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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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I first prepared an Italian-style cheese pie years ago. When I added a chocolate-hazelnut topping, it proved so popular that I had to give out copies of the recipe.—Steve Meredith, Streamwood, Illinois
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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! —Abigail Rider, East Point, Kentucky

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.

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.
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Fig & Almond Cookies

Fig & Almond Cookies

Fig & Almond Cookies

In our family, holiday cookies—like these nutty fig ones—are a big deal. I'm so proud to be passing on this Italian tradition to my two boys. —Angela Lemoine, Howell, New Jersey

Cannoli Wafer Sandwiches

Cannoli Wafer Sandwiches

Cannoli Wafer Sandwiches

My family loves to visit a local Italian restaurant that has a wonderful dessert buffet. The cannolis are among our favorites, so I just had to come up with a quicker recipe of my own. They are best if served the same day so the wafers stay crisp.

Coconut Italian Cream Cake

Coconut Italian Cream Cake

Coconut Italian Cream Cake

I’d never tasted an Italian Cream Cake before moving to Colorado. Now I bake for people in the area, and this beauty is one of the most requested. —Ann Bush, Colorado City, Colorado

Zesty Lemon Granita

Zesty Lemon Granita

Zesty Lemon Granita

A light dessert with a refreshing, icy texture, one taste tester dubbed this “the most lemony thing I’ve ever eaten”! Sonya Labbe - Santa Monica, California

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

Anise Biscotti

Anise Biscotti

Anise Biscotti

"MY AUNT would make these cookies for dessert. I can remember walking into the house and I'd almost swoon when I smelled them baking—the aroma seemed to fill every room. They were my favorite, and they still are. Back then, I used to pretend Aunt Carmella made them especially for me!"

Chocolate Cannoli

Chocolate Cannoli

Chocolate Cannoli

Our version of a famous Italian dessert features a creamy filling dotted with chocolate chunks. The chopped pistachios are an attractive touch.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Italian Pineapple Trifle

Italian Pineapple Trifle

Italian Pineapple Trifle

My grandmother made this rich, tempting trifle every year for our family’s Christmas Eve celebrations. Now I make it to carry on her special tradition. It’s an easy, delicious no-bake dessert everyone will love.
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