Lemon Glaze Recipe – A Refreshing and Versatile Sweet Glaze

This blog post is all about my simple and easy lemon glaze recipe!

This recipe is all about how to make an easy lemon glaze which I know you’ll make time and time again once you try it out! You’ll most likely make this recipe and think, “Was this recipe really that easy?” The answer is, yes! My lemon glaze is sweet, tangy, and a breath of fresh air that bursts with flavor.

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This east lemon glaze recipe requires just 3 simple ingredients and is the perfect glaze for enhancing cakes, bread, donuts, angel food cakes, cookies, and much more. You can make this refreshing lemon glaze in just short 5 minutes and have some additional glaze leftover to use in various sweet recipes.

One of my favorite things about the spring and summer months is walking into my home and finding a giant bowl of fresh, seasonal lemons! Though, sometimes I leave them there looking bold and beautiful rather than cooking with them.

In the past year, I decided to grab a couple of lemons out of a bowl on my countertop and put them to good use! 

I found myself craving the delicate and fresh taste of lemons so I decided to start adding them to my water, main courses, sides dishes and you guessed it – desserts!

That’s when I tried making lemon glaze for the first time. Once I tried it out in my kitchen and had a taste of it on some vanilla pound cake with fluffy Coolwhip – I was hooked!

Products I used to make this recipe:

  1. Lemon Lime Squeezer 
  2. Pyrex 3 Piece Glass Measuring Cup Set

  3. Pyrex 3 Piece Glass Mixing Bowl Set

Since then, I’ve been using lemon glaze to dress up up breakfast plates like lemon and blueberry pancakes, breakfast rolls with cream cheese icing, and even lemon-meringue crepes.

Having said that, this glaze makes normal recipes look and taste lighter, fresher, and oh so fancy. 

Luckily, this lemon glaze recipe is super quick and a staple glaze for most households that prefer homemade icings and glazes over store-bought ones.

This lemon glaze is also optimal for people that love to cook but don’t have a ton of time to do so and still want to impress guests and family with their food creations.

One bite or dollop of this lemon glaze will have you wanting to bake essentially every sweet bread or pound cake recipe you can think of just to add this glaze on top and share with loved ones. Or…have some extra pieces left to devour all by yourself 🙂


Not only is lemon glaze lighter in consistency than most other icing or glazes, but its calorie count is also way lighter as well.

This is an overall plus for the warmer months as baking calorie-packed desserts or sweet treats can make one feel overly full or sick after being outside swimming, doing yard work or running errands in the spring and summertime.

Without a doubt, my lemon glaze recipe is a solutionto that! Lemon glaze is not mandatory for every baked good or dessert but certainly adds that finishing touch while remaining light.

If you do not want to cover sweet bread, rolls, cakes, or cupcakes in traditional icing, you can simply drizzle a lemon glaze over these treats. Not only does it make the dish even that much lighter in calories, but it also looks fancy drizzled in delicate zig-zags.

Another reason to love this glaze recipe is that it is made with ONLY 3 ingredients! Yep, you heard me correctly-just 3.

This makes cooking dinner and dessert on a time crunch painless as not a lot of energy or preparation must go into this recipe. With all the time leftover, you’ll probably make another recipe you can put this lemon glaze on all while impressing guests, your family, and even yourself.

I totally felt like the queen of the world after accomplishing a full day’s work, preparing a stellar dinner, and then making sweet bread with lemon glaze on top. Little did anyone know, I still had time leftover to make Italian cookies for the next day.

Then, I even dipped those Italian cookies in the lemon glaze on a whim! Superwoman you might ask?? 🙂



  • Lemons – Fresh lemon juice from lemons is the ultimate way to make this recipe! However, store-bought lemon juice also works.
  • Powdered Sugar Otherwise known as confectioners’ sugar, is needed to make the creamy and light consistency of a lemon glaze. Regular sugar can work as well, but it won’t be as smooth and much more granular when trying to whisk. I’d say stick to powdered sugar here if you can.
  • Butter For this lemon glaze recipe to turn out well, you’re going to need to make sure you have butter at room temperature. I always use salted butter in my recipes, but unsalted butter is perfectly fine too- it’s up to your personal preference. The burst of lemon flavor typically cuts any taste of salt. So, unsalted butter is perfectly adequate here if that’s what you have on hand

Cooking + Baking Tip: I ADORE these squeeze bottles from Amazon and think you will too.  They make drizzling icing and glazes mess-free as well as easy to reuse!

Made with butter, powdered sugar, and lemon juice, this glaze is both delicious and easy to make. Simply mix all the ingredients together and enjoy the sweet, tart flavor of lemon. You can also add a little lemon zest to garnish if you’d like.

Either way, this glaze is sure to take your desserts to the next level. It’s the perfect recipe to top off your favorite desserts and baked treats. 


  1. MixMix together melted butter (or room temp butter) with lemon juice.
  2. AddAdd confectioners’ sugar slowly while whisking with a hand whisk or blender. Stop blending when the consistency of the glazes looks smooth and there are no visible lumps.
  3. Time to Drizzle, Dip or Dunk!Drizzle your creamy lemon glaze on top of your favorite bread, cookies, scones, and more! There are a few ways to add this lemon glaze on top of baked goods, just be sure to do it once your baked goods or sweets are done cooling off. Then, it’s time to devour!



Lemon glaze at room temperature:

If you do this, your lemon glaze will become thicker and harden a bit. This a great as you don’t want the glaze to melt or drip off desserts.

Storing lemon glaze in the fridge :

When you want to use it, just warm up the glaze in a microwaveable bowl for 15-30 seconds right before adding it on top of baked goods. You want to make sure the glaze is slightly warmed up to its pourable. Freezing glazes in general are not recommended as this will cause any glaze to bubble when warming up and have an unsightly aftertaste and look.

How to make the lemon glaze thicker/lighter:

If you want a thicker glaze, add more sugar a tablespoon at a time. Alternatively, if you want the lemon glaze to be lighter, use less sugar.

How to Store Leftover Lemon Glaze:

I usually store my lemon glaze in a bowl, in the refrigerator. Usually, I can leave my glaze for up to two weeks in the fridge if it’s sealed correctly. Tastes as fresh as the first day of making it! Though, I typically only store my lemon glaze for a week as it’s gone sooner than later.


  • Breakfast rolls
  • Donuts
  • Scones
  • Muffins
  • Cookies
  • Bread
  • Cakes
  • Pound Cakes
  • Pancakes
  • Sweet Souffles
  • Waffles
  • Crepes

Hopefully, now you know how to make this lemon glaze and will start making this recipe to add to numerous sweet creations in your kitchen! Be sure to tag Style Like Shelby when making this easy lemon glaze.

It would be a pleasure to know what recipes you end up making!



This blog post was all about an easy lemon glaze recipe!




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