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12 Italian Desserts Your Grandma Used to Make

Indulge in the nostalgic flavors of Italy with these 12 Italian desserts your grandma used to make. From creamy tiramisu to classic cannoli, these timeless treats capture the essence of authentic Italian baking. Each recipe is a delicious trip down memory lane, bringing a taste of tradition to your kitchen.

Traditional Italian Pizzelle Recipe

Pizzelle
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This Pizzelle Recipe will teach you how to make Italian Pizzelle Cookies, the oldest cookies in the world. Pizzelle are thin, snowflake shaped cookies that are thin and delicate. They are great served plain, with powdered sugar, nutella, or even ice cream!

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Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies

Pecan Snowball Cookies.
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This cookie recipe is made with pecans and exhibits an almost shortbread-like texture that we LOVE. With just 6 ingredients and 10 minutes of active work, you’ll love these melt-in-your-mouth Buttery Pecan Snowball cookies!

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Easy Tiramisu Recipe

Easy Tiramisu Recipe
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This tiramisu is so easy because it includes absolutely zero bake time! Instead, it is made with the traditional Italian tiramisu method of folding the whipped eggs into the mascarpone. This cream is then paired with coffee-soaked ladyfingers and sprinkled with cocoa powder for a decadent, simple, 15-minute dessert.

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Walnut Cookies

Walnut Cookies
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Walnut Cookies, or Walnut Roll-Up Cookies, as we call them in my house are a delicious way to bring the holiday spirit to your home! The dough is made with yeast, so it rises a bit and is then stuffed with a chopped walnut filling that will leave your taste buds singing.

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Strawberry Tiramisu Recipe

Strawberry Tiramisu Recipe To Make From Home
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This strawberry tiramisu recipe is a twist on the classic Italian dessert that everyone knows and loves. The marsala wine in the recipe is replaced by fresh strawberry syrup and fresh cut-up strawberries. It is my new favorite springtime dessert! YUM!

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Traditional Italian Biscotti Recipe

Traditional Italian Biscotti Recipe
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Try out this Italian Biscotti Recipe that comes straight from Italy! This recipe will teach you the step-by-step perfect method for creating delicious, toasted, cozy biscotti.

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Homemade Cannoli

Homemade Cannoli
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This Homemade Cannoli recipe makes deliciously crisp, lightly spiced pastry shells filled with a warming and sweet homemade ricotta filling made with vanilla, cinnamon, and mini chocolate chips!

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ITALIAN FIG COOKIES (CUCCIDATI)

ITALIAN FIG COOKIES (CUCCIDATI)
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Italian fig cookies, also known as cuccidati, are a one of a kind traditional Italian cookie! The filling is made with a fragrant mix of dried figs, raisins, walnuts, apricot jam, and a blend of warm spices. The cookie is wrapped in a soft, pastry-like dough, then topped with icing and nonpareil sprinkles.

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ZUCCOTTO (SPONGE CAKE WITH RICOTTA FILLING)

ZUCCOTTO (SPONGE CAKE WITH RICOTTA FILLING)
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Zuccotto is a traditional dome-shaped cake originating in the beautiful city of Florence. It’s made with a classic Italian sponge cake soaked in liqueur and filled with two delicious ricotta fillings including candied fruit and chocolate chips.

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Affogato

Affogato
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What is an Affogato? It is a traditional Italian dessert or beverage that includes vanilla gelato that has literally been “drowned” in espresso. Talk about the perfect dessert!! I have created the dessert version in a bowl, but you could also serve your Affogato in a tall, slender glass and allow the ice cream to melt before drinking through a straw.

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Italian Pistachio Cookie Recipe

Italian Pistachio Cookie Recipe
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This recipe for Italian Pistachio Cookies uses only 5 ingredients. The cookies are soft and share the tastes of pistachio and lemon. They are great for a quick cookie recipe any time of the year, and the green color also makes them a great fit for Christmas dessert!

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Italian Ricotta Cookies

Italian Ricotta Cookies
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Italian Ricotta Cookies are always popular!  Our recipe for Italian Ricotta Cookies. Soft, tender and fluffy sprinkle cookies with a cake-like texture that melts in your mouth will have them asking which bakery they came from!

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