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Candied Lemon Slices are a simple, yet impressive use for those extra lemons you have laying around. They are a great edible garnish, and they make perfect gifts (especially when you dip them in chocolate)!

candied lemon slices

when life gives you lemons, candy them.

Have you ever ended up with too many lemons? It sounds like a crazy problem to have, right? Well, it happens to the best of us. Luckily for y’all, I have the solution! Candy them. This recipe is beyond easy, but the end result will have people thinking that you are quite the seasoned chef!

candied lemon slices

why i love these candied lemon slices

This incredibly easy recipe makes for a great garnish for all kinds of desserts. They also make great gifts! They don’t take very long to make, and uses the simplest ingredients. Also, this is a great way to use up any extra lemons you have hanging around!

ingredients you’ll need

  • Lemons
  • Sugar
  • Water

how to make candied lemon slices

  1. Slice 2-3 lemons.
  2. Mix sugar, water, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Let the sugar dissolve in the water, and then add the lemon slices. Bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, reduce to simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes, flipping lemon slices once, until it is a thick consistency.
  4. Transfer lemon slices to a cooling rack and let cool.
candied lemon slices

save the syrup!

This is possibly the best part of this whole recipe. Once the lemon slices are done simmering, you will have this amazing lemon simple syrup left. You can use this in all kinds of things, including cocktails, lemonade, and sauces.

tips for making candied lemon slices

Slice the lemons fairly thin, so you don’t have a thick piece of lemon rind to chew on. Approximately 1/8 inch thick is best.

To step this recipe up a notch, get out your dehydrator! You can pop these bad boys in the dehydrator for a couple of hours to make them even more like a piece of candy.

Sprinkle lemon slices with sugar while they are cooling for an added texture.

These candied lemon slices are even better dipped in chocolate, which also make for a great gift! You can also use this recipe with orange slices. Here’s a great recipe for Candied Orange Peels (Dipped In Chocolate).

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Candied Lemon Slices

Candied Lemon Slices are a simple, yet impressive edible garnish. They also make perfect gifts, especially when you dip them in chocolate!
Course Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword candied lemon slices, dessert, garnish, lemon slices, lemons
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 15 slices
Cost $3


  • medium sauce pan


  • 2-3 lemons sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice fresh
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar


  • In a medium saucepan, mix water, sugar, and lemon juice. Add lemon slices and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer.
  • Let simmer for 15 minutes, flipping lemons once, until it's a thick consistency.
  • Remove lemon slices and place on a cooling rack. Let cool completely.


  • Sprinkle lemon slices with sugar while they are cooling for an added texture!
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3 years ago

5 stars
OMG, yum! Perfect for Christmas!

3 years ago

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