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.
combines the velvety, smooth
texture of cheesecake flavored
with spices on a gingersnap
MORE ITALIAN DESSERTS
A pizzelle is a traditional
Italian waffle cookie made in
a pizzelle baker that stamps a
design on both sides of the
A luscious tart made with fresh
cherries in a cookie crust filled
with zabaglione and topped with
Popular throughout Italy,
especially in the south and Sicily,
croccante (literally, crunchy) is a
mixture of caramelized sugar and
Biscotti are crisp Italian cookies
that are ideal for dipping in
coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or
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.
Sweet taralli are very simple
cookies with a lemon glaze
and topped with colored candy
Zabaglione is an Italian dessert
made from whipped egg yolks,
Marsala wine, and sugar.
Pignoli or pine nut
cookies are the crown
jewel of traditional Italian
Panna Cotta is a soft, creamy,
eggless custard whose
name literally means ‘cooked
Cannoli cupcakes combine
the flavors found in
traditional cannolis into
A luscious creamy cheesecake
flavored with the popular Italian
A highlight of the meal on St.
Joseph's Day are the special
sweets that are prepared.
Also sometimes called Italian
Wedding Cake, it is a beautiful
3-layer cake to serve for any
Pasta Ciotti are small Italian
custard-filled dessert tarts.
This is a nice cake for people who
don't like very sweet desserts. The
flavor is reminiscent of a fresh jelly
Cuccidati is a Sicilian cookie
that has a sweet pastry dough
wrapped around a filling of dried
figs, raisins, walnuts, and
Apple fritters are made from
rings of fresh apples that are
dipped in batter and fried.
This recipe makes a candy with
the same flavors that are found in
the traditional panforte cake from
Cornetti de Crema are pastries
made with puff pastry dough
wrapped around metal molds,
baked and filled with cream.
In this dessert, layers of fried
eggplant are spread with sweetened
ricotta and chocolate, which are then
refrigerated and served cold.
A collection of special desserts
to complete your Valentine's Day
This cake is similar to a pineapple
up-side-down cake but it is made
with fresh peaches.
This charmingly named 'Grandma's
cake' has as many recipe variations
as there are Italian grandmas.
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
(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
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