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Italian Desserts

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Lemon Cream Cake

Drizzling limoncello liqueur over the layers before frosting adds a puckery punch to this refreshing confection. —Amy Frederick, Island City, Oregon
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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

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.

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
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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

Strawberry Italian Ice

Strawberry Italian Ice

Strawberry Italian Ice

"We discovered Italian ice about a year ago, and it has become a family favorite," reports Jay Hansen of Winter Haven, Florida. "The recipes I found, however, required quite a bit of sugar, so I developed my own version using fresh strawberries, fruit juice concentrate and a hint of lemon."

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

Ricotta Cheesecake

Ricotta Cheesecake

Ricotta Cheesecake

When I was a nurse, my coworkers and I regularly swapped recipes during lunch breaks. This creamy cheesecake was one of the best I received.

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Pizzelle

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Pizzelle

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Pizzelle

I've experimented with different varieties of pizzelle recipes, but this is definitely a favorite. My dad likes to help make them so that we don't run out!—Aimee McCullen, Youngwood, Pennsylvania

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

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.

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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