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Italian Desserts

Need Italian dessert recipes? Find easy to make Italian dessert recipes for your next meal or holiday gathering.

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Lavender Peach Gelato

This sophisticated herbal gelato can be served as an appetizer, a palate-pleaser between courses or a dessert that tastes like heaven on a spoon.—Christine Wendland, Browns Mills, New Jersey
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Dried Cherry Biscotti

Dried Cherry Biscotti

Dried Cherry Biscotti

Need a holiday treat that's not overly sweet? Sharon Martin of Manistee, Michigan has an answer with her Dried Cherry Biscotti. The cherries and almonds add color and texture and a dusting of powdered sugar dress these up. CW taste testers noted these biscotti were not as hard and crunchy as some.

Blackberry-Basil Panna Cotta

Blackberry-Basil Panna Cotta

Blackberry-Basil Panna Cotta

I love the simple taste and creaminess of panna cotta and decided to try this dessert with some fresh berries and basil from the farmers market. My family really enjoyed it.—Karen S. Shelton, Collierville, Tennessee

Pistachio-Cranberry Biscotti for a Crowd

Pistachio-Cranberry Biscotti for a Crowd

Pistachio-Cranberry Biscotti for a Crowd

Field editor Dawn Fagerstrom of Warren Minnesota says friends were delighted to receive her fruit and nut biscotti mix. “Layer the dry ingredients in a clear jar, add a bow and attach the instructions for preparation and baking,” she notes.

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

"A fellow stay-at-home mom gave me this recipe so we could enjoy our latte breaks more affordably with homemade biscotti," says Evelyn Bethards Wohlers of Columbia, Maryland. "I modified the original version by using a sugar substitute and reducing the carbohydrates and fat. Tangy dried cranberries and spices give it delicious flavor."

Italian Cenci Cookies

Italian Cenci Cookies

Italian Cenci Cookies

My mother brought this special family recipe from Europe a century ago, Cenci can be "dressed up" for any holiday—at Easter, I sprinkle yellow, pink and lavender jelly beans over them, and for Christmas, red and green candy sprinkles give the cenci a festive look. Even without the garnish, they always disappear fast!

Chocolate Panini

Chocolate Panini

Chocolate Panini

“I created this sweet treat for my new husband when I was learning to use the panini maker we‘d received as a wedding gift,“ writes Kayla Wilcoxson from her home in Abilene, Texas. “Sometimes I’ll use different fruits...but it always brings me rave reviews!“

Mom's Cheese Pie

Mom's Cheese Pie

Mom's Cheese Pie

"My mother brought this Old World recipe with her from the Ukraine," says Anne Kulick of Phillipsburg, New Jersey. A sprinkling of cinnamon enhances the pie’s subtly sweet flavor.

Memorable Biscotti

Memorable Biscotti

Memorable Biscotti

The enticing aroma of anise filled the kitchen and wafted through the house as Mom baked these crisp cookies when I was a girl. Mom always kept a big glass jar filled so we had a supply of these traditional cookies on hand. —Cookie Curci, San Jose, California

Genoise with Fruit 'n' Cream Filling

Genoise with Fruit 'n' Cream Filling

Genoise with Fruit 'n' Cream Filling

Sweet syrup soaks into the tender layers of this sponge cake from our Test Kitchen. Complete the presentation with sweetened cream and assorted fresh berries.

Cannoli Martinis

Cannoli Martinis

Cannoli Martinis

Showcase this dessert by serving it in martini glasses. Your taste buds will be delighted with this fabulous treat. There's a delicate crunch from the phyllo, a rich creaminess from the ricotta, subtle wine flavor and a burst of chocolate. This creation is sure to have guests looking for seconds.—Deena Montillo, Framingham, Massachusetts

Triple-Layer Chocolate Cake

Triple-Layer Chocolate Cake

Triple-Layer Chocolate Cake

Crunchy pecans and coconut fill each layer of this tempting cake spread with a homemade cream cheese frosting. Big slices are guaranteed to make eyes light up!
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