Limoncello Cheesecake Squares

A couple of weeks ago, I turned on the television and became entranced by Food Network Caters Your Vegas Wedding. For those unfamiliar, engaged couples entered a contest in which the grand prize was a wedding reception catered by Food Network. One of the many desserts featured was this one by Giada De Laurentiis. These looked too good to pass up. So, I found the recipe on their website, tagged it at, and anxiously awaited the opportunity to try it out.

Limoncello cheesecake squares

With company coming for dinner, I decided it was time. I got all the ingredients together and headed to the liquor store. Limoncello, I have learned, is a popular Italian liqueur made from lemons, alcohol, sugar, and water. I never dreamed that I would get bad news when I got there. No limoncello. It could be ordered if I wanted, but it would be a MONTH before they would get it. What kind of delivery service do they use?!? Anyway, it was far too late in the day to worry about it, so I headed home to figure out something else to make.

In our freezer, I happened upon a nearly empty bottle of lemon vodka. I don’t remember this, but Quinn says we purchased this a while back for making Cosmopolitans. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, hence the birth of Lemon Vodka Cheesecake Squares.

I followed Giada’s recipe for the most part. I used Nonni’s Original Biscotti, which has anise, almonds, and walnuts, for the crust. In my local grocery store’s less than expansive dairy section, I could only find part-skim ricotta. That brings us to the limoncello. I didn’t have 1/2 cup of lemon vodka. It was more like 3/8, so I used 1/8 cup of water to finish the volume.

I thought I would avoid relating this part, but Quinn has given me permission. I used an 8″x8″ pan instead of a 9″x9″, so I had a little bit of batter left over. I turned around to find Quinn drinking it, using the food processor bowl as a mug. It’s that good.

After chilling in the refrigerator overnight, it was finally time to try them out. Oh, my. They are so good. Light, fluffy, smooth. The biscotti crust was just the right flavor to go with the lemon filling. I think I will try these again (in a month or so) when I can get some limoncello.

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