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Christmas Italian Recipe


With this recipe you can be part of my tradition, begin your own tradition and perhaps start your own family competition for generations to come.

The Italians have many versions of the Italian Easter pie.

My personal favorite has always been this simple, sweet creamy version that invariably filled my mother’s kitchen with an aroma that prompted our neighbors from their homes in order to follow the scent.

The mostaccioli are sweet Christmas cookies typical of the regions of Southern Italy.

There are many variations, as many are the countries in which these sweets are cooked right on feast days.

Cucciddati or Buccellati is a traditional Italian cookie, originating in Sicily, that is filled with a mixture of figs and other fruits, nuts, and seasonings.

Grispelle or Crispelle is a yeast raised doughnut made with sweet potatoes and tradtionaly served during Christmas.

Jam tarts are classic Italian desserts. Every home baker and her nonna has a favorite recipe, often incorporating homemade jam created with ripe fruit from the orto, or garden patch.

Italians celebrate the traditional Seven Fish Dinner on Christmas Eve.

This is the big Christmas meal and, for religious reasons, has no meat.

These are the little golden balls of dough drizzled with honey and non-pareils that you see at every true Italian’s house around the Christmas holidays.

Sweet fritters, called zeppole, are found all over Italy, from cream-filled pastry puffs in Lazio to pine nut spheres in Emilia-Romagna to brandy-flavored rounds in Abruzzo. Here, a chunk of chocolate and a hazelnut are enclosed in each doughnut-like puff.