Candied Lemon Slices

Use Candied Lemon Slices to garnish cakes, such as our Lemon Bar Cheesecake, or cocktails. Candied Lemon Slices also make tasty snacks.

Candied Lemon Slices
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell


  • 2 small lemons

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Cut lemons into 1/8-inch-thick rounds; discard seeds. Stir together sugar, lemon juice, and water in a large skillet over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add lemon slices, and simmer gently, keeping slices in a single layer and turning occasionally, 14 to 16 minutes or until slightly translucent and rinds are softened. Remove from heat. Place slices in a single layer in a wax paper-lined jelly-roll pan, using tongs. Cool completely (about 1 hour). Cover and chill 2 hours to 2 days. Reserve syrup for another use.

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