If you've ever had limoncello, the Italian lemon liqueur, you know it's something quite amazing. Luckily limoncello is easy to make at home -- all you need is a bag of lemons, alcohol and sugar. (You may have seen food personalities like Giada De Laurentiis or Mario Batali make it before on TV.) The only part about making your own limoncello that can get annoying is the two- to four-week wait for the mixture to steep. But don't worry, because you can easily buy limoncello in the liquor store -- Danny DeVito even has his own brand.
But limoncello isn't just for drinking (it's nice served ice cold and sipped), it can also be used to flavor a number of desserts. Try it in cakes, cookies, ice cream and more. We've rounded up some of the best desserts from around the web that use this lovely Italian liqueur.
Lemon French Macarons With Limoncello White Chocolate Ganache
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.msadventuresinitaly.com/blog/2009/02/25/lemon-french-macarons-with-limoncello-white-chocolate-ganache-recipe/" target="_hplink">Lemon French Macarons with Limoncello White Chocolate Ganache recipe from Ms. Adventures in Italy</a></strong> There are few treats quite as French as macarons, and these lemon-flavored ones are a must-try. A limoncello-spiked white chocolate ganache sandwiches the halves together.
Almond Limoncello Cake
<strong>Get the <a href="http://mycarolinakitchen.blogspot.com/2011/06/almond-limoncello-cake-rich-decadent.html" target="_hplink">Almond Limoncello Cake recipe from My Carolina Kitchen</a></strong> This tender cake recipe combines two Italian favorites: almonds and limoncello. The combination creates a flavorful cake that people won't be able to get enough of.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2009/08/30/lemon-limoncello-cupcakes/" target="_hplink">Lemon-Limoncello Cupcakes recipe from Brown Eyed Baker</a></strong> Lemon lovers will jump for joy at these cupcakes. Lemon zest and limoncello flavor the cupcakes, which are filled with lemon curd and then decorated with a limoncello-spiked cream cheese frosting.
Limoncello Cheesecake Bites
<strong>Get the <a href="http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/flourless-and-fancy-free/" target="_hplink">Limoncello Cheesecake Bites recipe from Bittersweet Blog</a></strong> All you need is a muffin pan to create these individually sized cheesecakes. The recipe is entirely gluten-free and vegan: the crust is made from almond meal and tapioca flour, and the limoncello filling has vegan cream cheese.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://swirlandscramble.blogspot.com/2008/05/limoncello-tiramisu.html" target="_hplink">Limoncello Tiramisu recipe from Swirl and Scramble</a></strong> This version of the classic Italian dessert replaces what would be coffee and liqueur with lemon syrup and limoncello for a very refreshing dessert. The tiramisu is topped with crushed sugared almonds.
Lemon And Limoncello Bundt Cakes
<strong>Get the <a href="http://seattlepastrygirl.blogspot.com/2010/10/lemon-and-limoncello-bundt-cakes-or.html" target="_hplink">Lemon and Limoncello Bundt Cakes recipe from Seattle Pastry Girl</a></strong> These mini lemon Bundt cakes feature a sugary limoncello glaze. They're perfect for an afternoon break with coffee or tea.
Limoncello Thumbprint Cookies
<strong>Get the <a href="http://locallemons.com/local_lemons/2010/04/limoncello-thumbprint-cookies.html" target="_hplink">Limoncello Thumbprint Cookies recipe from Local Lemons</a></strong> A bright limoncello curd fills these crumbly thumbprint cookies. The limoncello is made from Meyer lemons, which have a sweeter taste than standard lemons.
Limoncello Snow Cones
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2012/05/limoncello-snow-cones.html" target="_hplink">Limoncello Snow Cones recipe from Cupcake Project</a></strong> You'll need an ice shaver to make these snow cones, but it will be wroth the extra effort. These snow cones are drizzled with tangy and sweet limoncello syrup.
Limoncello Tart With Amaretti Cookie Crust And Blueberry-Blackberry Sauce
<strong>Get the <a href="http://prouditaliancook.blogspot.com/2012/03/limoncello-tart-with-amaretti-cookie.html" target="_hplink">Limoncello Tart with Amaretti Cookie Crust and Blueberry-Blackberry Sauce recipe from Proud Italian Cook</a></strong> This tart will be hard to resist for anyone. It begins with an amaretti crust that's filled with limoncello and sweetened condensed milk custard. It all gets served with a sweet berry sauce.
Limoncello Ice Cream
<strong>Get the <a href="http://trumatter.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/limoncello-ice-cream-recipe/" target="_hplink">Limoncello Ice Cream recipe from Trumatter</a></strong> You don't need an ice cream maker to make this refreshing limoncello ice cream. Just freeze the creamy mixture in a container -- after it's frozen process it in a blender to create the icy texture.
Limoncello Pound Cake With Mascarpone-Lemon Frosting
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.circle-b-kitchen.com/food-and-recipes/2011/3/10/limoncello-pound-cake-with-mascarpone-lemon-frosting.html" target="_hplink">Limoncello Pound Cake with Mascarpone-Lemon Frosting recipe from Circle B Kitchen</a></strong> This basic pound cake recipe gets jazzed up with a good soaking in limoncello. It then gets filled and topped with a lemon curd and mascarpone frosting.
Limoncello And Pine Nut Biscotti
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bakeawaywithme.com/2012/06/im-going-on-picnic-and-im-bringing.html" target="_hplink">Limoncello and Pine Nut Biscotti recipe from Bakeaway with Me</a></strong> These flavorful biscotti are flecked with lemon zest and spiked with limoncello. Pine nuts add a pleasant crunch. They're perfect for taking on a picnic.
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