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Classic Tiramisu at home! This Italian dessert recipes has layers of espresso soaked ladyfingers, mascaparone and is dusted with cocoa.
Prep Time45 mins
Refrigeration Time1 d
Total Time1 d 45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 357.49kcal
Author: Julie Evink


  • 6 egg yolks pasteurized, room temperature
  • ¾ c. white sugar
  • c. milk
  • 1 ¼ c. heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 lb mascarpone cheese room temperature
  • ½ c. espresso or strongly brewed coffee room temperature
  • ¼ c. rum
  • 1 package ladyfinger cookies like Savoiardi 7 oz (about 28 ladyfingers total)
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa for dusting


  • In a medium bowl mix the egg yolks with sugar using an electric mixer. Then add the milk and mix until it’s smooth and a light yellow color.
  • Pour into a sauce pan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Boil gently for 1-2 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Cover tightly and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • In a medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla and sugar until stiff peaks form. They peaks should stand when you stop whipping. Do not over mix.
  • Remove yolk mixture from the fridge. Whisk mascarpone into the yolk mixture until smooth. Fold whipped cream into mixture.
  • In a small bowl, combine coffee and rum. Dip the lady fingers into the mixture just long enough to get them wet, do not soak.
  • Arrange half of the ladyfingers in the bottom of a 9x9 inch baking dish.
  • Spoon half the mascarpone cream filling over the ladyfingers. Repeat layers.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 24 hours to let the flavors mix, but we would recommend 48 hours of chill time..
  • Sprinkle with cocoa before serving.



  • Have the eggs and mascarpone at room temperature before making this recipe. That will help them mix together more smoothly
  • Whipping your cream is also where some people make a mistake. The idea with whipped cream is to do it slowly. Begin whipping the cream on low, increasing the speed over 10 minutes. This makes a whipped cream that will last for days in your fridge without the aid of gelatin. 
  • Soak the ladyfingers in the coffee mixture briefly. Don't let them get soggy, it will ruin the dessert.
  • Only use Crunchy SAVOIARDI (ITALIAN LADYFINGERS). Cake style ladyfingers will get too soft.
  • Allow Tiramisu to set up for at least 6 hours before serving.  Overnite is best.


Calories: 357.49kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.98g | Protein: 6.46g | Fat: 23.83g | Saturated Fat: 13.82g | Cholesterol: 182.37mg | Sodium: 67.05mg | Potassium: 68.85mg | Fiber: 0.35g | Sugar: 10.71g | Vitamin A: 924.75IU | Vitamin C: 0.11mg | Calcium: 84.43mg | Iron: 1.12mg