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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 love this icy dessert anytime, but it's especially good in the summer. It's the perfect refresher after dinner. —Marie Rizzo, Interlochen, Michigan
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Apricot Lemon Ice

Apricot Lemon Ice

Apricot Lemon Ice

Frosty, fruity and full of flavor, this pretty iced treat from Elizabeth Montgomery in Allston, Massachusetts, is sure to melt any resistance to dessert! “It’s a nice ice-cream substitute for lactose-intolerant friends and family,“ she notes. And with only 5 ingredients, it couldn’t be easier.

Italian Pignoli Cookies

Italian Pignoli Cookies

Italian Pignoli Cookies

Cookies are the crown jewels of Italian confections. I can’t let a holiday go by without baking these traditional almond cookies rolled in mild pine nuts.—Maria Regakis, Somerville, Massachusetts

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
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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

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.

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.

Ricotta Nut Torte

Ricotta Nut Torte

Ricotta Nut Torte

This pretty layered Italian cake is called cassata. It takes some time to prepare this eye-catching dessert but it conveniently chills overnight.—Karen Albert, Prineville, Oregon

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

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!“

Homemade Makeover Italian Cream Cake

Homemade Makeover Italian Cream Cake

Homemade Makeover Italian Cream Cake

Toasted pecans and coconut take this moist cake from good to great, but it's the cream cheese frosting that makes it truly extraordinary. Thank goodness it's a makeover, because you'll definitely want seconds! —Christy White, Oxford, Mississippi
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