Tiramisu-Classic Italian Dessert Recipe

by Margielynn

Tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert made with espresso and Kahlua soaked ladyfingers layered with creamy Mascarpone, a rich cream cheese!

This recipe for tiramisu can be made a couple of days before you're serving time, it will make it even better. If you do not have Kahlua, Creme de Cacas is delicious too. If you desire, omit the liqueur and is still really good.

If you are looking to reduce calories, use part-skim Ricotta instead of Mascarpone. This elegant and yummy dessert will pair with any meal.

The ladyfinger is sometimes replaced with sponge cake, angel food or pound cake. Make it your own dessert, choose whatever you like to replace the ladyfingers.

The name tiramisu means “pick me up”, “cheer me up” or “lift me up”. This delicious dessert will definitely do that!


Tiramisu-Classic Italian Dessert Recipe

Prep time 30 min  -  Total time 150 min
Ingredients for 10 servings
Scrumptious Italian Dessert Recipe
Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (1 Votes)


  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 16 ounces Mascarpone or 16 ounces Ricotta cheese, Mascarpone is preferred
  • 16 ounces ladyfingers
  • 2 -3 cups espresso
  • 6 tablespoons Kahlua
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1-ounce dark chocolate or 1-ounce cocoa powder, for garnish


  1. Brew 2-3 cups of espresso or very strong coffee.
  2. Allow the coffee to cool completely and stir in liqueur.
  3. Separate eggs, placing egg whites in a smaller bowl and egg yolks in a larger bowl.
  4. Beat egg white with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Do not over beat. Set aside.
  5. Add sugar to the egg yolks and beat until well blended.
  6. Then, add the Mascarpone or Ricotta and beat until creamy and well blended.
  7. Fold egg whites into the cheese mixture.
  8. Pour coffee mixture into a container with a flat bottom large enough to hold one lady finger. Start with a pool of coffee about 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch deep.
  9. One by one, roll the lady fingers in the coffee. If you over soak them the cake will be soggy and under soaking could lead to it being crunchy.
  10. As you roll each lady finger in the coffee, line them up in a 13x9-inch pan. When the cookies do not fit comfortably, cut them to make them fit.
  11. When you have the one layer, spread half of the cheese mixture evenly over it and place the second layer of soaked cookies over the cheese mixture.
  12. Top with remaining cheese mixture.
  13. Garnishes by sprinkling cocoa powder over cake or grated dark chocolate.
  14. Place the tiramisu in the fridge and wait for at least six hours before serving.

Tip From Margielynn!

  • This recipe freezes well so you can save leftovers for later if need be.
  • You can replace Mascarpone with Ricotta to save calories.

Layering Ladyfingers

Tiramisu! Almost done
Tiramisu! Almost done

Consumption of raw or undercooked eggs, may increase the risk of foodborne illness.


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Updated: 01/21/2018, Margielynn
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Margielynn on 09/20/2017

It is so scrumptious! You are so welcome! Thanks for stopping in! Have a great day!

katiem2 on 09/19/2017

My oldest daughter loves tiramisu, it is one of the first things she ate while studying abroad this summer in Rome. I had no idea it was so easy to make or rather you've made it easy. Thanks

Margielynn on 08/24/2017

Humm, spread with whipped cream or cream cheese and eat! Just guessing!

DerdriuMarriner on 08/24/2017

Margielynn, Thank you for the suggestion on substituting mascarpone with ricotta. Is there anything delicious to do with oversoaked or undersoaked ladyfingers?

Margielynn on 08/24/2017

Kimbesa it is so yummy, I love that it is coffee flavored! So delicious!

Margielynn on 08/24/2017

Veronica, maybe if you just make it once a year! Hehe!

kimbesa on 08/24/2017

This dessert looks really good! We have trouble finding ladyfingers around here. I never thought to look online. Thanks!

Veronica on 08/24/2017

If I make him one, will it still be treat to have when he goes out to eat? )

Margielynn on 08/23/2017

Make him one, he will be so surprised and excited! It must not be popular in Italy!

Veronica on 08/23/2017

This is my husband's absolute favourite dessert - but I have never made it for him in 42 years ! Why ?....
....... because he likes to eat it when we go out to dinner. Interestingly last week on holiday in Italy, we didn't see Tiramisu on any menu. He was seriously disappointed. :)

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