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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

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

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

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

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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

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Lemon Pistachio Cake
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

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

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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
Craftsy Cake Decorating Class
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

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

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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

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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

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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 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
(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.
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
Blanched Hazelnuts - 1 pound bag