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This No-Bake Dessert Is So Easy to Make Carlota de Limon Recipe

If you're looking for a refreshing and easy-to-make dessert to complement your Mexican meal, look no further than this delightful Carlota de Limón. With its zesty lime flavor and creamy texture, it's sure to be a hit at any gathering. Best of all, it requires minimal prep time and just a few simple ingredients.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Refrigeration: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Hispanic, Mexican, Vegetarian
  • Servings: 10 servings
  • Calories: 161 kcal


  • 1 baking dish


  • 3/4 cup limes juice (about 6 small Mexican limes)
  • 12 oz evaporated milk (1 regular can)
  • 12 oz condensed milk (1 regular can, adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 packs of Maria cookies (depending on the shape and size of your dish)


  • Juice the limes and strain the juice through a fine sieve into a blender. Add the evaporated milk, condensed milk, and vanilla extract. Blend for a couple of minutes until you achieve a smooth mixture. Avoid over-blending to prevent the formation of air bubbles.
  • In a baking dish, pour a little bit of the lime-milk mixture, then arrange a single layer of Maria cookies. Coat the cookies with the milk mixture, and repeat the layering process until all the milk mixture is used. Avoid using too many cookies to prevent them from overpowering the lime-milk flavor.
  • The top layer should end with the milk mixture. Smooth it over and tap the dish gently on the table to remove any air bubbles. Sprinkle lime zest over the top layer for an additional burst of lime flavor. Cover the dish with plastic wrap or its lid and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the dessert to solidify and for the cookies to soak up the milk mixture.
  • When ready to serve, slice the dessert into squares of your desired size. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator, where they will keep for up to a week, though it's best consumed within 2 days to maintain the ideal texture. Enjoy this delightful Carlota de Limón as a refreshing and delicious conclusion to your Mexican meal!

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