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Tiramisu – Fool proof recipe for the best Tiramisu recipe ever!

tiramisu in glasses

This is possibly the easiest recipe for a Tiramisu. SO simple!

Tiramisu is a popular Italian dessert made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, and flavored with Amaretto.

Sometimes I whip up something just because.

Other times I whip up that something because the item popped out at me at the market and/or the items were on sale.

That’s how this Tiramisu came about.

I don’t make Tiramisu very often – about twice a year, I would say. Not because I don’t love it, but because I like to make my Tiramisu with ladyfingers, and those are really tough to come by. I don’t know why that is.

tiramisu in a glass

This time around the ladyfingers literally landed in front of me. My daughter was reaching for the items on the shelves at the grocery store, and as I was looking for baking powder, she knocked down a few boxes, including a box of ladyfingers.

Normally I would be embarrassed and yelling at her, but because it was a box of ladyfingers I just grabbed it, got excited, and threw it in the cart. And I kinda forgot to tell her not to do that again. 

Then things got even better when I saw that one box was only 99 cents! You better believe I stocked up on it. I bought the other 10 boxes that were sitting on the shelf.

egg yolks with sugar in a mixing bowl

But I was soon reminded of the good ol’ saying that states, “if something is too good to be true, then it probably is”…

The expiration date – July 2011. Damn! That’s why they were 99 cents! Of course I didn’t see the expiration date until we got home. ~shrug~

whipped egg whites in a mixing bowl

I’ve made two Tiramisus so far. This recipe is the better one.

I am using the rest of the ladyfingers in my homemade Tiramisu ice cream. I will share that recipe as soon as I perfect it.  I have some tweaking that I need to do before I post it.

Tiramisu in glasses

In the meantime, please enjoy this very simple Tiramisu.

NOTE: If you are going to try this recipe, please do not leave out, or substitute, the espresso and amaretto – that is what makes this Tiramisu ammmmmazing!


5 from 2 votes


9 9 9
WW Freestyle: 9
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Tiramisu - Fool proof recipe for the best Tiramisu recipe ever!
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 248


  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tub 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 2 egg whites
  • 20 ladyfingers
  • 1 cup cold strong espresso coffee
  • 2 tablespoons Disaronno Amaretto
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • chocolate shavings for garnish


  • In a mixing bowl combine the egg yolks and the sugar over a double boiler. Whisk for 10 minutes, continually. 
  • Cover with plastic wrap and cool in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  • Once cooled, fold in the mascarpone cheese.
  • Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form; Fold into the cheese mixture, blend well.
  • In a medium size bowl combine the espresso and amaretto.
  • Dip the ladyfingers into the coffee mixture, one at a time, and layer them very close together in a dish.
  • Spread half of the mascarpone mixture evenly over the ladyfingers and sprinkle with cocoa powder.
  • Do another layer of dipped ladyfingers, and top with the remaining mascarpone mixture, then sprinkle with cocoa powder.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6 hours.
  • Decorate with chocolate shavings before serving.


WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 9
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 211mg70%
Sodium 78mg3%
Potassium 144mg4%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 375IU8%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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77 Responses
  1. Paolo @ QuatroFromaggio

    Perfect recipe! And I’m very fussy about Italian food 🙂 I normally use brandy or rum, but Amaretto matches perfectly with chocolate and coffee – I must try it next time!

  2. Tracy Wilson

    OMG that looks SO wonderful- my mouth is watering…
    Well I cant see the future but I am fairly certain that Tiramisu is close at hand.
    Looks wonderful, can’t wait to try it!

  3. Dee

    Lol, cute story! I have never made tiramisu and I’m not sure if I have even ever eaten it! I guess I need to. Now to find ladyfingers 🙂

  4. Maja

    Mmmm, I love tiramisu, especially homemade one. I always think it’s a dessert that tastes even more amazing made at home, than at a restaurant !

  5. The Farmers Wife

    Oh Kate… That looks spectacular!!! Love this, Tiramisu is seriously my favorite dessert ever… Yum!

