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.

Lemon Bars

Slumber & Scones

Classic Key Lime Pie

Flavor the Moments

Lemon Meringue Pie

Shugary Sweets

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.

Kumquat Cupcakes

Christina’s Cucina

Grapefruit Donuts

We Are Not Martha

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

The Cooking Collective

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.

Grapefruit Crinkle Cookies

We Are Not Martha

Lemon Macarons

House of Nash Eats

Blood Orange Shortbread Cookies

Tara’s Multicultural Table

Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars

The Toasty Kitchen

Blood Orange Madeleines

Barley & Sage

Iced Orange Cookies


Key Lime Cookies

Modern Meal Makeover

Honey Orange Macarons

Food Nouveau

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.

Grapefruit Pie

An Alli Event

Orange Panna Cotta

Cooking Journey Blog

Mandarin Orange Tart

Slumber & Scones

Mini Lime Tartlets

Barth Bakery

Lemon Thyme Tarts

Twists and Zests

Candied Kumquat Tart

Barley & Sage

Creamsicle Pie

Sula and Spice

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.

Blood Orange Pavlova

My Kitchen Love

Mascarpone Lemon Cheesecake

Mother Would Know

Kumquat Lavender Cake

Global Kitchen Travels

Lemon Poke Cake

Lemon Blossoms

Grapefruit Ricotta Cake

Kristine’s Kitchen

Lemon on a Cloud

That Skinny Chick Can Bake

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.

Creamy Lemon Ice Cream

The Flavor Bender

Grapefruit and Blood Orange Popsicles

Keep Calm & Eat Ice Cream

Tangelo Granita with Kiwi

The Devil Wears Salad

Orange Creamsicles

Vegan Huggs

Lemon Sherbet

Scotch & Scones

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Chenee Today

Blood Orange Margarita Sorbet

Beyond Mere Sustenance

Are you a citrus lover? If you weren’t a citrus fan before, I bet you will be after making your way through these gorgeous recipes. This is the perfect winter, spring, and summer dessert checklist. Which one are you most excited to try?

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4 thoughts on “43 Citrus Fruit Desserts to Brighten Up Your Day

  1. I love citrus… I want all of these haha! The ones at the top of my list are the grapefruit mini bundt cakes, key lime pie, lemon ice cream, key lime pie ice cream, and basically everything blood orange!

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