candied lemon slices coated with sugar

Candied Lemon Slices

Thinly sliced lemons simmered in a mixture of sugar and water make a perfect garnish or treat, and result in an amazing lemon syrup.

Course candy
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting time 1 day
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 320 kcal
Author Danielle Wolter


  • 3 lemons, preferably Meyer lemons
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup sugar (for coating)
  • 10 pieces melting chocolate (OPTIONAL)


  1. Slice lemons thinly (1/4-1/8") and remove any seeds.
  2. Heat water and 2 cups of sugar in a large saucepan or skillet over medium high heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture begins to simmer. 

  3. Add lemon slices.
  4. Simmer for 1 hour, flipping every 15 minutes.
  5. Remove lemon slices from syrup and lay on parchment paper. 
  6. Let sit out for 1 day (24 hours). 
  7. Coat with remaining 1/4 cup of sugar.

  8. OPTIONAL: melt some chocolate in a microwave safe dish and dip the sugar coated lemon slices in the chocolate.

  9. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator, with slices between the parchment paper or waxed paper to avoid sticking. If they are coated with chocolate, they will not keep as long. You should eat them within a day or two.