Lemon Souffles

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Lemon souffles are a so light and just slightly sweet that you won’t feel guilty for having one as an afternoon snack.

Lemon Souffle

I’m still enjoying Lemon, don’t worry I’ll have chocolate back next week. And these Lemon Souffles are low calorie, almost sugar free so we might be able to call it a …. healthy dessert.

One of the things I love about my kids all being in school (besides the fact that they are getting an education) is, I get some me time every day. I know, during that me time, I’m supposed to be cleaning, doing laundry, running errands…haha, are you laughing yet? I know if my hubby reads this, the neighbors will be able to hear his laughter.

Lemon Souffle

But I do have the time to sit back and enjoy a nice treat that the kids probably wouldn’t like anyway. Well, they would probably like it but I really don’t want to share it with them, how’s that?

I fell in love with souffles a while back but I’d never made a dessert souffle. I know why I put it off. It’s the whole kids thing. They want cake or cookies or bars or ice cream. Not some girlie dessert that looks all pretty and you don’t gobble down with a tall glass of milk.

Lemon Souffle

It was time, the perfect day, you can almost smell spring just around the corner. I’d already done some laundry and I had no intention of cleaning anyway. These Lemon Souffles are so light and airy, just the right amount of lemon, a tiny bit sweet. It’s one of those desserts that doesn’t make you feel stuffed when you’re done.

Lemon Souffle

Lemon Souffle

Lemon Souffle


  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel, optional
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 egg whites
  • powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, lightly spray ramkens or other single serving oven proof baking dishes with non stick spray. ( I used coffee cups)
  2. In a small bowl whisk together egg yolks and milk. In a large wide bowl, combine 2 tablespoons sugar and flour, Whisk to combine. Add in butter, lemon juice and peel. Whisk till creamy and smooth. Add in egg mixture and stir till combined. Set aside.
  3. In separate bowl, beat egg whites with a mixer until soft peaks begin to form. Gradually add in remaining sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Add in about 1/4 of egg yolk mixture to egg whites and gently fold with a large spatula or spoon. Once combined, add egg white mixture back into the large bowl with the egg yolk mixture, gently folding until incorporated.
  4. Spoon mixture into prepared dishes to 3/4 full. Place dishes in a 9 x 13 pan on rack in middle of oven. Add boiling water to pan to bring water to a depth of 1 inch (about 6 cups of water.) Bake for 35-40 minutes until tops are golden and spring back when lightly touched. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Dust with powdered sugar.


adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
makes 4-5 servings depending on size of dish


Lemon Souffle
Need some more lemon ideas? Try these recipes.
Creamy Lemon-Lime Bars from Cooking on the Side
Classic Lemon Bars from Patty’s Food
Lemon Crunch Cookies from Shugary Sweets

I’m sharing at some of these great parties.

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. MMM I have actually never had a lemon souffle! This one looks delightful! And a healthy dessert – yes please! 😉

  2. This dessert looks so lovely, Joan! Light, fluffy and airy – perfect for spring. I’ve always been too intimidated to make souffle – if I ever get up the nerve to do it, I hope mine look as beautiful as yours. I love that you made these in mugs – too cute!

  3. Wow Joan, these are beautiful! I have always been intimidated by the word “soufflé”, but these are irresistible! I love making things just for myself too.

  4. Joan, I was thinking of souffles the other day too! I think this is the universe’s way of showing me the path to souffle heaven!

  5. Gorgeous Joan!!

  6. Oh! I love how light this seems. I’ve never tried souffle but if I ever do, I think I need to use this recipe! I love all things lemons so I’m guaranteed to like this, I think. 🙂

  7. Sounds like a wonderful treat to enjoy when you’ve got the whole house to yourself! YUM! So pretty too!

  8. These sound fantastic. Even better when you can eat them in a little peace and quiet.

  9. OMG – I could eat one of these everyday! I adore lemon. These look and sound supreme. Lovely photos!

  10. These look wonderful. I never made a souffle. I think I am scared. But I think I want to try this. Thank you for sharing.

    We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.

  11. This looks great! It sounds like the perfect dessert for a spring day. Pinned it for the next soufflé occasion 😉

  12. This looks so devine Joan xx Misbah

  13. Beautiful! I love souffles and always order them when I see them on a restaurant menu. Making them is on my to-do list…

  14. I haven’t had a souffle in forever. This looks gorgeous

  15. I love lemon – this looks great! I found you on Marvelous Mondays. I would love it if you would share on my site: http://rediscovermom.blogspot.com/2013/03/tried-and-true-recipes-5.html

  16. Found you on Mandy’s Recipe Box…this looks GREAT! I am going to pin it too! I blog at mylifeasrobinswife.com. Blessings!

  17. I’ve never made souffle, but lemon sounds amazing!!! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays! you are a faithful linker! love it! Really appreciate you stopping by my blog! I’m trying to keep in better touch with my linkers/readers… If you already follow me, please let me know I will find your blog on Bloglovin (I’m transferring my follows there)if you don’t follow in any way, would you consider following via GFC or other method?

  18. Yum! The few times I’ve made a souffle, I’ve wondered why I don’t do them more often. Love the idea of doing a lemon one. I think I’ve only tried chocolate and raspberry. Happy spring!

  19. Oh I know that feeling about the housework! Today is one of those days! This is so pretty and looks amazing! Thanks for sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  20. Adorable! I love them in the cups!

  21. Saw this through Karyn’s Two Cup Tuesday. Your photos are lovely, Joan! And lemon is my favourite flavour of all time <3

  22. It’s been ages since I made a souffle. Love your delicate ones, Joan.

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