I know cookies. So, when I come across a recipe that makes my mouth water, you can be sure it is a winner. I’ve just finished baking my Christmas cookies, and I’d like to post some of my favorites. Actually, I have so many special recipes to make them all, so I have had to put them in rotation. One that always makes the list is Italian Rainbow Cookies, a recipe that I learned a long time ago.
The Frankie Avalon Italian Family Cookbook (which I cowrote with a man who can truly be called an American show business icon) is jam-packed with wonderful Italian-American recipes to savor again and again. This recipe for a moist and citrusy limoncello pound cake is based on the one from his Mom’s recipe box.
An old-fashioned custard-style rice pudding that has been in our family for generations.
One of the very best autumn desserts in the world, a double-crust Concord grape pie. Not easy, but crazy good.
A warm cheese strudel (made with frozen filo) baked in custard and served with a vanilla sauce, this delicious dessert is a classic Viennese pastry.