How to Make Candied Lemon Slices

Making Candied Lemon Slices is EASY! Enjoy them as candy or adorn beautiful baked goods with them!


Did you know that lemons in their entirety, peels and all, are edible? With a little bit of cooking magic, lemons (or any citrus fruit) turn into candy. And beautiful decorations for baked goods!

Start out with 3 large lemons because, unless you are very adept at using a mandoline or unless you are an expert at cutting consistently uniform slices with a knife, you will want to leave room for error. I used my mandoline to cut my lemon slices and I still had a culling rate of about 30-35%.

Place lemon slices in a single layer in simmering water.


Simmer for 15 minutes, gently flipping once or twice during cooking.


Transfer to waxed paper or a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely.

Eat them solo like a piece of candy or even dip them into chocolate first! These also look amazing on baked goods such as cakes, cookie or cupcakes like this Yellow Poppyseed Cake, Lemon Layer Cake and Lemon Ice Box Pie!