  6. Roxana GreenGril

    I have the same problem here too. I almost never find lady fingers. Last time I made a cake using some I asked my friend from New York to send me some.
    Your Tiramisu looks great. If it isn’t for the eggs, I’d probably make Tiramisu weekly :))

  7. Hester aka The Chef Doc

    I’ve got leftover Savoiardi ladyfingers from the individual tiramisus I made for the baby shower. I’m going to try your recipe since it involves no heavy cream. The one I use does. I like this egg white business 🙂 Congrats on such a fab post, Kate!

    1. Kate@Diethood

      Hi Maureen!!

      Actually, I set up four glasses (or you can use ramekins), and layered the tiramisu inside the glasses. I wouldn’t recommend making it in a dish and then pouring it in glasses… if you want to serve it in glasses, do as I did…and before putting them in the fridge, cover each glass with plastic wrap. Hope that helps!! 🙂

  8. Kocinera

    I love tiramisu tremendously, but I’ve never actually tried it homemade. This looks so delicious! Love it!

  9. Erika

    Gourmets can use nutty Frangelico liqueur and Baileys Cream Liqueur 250 ml
    I used also 3 / 4 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts.

  10. Ann

    Congratulations on making for the Top 9….it’s well deserved and my earlier comment said this would make it!

  11. Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    You’ve been ruling the Top 9 lately! Well deserved – very cute and creative way to present tiramisu. It was serendipitous that those lady fingers from the shelf 🙂 Have a fantastic 4th of July weekend, Kate!

  12. Maggie @MaggieCooks

    I’ve been dying to try tiramisu!!!!!!!
    I need to give it a try! 🙂
    Thank you for sharing this recipe and congrats on the top 9!

  13. Chris and Amy

    How lovely – a serendipitous dessert indeed! Why are ladyfingers so hard to find??!!?? Congrats on the Top 9!

  14. Manu

    Oh Kate!! I haven’t made tiramisu in ages! And I agree with you… you cannot make tiramisu without espresso (and ladyfingers/savoiardi, and eggs)… it just wouldn’t taste the same!!! Yummy recipe and great pictures! Looking forward to the ice cream recipe now!

  15. Angie@Angiesrecipes

    I think they are fine even it’s due in July…well, it’s just BEST enjoyed them before July…freezing them if you can’t finish them all at once. I do that with my leftover chiffon cake too.
    Tiramisu in a glass looks petite and lovely!

  16. Sandra

    Do you think you could freeze the ladyfingers, or make a couple of batches and take them to a senior center? Or just have a Tiramisu feeding frenzy!!! Lovely photos Kate and Congrats again on all of your recent Top 9 spots.

  17. Ana Helena Campbell

    I really like how you presented you dessert. Your pictures are so beautiful, and your recipe looks very creative and yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Emily @ Life on Food

    I have always wanted to try tiramisu. I love it. I have yet to find lady fingers though. I think I might just have to google and buy online. I love the little cups!

  19. bhavani/ameanderingmango

    This tiramisu sounds and looks delicious! I agree you shouldn’t substitute flavours of espresso and amaretto – they make the dish!

  20. Peggy

    Whoa whoa whoa… tiramisu ice cream? Oh you better post that soon!

    In the meantime, I think these will suffice my craving =)

  21. spcookiequeen

    You don’t have to say Tiramisu to me twice. It’s gorgeous, hope you and the family have a great holiday weekend.

  22. Juju

    This sounds so delicious! I’ve always wanted to make tiramisu, but haven’t gotten the chance to do it. What a lovely recipe that you shared with us! I hope to get some of those ingredients and make that soon! =]

  23. Kristen @ notsodomesticated

    This is my first time checking out your site, and I really like it! And I just have to commiserate with you… why is it that I can never find ladyfingers?! They are like this mystical ingredient that can only be found every 1,000 years! 😛 But your recipe looks amazing, so I’m glad you found them!

  24. Terris@Freeeatsfood

    This is a beautiful dessert. I love that you can fool your guests into thinking that it took all day to make too. Those are my favorite kinds of desserts. Looking forward to seeing the tiramisu ice cream recipe….with lots of amaretto I hope!

  25. Sandra's Easy Cooking

    Sounds great Kate! I love anything creamy, in my book tiramisu is one of the best desserts..really creative recipe!

