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16 Limoncello Desserts That Are Tart, Tangy and Delicious

May 18, 2023

Treat yourself to a taste of the Mediterranean without ever leaving home.

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Our Best Limoncello Dessert Ideas

Be it the dog days of summer or the coldest nights of winter, there are times when you just crave a refreshing, lemony dessert. By using the Italian liqueur limoncello, you can infuse your desserts with that citrus flavor no matter the season. From cookies and bread pudding to tantalizing summery drinks, we have a treasure trove of delightful recipes designed to keep you cool, refreshed, and thoroughly satisfied. Whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue, looking for a light summer dessert, or simply craving a taste of Italy in a glass, these limoncello recipes will transport your taste buds to a Mediterranean paradise—starting with this rich, ricotta cheesecake. Aside from being oh-so-delicious, it's a great recipe to keep handy if you don't own a springform pan. It bakes up beautifully into perfect, tasty squares.

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Glazed Limoncello Cookies

A limoncello-spiked glaze is the perfect topping for a crisp butter cookie. These cookies are elegant enough to serve at a dinner party but not so fancy they wouldn’t make the ideal addition to a bake sale table.

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Challah Bread Pudding with Limoncello

Light and fluffy challah bread makes an excellent bread pudding that’s full of rich, custardy goodness. The bright and citrusy lemon glaze is the perfect finishing touch.

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Limoncello Torta

Think of this limoncello torta as a lemon-flavored tiramisu. There are layers of limoncello-dipped lady fingers, tangy lemon curd, and candied lemon peel—topped off with a light and fluffy whipped cream topping.

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