The favorite dessert of Italian restaurants can now be made in your own home with this easy Americanized version. Buon appetito!

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package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
cup powdered sugar
tablespoons light rum or 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
cup whipping (heavy) cream
package (3 ounces) ladyfingers, (12 ladyfingers)
cup cold prepared espresso or strong coffee
teaspoons baking cocoa
  1. Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in rum on low speed; set aside.
  2. Beat whipping cream in chilled small bowl on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into cream cheese mixture.
  3. Split ladyfingers horizontally in half. Arrange half of the ladyfingers, cut sides up, on bottom of ungreased square pan, 8x8x2 inches, or round pan, 9x1 1/2 inches. Drizzle 1/4 cup of the espresso over ladyfingers. Spread half of the cream cheese mixture over ladyfingers.
  4. Arrange remaining ladyfingers, cut sides up, on cream cheese mixture. Drizzle with remaining 1/4 cup espresso. Spread with remaining cream cheese mixture.
  5. Sift or sprinkle cocoa over top. Cover and refrigerate about 4 hours or until filling is firm. Store covered in refrigerator.
Makes 9 servings
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Health Twist
For 9 grams of fat and 170 calories per serving, substitute reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel) for the regular cream cheese. Substitute 2 cups frozen (thawed) reduced-fat whipped topping for the beaten whipping cream.
Did You Know...
“Carry me up” is the translation for tiramisu, pronounced tir-ruh-mee-SOO. This rich Italian dessert is usually made with mascarpone, a buttery rich, slightly sweet and smooth Italian cream cheese.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 240
    • (Calories from Fat 160 ),
  • Total Fat 18 g
    • (Saturated Fat 11 g,),
  • Cholesterol 60 mg;
  • Sodium 115 mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 17 g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
  • Protein 3 g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1 Starch;
    • 3 1/2 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.