Candied Lemon Slices

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Candied lemon slices are an easy-to-make treat that is perfect for topping cakes and cookies. Learn how to make delicious candied lemons here!

Candied lemon slices resting on a silver metal rack with a silver spoon poking through one of them.
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If you are a citrus lover like myself, you are going to LOVE this recipe! Candied lemons could not be easier to make, yet they add such an elegant and sophisticated touch to everything they are used for. Also, they are truly delicious. You take all the sour notes of lemon and transform them into something magical. This method also makes a great way to use up any extra lemons you have on hand before they go bad. Enjoy!

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Super easy to make.
  • Sweet, tart, rich, decadent and flavorful.
  • Can be used a large variety of ways.
  • Vibrant and beautiful—makes a stunning decorative element!
  • Naturally vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free.
6 lemon slices rest on a small silver rack.

🗒️ Ingredient Notes

Lemons: Since you will be eating the peels and all, I do recommended buying organic lemons to avoid harmful pesticides. Look for deep yellow lemons with smooth skins for best results.

Sugar: Using white cane sugar will produce the prettiest results and is recommend if you plan on decorating baked goods or garnishing dishes with these candied lemons. If looks are unimportant, you can use coconut sugar for a slightly healthier option (though the flesh will turn brown!).

Lemon juice: A touch of lemon juice both tenderizes the lemon peels and adds additional flavor to these candied lemon slices.

A silver rack topped with slices of candied lemons and silver fork resting through one.

🔪 Instructions

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  1. 5 stars
    This is a smart way to use up a big bag of lemon from Costco. I now have tons of candied lemon in the freezer, ready to be added to tea or cakes.

  2. 5 stars
    I had no idea candied lemons were this easy to make. I’ll be making these often. Yum!

  3. 5 stars
    I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make these candied lemons!! They looked so pretty and were so easy to make – we used them as a garnish for our morning tea!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh how fun! This definitely is the perfect use for leftover lemons. They would add such a wonderful touch to cakes and pies.