Italian Desserts

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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.
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Italian Desserts
Italian Desserts
PLAN AHEAD  Butter, eggs, and liquids should be at room temperature to combine evenly.  Butter can be microwaved in short increments at 50% power to speed up the process and whole eggs can be placed in warm water.

DON'T RUSH when mixing the butter and sugar.  This step, called creaming, aerates the batter for a light and fluffy texture.

CHECK THE INGREDIENTS specified in the recipe.  Even when not stated, most baking recipes require that unsalted butter and large eggs be used.

MEASURE flour in a dry measuring cup, leveling it off with aknife.  Measure liquids in a liquid measuring cup, checking for accuracy at eye level.

CAKE BATTER can't be made in advance but unfrosted cakes can ... and they also may be frozen.  Cool completely and wrap in plastic wrap before refrigerating for 2 days or freezing for a month. Thaw completely before icing or decorating.
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These luscious amarena cherries are from the province of Emilia-Romagna.  Use them for toppings over pancakes, ice cream, dessert, champagne and even a glass of seltzer. 
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Apple Crostata
Cannoli Cheesecake
Lemon-Pistachio Cake
Apple Desserts
Italian Cheesecakes
Chocolate Cakes
Plain & Fancy Cakes
Zucchini Bundt Cake with Crunchy Orange Glaze
Cakes with Fruit
and/or Nuts
Candied Orange Peel
Candy and Confections
Cuccidati - Spiced Fig Cookies
Italian Cookies
Chocolate Cupcakes with White Buttercream Frosting
Buccellato - Sicilian Christmas Fig Cake
Italian Christmas Desserts
Chocolate Desserts
Amaretto Chocolate Pudding
Easy Summer Desserts
White Chocolate and Raspberry Semifreddo
Italian Frozen Desserts
Fruit Desserts
Italian Pastries
Pies and Tarts
Pumpkin Panettone Bread Pudding
Italian Spoon Desserts
Amaretti Stuffed Peach
Italian Knot Cookies
Knot Cookies are traditional Italian cookies that are usually made for special occasions, especially weddings.
Tiramisu is an Italian dessert made with mascarpone cheese, delicate ladyfingers, and laced with strong espresso coffee and Marsala wine.
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
Sfogliatelle means many leaves or layers and this crisp pastry's texture resembles leaves stacked on each other.
Sicilian Cassata
Sicilian cassata is a traditional dessert made with  ricotta cheese, candied citrus peel, and homemade sponge cake (pan di spagna).
Cinnamon Zeppole
Zeppole are a fried Italian pastry that are served warm and dusted with confectioners' sugar or cinnamon-sugar.
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.
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.
Candied Orange Peel
Candied orange peel is the skin or peel of an orange that has been "preserved' in a sugar syrup.
Venetian Layered Cookies
These festively colored cookies are made with 3 layers of cake with  a rich almond flavor, separated by sweet apricot jam, and topped with chocolate icing.
Cannoli Dip
This recipe takes the delicious flavor and creamy texture of cannoli filling and turns it into a wonderful party snack.
Pumpkin Pizzelle
A traditional Italian pizzelle recipe with the added flavors of pumpkin and spices.
Italian Rum Cake
Italian rum cake is a traditional Italian dessert often purchased at an Italian bakery and
served on birthdays or other special occasions.
In Italian, cream puffs are called "Bocconcini con Crema" or little mouthfuls of pastry with cream.
Bow Ties - Farfellette Dolci
The names and shapes of these fried delicacies differ from region to region.
Fruit Tart
A crisp, buttery tart shell filled with lemon-flavored custard and topped with slices of fresh seasonal fruit.
Limoncello Babas
The babas are made with a sweetened yeast dough and are soaked with Limoncello syrup after baking.
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.
Spumone - An Italian Ice Cream Confection
Spumone is a molded Italian ice cream dessert usually containing chopped fruits and nuts.
Wheatberry Easter Cake - La Pastiera Napoletana
A sweet and creamy custard pie with wheat berrie and candied citrus inside a lattice-topped pastry crust.
Polenta Pound Cake
Polenta pound cake is a simple cake that packed with the flavors of lemon, vanilla, and almond.
Chocolate Pie with Cappuccino Cream
A silky chocolate pudding filling topped with espresso flavored whipped cream.
Apple Crostata is a very rustic-style apple pie with some added crunch. This recipe is easily adapted to create other types of fruit crostatas; try sliced pears, peaches, or berries.
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.
Fiadone - Ricotta Pie
Fiadone or ricotta pie is a typical Italian dessert is often served as an Easter specialty in southern Italy.
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.
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.
Pizzelle are known as ferratelle in the Lazio region of Italy. In Molise they may be called ferratelle, cancelle, or pizzelle. The cookie dough or batter is put into a pizzelle iron. The iron stamps a snowflake pattern onto both sides of the thin golden-brown cookie, which has a crisp texture once it is cooled.
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.
Surprise family & friends with cream-filled cannolis. Wrap dough around metal tubes and fry in hot oil till golden brown. Fill with traditional ricotta or pastry cream filling ...

Cannoli Recipe  >>
This trio includes a light and crisp Pinot Grigio from Veneto, a juicy red from Tuscany and a spicy Nero d'Avola from Sicily.
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Bake Me A Wish!
Fruit Tart
Fresh Fruit Tart
This fruit tart recipe consists of a crisp, buttery tart shell filled with a creamy, smooth lemon-flavored custard and topped with slices of fresh strawberries and kiwi, and some blueberries.  You may substitute almost any seasonal fruit that you prefer.