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Tiramisu

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Light airy tiramisu is perfect for the holidays and all year round. Layered with ladyfingers dipped in espresso and a cheesecake filling, it features piped-on peaks of rich mascarpone topping. Dusted with finely grated chocolate, this yummy dessert is irresistible! Make this easy no-bake recipe in 25 minutes!

A slice of tiramisu dusted in chocolate served on a black plate with an antique fork.

WHAT IS TIRAMISU?

Tiramisu cheesecake is an Italian dessert with a perfect balance of sweet and bitter flavors. Authentic tiramisu features sponge cake soaked in coffee and brandy, or 2 cups espresso plus 3 tablespoons liqueur. This family-friendly recipe swaps vanilla for liqueur to maintain an interesting flavor profile.

Tiramisu cheesecake dusted in finely-grated chocolate.

TIRAMISU INGREDIENTS

This no-bake dessert comes together with a few simple ingredients:

  • Ladyfingers
  • Instant espresso granules or very strong coffee
  • Vanilla extract (a swap for Kahlua, to make this recipe family-friendly!)
  • No-bake cheesecake filling (in grocery stores by the cream cheese)
  • AMERICAN HERITAGE Finely Grated Chocolate
  • Mascarpone cheese
  • Heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • Granulated sugar

Tiramisu ingredients displayed on a white rustic tabletop.

BEST TIRAMISU RECIPE

The special ingredient that takes this recipe to the next level: AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate! It’s beautiful unique flavor has hints of vanilla, orange peel and cinnamon. These are the same spices used by early American chocolatiers. It’s what makes this dessert the best tiramisu recipe!

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Chocolate being sprinkled over the top of tiramisu cheesecake.

HOW TO MAKE TIRAMISU

This quick simple recipe is a family favorite! Follow these easy step-by-step directions for how to make Tiramisu.

RECIPE PREP: Put the metal bowl and whip from your stand mixer into the freezer. Let them chill until you’re ready to make the whipped topping.

  • STEP 1: Prepare espresso. Allow it to cool. Add vanilla. One by one, quickly dip ladyfingers in and out of liquid. Line the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish with the espresso-soaked ladyfingers.
  • STEP 2: With a spatula, spread one tub of no-bake cheesecake filling over the ladyfingers. Sprinkle chocolate over the surface.
  • STEP 3: Repeat with a second layer of ladyfingers and the second tub of cheesecake filling.
  • STEP 4: Sprinkle chocolate over the top. Refrigerate the tiramisu while you make the mascarpone topping.

Four recipe images showing how to make Tiramisu Cheesecake.

HOW TO MAKE MASCARPONE TOPPING

Our luscious, creamy mascarpone topping is heavenly! Here’s how to make it:

  • STEP 1: Remove mixing bowl and whisk from the freezer. Add mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla to the bowl. Attach bowl and whip to your stand mixer.
  • STEP 2: Mix the ingredients on medium speed until firm peaks form and the mixture can hold its shape (about 5 minutes).
  • STEP 3: Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1A tip. Remove tiramisu from the fridge. Holding the piping bag straight up and down, pipe quarter-size circles of topping over the surface of the cheesecake. The peaks should be very close together. Refrigerate uncovered for 4 hours or overnight.
  • STEP 4: Just before serving, generously dust the top with chocolate.

Four step-by-step recipe images showing how to make espresso mascarpone topping.

EXPERT TIPS + FAQ

  • SAVE TIME IN THE KITCHEN: Say goodbye to cumbersome grating. Use AMERICAN HERITAGE Finely Grated Chocolate. It’s also perfect for melting. Use it to replace semi-sweet chocolate 1:1 in any recipe.
  • WHAT ARE LADYFINGERS? Also called Savoiardi, they are Italian biscuits. Super light and airy, they’re made with sponge-cake batter. Find them in Italian markets or large grocery stores. Look for them in the bakery department or cookie aisle.
  • NO LADYFINGERS? NO PROBLEM! Depending on where you live, you might not find ladyfingers at the market. Here’s what to substitute for ladyfingers: pieces of angel food cake, those little “sponge cake” dessert shells sold in packages for making strawberry shortcake, vanilla wafers, biscotti, or creme-filled sugar wafers.
  • NO MASCARPONE CHEESE? NO PROBLEM! If this Italian cream cheese is not available where you live, make an easy substitute at home! Mix these 4 ingredients together until smooth: 16 ounces cream cheese, 1/3 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  • NO PIPING BAG? NO PROBLEM! Slip your decorating tip firmly into the corner of a large zip-top bag. With a pen, make a mark on the corner of the bag where the lower 1/3 of the tip is. With scissors, snip off that part of the corner.
  • NO DECORATING TIP? NO PROBLEM! The piped on topping is a beautiful touch that in no way impacts the flavor of this Italian cheesecake. If you don’t have a decorating tip,  spread the mascarpone topping over the surface of the tiramisu with a spatula. Finish things off by dusting the top of the dessert with chocolate.

