This delicious and unbelievably easy Tiramisu recipe is made with coffee soaked lady fingers, sweet and creamy mascarpone (no raw eggs!), and cocoa powder dusted on top. It requires no baking and can be made in advance!

Who doesn’t love an easy no-bake dessert?  That’s one of the best things about this tiramisu recipe.  If you are looking quick no-bake dessert I also love No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars and Butterscotch Cereal Bars.

A slice of homemade tiramisu on a white plate.

This recipe has been a long time coming, and I’m embarrassed to admit how much tiramisu has been made in the trial of this recipe (I literally bought out every package of Savoiardi lady fingers at two different stores!) but I wanted to nail down the right approach.

By “right approach”, I mean how traditional of a tiramisu recipe I wanted to share. (In case you’re not familiar with it, Tiramisu is a popular Italian dessert made with lady fingers (or spongecake), coffee, liqueur, and mascarpone cheese topped with chocolate powder). Should I make the lady fingers from scratch? Does it matter? And more importantly, do I make it with raw eggs?

What makes my recipe different:

My tiramisu does not use raw eggs. It’s the easiest tiramisu recipe to make, and there’s no sacrifice in flavor.

Traditional tiramisu uses raw egg yolks and sugar beaten and then combined with raw whipped egg whites and mascarpone. I’ve tried that method, but thought people would most likely be turned off by the raw eggs.

Then I tried using a double boiler to gently cook the eggs and sugar before adding them to the mascarpone, which is a really common method used in lots of modern recipes (the Pioneer Woman has a great recipe!). I found it tricky to get the thick and creamy mascarpone layer I wanted.

So, I ultimately decided to swap out the egg whites in favor of fresh whipped cream, because I like the flavor and texture more. The result is delicious and EASY! You’re going to love it!A clear glass pan of tiramisu with two slices removed from the center.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • Ladyfingers: I buy them, but you could make them from scratch.
  • Mascarpone: it wouldn’t be true tiramisu without mascarpone, but if you absolutely must, you could substitute cream cheese.
  • Coffee: I use espresso
  • Heavy Whipped cream
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Vanilla extract: or substitute imitation vanilla
  • Cocoa powder: for dusting on top

The ingredients needed for tiramisu including ladyfingers, espresso, mascarpone, cocoa powder, cream, vanilla and sugar.

How to make Tiramisu:

  • Mix creamy filling. Beat the mascarpone, cream, sugar, and vanilla together until stiff peaks.
  • Dip lady fingers. Add the espresso and liqueur (if using) to a shallow bowl and dip the lady fingers on both sides (don’t let them soak–just a quick dip!)
  • Layer mascarpone. Smooth a layer of the mascarpone/whipped cream mixture on top of the lady fingers.
  • Repeat. Add another layer of lady fingers (dipped in coffee and liqueur) and another layer of cheese mixture. Dust with cocoa powder.

Process photos for layering tiramisu including dipping ladyfingers in espresso, layering a dish, adding mascarpone cream, layering again and topping with cocoa powder.

What kind of alcohol is used in tiramisu?

Tiramisu can be made with or without alcohol. This recipe calls for coffee flavored liqueur because I like that it enhances the coffee flavor.

Alcohol free: Leave it out completely.

Alcohol variations: use dark rum, brandy, marsala wine.

Espresso substitutions:  coffee, decaf

MAKE AHEAD AND FREEZING INSTRUCTIONS:

Tiramisu is even better when made in advance, allowing the flavors to blend! It will keep in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

To freeze, make completely, but don’t dust with cocoa powder. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and then tinfoil and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and dust with cocoa powder a few hours before serving.

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Recipe

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Prep 10 mins
Total 10 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 8 ounce container mascarpone cheese ,room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups cold espresso
  • 3 Tablespoons coffee flavored liqueur ,optional (Kahlua or DaVinci brands)
  • 1 package Lady Fingers ,Savoiardi brand can be found in the cookie aisle at your local grocery store, or online
  • Cocoa powder for dusting the top

Instructions
 

  • Add whipping cream to a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed with electric mixers (or use a stand mixer). Slowly add sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until stiff peaks. Add mascarpone cheese and mix just until combined. Set aside.
  • Add coffee and liqueur to a shallow bowl. Dip the lady fingers in the coffee (Don't soak them--just quickly dip them on both sides to get them wet) and lay them in a single layer on the bottom of an 8x8'' or similar size pan. 
  • Smooth half of the mascarpone mixture over the top. Add another layer of dipped lady fingers. Smooth remaining mascarpone cream over the top.
  • Dust cocoa powder generously over the top (I use a fine mesh strainer to do this). Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours or up to overnight before serving.

