5 from 2 votes
Close up image with text of candied lemon zest on top of pink lemonade cake
Candied Lemon Zest
Work Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Candied Lemon Zest is beautiful atop any dessert or chopped in cookies.  So pretty and tasty!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Candied Lemon Zest
Calories: 387 kcal
  • Zest from 2 lemons
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  1. With a sharp vegetable peeler, cut long strips of zest from lemons, being sure not to take any of the bitter white pith. Slice the strips into ⅛-inch-thick strands.

  2. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan; add the zest and simmer until translucent, about 20 min. Remove from heat and let cool in the syrup.
  3. Strain zest and use for garnish. Use the syrup in drinks or on pancakes. You can refrigerate both for 2 weeks.
Recipe Notes

You can use it to top any type of dessert, or chop it up and add it to cookies. It will keep in the fridge, tightly covered for several weeks, and the sugar syrup that goes along with it can be used in cocktails as a simple syrup.

Nutrition Facts
Candied Lemon Zest
Amount Per Serving
Calories 387
% Daily Value*
Sodium 7mg0%
Carbohydrates 100g33%
Sugar 100g111%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.