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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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“This cranberry-studded treat is low in fat but high on flavor,” writes Lori Waites from Frankenmuth, Michigan. “Because it freezes so well, I always double the recipe!”
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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.

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."

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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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

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.

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

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.

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.

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 & Pistachio Biscotti

Cranberry & Pistachio Biscotti

Cranberry & Pistachio Biscotti

This tasty biscotti is studded with dried cranberries and crunchy pistachios. It's delicious with tea or coffee. —Diane Gruber, Sioux City, Iowa

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
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