Authentic Italian Dessert Recipes: 20 Of The Best Italian Desserts!

The Italian food adventure is an endless journey, and one of the best parts of this journey definitely includes Italian dessert recipes!

Italian dessert recipes

Italian cuisine is distinguished throughout the world for the recipes that our grandmothers and mothers have handed down from generation to generation for decades.

And some of the best parts of these recipes that have been handed down are definitely the sweeter recipes!

So if you are looking for a few ideas to make an actual authentic Italian dessert, then the recipes below are exactly what you need.

There are so many unique recipes from every different region in Italy when it comes to desserts.

Obviously it is not possible to draw up an exhaustive list of Italian desserts. This would take forever, and the list would be extremely long!

The recipes collected below, however, can be a worthy source from which to draw some inspiration.

I have included ones that I, as an Italian, feel are worthy to be called the best Italian desserts!

Tiramisu, apple pie, Neapolitan pastry, cannoli with ricotta cheese.

Just a few which are included!

20 Of Best Italian Dessert Recipes

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So, below are the 20 best Italian dessert recipes that I personally love!

#1 Cannoli Recipe

Italian dessert recipes

Found at Pies And Tacos

The cannolo is a typical Sicilian sweet, and one dessert which I eat almost every Sunday afternoon. It is usually seasoned with ricotta, a cheese that can be salty OR sweet.

#2 Italian Cream Puffs With Custard Filling

Found at Eats Well With Others

Typical dessert for the feast of Saint Joseph. It’s so good, you’ll eat more than one, for sure.

#3 Tiramisu

Italian dessert recipes

Found at The Bella Vita

This dessert has been made by me plenty of times. Who doesn’t love tiramisu? It’s enriched with dark chocolate! Creamy and crunchy with every bite!

#4 Sicilian Almond Cookie

Italian dessert recipes

Found at Philoso Kitchen

These cookies remind me of my childhood. So many times my dad would come home after work with these delicious biscuits.

#5 Raspberry Tiramisu

Found at Yummy Addiction

Here is another version of this delicious Italian dessert.

#6 Chocolate Panna Cotta

Italian dessert recipes

Found at Cookers

A delicious and easy dessert.

#7 Amaretti Cookies

Found at Simply Home Cooked

A biscuit with an undesirable taste.

#8 Pastiera Napoletana Recipe

Italian dessert recipes

Found at Nonna Box

Typical Neapolitan traditional cake, a real treat.

#9 Tuscan Apple Cake 

Found at Food And Journeys

#10 Classic Italian Crostata (Italian Pie)

Italian dessert recipes

Found at An Italian In My Kitchen

#11 Babá

Italian dessert recipes

Found at Mangia Magna

A rum cake that those who have visited Napoli must have tasted.

#12 Cassata Siciliana (Sicilian Cake)

Found at Everybody Loves Italian

The Sicilian cassata is a typical product of this region, which combines ricotta cheese, sugar, sponge cake, candied fruit and royal pastry, to create a cake beautiful to see and delicious to eat.

#13 Italian Mimosa Cake

Found at An Italian In My Kitchen

It is associated with Women’s Day, but the mimosa cake recipe can really be enjoyed all year round. It’s sweet and delicious filling make it ideal to serve as a dessert.

#14 Zuppa Inglese

Italian dessert recipes

Found at Memorie Di Angelina

A sponge cake soaked in liqueur and filled with layers of custard and chocolate cream, it first spread throughout Emilia Romagna and then in Italy.

#15 Torrone

Found at Nonna Box

This is among the oldest Italian sweets in all it’s pleasant and delicious regional variations. You will be spoilt for choice between the soft or crunchy version, with chocolate, almonds, pistachios or candied fruit.

#16 Italian Apple Strudel with Puff Pastry

Italian dessert recipes

Found at Zozo Baking

A typical Italian dessert of Trentino Alto Adige, it combines fresh and dried fruit and spices in a delightful treasure chest of fragrant puff pastry. Excellent served with cream or vanilla ice cream.

#17 Profitterol

Found at Mangia Magna

#18 Napoleons With Italian Pastry Cream

Italian dessert recipes

Found at 2 Spots 2 Cook

#19 Dark Chocolate, Pistacchio And Cointreau Truffel

Found at Toast Mug

#20 Chocolate Salami 

Italian dessert recipes

Found at Eazy Peazy Desserts

What’s your favorite Italian dessert?



  1. Now those amaretti cookies! they look so sweet and soft to just melt in my mouth. I’ve learned that mimosa is edible. How does it taste?

    Thank you for this collection of sweetness, it’s really a voyage.


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