Notes

Alcohol:
Tiramisu can be made with or without alcohol. This recipe calls for coffee flavored liqueur because I like that it enhances the coffee flavor, but other options are marsala wine or brandy. 
Make ahead and Freezing Instructions: 
Tiramisu is even better when made in advance, allowing the flavors to blend! It will keep in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
To freeze, make completely, but don't dust with cocoa powder. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and then tinfoil and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and dust with cocoa powder a few hours before serving.  

Nutrition

Calories: 383kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 4gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 62mgPotassium: 60mgSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1060IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 0.8mg

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  1. Wowowowow! You just took away all my tiramisu making fears. Your approach is so simple and produces an absolutely beautiful cake. Cannot wait to dig into this one.

  2. I made this today and I have to tell you this is one of those recipes that could be dangerous! It is so simple and sooooooo incredibly good that I can see making it…a lot! Thanks!

    1. Yay! That was my goal (not the “dangerous” part, but the “simple and incredibly good” part 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    Wow, this recipe is so very easy, as the recipe stated. I did a small taste test last night after making it, and can’t wait to share it tonight at my family game night. It’s going to be a hit. Thank you.

  4. Do you have to put it in a pan or can you assemble freely? I am gifting it and would like it to look nice but won’t be getting the pan back.

    1. Hi Jen,
      If you are giving them away, I would suggest making them in a disposable aluminum or plastic container! I love to get mine at the dollar store!

  5. 4 stars
    Easy-peasy and delicious. I used a shallow loaf pan, and ended up with extra ingredients, so I filled a couple clear dessert glasses; looked very classy.

  6. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious and super easy. I was always intimidated by the thought of making one, but this is a super, easy, delicious recipe! You will wonder why you waited so long!

  7. 5 stars
    Super easy to make once you find the lady fingers in our local markets but other than that was easy to put together, had fun brewing in my old percolator the espresso. Well worth the time and effort.

  8. 5 stars
    This was a hit last time I made it. My husband and I may or may not have eaten the entire pan! Nobody was watching right?! Made it again today for an Easter dessert. So easy. So yummy.

  9. Hi I saw this recipe doesn’t have eggs in it. Does it look and taste the same as the traditional ones that do?
    Thanks

    1. It’s super easy to make marscapone cheese! And cheaper than buying it in a store! Just heavy cream and a little lemon juice heated on your stove. Then strained. I make my own for cannoli cream puffs and Tiramisu and it’s yummy every time. Just google it for the full instructions 😋

    2. 5 stars
      Whipped cream cheese will be a touch saltier than mascarpone, but the texture will be about right; just add a little extra sugar to taste. It comes in small tubs like whipped butter. If your local grocery stores don’t carry mascarpone (and can’t order some for you), the cream cheese will work okay.

  10. 5 stars
    Absolutely amazing, I made a double batch my first time so I could take it to work. Hands down the best Tiramisu ever. I will definitely make it again.

  11. 5 stars
    Soooo GOOD & soooo EASY! I’ve tried a few Tiramisu recipes and this one is by far the best and easiest to make!! My new go to dessert! Thank you!!

  12. Hi. This was perfect in every way. I made the Tiramisu lastnight and it is this mornings ” Sweet treat with Breakfast” for my kids. Our end of the week ritual, lol!!!. They loved it, and I too. No alcohol, I opted for pure Almond extract instead. Greetings from Montreal.

  13. If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, they sell containers of mascarpone from much less than standard supermarkets.

  14. 5 stars
    BEST TIRAMISU EVER! This is may favorite dessert and I’ve tried many at different restaurants and cafes. By far, this is the most delicious one (and I couldn’t believe I made it myself!) Even my daughter asked me when she took the first bite “are you kidding me?” This recipe is just perfect!