  26. Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    You whip up something just because and make this beautiful tiramisu. It’s called skills… 😉 I don’t know what will come out when I whip up, but definitely not dessert… only in my dream! I enjoyed looking at your yummy dessert!

  27. Kristy

    This looks gorgeous! Truly the best looking tiramisu I’ve seen. Your daughter sounds just like mine in the grocery store. I’m amazed she has yet to break anything…knock on wood.

  28. Lil @ sweetsbysillianah

    hehe i would’ve done the same thing and stocked up on those 99cent lady fingers! i probably wouldn’t have been as good about using it up quickly though… tiramisu is such a classic dessert and always a fave of mine!

  29. Cassie @ Bake Your Day

    Homemade tiramisu ice cream? Yes, please!! This is my favorite dessert ever and I love your twist on it. Your photos are awesome too!

  30. Parsley Sage

    Pfftthtth! You’ll fly through those ladyfingers before there’s even a threat of expiration. This tiramisu looks brilliant and I’ve noted the ‘no subsitutions!’ 🙂

  31. Charlie

    I love, love, love tiramisu! I made it for the first time a couple years ago and loved it so much, I never tried any other recipe, and I won’t even if they all look yummy ;).
    Tiramisu ice cream, that I can’t wait to see!!

  32. Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen

    Now THAT is some gorgeous tiramisu. Marscapone, lady fingers, amaretto… it all sounds so lovely!

  33. claudia lamascolo

    Wow this looks great we love this dessert I have only made it eggless never with eggs… nice and rich!

  34. Mike@The Culinary Lens

    I love finding stuff on sale to trigger culinary ideas. These look very tasty. Looking at your glasses I was thinking you could do this i shot glasses for a tasting menu.

  35. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    So pretty, love the presentation. I don’t like coffee, so I am not a fan of tiramisu – but I really want to be!!!

  36. Liz

    Your tiramisu looks amazing, Kate! I’ll have to try your recipe with Amaretto…yum! Can’t wait to see your ice cream…that sounds wonderful, too!

    PS…congrats on another gorgeous top 9!!!

  37. Adriana

    I love the presentation in a glass. It yells “mine!” – a perfect little treat just for one to enjoy. I can’t wait to see the tiramisu ice cream post1

  38. Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs

    I am glad that you found a bargain in the ladyfingers and could share this wonderful tiramisu with all of us. I have trouble finding them here too, and they are quite expensive, so I don’t make tiramisu as often as I would like to. I will definitely be on the lookout for them now so I can try your version.

  39. Kelly

    Hi Kate, I’m a tiramisu fan and I just love the way you’ve served this up in a glass – fresh, fun and summery.

  40. Tina@flourtrader

    Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts and yours looks simply delicious. I have bookmarked this recipe.
    I don’t like expiry dates and I wish everyone sold in bulk so you could just buy the amount that you need and use it right away. Of course, the down side would be having to go out and buy more often.

  41. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    hahaha love the anecdote. 🙂 the tiramisu looks fabulous!!! love the chocolate shavings you put on top!

  42. Elyse

    I know how you feel about the lady fingers… I can never find them! My market only sells these really cheap crappy ones 🙁 I’ve had to resort to using a pound or sponge cake in place of the lady fingers. The cake still works, but I’m like you and prefer the lady fingers for sure! I’m looking forward to your tiramisu ice cream!

  43. Ramona

    Great recipe and what a great bargin at the store. I love when things are on sale… but you do have to watch those exp. dates. Some of my last minute recipes come from “using” stuff up before they expire. : )

  44. Mina @ Angelloves Cooking

    Ooooo, Kate – this Tiramisu is awesome!! I’ve been planning to make tiramisu soon, soI may give your lovely recipe a try :)… Thanks for sharing!!!

  45. Carolyn

    July 2011! Well, then, you have more than a month to go nuts on Tiramisu! But then, I also doubt they will be completely awful if you hang on to them a little longer to make wonderful desserts like this. Yum!

  46. Megan @ pipandebby

    You should have a tiramisu party! 🙂 I haven’t made tiramisu in so long. I will have to look for some 99 cent ladyfingers and give this a try. Beautiful photos, as always..

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