Limoncello Tart with Amaretti Cookie Crust and Blueberry Blackberry Sauce

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I have a fondness for limoncello, that sunny, refreshing, sweet, lemony flavored liqueur from Italy, I love to sip it icy cold straight out of the freezer from a small delicate glass.
I also love it in desserts, like this tart.
Amaretti cookies make the perfect base for this tart and paired with the lemon filling, it’s a match made in heaven! Just whirl a package of amaretti cookies in your food processor and drizzle in some melted butter until it all comes together and you’re able to pat it into a tart pan.
The cookies are sweet enough so I didn’t add additional sugar, for a 7oz bag I used 6 tablespoons of melted butter which fits nicely into a 9″ tart pan.
Have your oven set to 350 and pre-bake your crust for 5 minutes, then let it cool.
The filling is simply, 2 egg yolks, 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 1/4 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1/4 cup of limoncello liqueur and 1 tablespoon of lemon zest. Blend it with a hand mixer until creamy. Pour mixture into the cooled crust and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, it should be firmed up but not overcooked.
While the tart is baking you can make this quick sauce by warming berries with a little sugar in a saute pan, add lemon zest for an additional boost of flavor. In just a few minutes the berries will break down and yield their precious juice!
After the pie cools down you need to chill it in the fridge! This is very important because the colder it is, the better it is, give it at least a few hours, I promise you it will be worth it!
Don’t be like me, I couldn’t wait!


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  1. Judy olson says

    Can I substitute orangecello for lemoncello in tart recipe?

  2. I don’t happen to like Limoncello. Can I add extra lemon juice and a touch of vodka or another alternative? I actually don’t like alcohol at all and am trying to think of an alternative for me to make your recipe. Help please!

  3. Would this freeze ok? I want to cook some things in advance for Christmas. It sounds lovely and I have some Limoncello.

    • Liz, I never froze one so I’m not sure but it is similar in texture to a key lime pie and you can freeze that, so possibly.

  4. Melissa Shaffer says

    Hi! Just wondered if you can use a springform pan in the same way. I don’t have a tart pan. Thanks!

    • Melissa, I never did, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I would wrap some foil around the bottom of the pan and up the sides a little to ensure no leakage and stick it on a baking sheet when you put it in the oven.

  5. Hi Marie! Me again, what type of whipped cream did you use on the tart? is the recipe on this site? then you just sprinkled with almonds? For Easter I am making your wonderufl Italian Bustone and this tart, so excited, am drooling already, thanks so much for all the fabulous recipes!

  6. Hello Marie,

    Lovely recipie 🙂 Do you bake it in the same 350 degrees oven?


  7. I Made this tart and is absolutly amazing,perfect dessert,looks and taste great,, Thanks for sharing The recipe.

  8. This looks so delicious and I’m going to have to make it soon. I’m craving it after looking at your lovely pictures.
    I have a question though. I am Italian but I’ve never had Limocello so I’m not sure how I’ll like it. I do love anything lemon.
    I saw someone else ask if we have to use the Limoncello? Does it have a strong vodka tast to it? And if I skip the Limoncello, should I add more lemon or something else?
    Thanks so much for sharing this amazing recipe with us!

    • Sarah, Go buy a bottle of Limoncello, sit with your family after a nice Italian dinner and sip it. If you love lemons you should love this. I can’t guarantee this recipe if you substitute anything for the limoncello because it’s the star ingredient here. Give it a try!

  9. Marie, I think I’ve found my progressive dinner recipe . I’m going to make them into tiny tarts. That should work well. I’ll let you know via I saw a lemon amaretto small cake recipe too. Need tiny opportunities for dessert.

    • Mary, I saw someone do that in jelly jars with my recipe, what a great idea, I’m going to do that myself, I can’t wait to see your version!

  10. When searching for limoncello baking recipes I found your site…..and this one that appears to have copied your recipe word for word and used your photos. Just thought you’d like to know!

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  13. Nicole Gracia says

    I LOVE your blog!!! I grew up with Italian food as a staple and am learning to follow in my mom and grandmother’s footsteps. This tart looks amazing and I would love to make it for a party this weekend. Probably a stupid question considering the recipe’s title but….can I possibly do this without limoncello? Would I use more lemon juice?

