice cube trays–then it will keep and taste way better than storebought lemon juice! If you need another lemon bar recipe let me know, but mine is probably just like the others that have been posted 🙂

  19. I haven’t made these yet but saw them being made and they look divine and my husband is equally as keen for me to make them! They are on my to-bake list when I recover from this glandular fever I’ve got…

  20. Elizabeth S says:

    This isn’t exactly a recipe, but I love to squeeze a lemon over a salad instead of using dressing. It’s very tasty with much fewer calories!

  21. I saw this recipe for Preserved Lemons when I was participating in a Daring Kitchen month. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Preserved-Lemons-231570
    I like the gift basket idea too! Maybe a Summer Day in Winter. It goes with your keeping the holidays under budget post. 😉

  22. I am from Orlando and we have lots of lemons too!! We juice them and put them in ice cube trays then when they are frozen put them in a freezer bag and they use them throughout the year.
    Also I make lemon cheesecake, my father in law loves.
    2lbs. of cream cheese
    1 cup of sugar
    half cup of lemon juice
    4 eggs
    beat with a mixer together until smooth
    baked at 375 for an hour and let cool for an hour
    All in a graham craxker crust. This receipe usually 2-3 cheesecakes depending on the size of the pan. They are easy to freeze or make great gifts.


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