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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.
These cookies have a tender, buttery shortbread crust with a fresh fruit filling topped with a rich crumb topping.
A ricotta custard is poured over the pumpkin cake batter before baking. The custard sinks into the cake batter during baking, forming a ribbon of cheese throughout the cake.
Rice pudding is true comfort food ... sweet and creamy, this is the best rice pudding we have ever eaten. It is a simple recipe to make with just a few ingredients.
Limoncello cookies are pillow soft, flavored with Limoncello liqueur and lemon zest and topped with a tart lemon glaze. 
Apple bread pudding is a baked dessert that combines cubes of bread with a rich custard, apples, and walnuts.  Serve apple bread pudding with amaretto sauce or Calvados whipped cream.
This is a great recipe to make with children. Ready-made cookies are crushed in a food processor, cream cheese is added to form a ‘dough’ and rolled into bite-size balls that are dipped in chocolate. 
These little gems are easy to make because you simply melt the ingredients in the microwave, fill the candy cups and refrigerate.
This tender and moist orange-flavored cake is studded with fresh cranberries, with a layer of cream cheese and a crumb topping.
Florentines are wafer-thin, lacy and crisp almond toffee-like cookies that have a subtle orange flavor and are typically drizzled with chocolate or sandwiched together with a layer of chocolate between them. 
This fresh fruit tart has a crisp, buttery crust with a mascarpone cream filling studded with tender wedges of fresh apricot.
This silicone pastry mat is strongly adhesive to the countertop or other surfaces, it does not slip and slide.
Measurements are in imperial and metric, making it easy to roll out pie crusts into perfect rounds or dough into the required dimensions.
Simply wash your silicone pastry baking mat with warm soapy water or place it in the dishwasher to clean. The nonstick baking mat can be stored rolled up or folded, occupying minimal space in a drawer or cupboard.
In this recipe the apples are folded into the cheesecake mixture, poured over a graham cracker crust, and topped with a crunchy crumb topping.
Italian Apple Crumb Cheesecake
Italian Knot Cookies
Knot Cookies are traditional Italian cookies that are usually made for special occasions, especially weddings.
Sfogliatelle means many leaves or layers and this crisp pastry's texture resembles leaves stacked on each other.
Orange Ricotta Tart with a Chocolate Cinnamon Crust
This tart has a ricotta cheese filling that is light in texture with a subtle citrus orange flavor on top of a crunchy chocolate and cinnamon pastry crust.
Pizza di Crema
Pizza di Crema is a Neapolitan custard pie flavored with orange zest, cinnamon, and vanilla and enhanced with cherries.
Amaretto Cupcakes
Here are two recipes for cupcakes with the wonderful flavor of Amaretto liqueur; one
is gluten-free.
Candied Orange Peel
Candied orange peel is the skin or peel of an orange that has been "preserved' in a sugar syrup.
Pumpkin Pizzelle
A traditional Italian pizzelle recipe with the added flavors of pumpkin and spices.
These ices are a mixture of water, sugar and a flavoring. They are grainy in texture and are frozen in a pan in the freezer.
Chocolate Mousse Cake
This is a very rich and decadent chocolate cake that requires no baking.  The creamy chocolate mousse filling sits on a crunchy chocolate cookie crumb crust and is topped with sweetened whipped cream.
Polenta Pound Cake
Polenta pound cake is a simple cake that packed with the flavors of lemon, vanilla, and almond.
Mini Apple Strudels
These miniature apple strudels are the perfet size for a quick snack, to add to a dessert buffet, or to end an elegant meal. The strudels are made with phyllo dough and filled with apples raisins,and walnuts.
Apple Cider Risotto Cheesecake
A delicious and unique cheesecake that combines apple cider-flavored risotto with a luscious cream cheese filling and is topped with fresh brown sugar and cinnamon apple slices.
Orange Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cookies
A different chocolate chip cookie recipe with the added flavors of orange and pistachio.  Each ingredient has it's own distinctive taste that blends to create a truly delicious cookie.
Spumone - An Italian Ice Cream Confection
Spumone is a molded Italian ice cream dessert usually containing chopped fruits and nuts.
Pumpkin Panettone Bread Pudding
In this recipe, traditional Italian holiday bread, panettone, is baked with a creamy pumpkin and spice-flavored custard.  Servings are then topped with a rich crème anglaise sauce and a dollop of bourbon-flavored whipped cream.
Fiadone - Ricotta Pie
Fiadone or ricotta pie is a typical Italian dessert is often served as an Easter specialty in southern Italy.
Make your own ...

Baking powder: Whisk 2 tablespoons cream of tartar with 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1-1/2 tablespoon cornstarch; make sure mixture is well blended.

Crème fraiche: Combine 1 cup heavy whipping cream and 2 tablespoon of buttermilk in a glass container.  Cover and let stand at room temperature until thickened, 8 to 24 hours. Stir well and chill until serving.

Greek-style yogurt: Place regular yogurt in a cheese-cloth lined strainer set over a large bowl.  Cover and refrigerate the yogurt overnight to drain; the yogurt will thicken.

Mascarpone cheese: Blend 8 ounces of cream cheese with 1/4 cup of whipping cream and 2-1/2 tablespoons sour cream.

Self-rising flour: Add 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and1/4 teaspoon salt to 1 cup of all-purpose flour to equal 1 cup of self-rising flour.
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Whether you’re making a pancake breakfast, a million mini muffins, or cupcakes for a party, the Precision Batter Dispenser is a precise, easy-to-use solution for less mess. The easy-to-squeeze handle is comfortable to hold, and the shut-off valve provides total control help prevent drips.
When the Recipe Calls for Softened Butter

When a cookie recipe calls for using softened butter, it's for a good reason. Room temperature butter allows small pockets of air to get trapped when creaming it with sugar. This leavens the cookies and makes them fluffy.  If you use butter that's too soft, on the verge of melting, it can do the opposite and actually prevent air from getting trapped. The ideal softness level is when you're able to press your finger into the butter without any resistance.
Cassata Ice Cream Cake
This cassata cake is an ice cream cake with the same flavors as a traditional Sicilian cassata: chocolate, pistachios, and orange mixed into the ice cream-ricotta filling, layered onto an amaretti crust, and glazed with chocolate.
Pie Plates: Glass vs. Metal

Use glass pie plates for most pies; they disperse heat well for even browning.  Because they are clear, you can check the bottom of the crust to ensure it's thoroughly baked before you take it out of the oven.  If you have aluminum pie plates, use them for icebox pies with press-in crusts or those that are baked briefly in the oven.
Tortoni is an Italian frozen cream dessert usually flavored with a liqueur and topped with almonds and maraschino cherries.
This delicious and easy plum crisp recipe is made with slices of ripe plums and a crisp and crunchy topping made with flour, oatmeal, almonds, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon.
Italian Desserts