My Favorite Italian Christmas Desserts

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What would the holidays be without our favorite sweet treats? They’re treasured family traditions with special memories attached in every bite. We all have our favorite cookies and Christmas desserts that we fondly remember having during holidays of past, so I’m sharing a few of mine because it just wouldn’t be Christmas time without them.

Through out the years I created some of my own Christmas dessert traditions and ones that I intend to keep making each year, plus I’m always on the look out for something new, so stay tuned!

pandoro christmas cake

Italian Christmas Tree Cake with Lemon Curd and Limoncello

Pandoro Christmas Tree Cake with Amaretto and Mascarpone Whipped Cream


puff christmas cookies


Puff Cookies

fig biscotti


Fig and Pistachio Biscotti
rosette cookies

Rosette Christmas Cookies

anginetti cookies

Anginetti, Italian Lemon Knot Cookies

anise biscotti

Anise Biscotti

fig cookies

Cucidati, Sicilian Fig Cookies

pizzelle cookies


cappucino biscotti

Cappuccino Biscotti

Happy baking everyone!

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  1. If I saw a tray of your Christmas cookies, I wouldn’t know which one to try first.

  2. Maryann Lidestri says

    Marie, I did a twist on the biscotti. I soaked dates in limoncello and roasted hazelnut, I used lemon oil for the flavor in dough. House smells great.
    I always go to you for inspiration and found a pandoro to make the cake you picture for Christmas Eve. Boun Natale, Maryann

  3. They look fun & amazing! Makes me want to go into the kitchen and start baking!!

  4. I feel so behind, Marie, and haven’t started any Christmas baking. Your array of sweets has me itching to get started. I love all of them, especially the biscotti. They’re a year round staple around here, but the pan d’oro tree is such a treat for the holidays.

  5. What a glorious assortment of holiday recipes. Last year, I relied on your recipe for the Christmas Tree Cake for, believe it or not, Hanukkah party. I decorated the beautiful centerpiece of a dessert with silver and blue foil covered chocolates and blue ribbons. The guests devoured it and didn’t even think of the tree association. Marie, thanks for a year of recipes and friendship.

  6. They all look so delicious, but my favorite is the tree with lemon curd. 🙂

  7. So many foods, these desserts included, bring back memories of past holidays. Thanks for sharing, and jogging my memory, Marie! You have inspired me to get started on my baking!

  8. I’d like one of each please – they all look soooo delicious!

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