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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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Frosty, fruity and full of flavor, this pretty iced treat from Elizabeth Montgomery in Allston, Massachusetts, is sure to melt any resistance to dessert! “It’s a nice ice-cream substitute for lactose-intolerant friends and family,“ she notes. And with only 5 ingredients, it couldn’t be easier.
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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. —Ann-Marie Milano, Milton, Massachusetts

Chocolate Panini

Chocolate Panini

Chocolate Panini

“I created this sweet treat for my new husband when I was learning to use the panini maker we‘d received as a wedding gift,“ writes Kayla Wilcoxson from her home in Abilene, Texas. “Sometimes I’ll use different fruits...but it always brings me rave reviews!“

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

"A fellow stay-at-home mom gave me this recipe so we could enjoy our latte breaks more affordably with homemade biscotti," says Evelyn Bethards Wohlers of Columbia, Maryland. "I modified the original version by using a sugar substitute and reducing the carbohydrates and fat. Tangy dried cranberries and spices give it delicious flavor."
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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.

Fig & Almond Cookies

Fig & Almond Cookies

Fig & Almond Cookies

In our family, holiday cookies—like these nutty fig ones—are a big deal. I'm so proud to be passing on this Italian tradition to my two boys. —Angela Lemoine, Howell, New Jersey

Italian Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake Pie

Italian Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake Pie

Italian Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake Pie

I first prepared an Italian-style cheese pie years ago. When I added a chocolate-hazelnut topping, it proved so popular that I had to give out copies of the recipe.—Steve Meredith, Streamwood, Illinois

Coconut Italian Cream Cake

Coconut Italian Cream Cake

Coconut Italian Cream Cake

I’d never tasted an Italian cream cake before moving to Colorado. Now I bake for people in the area, and this beauty is one of my most requested treats. —Ann Bush, Colorado City, Colorado

Ricotta Nut Torte

Ricotta Nut Torte

Ricotta Nut Torte

This pretty layered Italian cake is called cassata. It takes some time to prepare this eye-catching dessert but it conveniently chills overnight.—Karen Albert, Prineville, Oregon

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

Cranberry & Pistachio Biscotti

Cranberry & Pistachio Biscotti

Cranberry & Pistachio Biscotti

This tasty biscotti is studded with dried cranberries and crunchy pistachios. It's delicious with tea or coffee. —Diane Gruber, Sioux City, Iowa

Memorable Biscotti

Memorable Biscotti

Memorable Biscotti

The enticing aroma of anise filled the kitchen and wafted through the house as Mom baked these crisp cookies when I was a girl. Mom always kept a big glass jar filled so we had a supply of these traditional cookies on hand. —Cookie Curci, San Jose, California
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