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Candied Lemon Slices

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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 16 slices
Calories: 52kcal
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 1 cup granulated sugar see Notes below
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 lemons sliced


  • In a large saucepan over high heat add the sugar, water and lemon juice. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the lemon slices, then turn the heat to a simmer (medium-low). Simmer gently for 40 minutes, or until the slices are translucent and the liquid has reduced considerably.
  • Transfer the candied lemon slices to parchment paper and arrange in a single layer. Allow the lemon slices to dry overnight or at least 8 hours before enjoying or storing.



White cane sugar produces the prettiest the results and allows the lemons to dry with a clear coating. Having said that, if you prefer a healthier option and aren't concerned about looks, coconut sugar can be used instead.
You can reserve the sugar syrup leftover in the post after simmering the lemons. This is also known as lemon simply syrup and it makes an excellent addition to warm and cold beverages alike.
Please read the full post above for lots of valuable tips, tricks and information.
These make a great topping for our Gluten Free Lemon Drizzle Cake!


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg