I’m so happy to share this list of easy and delicious Italian Easter Desserts that anyone can make. This collection of Easter dessert ideas will be sure to inspire you. Although this post is specific to Easter, these recipes can also be used any time of year!
Enjoy looking through the list of recipes below and feel free to click through to any of them. Some are desserts I’ve created while others are featured from other food bloggers.
Italian Easter Desserts
Italians take their food seriously, and especially their desserts. There are so many wonderful and nostalgic recipes that are passed down from generation to generation in our families. But unfortunately we are often left without any specific set of recipe instructions.
So while some of these may be traditional Italian Easter desserts handed down from previous generations, others may offer a more modern take on these traditional Italian desserts.
As with all my recipes, I strive to give you Italian recipes that are easy and not overly complicated. I make no exception here. Enjoy the recipes and I hope they inspire you this Easter season.
Lemon Ricotta Pie for an Italian Easter Dessert
Lemon Ricotta pie is an Italian classic for an Italian Easter dessert that is well suited for the season. It’s a light and refreshing dessert that is easy to make, and everyone will enjoy it.
Italian Pignoli Cookies
With only 4 ingredients, these light and airy cookies made with almond paste, egg whites, sugar, and pine nuts, will rival any bakery cookie!
Lemon Polenta Cake
Super easy lemon polenta cake is made with some ricotta cheese for moisture and served with a gorgeous blueberry sauce. The texture is dense, sweet and a welcome change from the usual sponge cakes.
Here’s a twist to the common tiramisu recipe, using limoncello.
Panettone Bread Pudding for Easter Italian Dessert or Breakfast
Italian Panettone makes the best bread pudding! With hints of orange zest and orange liqueur, it’s a definite crowd pleaser!
Amaretti Cookies to Serve with Your Italian Easter Dessert
These homemade amaretti cookies are a simple take on these classic Italian biscuits. They are sweet, chewy, naturally gluten free and very delicious!
Italian Lemon Cake is an Easy Italian Dessert for Easter
Enjoy this easy Italian lemon cake for a light and airy Italian cake with a hint of lemon. Serves great with fresh coffee. This lemon cake is an easy Italian dessert for Easter or any holiday.
Italian Fruit Salad
Macedonia di Frutta is a light and creamy custard-based Italian Fruit Salad with tiny Acini de Pepe pasta, marshmallows, and Cool Whip. This is perfect for your next get-together, because it makes a large quantity and is definitely a crowd pleaser!
Anginetti Lemon Cookies
Italian Anginetti lemon cookies, also called Italian lemon cookies are a treat for Italians at Easter time. These cookies can be made in advance and freeze well.
This no-bake Cannoli Pie is so easy to make, with creamy ricotta, chopped dark chocolate, and roasted pistachios!
Meyer Lemon, Orange & Rosemary Olive Oil Cake
This not-too-sweet Meyer Lemon, Orange & Rosemary Olive Oil Cake is a dreamy ode to citrus season. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee!
Italian Desserts for Easter
When planning your Easter Italian desserts, there are endless options. The best part of planning in advance, is that you have time to be as creative or as traditional as you’d like.
Here at SimpleItalianCooking.com I’m about authenticity, but also simplicity. Sometimes that means making modifications to cut out a few extra steps thanks to modern ingredients or products.
I hope you find some inspiration with this list. Be as Italian as you want, even if you yourself are not Italian. My own mother has no Italian blood in her, but she has it in her heart. So, no matter who you are or where you’ve come from, feel free to use these recipes for Italian desserts and have a wonderful Easter!
What Goes with an Italian Dessert for Easter
Since Easter typically occurs in early Spring, consider using complimentary foods related to the season. That’s why so many of these desserts include lemon – it’s bright and well, makes us welcome Spring.
You can also make more than one Italian dessert for Easter. If you want to make a light cake, then consider adding some chocolate wafers or other chocolate finger food.
If you choose a heavy or sweet dessert, make sure to serve it with something to help freshen the palette, such as sparkling water. Espresso or an espresso drink will be a lovely match.
Should you choose a dessert that is light, I suggest serving with a latte or complimentary drink.
If you liked these recipe ideas for Italian Easter desserts, you may also want to check out other holiday dessert ideas such as our list of Italian Valentine’s Day Desserts.
Have a blessed Easter!