From moist cakes to creamy cheesecakes and tangy cookies, each dish offers a burst of sunshine in every bite. These Italian recipes are sure to brighten your day and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Authentic Italian Easter Ricotta Pie

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Ricotta pie is a lightly sweetened, cheesecake-like dessert with mini chocolate chips and candied citron. It has a lighter texture than traditional cheesecakes and is a real showstopper dessert. 

Get the Recipe: Authentic Italian Easter Ricotta Pie

Pizzicati (Italian pinch cookies)

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Pizzicati (Italian pinch cookies) are delicious buttery cookies filled with jam, gently pinched in the center, and then finished off with a dusting of powdered sugar.

They are often part of an Easter, Christmas, or wedding dessert tray. They are so delicately sweet that they make a delicious little afternoon snack.

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This homemade Cannoli Recipe will blow you away with how rich and delicious it is! A creamy, sweet ricotta filling is loaded into freshly fried, crispy shells.

Dip the ends in mini chocolate chips or chopped nuts for the perfect finish.

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Bunet, a Piedmontese dessert, is a traditional recipe similar to chocolate crème caramel. It is an absolute joy to eat!

But you don’t have to be from Piedmont or Italy to master this recipe. It’s super simple to make, with steps that you can follow easily to create an impressive dessert for all occasions!

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Torta della Nonna

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Torta della Nonna is a beloved, traditional Italian dessert that is enjoyed throughout the country. This classic tart is made with a lemony, tender shortcrust, filled with creamy Italian pastry, and is the perfect way to end any meal.

Despite its name, which translates to “grandmother’s cake,” this Italian custard pie was actually first created in a restaurant kitchen and quickly became a fan favorite.

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Italian Rainbow Cookies

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If you want an adorable cookie recipe, try making Italian rainbow cookies. These cookies are also known as tri-color or tricolore cookies or Italian flag almond cookies, as they reflect the colors of Italy’s flag – red, white, and green.

These Italian-American cookies are made by layering almond cake with raspberry jelly and a sweet chocolate glaze. They’re not only visually appealing but also delicious to the taste buds!

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If you’re looking for an authentic tiramisù recipe, you’ve come to the right place. This recipe is the original tiramisù recipe, according to the Italian Academy of Cuisine.

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Sourdough Maritozzi (Italian Sweet Buns)

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These Sourdough Maritozzi are truly exquisite. They are made with a soft brioche bun and filled with luscious vanilla whipped cream. The brioche buns are easy to make using a sweet sourdough starter (levain).

After the buttery buns are baked, they are cut in half and filled with the delicate whipped cream. Finally, a dash of confectioner’s sugar is added to finish off this delicious treat.

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Lemon Ricotta Cake

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The fine crumble and the fresh creamy ricotta filling make this lemon ricotta cake simply irresistible. It requires minimal preparation, only six ingredients, and no stand mixer.

The cake boasts a refreshing yet delicate flavor and texture. The outside is crispy and crumbly, while the inside is soft and filled with sweet ricotta, bright lemon zest, and juice.

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Zeppole: Italian Doughnuts

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This classic Zeppole recipe, also known as Italian bite-sized doughnuts, is a simple fried (or air-fried) dessert or morning treat usually made around Christmas and New Year or to celebrate special occasions.

They are made with a pizza or bread dough, softened with cooked russet potatoes, sweetened with black raisins and powdered sugar, and become deliciously crispy on the outside once (air) fried.

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Italian Pistachio Cookies

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These Italian Pistachio Cookies aren’t like other pistachio cookie recipes. They don’t use pudding mix or artificial ingredients. They’re crispy outside and chewy inside, and they’re naturally dairy and gluten-free.

They’re quick and easy to make, and because their main ingredient is whole pistachios, just one or two will satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Neapolitan Ricotta and Pasta Pie

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Traditionally made for Easter, pastiera is a ricotta pie famous in different parts of Italy. However, it’s most famously a Neapolitan recipe. Like many Italian dishes, there are, of course, variations of pastiera Napoletana. The most well-known is made with cooked wheatberries, ricotta, and candied fruit baked in a pie crust. 

Get the Recipe: Neapolitan Ricotta and Pasta Pie

Limoncello Mascarpone Cake with Lemon Curd

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Limoncello Mascarpone Cake with Lemon Curd is moist, light, and citrusy.  The tender cake is lightly flavored with Limoncello and layered with a fluffy mascarpone cream frosting and sweet, tangy lemon curd.

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Amaretti Cookies

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Homemade soft amaretti cookies – simple yet fancy. Only four ingredients for an elegant chewy, marzipan-like cookie!

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Pizzelle Cookies

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Pizzelle Cookies are a classic Italian tradition and they are super simple to make using a Pizzelle Iron and some common baking ingredients. Make these for Christmas, Easter, or any time you’re in the mood for a crisp, light, buttery Italian cookie.

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Delcious Chocolate Kahlua Tart

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This Chocolate Kahlua tart! Not only does it look like it’s right out of a glossy magazine, but it tastes like a million dollars too! 
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Rustic Pear Galette

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Even for those just starting out in the kitchen, this pear galette offers a straightforward yet stunning dessert option that suits any season. Whip up a treat that’s not just delicious but also ready for its close-up on Instagram.

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