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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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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.

Cannoli Cupcakes

Cannoli Cupcakes

Cannoli Cupcakes

These jumbo cupcakes feature a fluffy, creamy cannoli-like filling. White chocolate curls on top are the crowning touch.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Apricot Almond Torte

Apricot Almond Torte

Apricot Almond Torte

“This pretty cake takes a bit of time, so I like to make the layers ahead of time and assemble the day of serving, making it an easier option for entertaining.” —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

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

Peach Gelato

Peach Gelato

Peach Gelato

This heavenly, creamy gelato looks as good as it tastes. The mild, refreshing peach flavor will make everyone a fan. —Molly Haen, Baldwin, Wisconsin

Sweetened Ricotta with Berries

Sweetened Ricotta with Berries

Sweetened Ricotta with Berries

Ricotta is a lovely "fast" cheese that can be made from whole milk, skim milk or whey. This creamy dessert is luscious topped with raspberries or strawberries. —Matthew Lawrence La Boucherie, Vashon, Washington

Caramel Pumpkin Tiramisu

Caramel Pumpkin Tiramisu

Caramel Pumpkin Tiramisu

"I'm not fond of traditional tiramisu, so I used pumpkin and bourbon in place of coffee and it's absolutely fabulous. I always make extra sauce and eat it over vanilla ice cream. It's so good, I can't leave it alone!" – Mary Filipiak, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Chocolate-Dipped Anise Biscotti

Chocolate-Dipped Anise Biscotti

Chocolate-Dipped Anise Biscotti

Classic biscotti cookies take on a whole new level of deliciousness with help from licorice-laced aniseed. Wrap up these sweet treats for your friends and family to enjoy with a steaming cup of coffee. —Leslie Kelley, Klamath Falls, Oregon

Lemon Cream Cake

Lemon Cream Cake

Lemon Cream Cake

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

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

Rainbow Layered Cookies

Rainbow Layered Cookies

Rainbow Layered Cookies

Balanced beautifully in the sweet spot between cake and cookie, these sensational slices will be the centerpiece of your cookie tray.—Sherry Thompson, Seneca, South Carolina
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