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Italian Desserts

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

Chocolate Cannoli Cake Roll

Chocolate Cannoli Cake Roll

Chocolate Cannoli Cake Roll

Creamy ricotta cheese filling with a hint of cinnamon rolls up beautifully in this fluffy chocolate cake. —Tammy Rex, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania

Italian Pineapple Trifle

Italian Pineapple Trifle

Italian Pineapple Trifle

My grandmother made this rich, tempting trifle every year for our family’s Christmas Eve celebrations. Now I make it to carry on her special tradition. It’s an easy, delicious no-bake dessert everyone will love.

Italian Rainbow Cookies

Italian Rainbow Cookies

Italian Rainbow Cookies

M family has made these classic Italian cookies for generations, and this homemade version is so much better than the bakery version. They are always a special treat during the holidays or any time of year!—Cindy Casazza, Hopewell, New Jersey
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Double Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti

Double Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti

Double Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti

I'm Italian, and this biscotti is a holiday tradition at our house. It's a low calorie treat that is heavenly dunked in coffee or tea. —Patricia Stiehr, Eureka, Missouri

Toffee Cheesecake Tiramisu

Toffee Cheesecake Tiramisu

Toffee Cheesecake Tiramisu

I accidentally discovered this recipe when making a tiramisu for my friend's rehearsal dinner's couple of years ago. I did not have enough Mascarpone so I decided to substitute cream cheese and the result was a huge success. It tastes like cheesecake and tiramisu mixed together.—Tracy Wheeler, Bridgton, Maine

Eggnog Tiramisu Trifle

Eggnog Tiramisu Trifle

Eggnog Tiramisu Trifle

Rich and absolutely fabulous—my family's five-star dessert is simply an opulent presentation that is almost too good to eat. You'll relish every luscious bite.—Tonya Burkhard, Davis, Illinois

Citrus Compote with Grapefruit Granita

Citrus Compote with Grapefruit Granita

Citrus Compote with Grapefruit Granita

Make granita no more than a day ahead of time for best texture. If it freezes solid, it can be revived by pulsing in a food processor. This recipe was inspired by a trip I took with my husband to Italy. —Jennifer Beckman, Falls Church, Virginia

Italian Honey Clusters

Italian Honey Clusters

Italian Honey Clusters

My mother made these treats flavored with cinnamon and anise for neighbors, teachers and anyone who stopped by. Make sure the honey doesn’t boil longer than a minute or it could burn.—Sarah Knoblock, Hyde Park, IN

Gluten-Free Almond Cookies

Gluten-Free Almond Cookies

Gluten-Free Almond Cookies

My friend on a gluten-free diet loved these fantastic cookies so much, she had to ask for the recipe! Quick and easy, they taste as good as the decadent treats I make using puff pastry and almond paste. Everyone loves these! —SHERRI COX, LUCASVILLE, OHIO

Apple Tarragon Granita

Apple Tarragon Granita

Apple Tarragon Granita

Looking for a something-different twist on a classic Italian treat? Fresh tarragon complements the sweet, bright apple flavor of this icy grown-up dessert. —Debby Harden, Williamston, Michigan

Anise & Wine Cookies

Anise & Wine Cookies

Anise & Wine Cookies

My grandmother did not speak English very well, but she knew the language of great food. These cookies are crisp and best eaten after being dunked in wine.—Julia Meyers, Scottsdale, Arizona
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