Candied Meyer Lemon Recipe

Use this Candied Meyer Lemon Recipe to create a special treat and a lovely garnish for many baked goods.

Candied lemons are great way to dress-up many baked goods. Sometimes adding a special touch can elevate an otherwise basic treat. These candied Meyer lemons do just that. And they are edible too! Although they may look fancy they’re really very easy to make. Here let me show you how:

candied lemon

First, slice lemons very thinly. I used Meyer lemons but lemons, limes, or any citrus will work. Next, begin the blanching process by bringing a pot of water to a boil and boiling the lemon slices for about a minute, the lemon slices then go for a cool swim in an ice bath. A water and sugar syrup is created and brought to a simmer where lemon slices will hang for about an hour until the rinds are translucent.

They become very jewel-like-like a stained-glass window. They’re so pretty!

I sure hope you enjoy these!

Candied Meyer Lemon Recipe
Use these to garnish cakes or other baked goods.
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 4 Meyer lemons (or two regular lemons)
  • ice water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  1. Thinly sliced lemons and remove any seeds. You should have about 24 thin slices, give or take.
  2. Prepare a medium-size bowl with ice and water.
  3. Bring a pot of water to boil, add lemon slices and boil for one minute. remove slices from boiling water and plunge into ice water for a couple of minutes until cool, then drain.
  4. In a medium-size skillet bring sugar and water to a simmer, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved.
  5. Add lemon slices in a single layer and simmer for about an hour, until rinds are translucent.
  6. Remove lemon slices and cool on wire rack.
Use candied lemon slices to garnish cakes and other baked goods.

Candied lemon slices may be kept refrigerated up to one month in a sealed, airtight container.

Adapted slightly from Martha Stewart.

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  1. 1


    I am absolutely in LOVE with Meyer Lemons and am always looking for new ways to use them. This recipe looks great and I can’t wait to use it!!

  2. 2

    Sally T. says

    I saved this recipe just because I Love Mayer Lemons~and they will
    go into my Sweet Tea~so pretty

  3. 5

    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective says

    These lemons are just gorgeous! There is just some many uses for these!

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    I bought a Meyer lemon tree this winter to grow on my windowsill. It is blooming now and the whole house smells wonderful! There are tiny lemons forming at the base of the flowers. Oh I hope I get full grown lemons so I can try this! Your photos are gorgeous, by the way.

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    Oh my. That top photo with it’s little glint of light on the drip is perfection. You should sell prints of this entire post. I need some lemon love in my life.

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    Lenora Yuen says

    I love Meyer lemons and tried this recipe but I hung them to dry,
    Then coated them with sugar in baggie and froze on cookie sheet.
    I have these little babies all summer.

  7. 15

    Heather says

    If I want to cut these in to 4 pieces, should I do that before or after they are candied?

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    Nikki says

    Can you tell me what is the reason for blanching them and doing the iced water bath first? This is so fun and yummy! What a treat! I can NOT WAIT for spring and fresh fruit at the peak of the season! I might try this with every citrus I can find! he he

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