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Italian Desserts

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

Sweet Almond Twists

Sweet Almond Twists

Sweet Almond Twists

These delicate almond pastries make lovely light-as-air accompaniments for coffee, tea or cocoa. Your guests will never guess the recipe calls for packaged frozen dough. —Gloria Devendittis, Waterford, Connecticut

Cannoli Wafer Sandwiches

Cannoli Wafer Sandwiches

Cannoli Wafer Sandwiches

My family loves to visit a local Italian restaurant that has a wonderful dessert buffet. The cannolis are among our favorites, so I just had to come up with a quicker recipe of my own. They are best if served the same day so the wafers stay crisp.

Pumpkin Pie Cannoli

Pumpkin Pie Cannoli

Pumpkin Pie Cannoli

I love to play around with different fillings in homemade cannolis. I've used pumpkin pie pudding (when it's in season at the store) in this recipe, but you can also make it with canned pumpkin and vanilla pudding. —Barbara Carlucci, Orange Park, Florida
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Pine Nut Snowballs

Pine Nut Snowballs

Pine Nut Snowballs

My great aunt Commie’s Russian tea cakes, along with pine nuts and Amaretto, inspired this recipe, which I whipped up for my blog cookiechronicles.com. —Christianna Gozzi, Astoria, NY

Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu

Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu

Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu

I transformed tiramisu from coffee to pumpkin-flavored for a special holiday with my brother and parents. A new Christmas tradition was born! —Heather Clary, Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Toffee Biscotti

Toffee Biscotti

Toffee Biscotti

A traditional Italian cookie that is baked twice, biscotti is ideal for dunking. Feel free to use any toffee candy bar you like for this recipe.—LilRedHen, Taste of Home Online Community

Chai-Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Chai-Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Chai-Chocolate Chip Biscotti

This crunchy cookie was made to be dunked! Enjoy it with a hot cup of coffee or cold glass of milk. —Pat Runtz, Huntley, Illinois

Makeover Ricotta Nut Torte

Makeover Ricotta Nut Torte

Makeover Ricotta Nut Torte

Looking for a special, lightened-up treat? Lots of thin layers and a luscious frosting make this cake a winner that's sure to draw plenty of oohs and aahs. —Suzanne Runtz, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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

Minty Lime Granitas

Minty Lime Granitas

Minty Lime Granitas

I like to balance the heat from spicy meals by serving scoops of refreshing lime granita. Keep a batch in the freezer to enjoy any time!—Rochelle Schmidt, Kenosha, Wisconsin

American-Style Vanilla Biscotti

American-Style Vanilla Biscotti

American-Style Vanilla Biscotti

Here it is, the simplest, easiest biscotti recipe you'll ever follow. Biscotti bake twice rather than once, and thus take a bit longer to start-to-finish than normal drop cookies.—Taste of Home Cooking School
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