Carlota de limón, a dessert to make with your kids!

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Carlota de limon recipe

I love to cook with my son, and I even have pictures of him trying to make flour tortillas when he was just two years old! Now I treasure those memories when I see the pictures of his face all covered with flour, and his big smile of accomplishment rolling the dough. Those are such sweet memories! I encourage you to invite your kids to the kitchen, and prepare easy recipes where they can help out and enjoy the process. Let them use ingredients familiar to them, and have fun. And don’t forget to take those pictures! You know how fast they grow.

Carlota de limón (Lime Charlotte) is a Mexican home-style dessert. It’s made with layers of cookies and a creamy mix made out of canned milks and lime juice. It’s usually served in a rectangle or square glass dish and then refrigerated for some time. This version has cream cheese for some added texture, and instead of cookies, I’m using Honey Nut Cheerios to add more flavor and a fun touch for the little ones in the family. I know my six-year-old nephew would love it!


  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 1 (8oz) cream cheese package
  • 2 cups of Honey Nuts Cheerios
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

*This dessert has a creamy texture, but some people prefer a solid texture and place it in the freezer for a couple of hours.
* You can make this dessert in an 8-IN square glass dish instead of the small cups. 
* The original version is made using Mexican marias cookies, you can opt to make that version, too.

Carlota de limon recipe

1.     Place the evaporate milk, condensed milk, and lime juice in your blender. Stir with a spatula, and then place the cream cheese in pieces. Process in your blender for a few seconds until it has a smooth and thick texture.
2.     Arrange you dessert glasses and place about a tablespoon of Honey Nut cheerios at the bottom of each the glass, just enough to cover the bottom.
Carlota de limon recipe

3.     Add a couple of tablespoons of the creamy lime mix, covering the cereal. You can use a small spatula or a spoon to even out the mix.
4.     Proceed to add a layer of cereal and then the creamy mix, and repeat until you have three layers of cereal and three layers of the creamy mix. (You will have some cereal left over, which will be use for decoration at serving time.)
5.     Place the glasses on a tray and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 3 hours before serving.  To serve, crush some of the leftover cereal and mix with the ground cinnamon, and sprinkle it over the cups.
Carlota de limon recipe


To recreate this recipe you can easily find all the ingredients at your local Walmart store, they have everything including the Family Size box of Honey Nut Cheerios. And for more fun recipe ideas for the little ones in your life, check the “Que Rica Vida” website, they have tons of ideas to keep celebrating “El Día del Niño”. You can also visit the “Día de los Niños” Pinterest board.


  1. That sounds and looks fun and delicious, Mely!

  2. Me voy a lanzar a la tienda por la leche condensada y hoy mismo los preparo.


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