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Lemon Carlota – A Delicious Mexican Dessert

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Inside: This Lemon Carlota recipe is a simple, delicious Mexican Dessert that looks pretty and will please even the pickiest of eaters. Keep reading to learn how to make it.

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This Lemon Carlota recipe is a simple, delicious Mexican Dessert that looks pretty and will please even the pickiest of eaters. Keep reading to learn how to make it. 

This is about a simple a dessert recipe as you will find, but it is delicious! A lemon carlota is a Mexican dessert that is very popular in Mexico - It only requires 4 ingredients!

What is a “Carlota”?

A Carlota is a very popular Mexican dessert that has French roots. It is easy to make and, being that it is usually eaten either frozen or chilled, it is perfect for sunny days. It is also ideal for when you have people over and you don’t have a lot of time to prepare, because it really doesn’t take very long to make!

How do you make Lemon Carlota?

A carlota is made with multiple levels of vanilla flavored cookies, covered in a sweet sauce, and is then frozen for a couple of hours to create a creamy ice cream like texture. Sometimes this is called a lemon icebox cake, but I will always call it a carlota. My preference is to make it lemon-flavored, but you can make it with strawberries, apple, and peach too – which is the flavor that I ate a lot growing up.

That is because I have an uncle in Mexico who worked in a restaurant and he made the most delicious peach carlota. He always used to make it around Christmas time to go with our Christmas dinner which became a great tradition and we all looked forward to it every year.

This Lemon Carlota recipe is a simple, delicious Mexican Dessert that looks pretty and will please even the pickiest of eaters. Keep reading to learn how to make it. 

This Lemon Carlota recipe is a simple, delicious Mexican Dessert that looks pretty and will please even the pickiest of eaters. Keep reading to learn how to make it. 

Even though this is a very simple Mexican dessert, we shouldn’t underestimate its flavor, and you can rest assured that it will impress all of your guests. To make this lemon carlota you will need vanilla flavored cookies.

The kind that are most commonly used in Mexico are called “Marias” and they can be bought almost anywhere down there. Here in the United States I have had a hard time finding them in a few places that I have lived, especially in my first few years here.

Over the past few years, however, more and more Mexican products are being imported into the United States which means that you can find these all over the place now! I found mine in a local grocery store, but you can also buy them online here.

This Lemon Carlota recipe is a simple, delicious Mexican Dessert that looks pretty and will please even the pickiest of eaters. Keep reading to learn how to make it. 

Once the sweet sauce is prepared, it is time to put the cookies down one layer at a time in a baking dish, and then covering each layer with the sweet sauce until all the cookies are gone and you finish with a final layer of the sweet sauce. Once prepared, put the carlota in the freezer and then cut into pieces when ready to serve.

This Lemon Carlota recipe is a simple, delicious Mexican Dessert that looks pretty and will please even the pickiest of eaters. Keep reading to learn how to make it. 

If you decide to make this tasty Mexican dessert, don’t forget to come back and tell me how it turned out!

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Carlota

This Lemon Carlota recipe is a simple, delicious Mexican Dessert that looks pretty and will please even the pickiest of eaters. Keep reading to learn how to make it. 
Prep Time10 mins
Freeze Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: carlota, dessert, lemon, mexican dessert
Servings: 16 2x2 inch squares
Calories: 324kcal

Ingredients

  • Juice from 5 Lemons
  • 1 Can of Evaporated Milk 12 oz
  • 1 Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk 14 oz
  • 2 Packages of Marias cookies.

Instructions

  • Blend the two types of milk together with the lemon juice and set aside.
  • In an 8x8 glass baking dish, put one layer of cookies along the bottom, covering the entire bottom of the pan.
  • Cover the first layer with part of the sweet sauce
  • Repeat until the cookies are gone, finishing with a final layer of sweet sauce.
  • Freeze for at least 2 hours and serve!

Nutrition

Serving: 12x2 inch square | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 18.3mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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Judy Quinn

Thursday 14th of January 2021

I would like try the peach ingredients please

Diane Vellenoweth

Saturday 31st of October 2020

Lemon carlota absolutely delicious! Top marks from 8/8 dinner party members who also wanted the recipe. So easy to make too! Thank you.

Debbie D.

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Can the Carlota left over pieces, be Kept frozen for another time ?

Sheila

Thursday 6th of August 2020

Vanilla wafers. What about vanilla oreos?

Teri S

Friday 17th of July 2020

I’ve made this several times and everyone raves about it.

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