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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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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!

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

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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Chocolate Cannoli

Chocolate Cannoli

Chocolate Cannoli

Our version of a famous Italian dessert features a creamy filling dotted with chocolate chunks. The chopped pistachios are an attractive touch.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Delightful Devil's Food Cake

Delightful Devil's Food Cake

Delightful Devil's Food Cake

There's more than chocolate in this luscious layer cake. The creamy ricotta cheese frosting is flavored with orange juice, mini chocolate chips and bits of candied cherries. —Betty Knorr, Chandler, Arizona

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.

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

Lemon Anise Biscotti

Lemon Anise Biscotti

Lemon Anise Biscotti

“With the growing popularity of gourmet coffees, cappuccino and espresso,” Carrie Sherrill notes in Forestville, Wisconsin, “I’m finding lots of people enjoy these classic Italian dipping cookies.”

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.

Sweet & Savory Ice Cream Sandwiches

Sweet & Savory Ice Cream Sandwiches

Sweet & Savory Ice Cream Sandwiches

When you're craving a dessert that brings out the little kid in you but with grown-up flavors, this extraordinary ice cream sandwich will do the trick!

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
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