Italian Desserts- Top 10 Mouth Watering Desserts of Italy

Italian desserts are so delightful and it has a lot of variety so it is very difficult to choose some of them. The north to south differences in climate have much to do with dessert preference, and though there are several that most everyone will recognize. They are sometimes served really chilled and quite sweet. 

Throughout the year, there are different festivals that are dedicated to specific foods and ingredients. One common element of traditional events and festivals are of food stalls as locals serve up tasty home-made foods and snacks to fill up the bellies of locals and tourists.

One of the great things about Italian Desserts is that Christmas and Easter alone bring a selection of specially made foods, both sweet and savory that will tempt the taste-buds.

Top 10 Italian Desserts

List of some amazing Italian Desserts is as follows.


italian desserts

Gelato means “frozen,”. It came from China. Mostly gelato uses less cream and more milk, few or no egg yolks and sometimes only sweetened fruit purees, making it a sorbet. It is also kept and served at a warmer temperature than ice cream so that it stays softer and creamier. So many flavors but a little time.


italian desserts

One of the Italian desserts is tiramisu. It means “pull me up” or “a little pick-me-up.” This refrigerated Italian food features layers of ladyfingers dipped in espresso coffee, nestled between a rich cream cheese with the addition of sweetened and whipped egg yolks and cream. With sweetened strawberries or lemon sauce, it is also a trend to make non-coffee varieties of tiramisu.

Mafioso Chocolate Cake

Italian desserts- chocolate cake

This is an old Italian family recipe for a cake that is made by Italians at every big holiday.  At some instant, they lost the recipe but then they were overjoyed to recover it after a friend reminded them. They call it The Cake That Saved Christmas. A chocolate delight any gangster would love.

Zuccotto Cupcakes

Italian desserts- zuccotto cupcakes

These cupcakes are a little time taking dessert, but the end product is definitely worth the effort. Because of the whipped cream filling and ganache topping, people call them Zuccotto cupcakes.  People made them for their own weddings, and have had to give out the recipe as well as make them for others special events many times

Italian Fig Cookies 

Italian desserts- italian fig cookies

Some people call them Homemade Fig Newtons. They are wonderful with a hot cup of coffee and tradition at Christmas. They are a lot of work and they prepare in stages,  first- the dough, then a few days later the figs, and finally will make the cookies. The dough and the figs stay well in the refrigerator and the cookies freeze very well.

Spoon Cookies

Italian desserts- spoon cookies

This recipe is from some Italian lady. People called them spoon cookies because they are just dropped from a spoon. They’re usually seen at Christmas.

Amaretto Cookies

Italian desserts- amaretto cookies

Italian’s make them on their occasions like weddings or Christmas. This is a special cookie. For presentation, they decorate the top of each cookie with a piece of candied cherry instead of the almond which is its uniqueness and it tastes really well. You should surely visit Turkey which is a beautiful place indeed.

Baba Au Rhum or Rum Baba

Italian desserts- baba au rhum

Baba au rhum is a tall cylindrical shaped yeasted cake. It has been soaked in rum syrup (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and sometimes filled with pastry cream or whipped cream. This becomes a rich dough and they enriched them with eggs, butter, and kinds of milk and comes up in a form of rings.


Italian desserts- semi freddo

This “partly cold” have different layers. With the different layers of cookies or cakes with gelato, mousse, or whipped cream and fruit, it has a loose range of frozen desserts. Although it is frozen, it is served when it is not too hard.


Italian desserts- zabaglione

Zabaglione served with fresh berries in a champagne glass or flavored with espresso coffee. It is a classic dessert that is made by combining of many egg yolks. They have been dipped in sugar and Marsala wine, then whipped over a hot water bath until it’s very light and fluffy. After getting cool, the whipped egg white is sometimes added and whipped cream for even more richness.

Those with a sweet sense of taste will know that no meal is complete with dessert and Italian desserts comes up with a lot of varieties. No doubts Italians have a great heart with hearty Italian meal than with some mouth-watering desserts!

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