Making Candied Lemons is something you can easily do anytime of year. But, if you have an excess of lemons (like if you have a lemon tree, or someone gifts you tons of lemons) then this is a great way to make them last even longer!
Use this recipe for Candied Lemons for cakes, cupcakes, or brownie toppings. Try adding them to my Sourdough Lavender Lemon Bundt Cake, Vanilla Buttermilk Sheet Cake, or my Earl Grey Green Tea Pound Cake.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
You will love this recipe for Candied Lemons because it's so easy! You can also add in oranges or grapefruits as well. If you have citrus that is on the fritz, the best thing to do is candy it! This recipe only requires sugar, water, and lemons – that's it!
Candied Lemons make other desserts look extra fancy. That's what I love about them. They make a beautiful garnish to cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and more. You can even add them into candy boxes or cookie boxes around the holidays.
What Can You Do with Candied Lemons?
You can eat them like candy! Yes, if you're wondering how to make candy lemon slices, then this is it! These Candied Lemons are just candy lemon slices that are sweet, tart and a perfect little treat. You can also wrap them up a little cellophane bag and tie a ribbon around them for a really sweet gift.
You can also sift powdered sugar on top or dip them in chocolate for an even more indulgent candy treat.
You can also decorate other desserts with them, like cakes, cupcakes, or bars. These little candy lemon slices are perfect for topping any kind of pastries to give them added sweetness, but also make them even more beautiful!
How to Make Candied Lemons
There is only 3 ingredients in this easy recipe. I am going to show you how to make candy lemon slices, known as Candied Lemons. All you need is:
The lemons are important! But, you can also use this recipe to candy oranges, grapefruits or other citrus. You can use regular lemons or even Meyer lemons (like I have here), both are delicious!
Organic Cane Sugar
Make sure you are using organic cane sugar, as this will give you the best flavor. One of my favorite brands is Florida Crystals, but there are many out there that are also good!
Water and sugar are used together to create a simple syrup that coats these lemons. It is equal parts water and sugar. So, if you want to make a larger or smaller batch, you can just use equal parts of water and sugar.
Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Candied LemonsDifficulty: Easy
This easy recipe for how to make candied lemons can be used as garnishes on cakes, cupcakes, or you can even dip them in chocolate for a sweet treat.
2 to 3 organic lemons
227 grams (1 cup) organic cane sugar
1 cup water
- Slice lemons and remove seeds.
- In a medium skillet, add the sugar and water. Put over medium heat. Stir to combine and allow the sugar to dissolve completely. Add the sliced lemons and make sure they are all flat in the skillet.
- Simmer over medium heat until the rinds are soft and the liquid is thick and sticky. They will also have darkened in color.
- Remove them from the pan, and place on a silicone mat or parchment paper.
- Once cool, sift powdered sugar over the top, dip in melted chocolate, or use on top of desserts.
- Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- High Altitude – Follow recipe as noted.
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