Sardinian sweets: 7 desserts to satisfy the sweetest tooth 1

Sardinian sweets: 7 desserts to satisfy the sweetest tooth

It’s safe to say that until very recently, my knowledge of Italian sweets – particularly Sardinian sweets – and pastries was fairly limited. Aside from Tiramisu, I’d tried a creamy Cannoli, Amaretto soaked Amaretti and the delightfully moreish Baci® Perugina® chocolates.

Having spent a considerable amount of time with Italians in the last few months has however changed all this. Known for its big food culture, I’ve experienced a variety of new dishes that can only be described as gastronomic heaven. Crostata di frutta, Sfogliatella, pastries native to Vicenza, and sweet treats from Mulino Biancho and Grisbi.

I’m inspired to find out more about the offerings in Sardinia with a pending trip to the island. I want to find out what Sardinian desserts the locals like to indulge in, and whether it can satisfy my own sweet tooth.

The 7 best Sardinian desserts



Calling all cookie lovers. The generously sized Papassinos are a Sardinian traditional biscuit, typically prepared for the celebration of All Saints Day on 1 November. Variations differ according to the regions of the island, but common ingredients include almonds, walnuts and raisins. Toppings of Papassinos can also range from plain to covered with icing sugar, meaning you’ll have to try every variety to see which one you like best.

Sweet tooth rating ***

sardinian sweets - papassinos
sardinian sweets - Tiliccas



Tiliccas are a traditional dessert that originates from the north-west region of Sardinia. A dessert made from very thin sheets of pastry, like Papassinos, they are also prepared in celebration for All Saints Day. The dough of the tiliccas remains the same, but the fillings can differ depending on the area of the island. These include sapa (an Italian syrup made from cooked down grapes), cocoa, raisins and almonds.

Sweet tooth rating ***


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A crunchy flaky pastry puff, this Sardinian dessert was once eaten as a starter. Fillings range from fresh sheep’s cheese or ricotta, mixed with lemon or orange zest and different herbs. Sebadas are fried and served warm with honey or sugar on the top. For the more diet-conscious traveler, the pastry can also be baked. Sweet, gooey in the middle and decadent, a sebada is everything a dessert should be.

Sweet tooth rating *****

sardinian sweets - Sebadas
sardinian sweets - Arantzada



Unlike ingredients that feature in a traditional cake, Arantzada is composed of only three things: orange peel, honey and almonds. A firm staple at Sardinian weddings and christenings, the orange peel is soaked in water and then slowly cooked in honey (usually lavender). It’s later covered with almonds to give the cake an additional crunch-like texture.

Sweet tooth rating ****

“Sweet, gooey in the middle and decadent, a sebada is everything a dessert should be.”



Sospiros are native to a small town in the northern part of the island called Ozieri. These sweet balls are made from sugar, almonds and honey and are finished off with a healthy coating of icing. Its intense sweetness is offset however by its size, as sospiros tend to be small.

Sweet tooth rating ***

sardinian sweets - Sospiro
sardinian sweets - Gatto



A mix between a cake and an almond brittle, a small slice of Gattò may just bring forward your next dentist appointment. Packed with almonds, sugar and lemons, this sweet tooth rating is totally off the chart.

Sweet tooth rating ***** (**)!



Last on the list is probably my favorite type of cake…one that is made with cheese. Pardule resembles something of a mini cheese soufflé and is traditionally served at Easter. Round pastry moulds are filled with fresh ricotta cheese and flavoured with orange or lemon zest. What better way to sample a taste of the island than with one, or three, of these cheesy delights.

Sweet tooth rating **

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sardinian sweets - Pardule

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  1. boy o boy! one thing i know for sure, I must spend at least 7 days at Sardinia and try each of those desserts each day. 🙂 These all look inviting, especially for a person like me with a weakness for something sweet!

    • They’re all so good, and small in size, meaning one isn’t enough!

  2. OMG! This looks so delicious. I’ve been to Sardinian for just one day, but I haven’t seen these sweets there and I guess I missed out something! Should definitely come back 😀

    • You must go back! The desserts are just one thing that’s great about Sardinia.

  3. Wow these all look DIVINE! I don’t have a big sweet tooth but when I see gorgeous looking treats like this my mouth can’t help but water. Yum!

    • Trust me, they’re all really good!

  4. I have an absolutely incredible sweet tooth – I always get ranted for having my caramel milk tea with 100% sugar level at KOI! Great to see the wide variety of sweet delicacies Italy has to offer, beyond the stereotypical cannolis. Thanks for sharing.

    • You’re welcome! Most people think of cannoli but they’re typically Sicilian. Sardinian desserts are a little different 🙂

  5. Haven’t tried these. It looks delicious though! Whew! i only tried Tiramisu ? Thanks for this might try in the future

    • I hope you do, they’re delicious!

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