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Italian Almond Cookies {Paste Di Mandrola}

There are dozens if not hundreds of almond cookies in Italy. Some follow the same recipe but have a different name depending of the region of Italy where they’re coming from, others differ in both name, ingredients and shape.  But without a doubt almond cookies are one of the most favorite. During holiday season sure …

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Marron Glacé – Candied Chestnut Treats

Marron Glacé is a delicious candied chestnut treat from Northern Italy and France. It’s especially popular during November and December, when chestnuts are in season. But not just regular chestnuts. As the name implies, Marron Glace is made from marrons – a cultivated type of chestnut. Marrons are of a superior quality, have bigger in …

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The Best Italian No Bake Desserts

On a hot summer day, is there anything better than indulging yourself with one of these fresh, mouth watering desserts? 😊 The best part? Most of them are ready in under 20 minutes and there’s ZERO baking involved 😉💃 Lemon Semifreddo With Ricotta & Fresh Mint Sauce The lightest, semi-frozen dessert you can imagine! Its …

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Canestrelli – Italian Egg Yolk Cookies

Let’s not talk about canestrelli as classic shortbread cookies from Northern Italy (Liguria and Piedmont region in particular) – even though that IS true. But what is more important is this. As you put a cookie in the mouth it immediately feels like heaven. Delicious lemony flavor, super soft and butter-ly texture with a light …

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Cuccidati – Italian Fig Cookies

Cuccidati Siciliani, also spelled as “cucciddati” are typical Italian Fig Cookies from Sicily that are made during Christmas time and big holidays. Shortbread pastry dough stuffed with soft, fragrant mix of dried figs, nuts, chocolate, candied fruit and a hint of cinnamon is what makes cuccidati cookies unforgettable from the first bite. Cuccidati Origin Speaking …

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Bruttiboni {Italian Hazelnut Cookies}

Also called Brutti Ma Buoni are traditional Italian cookies made with cooked meringue and chopped hazelnuts. Their origin is pretty vague. Some thing they were first seen in a family-owned pastry shop in Gavirate, Lombardia. Others believe they come from Piemonte region or even Emilia Romagna. Whatever the truth is all agree that they are …

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Sicilian Almond Milk Pudding {Biancomangiare}

To someone who grew up in Sicily, Sardinia or Valley d’Aosta biancomangiare pudding unmistakably recalls to their childhood memories. Because this simple almond milk pudding is one of best afternoon snacks for the kids. AND the adults 😉 Biancomangiare is pronounced as “bjan-ko man-ja-re” and literally translates from Italian as “white dish”. It’s made with …

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Lemon Layer Cake with Mascarpone and Lemon Curd

Who can resist delicate, super fluffy sponge cake layered with Mascarpone cream and lemon curd that balances all the flavors? Impossible! This cake it perfect for a big celebration or just as a simple weekend treat for yourself 😉 Both Mascarpone cream and lemon-orange curd are super simple to make. Sponge cake base might seem …

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Italian Easter Cookies {Taralli Di Pasqua}

Taralli Di Pasqua are famous Italian Easter cookies from Southern Italy. Puglia region in particular. They are often called simply Taralli Dolci Pugliesi. They are most famous in their savory version, which traditionally includes anise seeds. But there are a lot of variations: with black pepper, oregano, even with tomato sauce that gives them a …

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Scarcelle Pugliesi – Italian Easter Cookie Cakes

Learn how to quickly make Scarcelle Pugliesi – traditional Italian Easter Cookie Cakes from Puglia decorated with a hard boiled egg. They are yeast free and very easy to make. Make them to add in your DIY holiday gift basket or package nicely and give as a small sign of goodwill to friends and neighbors. …

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St.Joseph’s Pastries {Zeppole di San Giuseppe}

St. Joseph’s Pastries or Zeppole di San Giuseppe are traditional cream filled pastries from Campagna region of Italy. A little bit of curiosity Zeppole di San Giuseppe is a MUST-MAKE for Saint Joseph’s Day (March 19) which is one of the principal feasts in Western Christianity. Since Saint Joseph is known to be the foster-father …

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Diplomat Cream {In 3 Easy Steps}

Diplomat Cream or Crema Diplomatica in Italian is nothing else but a combination of classic pastry cream and Chantilly cream. It’s one of my favorite creams to use for cakes (including decoration), as filling for bomboloni (stuffed Italian doughnuts), fresh fruit tarts, muffin decoration and, honestly, even to spoon it as a dessert all on …

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