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Italians are masters at desserts and they enjoy them throughout the day starting from breakfast all the way to the evening.

Italian desserts are mostly simple, however, they are made from the best ingredients such as fresh eggs, cream cheeses mascarpone and ricotta, tasty hazelnuts, almonds and pistachios, rich dark chocolate and fresh seasonal or dried fruits.

We are great fans of Italian desserts and their diversity, and we are always looking for traditional as well as modern Italian recipes. 

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Italian dessert recipes - cookies

Brutti ma buoni

Grandma's traditional Italian cookie recipes are a family secret. They prepare them for every holiday throughout the year and you may decide to try some of them. We have an interesting collection of traditional Italian cookie recipes you can easily follow.

Why not to start with the most elegant Italian cookies - baci di dama. These Italian cookies, made from delicate hazelnut dough and chocolate filling will melt in your mouth.

For those looking for simple cookies which can be make in a short time brutti ma buoni will be perfect choice. Just beat egg yolks with sugar and add grounded hazelnuts and your brutti ma buoni will be ready to bake.

Cantuccini - Italian dry cookies also know as biscotti, comes in a variety of versions. You will find them enriched with almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, chocolate, dried fruits and various combination. Biscotti are worldwide known Italian dry cookies which go excellently with a cup of tea or coffee. We have proven recipes for classic cantuccini and chocolate almond biscotti.

The chestnut flour is used in Italy for a variety of sweet and savoury dishes. We have great recipes for chestnut flour cookies and the sugar-free version of this cookies.

You will adore our crispy polenta cookies, made with instant polenta and and scented with rosemary leaves.

Italian dessert recipes - fried desserts

Frìtole veneziane

Throughout Italy, Carnival time is an occasion for fried sweet pastries. Each Italian region has produced its own variation of dolci di Carnevale - Carnival sweets

They can be classified into two broad categories, depending if they're made with rolled out dough or batter. In the first category we will find chiacchiere, crostoli, bugi, frappe while in the second category features graffe, frittelle and castagnole.

We have a collection of fried Italian desserts you can easily prepare at home. Choose from frìtole veneziane - sweet dough balls with raisins and pine nuts or castagnole in many variations: classic castagnole, ricotta castagnole, butternut squash castagnole and chestnut flour castagnole. You will also love crostoli - stripes of dough fried and dusted with icing sugar.

If you are looking for something completely different choose our recipes for necci - traditional Italian pancakes made from chestnut flour as well as frittelle di castagne - chestnut flour fritters.

Italian dessert recipes - creamy desserts

White chocolate panna cotta

We have interesting recipes for one of the most popular Italian desserts - tiramisu made with mascarpone cream and savoiardi. We also like zuppa inglese made by following our step-by-step recipe.

If you are looking for simple creamy dessert you will love our recipe for chocolate panna cotta and white chocolate panna cotta. These desserts are ideal for making a day ahead as they are best when chilled in the fridge overnight.

You will find here a recipe for crema pasticcera - an Italian version of pastry cream which is used in many Italian pastries and cakes.

Italian dessert recipes - torte & pies


Italians prepare elegant cakes and torte for special occasions and the choice is huge. One of the most elegant is flourless torta Caprese made with grounded almonds and rich dark chocolate. Torta della Nonna (Grandma's cake) is one of the most popular Italian desserts. It consists of nothing more than two sheets of sugar pastry enclosing a pastry cream filling. The top is covered with crunchy pine nuts and dusted with icing sugar.

For those special occasions make some of the most elegant cakes such as torta Caprese with chocolate and almonds or torta della Nonna with the taste of crema pasticcera and pine-nuts.

A special experience is the preparation of rustic Italian desserts that include castagnaccio which is prepared from sweet chestnut flour or pastiera Napoletana – a traditional Easter cake. Crostata is an pie with a crust made from the pastry and filled with jam. There are endless variations of the crostata with filling ranging from cherries and other berries, apricots or even Nutella. 

Torta Barozzi is a black cake made with almonds, peanuts, coffee and dark chocolate and originates from Emilia-Romagna region.

To enjoy these wonderful Italian desserts prepare them at home following our selected and proven recipes!



Fried Desserts

Creamy & Frozen Desserts

Torte & Pies

Pastries & Small bites

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