43 Citrus Fruit Desserts to Brighten Up Your Day
March 2, 2021
We all know what to do when life gives us lemons, but what about when life gives you lime, grapefruits, oranges, or … kumquats? I have an idea: Make dessert! There are so many different types of citrus fruit out there with their own unique flavors, but they all share a certain mix of sweet, tart, and bright qualities, which are highlighted in this delicious dessert collection.
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I always think of citrus as a winter fruit, because that’s when we get the best and most interesting ones shipped up from the southern parts of North America. While the ground is frozen here, down there the climate is perfect for these pulpy fruits to thrive.
However, the bright and flavorful zests and juices of these fruits mean they work all year. Have you ever heard of someone turning down a lemon bar because of the weather? Yeah, me neither. Citrus treats are always a crowd pleaser. So find your new favorite, and spread that sweet and tart love around.
The Citrus Classics
It’s always a good idea to start with the old favorites, and when it comes to citrus there are a few you hear about over and over. Try these out for something nostalgic that will definitely hit the spot.
Bite-Sized Citrus Treats
These handheld mini sweets, including bars, cupcakes, and more, are perfect for filling out your dessert bar, bringing to a picnic, or simply enjoying a small taste of something citrus.
Citrus Fruit Cookies
One of my favorite treats to both make and eat, cookies are super versatile. They can range from soft and chewy to crunchy and snappy. From fancy macarons to homey shortbread. And everything is even better with citrus flavors.
What’s your favorite type of citrus? Whether you love lemon, lime, grapefruit, or even kumquat — there’s a dessert for that! Here are 43 to choose from.
Custard, Tarts and Pies
The tangy tartness of citrus fruit really lends itself to partnering with rich and creamy custard. With or without a flaky and buttery crust, the combination is a winner.
Showstopper Citrus Cakes
Layer, sheet, and loaf cakes are perfect for serving a crowd, plus they can make a gorgeous centerpiece for a dinner party. These selections vary in crumb and flavor, but they are all sweet and tangy.
Frozen Citrus Treats
Don’t forget about the ice cream! That’s something you’d never have to say to me. In my house, ice cream is practically its own food group, and these sweet and tart frozen treats are sure to kick that craving.