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Italian Desserts


Now Over 300 Recipes for Italian Desserts
This is our collection of Italian dessert recipes for everyday, holidays, seasons of the year, and special occasions. 
It contains traditional and non-traditional (cucina nuova) Italian desserts for simple family gatherings or for entertaining.
Chocolate Chestnut Cake
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin cheesecake combines the velvety, smooth texture of cheesecake flavored with spices on a gingersnap crust.

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Bianco Mangiare with Caramel Syrup
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Pizzelle
Pizzelle Recipes
A pizzelle is a traditional Italian waffle cookie made in a pizzelle baker that stamps a design on both sides of the cookie.

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Cherry Zabaglione Tart
Cherry Zabaglione Tart
A luscious tart made with fresh cherries in a cookie crust filled with zabaglione and topped with grated chocolate.

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Croccante
Croccante
Popular throughout Italy, especially in the south and Sicily, croccante (literally, crunchy) is a mixture of caramelized sugar and almonds.

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Orange - Chocolate Chop Biscotti
Biscotti
Biscotti are crisp Italian cookies that are ideal for dipping in coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or wine.

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Italian Rum Baba
Italian Rum Baba
A rum baba is a yeast cake saturated in liquor, usually rum  and filled with some type of dried fruit; it is sometimes served with whipped cream.

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Sweet Taralli
Sweet Taralli
Sweet taralli are very simple cookies with a lemon glaze and topped with colored candy sprinkles.

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Lemon Pistachio Cake
Zabaglione
Zabaglione
Zabaglione is an Italian dessert made from whipped egg yolks, Marsala wine, and sugar.

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Pignoli or Pine Nut Cookies
Pignoli Cookies
Pignoli or pine nut cookies are the crown jewel of traditional Italian cookies.

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Peach Panna Cotta
Panna Cotta Recipes
Panna Cotta is a soft, creamy, eggless custard whose name literally means ‘cooked cream.’

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Cannoli Cupcakes
Cannoli Cupcakes
Cannoli cupcakes combine the flavors found in traditional cannolis into luscious cupcakes.

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Limoncello Cheesecake Squares
Limoncello Cheesecake Squares
A luscious creamy  cheesecake flavored with the popular Italian liqueur, limoncello.

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Skillet Blueberry Crisps
Italian Desserts
Seafood
Zeppole di San Giuseppe
Zeppole di San Giuseppe
A highlight of the meal on St. Joseph's Day are the special sweets that are prepared.

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Italian Cream Cake or Italian Wedding Cake
Italian Cream Cake
Also sometimes called Italian Wedding Cake, it is a beautiful  3-layer cake to serve for any special occasion.

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Pasta Ciotti
Pasta Ciotti
Pasta Ciotti are small Italian custard-filled dessert tarts.

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Lemon Cake filled with Raspberry Jam
Lemon Cake
with Raspberry Jam
This is a nice cake for people who don't like very sweet desserts. The flavor is reminiscent of a fresh jelly doughnut.

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Cuccidati - Spiced Fig Cookies
Cuccidati
Spiced Fig Cookies
Cuccidati is a Sicilian cookie that has a sweet pastry dough wrapped around a filling of dried figs, raisins, walnuts, and chocolate.

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Apple Fritters
Apple Fritters
Apple fritters are made from rings of fresh apples that are dipped in batter and fried.

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Chocolate Panforte Candy
This recipe makes a candy with the same flavors that are found in the traditional panforte cake from Siena.

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Italian Cream Horns
Italian Cream Horns
Cornetti de Crema are  pastries made with puff pastry dough wrapped around metal molds, baked and filled with cream.

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Chocolate Eggplant
In this dessert, layers of fried eggplant are spread with sweetened ricotta and chocolate, which are then refrigerated and served cold.

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Chambord Panna Cotta
Valentine's Day Desserts
A collection of special desserts to complete your Valentine's Day menu.

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Peach Amaretto Cake
Peach Amaretto Cake
This cake is similar to a pineapple up-side-down cake but it is made with fresh peaches.

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Torta della Nonna - Grandma's Cake
Torta della Nonna
This charmingly named 'Grandma's cake' has as many recipe variations as there are Italian grandmas.

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GREAT ITALIAN CARD GAMES
Great fun for the entire family ... this traditional Italian 40 card deck can be used to play a number of games including Scopa and Scopone, Scopa d'Assi, Briscola, Tressette, Terziglio, Madrasso, Ciapanò, Coteccio, and Camicia.
CHERRY SAUCE
(Makes about 2 cups)

Cherry sauce is delicious over ice cream or pound cake
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
4 cups pitted Bing or sour cherries
1 teaspoon almond extract

In a large saucepan, stir together the sugar, water and cherries.  Bring to a low boil and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. The cherries will begin to soften and the liquid will thicken slightly.  Stir in the almond extract and remove from the heat.  Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before serving.  The sauce may be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for several days.
Pack cherry sauce in decorative jars and give as a gift with a homemade cake or gelato.
HAZELNUTS
Italy's Piedmont region is famous for its hazelnuts.  The hazel tree thrives in the Piedmont soil and its fruit the hazel nut (also known as the cobnut or filbert) is an important part of its cuisine and economy.  Fresh hazelnuts are harvested in August and September.  The nut falls out of the husk when ripe, about 7-8 months after pollination.  The kernel of the seed is edible and used raw or roasted, or ground into a paste.

The small round nuts have a very sweet flavor and a milky texture when fresh.  Hazelnuts are used in the nougat candy known as torrone and in gianduja, also known as Nutella, a mixture of hazelnuts and chocolate.  The chocolate candy known as 'baci' from Perugia contain a whole hazelnut in the center.  Hazelnuts are also used to make the Italian liqueur known as Frangelico.
Blanched Hazelnuts - 1 pound bag