Limoncello: Best Dessert Recipes

By Julie Sews - 3:10:00 PM

Villa Masa Limocello

Oh Limoncello where have you been all my life?  I had never even heard of Limoncello before receiving this sample of Villa Massas, so I did so research about it and it's actually used in a lot of dessert recipes as well as cocktails.  That's what I'm talking about spirits that do double duty! 

So what is Limoncello? Limoncello is liquor infused with lemons, purified water, and sweetener that originated in Italy.  I tried Villa Masa's limoncello.  Villa Massa uses a family recipe that dates back to 1890.  It is an all natural lemon liqueur made in the Sorrento peninsula on shaded hillside terraces overlooking Naples.  Villa Masa's is 100% all-natural,made from quality ingredients and contain no artificial preservatives, additives or coloring.  Limoncello is traditionally served chilled before or after a meal, served over fruit salad, or with vanilla ice cream.
Check Out How To Make Limoncello from Real Epicurean
As you can imagine there are plenty of great drink recipes for Limoncello.  Check out Villa Masa's limoncello pdf drink recipe sheet (also has a recipe for lemon butter squares) for some ideals.  Below is a collection of my favourite limoncello dessert recipes.  

Best Limoncello Dessert Recipes

Limoncello Freeze
Lemon Freeze from My Recipes

This Limoncello Freeze dessert sounds super easy you basically combine lemon curd with limoncello, organic vanilla ice cream or lemon sorbet, and layer with crumbled cookies that are organic lemon or vanilla.  You could also layer with whipped cream, or ice cream or sorbet without lemon curd or limoncello too for added demension.  Check out My Recipes for the full recipe

Limoncello Cream Cheese Ice Cream
Limoncello Cream Cheese Ice Cream from Vintage Kitchen
I have yet to try this recipe from Vintage Kitchen, but as soon as it starts to get warm here it's number 1 on my list to try.  I learned from my adventures last summer developing no ice cream machine needed ice cream the science behind making ice cream.  One way to avoid getting icy ice cream and making it more fool proof is to add fat, sugar, or alcohol to your mix to prevent ice crystals from forming since fat, sugar, and alcohol don't freeze.  I learned from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, that cream cheese helps to prevent this too and is the secret ingredient in their ice cream.  I also love cream cheese ice cream so adding cream cheese to ice cream is a no brainer for me (unless your vegan).  This recipe has both cream cheese and alcohol, which means to me likely to turn out.  I also think lemon ice cream sounds perfect for a summer day and a little different than the norm. 

Easy Limoncello Dessert
Rachel Ray's Easy Limoncello ice cream dessert
This easy limoncello dessert recipe from Rachel Ray would be perfect for entertaining or for a casual dessert because it's super simple, yet unique and decadent.  Basically you buy some organic lemon sorbet and vanilla ice cream and vanilla or lemon cookies place one scoop of each vanilla ice cream and lemon sorbet into a bowl, then pour some limoncello over it and top with cookies and whip cream (my ideal)!    The limocelleo is the secret ingredient that will surprise your guest and make it feel a little special.

Limoncello Cupcakes
Lemon- Limoncello Cupcake Recipe 
I love cupcakes with filling so these Limoncello cupcakes from Brown Eyed Baker with a lemon curd filling and cream cheese frosting are right up my ally. 

Limoncello Thumb Print Cookies
Local Lemons limoncello thumbprint cookies
Lemon cookies are a nice change of pace from the typical chocolate chip cookies.  Check out Local Lemons limoncello thumbprint cookies for a new take on the standard peanut butter chocolate kiss cookies.

Limoncello Vegan GF Cheesecake Bites  
Limoncello Vegan Cheesecake Bites from BitterSweet
These limoncello cheesecake bites from Bitter Sweet are vegan, flour less, and gluten free.  You can use real cream cheese instead of vegan cream cheese if you want (obviously they won't be vegan anymore then), or make your own vegan "cream cheese" from cashews .  These can be baked as a cake or as bites in a muffin pan.

You can make your own limoncello, all you need is a bag of organic lemons, alcohol and sugar,  but I say why bother if you can find a natural one at a reasonable price like Villa Massa's (SRP is $24.99 for a 750ml bottle).

Disclaimer: Samples of the products discussed here were provided to me for reviewing purposes at no cost, but I have not been paid in any other way for this review.

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