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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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Almond Cherry Biscotti

Almond Cherry Biscotti

Almond Cherry Biscotti

I love baking all kinds of cookies, but since I'm Italian, biscotti is my all-time favorite. I remember nibbling on these as a child each Christmas.

Iced Anise Cookies

Iced Anise Cookies

Iced Anise Cookies

“It was a tradition to have these cookies on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. My grandmother always kept some on hand for her grandchildren.”—Elsie Laurenzo Palmer, Saratoga Springs, NY

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
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Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

I'm an avid recipe collector and can't recall where I found this one. I do know its delicate flavor is well received whenever I make it for a special occasion.

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.

Door County Cherry Biscotti

Door County Cherry Biscotti

Door County Cherry Biscotti

"When it was announced that dried cherries would be the featured ingredient in the baking competition that year, I experimented with adding them to my recipe. I love the combination of the cherries and the chocolate drizzle."

Light Tiramisu

Light Tiramisu

Light Tiramisu

"I call this my 'skinny' dessert," Jackie Newell says with a smile. "It tastes just like the traditional Italian dessert, but uses low-fat and sugar-free ingredients," explains the Roanoke, Virginia cook.

Makeover Italian Cream Cake

Makeover Italian Cream Cake

Makeover Italian Cream Cake

This lightened up version of a classic cake will be a happy ending to any meal. The original recipe comes from Joanne Brininstool of Austin, Texas.

Pizzelle

Pizzelle

Pizzelle

This recipe was adapted from one used by my Italian-born mother and grandmother. They used old irons on a gas stove, but now we have the convenience of electric pizzelle irons. The cookies are so delectable and beautiful, they're worth it! —Elizabeth Schwartz, Trevorton, Pennsylvania

Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Chocolate Almond Biscotti

“During college, I came across a chocolate biscotti recipe and played around with it until I came up with this one,” relates Lori Hinze of McCook, Nebraska. “It’s great with tea or coffee for dunking.”

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
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