18 Tart and Decadent Lemon and Cream Cheese Desserts

Lemon Lush
Photo: Mackenzie Schieck

You'll often find cream cheese incorporated into desserts to balance their sweeter ingredients. But when cream cheese gets paired with lemon, the combination turns bright, tart, and tangy, with just the right amount of sweetness to help the citrus flavors shine even more. Try your hand at making one of these popular lemon and cream cheese desserts next time you need an unforgettable and irresistible treat.

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Lemon Cheesecake

Lemon Cheesecake
Katie Mak

If you're looking for a lemon cheesecake that's lower in fat, give this easy lemon cheesecake recipe a try. You can also use plain yogurt and add extra lemon zest and juice.

02 of 19

Italian Lemon Cream Cake

Italian Lemon Cream Cake
Cynthia Altamira

This copycat of a certain Italian restaurant's lemon cream cake may look intimidating, but it's easier than you'd think thanks to the use of boxed white cake mix. For a more pronounced lemon flavor, add a box of lemon-flavored instant pudding and the juice of one lemon to the cake batter.

03 of 19

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake

lemon cheesecake slice with orchid garnish

Light, fluffy, and tart, this no-bake lemon cheesecake is a lemon lover's dream. It's important that the evaporated milk is cold while you're whipping it — try keeping it refrigerated until you need to use it and chilling your mixer's beaters for perfectly stiff peaks.

04 of 19

Lemon-Filled Cupcakes

Lemon-Filled Cupcakes
bobbyflay wanna be

Lemony cupcakes are filled with lemon cream and topped with fluffy cream cheese frosting. "My daughter said that she wanted lemon cupcakes for her birthday so I found this recipe. Everyone loved the cupcakes and even went back for seconds which is unusual in our house," says community member Elizabeth Morris Rocha. "The frosting is very soft and very delicious."

05 of 19

Easy Lemon Sheet Cake

portrait shot lemon sheet cake slice

This simple sheet cake recipe is an easy way to dress up a box of cake mix and feed a crowd. It comes out moist and dense, and it's even better after a night in the fridge. If you can't find lemon pie filling, lemon curd will work just as well. The cream cheese frosting gets sprinkled with fresh lemon zest for an extra burst of flavor.

06 of 19

Lemon Icebox Pie III

overhead view of homemade Lemon Ice Box Pie III garnished with whipped cream, lemon slices, and mint leaves

A flavorful no-bake pie that doesn't have to sit in the fridge overnight? Yes, it does exist, and this easy, fabulous lemon icebox pie recipe is proof. Light and refreshing, this pie is ready in just over two hours and doesn't rely on gelatin or cool whip for its fluffy texture.

07 of 19

Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

Lemon Cream Cheese Bars
Photo by lutzflcat.

Traditional lemon bars get an indulgent kick with the addition of cream cheese. This recipe is easy, and the finished product tastes divine. If you don't care for refrigerated crescent roll dough, you can also use phyllo dough sheets — community member Alaskafood recommends using 6 sheets for the bottom and top layers.

08 of 19

Fluffy Lemon Fruit Pie

Fluffy Lemon Fruit Pie

Creamy, quick, and delicious, this no-bake pie gets its fruity flavor from a combination of lemon pudding mix and cherry pie filling. This recipe makes a lot of filling, so either use a larger crust or make a game plan for how to use up what's left over.

09 of 19

Lemon Coconut Cupcakes

Lemon Coconut Cupcakes
Deb C

Pairing sweet coconut with tart lemon accentuates both of the fruits' flavors, and the cream cheese frosting on top adds a touch of decadence to these light and moist cupcakes. Go ahead and make a double batch, because these won't last long.

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Luscious Lemon Snowballs

Luscious Lemon Snowballs
Cindy Capps Lepp

Do yourself a favor and double this recipe so they don't immediately disappear. These cookies are soft on the inside, crispy on the outside, and, most importantly, loaded with lemon and cream cheese flavor. There's not a single occasion where they wont fit in.

11 of 19

Lemon Pie II

slice of lemon pie garnished with fresh mint leaves
Melissa Goff

This simple no-bake lemon pie only requires five ingredients and comes together in just two hours and 10 minutes. It has a strong cream cheese flavor, so if you prefer something a little more citrusy, up the lemon juice and add some lemon zest to the cream cheese mixture as well.

12 of 19

Lemon Blueberry Cake

Lemon Blueberry Cake

"I just made this cake today for my daughter's boyfriend's birthday," says community member allyooop. "The frosting is amazing, lightly sweet and very creamy. I slightly altered the frosting by using blueberry cream cheese, it is delicious!!"

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Easy Lemon Bars

Easy Lemon Bars
Kimberly Kahmann Harvey

These lemon bars are incredibly easy to make, but people would never know from the taste alone. They're light and lemony without being overpowering or overly sweet. If you can't find a lemon cake mix that contains pudding, simply add in a package of lemon instant pudding.

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Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Lemon meringue cheesecake

This is how you impress your friends and relatives with a penchant for lemon cheesecake. A cross between lemon meringue pie and rich cheesecake, this dessert has an intense lemon flavor and a show-stopping appearance. For a creamier cheesecake, mix the ingredients in a food processor instead of using an electric mixer.

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Lemon-Zucchini Texas Sheet Cake

lemon-zucchini texas sheet cake
Tanya Johnson

Who says Texas sheet cake can only be chocolate? This lemony deviation gets lots of moisture and lift from fresh zucchini, and it has a sweet taste reminiscent of lemon Froot Loops. The twist is perfect for late summer since it's not too heavy and helps use up your extra zucchini.

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Lemon Cream Bundt Cake

Lemon Cream Bundt Cake
Janice Peiffer

This lemon Bundt cake gets a great deal of moisture and richness from the use of cream cheese, while grated lemon zest add pops of zingy flavor throughout. The lemon-sugar glaze on top hits the ultimate balance between tart and sweet and expertly contrasts the cake's creamy taste and dense texture.

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Lemon Spritz Cookies

Lemon Spritz Cookies
My Hot Southern Mess

These delicate and flavorful lemon spritz cookies are so easy to make you can simply put on some gloves and mix the batter with your hands. "you can feel the sugar and flours incorporate and it takes less time than to put together the mixer," says community member vampje.

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Lemon Lush

Lemon Lush
Mackenzie Schieck

When you're itching for a light, yet flavorful dessert, nothing gets the job done quite like lemon lush. This recipe is a definite show-stopper, and comes together in just under an hour. To amp up the tart flavor, add lemon juice and even lemon zest to the pudding portion.

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