An easy tiramisu recipe being prepared in an 8x8 white ceramic baking dish with handles.

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Tiramisu


  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes
  • Yield: 12 Servings 1x

Description

Hands down, this is the best tiramisu recipe! This irresistible Italian cheesecake is fun to make and exciting to serve. It’s the perfect make-ahead dessert. Assemble this easy no-bake recipe in 25 minutes!


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Ingredients

CHEESECAKE FILLING

  • 4045 Ladyfingers
  • 2 cups prepared espresso (instant expresso granules + hot water), cooled
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract (recipe swap for 3 tablespoons Kahlua)
  • 2 tubs (1 lb. 8.3 oz each) no-bake cheesecake filling (in the refrigerated section by the cream cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons AMERICAN HERITAGE Finely Grated Chocolate

MASCARPONE TOPPING

  • 1 cup Mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (recipe swap for 1 tablespoon Kahlua)

TIRAMISU GARNISH

  • AMERICAN HERITAGE Finely Grated Chocolate

Instructions

RECIPE PREP: Put the metal bowl and whip from your stand mixer into the freezer. Let them chill until you’re ready to make the whipped topping.

CHEESECAKE FILLING

  1. Prepare the espresso. Allow it to cool. Stir in vanilla. One by one, quickly dip 20 of the ladyfingers in and out of the coffee. Line the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish with the espresso-soaked ladyfingers.
  2. With a spatula, spread one tub of no-bake cheesecake filling over the ladyfingers in a smooth even layer. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon chocolate over the surface.
  3. Repeat with a second layer of 20 ladyfingers and the second tub of cheesecake filling.
  4.  Sprinkle 1 tablespoon chocolate over the top. Refrigerate the tiramisu while you make the mascarpone topping.

MASCARPONE TOPPING

  1. Remove mixing bowl and whisk from the freezer. Add mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla to the bowl. Attach bowl and whip to your stand mixer.
  2. Mix the ingredients on medium speed until firm peaks form and the mixture can hold its shape (about 5 minutes).
  3. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1A tip. Remove tiramisu from the fridge. Holding the piping bag straight up and down, pipe quarter-size circles of topping over the surface of the cheesecake. The peaks should be very close together. Refrigerate uncovered for 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Just before serving, generously dust the top with chocolate.

Notes

EXPERT TIPS + FAQ

  • WHAT ARE LADYFINGERS? Also called Savoiardi, they’re Italian biscuits. Super light and airy, they’re made with sponge-cake batter. Find them in Italian markets or large grocery stores. Look for them in the bakery department or cookie aisle.
  • NO MASCARPONE CHEESE? NO PROBLEM! If this Italian cream cheese is not available where you live, make an easy substitute at home! Mix these 4 ingredients together until smooth: 16 ounces cream cheese, 1/3 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  • NO LADYFINGERS? PROBLEM! Depending on where you live, you might not find ladyfingers at the market. Here’s what to substitute for ladyfingers: pieces of angel food cake, those little “sponge cake” dessert shells sold in packages for making strawberry shortcake, vanilla wafers, biscotti, or creme-filled sugar wafers.
  • NO PIPING BAG? NO PROBLEM! Slip your decorating tip firmly into the corner of a large zip-top bag. With a pen, make a mark on the corner of the bag where the lower 1/3 of the tip is. With scissors, snip off that part of the corner.
  • NO DECORATING TIP? NO PROBLEM! The piped on topping is a beautiful touch that in no way impacts the flavor of this Italian cheesecake. If you don’t have a decorating tip,  spread the mascarpone topping over the surface of the tiramisu with a spatula. Finish things off by dusting the top of the dessert with chocolate. Refrigerate.
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Tiramisu, Cheesecake, No-Bake, Make-Ahead

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When was the last time you enjoyed a delicious serving of tiramisu? Would you like to make this Italian cheesecake? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

24 thoughts on “Tiramisu”

  1. This is my husband’s all time favorite dessert. He will eat it any time and any where. He’s not picky but he does like it best when the ladyfingers are thoroughly soaked in coffee.

  2. Okay, someone pass me my drool bib. I am officially drooling! Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts and this recipe is sheer perfection.

  3. This looks so yummy. I’ve actually never tried making this at home. Looking forward to giving this recipe a try.

  4. Tiramisu is a great dessert and a big favorite all year. With the holidays coming I have to bring this to the family gatherings!

  5. I wish I had this tiramisu right in front of me – right here and right now! It looks too good to be true and that means only one thing – I’ve GOT to try it! :-)

  6. Oh my goodness is this recipe delicious! Love all of the detailed images to guide me through this Tiramisu and the shaved chocolate is perfect in so many desserts!

  7. One of my favorite desserts in the entire world is tiramisu but Ive never made it at home until now! Thank you for this delicious recipe! Turned out great!

  8. Wow Denay this looks incredible! Thanks so much for all the great tips throughout the post too. Love your site too.

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