tiramisu Dessert Italian
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 4 hr 30 min
  • Servings 9

Tiramisu is an Italian dessert rich in history and taste! With a pudding-like filling of mascarpone (a rich cream cheese that originated in the Lombardy region of Italy), the addition of rum and a dusting of cocoa, tiramisu is truly decadent and often found at Italian restaurants for dessert. Perfect your own tiramisu with this recipe. MORE+ LESS-

Updated December 7, 2015


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


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  • 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.

Expert Tips

  • 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.
  • “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.
  • Look for mascarpone in the cheese case in large supermarkets, specialty cheese shops or gourmet food stores.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
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Vitamin A
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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