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Italian Desserts

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

Italian Sprinkle Cookies

Italian Sprinkle Cookies

Italian Sprinkle Cookies

These cookies take some time, effort and equipment, but, believe me, they are well worth it! My husband and I used to operate an Italian-American restaurant, and this recipe goes back generations. —Gloria Cracchiolo, Newburgh, New York

Easter Pie

Easter Pie

Easter Pie

Easter Pie is a specialty in many Italian homes, so mothers make sure their daughters master the recipe to ensure that the tradition continues. —Barbara Tierney, Farmington, Connecticut

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!"
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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! —Anna Coduto, Fullerton, California

Basil Tomato Tart

Basil Tomato Tart

Basil Tomato Tart

I received this recipe from a good friend of mine. It is a great way to us up fresh tomatoes from the garden. It reminds me a lot of pizza.—Connie Stumpf, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Italian Holiday Cookies

Italian Holiday Cookies

Italian Holiday Cookies

Many of our holiday traditions center around the foods my mother made while I was growing up. These cookies, which we called "Strufoli", bring back wonderful memories. —Sue Seymour, Valatie, New York

Sour Cream Biscotti

Sour Cream Biscotti

Sour Cream Biscotti

I got this recipe from my uncle's mother. These crisp cookies are perfect for dunking in milk or coffee.

Holiday Biscotti

Holiday Biscotti

Holiday Biscotti

A twice-baked Italian cookie, biscotti makes a wonderful "dunker". A pretty way to present a batch is on a Christmasy plate arranged in a wagon-wheel fashion.

Italian Horn Cookies

Italian Horn Cookies

Italian Horn Cookies

My family has been making these delicate fruit-filled Christmas cookies for generations. Light and flaky, they have the look of elegant pastry.

Lime Coconut Biscotti

Lime Coconut Biscotti

Lime Coconut Biscotti

My family loves this recipe! It’s great with that morning cup of coffee, delicious as an afternoon snack or after-dinner dessert. Citrusy and crunchy, not too sweet, it always hits the spot. —Diana Burrink, Crete, Illinois

White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Espresso Syrup

White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Espresso Syrup

White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Espresso Syrup

White chocolate puts a delicious spin on traditional panna cotta. A coffee syrup draped over the top is simply fantastic.
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