Carlota de Limón (Cold Mexican Lime Tart)
Makes a 8x8 bake dish
This Mexican key lime chilled tart, known as Carlota de Limon, is the easiest no-bake dessert
you can make during the summer months. It only needs five ingredients to make and there’s
minimal cleaning to do. It’s a perfect Mexican dessert that you can serve all year long and
uses pantry staple ingredients.
I promise the first time you taste this tart, your tastebuds will explode with delight and your mind will
be blown away at the simplicity of this delicious dessert.
3/4 cup limes juice, about 6 small key limes
12 oz evaporated milk
12 oz condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 packs Maria cookies depending on the shape & size of your dish(es)
lime zest to taste
lime slices for decorating
Juice the limes then strain them through a fine sieve and pour into a blender. Pour in the evaporated
and condensed milks the add the vanilla extract. Blend for a couple of minutes or just until you achieve a
smooth mixture. Don’t over mix so you don’t end up with lots of air bubbles.
In a baking dish pour in a little bit of the sauce then arrange a single layer of Maria cookies. Next pour in
a bit of the milk mixture over the cookies to coat them and use a spoon or spatula to help smooth, then
add another layer of cookies and so on repeating until you have used up all the milk mixture. If you’d
like you can break up some cookies to use to fill in the small gaps of the others
I would suggest that you try not to do more than 4 or 5 layers of cookies so that they don’t overpower
the taste of the lime-milk mixture. The Maria cookies will soak up the liquid, so you also don’t want too
many of them because it’ll just end up being like a big soggy cookie.
The last or top layer should end with the milk mixture. Make sure you try to smooth it over as much as
possible. I also like to give the dish a gentle tap on the table to help with any air bubbles. Coat the top
layer with lime zest, if desired but will add an additional nice strong lime taste. Cover the baking dish
with plastic wrap or its own lid and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Is best to leave it in
the fridge overnight to make sure the dessert has solidified enough and the cookies have soaked up the
When ready to serve slice into as many and whatever size square pieces you’d like. If you’re not
eating/serving the whole dessert at once, cover with plastic wrap and put it back in the refrigerator so it
You can also crumb the Marias Cookies using the crumbs instead of the whole cookies to make the Tart
as shown in the pictures.
This Carlota de limon will keep in the fridge for up to a week but preferably consume in 2 days.
* A 8x8 glass baking dish works best, your Carlota will have a good height with plenty of creamy
* What Are Maria Cookies? - Maria cookies or biscuits are a type of digestive cookie that is not too
sweet, so perfect for the very sweet, condensed milk.
They are very popular throughout Latin American and many other parts of the World. This makes it easy
to find them pretty much everywhere. You can check the foreign food aisle or a Hispanic market in your
Chef Martin Lopez