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10 Traditional Italian Holiday Desserts You Need to Try (Recipes Included)🎄🇮🇹

Let us help you get into the holiday spirit with our list of top 10 Italian holiday desserts!

Christmas wouldn’t be done right without all of those traditional (and amazing) Italian sweets. We got you covered with our list of 10 traditional Italian holiday desserts that you gotta try!

1. Panettone

The traditional Italian Christmas cake is popular not just in Italy, but worldwide. With so many different flavours to choose from, panettone makes for the perfect holiday treat and an even better gift!

2. Struffoli

Struffoli are delicious deep-fried dough balls coated with honey. They are served in many Italian homes during Christmastime!

3. Susumelle

Traditionally from Calabria, Susumelle make for the perfect holiday treat. They aren’t only sweet and delicious, they are also super easy and quick to make as well.

4. Anise Cookies

Nothing says Christmas quite like sweet anise cookies! These are perfect for holiday parties and make a great sweet gift.

4. Pignoli

Pignoli are delicious pine nut cookies commonly eaten during Christmastime. These cookies are absolutely delicious and are not very difficult to make!

5. Torrone

Torrone is a staple after dinner dessert in many Italian homes around the holidays. This year why not make it yourself instead of serving the store bought stuff?

6. Chinulille

Celebrate Christmas like the Calabrese and make some delicious and sweet chinulille this holiday season. These make for the perfect sweet treat after a huge Christmas dinner or lunch. 

7. Mostaccioli

Many Italians grew up eating Mostaccioli cookies around Christmastime! These delicious cookies have all the flavors of Christmas packed in them. Although these cookies are full of flavor and look like they take long to make, they are actually simple to make!

8. Christmas Tiramisu

Add the perfect holiday touch to your ordinary tiramisu with this recipe! Not only does this dessert look absolutely beautiful, but it also tastes amazing too. It contains all the sweet and citrusy flavors of Christmas! 

9. Cuccidati

Also known as “fig cookies” cuccidati cookies are a very popular Christmas time treat and tradition. They are not easy to make and require about two days’ time but they are worth it!

10. Zeppole

Let’s be real. Zeppole can be enjoyed all year round, but with there being so many varieties of the recipe, you can change things up and add some of your favorite Christmassy flavours.

What is your favorite holiday dessert? Is it on our list? Let us know in the comment section!

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