Monica's Italian Tri-color Cookies
"One of my all-time favorite Italian sweets is tri-color cookies! I love the combination of moist almond cake, apricot preserve, and dark chocolate. These cookies take some work but they are so worth it and the recipe makes a big batch."—Monica M.
Sara's Lemon Ricotta Cookies
"These Italian cookies from Giada de Laurentiis are soft and delicious. They have an excellent lemon flavor and a perfectly light texture from the ricotta. Giada describes the cookies as being similar to muffin tops, and she's exactly right."—Sara C.
Lori's Chocolate-Balsamic Macaroons
"ccording to some sources, the coconut macaroon originated in an Italian monastery during the 9th century. For a double-dose of Italian oomph, these macaroons are made with balsamic vinegar! A dessert with vinegar sounds absurd, but a large pinch of sea salt insures that they hit the right note of sweet and salty, and the balsamic adds a touch of acid that makes the flavor go crazy on your tongue. The chocolate and balsamic play very well off of each other, and the coconut just adds a little nuttiness."—Lori Y.
"I love me some tiramisu. Mascarpone cheese, with coffee dipped lady fingers, that right there is some Italian goodness."—Nossi F.
Robyn's Cornmeal Cookies
"These simple corn meal cookies are delightful and have, as my sister said, a "fatto in casa" quality about them. "They're buttery and cake-y... delicate and substantial at the same time, mmmmm" to quote her. And, might I add, they have a rustic finish from the corn meal but the lemon rind adds a hint of sophistication. Perfect with an espresso or a dunk in something stronger, if you know what I mean."—Robyn F.
Maria's Pistachio Apricot Biscotti
"Mother's Day is right around the corner and biscotti is the perfect gift for Italian and non-Italian moms alike. I chose to put pistachios and apricots in these, upon my own mother's request, but ½ cup of any nuts or dried fruit can be substituted. You can even change it up with a different extract or by adding spices."—Maria S.
Julie's Biscuit Tortoni
"My best Italian sweet is biscuit tortoni. I found the recipe for it in an old cookbook my mom game to me. It's like a rich, creamy ice cream you can make without an ice cream maker, speckled through and then topped with crushed almonds."—Julie E.
Heather's Chocolate Almond Coconut Biscotti
"Many people like biscotti with coffee- me, I prefer it with hot chocolate! This biscotti is loaded with chocolate, almonds, and coconut. It's a great treat for breakfast, or as a snack!"—Heather H.