    Thank you for all of the amazing recipes! When I visit your blog I feel like I’m at home!

  14. Patti Thobe says

    WOW I’m totally drooling!!! I’ve been needing a reason to buy Lemoncello-THIS IS IT!! Thank you! ~ Patti

  15. Anonymous says

    I made this for a dinner party last weekend and everyone loved it. My husband told me it was the best dessert I’ve ever made…and I like to think I make good desserts. I couldn’t find the cookies, so I just used graham crackers instead. Next time I’ll hunt the cookies down. Thanks for sharing this amazing tart! I’m loving your blog.

  16. Oh wow! This looks and sounds amazing. I love limoncello!

  17. LOVED IT. I made this tart for a dinner party, it was a hit! The best tart to date. Thank you.

  18. Hi marie – this tart looks so bright and delicious. We made limoncello last year, I have 6 bottles in my freezer! Need to cook with it, and this recipes will be the first one.
    Happy Spring!

  19. my limoncello is almost ready.

  20. As someone mentioned before, Marie, this would make a wonderful Easter dessert! It sounds incredible.

  21. This sounds delicious and is super easy, thanks I will definitely try!

  22. Absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to give this a try. I can already taste it.

  23. Ooooh how good is this! I’ve been given a box of lemons and now come to your post – it’s meant to be!

  24. This is absolutely insanely incredibly awesome! WOW! I must make this very soon, and at the very latest for Easter Sunday! Thank you for sharing this with fantastic photos too! xoxo Roz

  25. Luscious indeed! Something to add to the dessert list for Easter.

  26. I will so be like you and dig in to this.
    By the way, your zucchini salad recipe is going viral on Pininterest!.

  27. i think it’s been well over a year since i’ve come by and i love that i come to say hello and see an amazing pie! the jam looks fantastic! and the crust? well, i could eat that alone! Nice to be back! 😉

  28. Thank you Rita!

  29. I luv, luv, luv your blog!! It is one of my favorite and i look forward to it everytime! I have made many of your recipes and your giardiniera roast has become a regular along with others. Now, with this tart…..Omig! Limoncello, lemon anything is my favorite and it looks so easy! I am sure it will also become a regular, especially in the summer with fresh berries, yum! Keep up the yummy blogs!

  30. Looks luscious! Lemon and blueberry go so well together. xo

  31. Amazing dessert! This is a must for our next special dinner.

  32. I’m a lemonholic; pinning this right now and think it will be my birthday cake.

  33. I think this is a combination of all my favorite things in one dessert! It sounds wonderful!

  34. Like, Linda – this will be coming here on Easter. What a perfectly lemony way to welcome spring – limoncello and berries! Never thought I’d say this – but who needs chocolate?

  35. Oh, Marie! This looks so amazing…Can I drop by for a piece or is it all gone? 🙂 Can we make this for our blog? Limoncello is one of our favorite ingredients! Oh My Goodness, My Friend!!!!!!

  36. Can I have a huge slice of this reserved for me? I gave up cakes, cookies, and pies for Lent, but I think I just found my Easter dessert.

  37. I’m not much of a dessert eater but the ingredients in this tart sure caught my attention! Would love a taste!

  38. I’m new to your blog..can’t wait to try some of your recipes…I’m Italian by marriage! Your site is beautiful. Ciao!

  39. I eat cakes piping hot out of the oven all the time, I never can wait to dig in!!!

  40. Limoncello tart, now I know I’m in heaven!

  41. Just the SOUND of that tart was beautiful when I read it in my feed. Then I came here and saw the recipe and the beautiful photos. You have me craving limoncello now. I have a bit in my freezer. Drink or make a tart? Either way I want some!

  42. This is more than perfect! Wow! Love the colours, love the filling, simply everything. This one I shall make (after the diet:)) for sure.

  43. I am making this for my birthday lunch, grazie!

  44. this looks absolutely mouth-watering. i love this food with tomatoes and this looks heavenly! it looks fairly simple too so i should be able to make it. thank you! 🙂

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