  15. 5 stars
    Love the quick and easy recipe. Although I switched out the granulated sugar for monk fruit my husband who is a diabetic tiramisu monster loved it! In

  16. 5 stars
    Thank you! We had our family Sunday dinner theme “The tour of Italy” so Tiramisu just had to be the dessert. I looked at so many recipes. Everyone and I mean everyone kids included liked this recipe. This will be the one I fix for now on. Thank you!

  17. 5 stars
    Thank you for a great recipe Lauren! I tried making the original tiramisu before but wasn’t a success and turned out soggy! So I tried this recipe and it was absolutely amazing! Just perfect! Definitely a keep!

  18. Just made this yesterday and tried it this morning!

    It was delicious! Thank you for the recipe 🙂

  19. I haven’t tried this but will. I am desperate to find a Strawberry Tiramisu recipe. My fiancé had it in Italy years ago, still talks about it constantly and I would love to surprise him with this.

  20. 5 stars
    This was super good! I used canned whipped cream because I did not want to whip my own. I used about 3 cups of canned whipped cream and did not add any sugar (as the canned whipped cream has sugar already). I must have dipped the cookies for too long because the dessert was a bit liquidy when we ate it. With the leftovers, I ate it frozen and it was delicious! Like a coffee ice cream cake. I will make this again!

  21. 5 stars
    My boyfriend loves tiramisu so I decided to make it for his family. Stumbled upon this quick and easy recipe and it was a hit! The cream is light and fluffy, not too sweet. They loved it. Will definitely be using this recipe again in the future.

  22. Could you possibly convert this to UK measurements for me, want to try it but worried it might go wrong if I don’t convert the amounts properly.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

  23. 5 stars
    Sounds like a great and easy pudding. Thank you. Especially like the idea of freezing it for later!

  24. Having trouble finding ladyfingers right now. Can you use Sfogliatine glazed puff instead? They look similar. But I’m not sure if it will affect the recipe.
    Thanks

  25. Turned out great! Thank you for the recipe. I did not have expresso and so I just used brewed coffee. So easy and delicious.

  26. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe. I used coffee liquor. This recipe was easy and the taste was wonderful. I will soak the lady fingers just a little more. The ladyfingers were a little hard. Best recipe!!

  27. 5 stars
    Very delicious!!!! Easy to follow recipe and turned out great. It had the right amount of sweetness and texture to it. Served it to my family and friends and received a lot of compliments:-)

  28. 5 stars
    Was a hit with our guests. Easy recipe to follow and the outcome was delicious. I used Tia Maria liquor in my dessert and it turned out really good. Thank you for sharing. Will definitely be using this again

  29. 5 stars
    The simplest tiramisu recipe I have ever tried AND I have tried many.
    Made this twice in the past 3 weeks with Grand Marnier… perfect both times!

  30. I can’t wait to make this. Grateful to have found a recipe not using raw eggs, simply because I can’t seem to make a decent meringue!!

  31. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe! Written down in my recipe journal already.
    I’m making this for my girlfriend…
    Thank you so much!

  32. 5 stars
    This is a great and easy recipe. Like the whipped cream instead of the traditional egg mixture. I did add a couple tablespoons of rum to the coffee mix for the added flavor but not needed. I’ve tried this recipe with a cream cheese substitute for the mascarpone. Found the substitute okay but a bit more “cheesecake” like.

  33. 5 stars
    I couldn’t find lady fingers in my neighborhood.I kept thinking what else I could use and 2 days later TADDA , Stella D’oro margherite fingers and following your recipe I had my delicious tiramisu.Thank you.

  34. 5 stars
    I have made this several times, and it if fabulous. I use Kahlua plus the coffee to dip the lady fingers. It is my husband favorite.

  35. Can you use powdered sugar instead of regular sugar? I find it keeps the whip cream from getting runny in other recipes.

    Thanks,

    Gail

  36. 5 stars
    I’ve made this several times for my daughter who is gluten intolerant. I found gluten free Lady Fingers at our local grocery store and I replace regular sugar with coconut sugar. It’s her favorite dessert! She would rather have this dessert for Thanksgiving than pumpkin pie! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  37. 5 stars
    My first time making tiramisu a d this recipe made it easy and fun. The end product was delicious. This will definitely be my go to dessert. Thank you!

  38. My local store never had lady fingers so I substitute with slices of angel food cake and I lightly brush them with coffee. It turns out delicious!

  39. I am making a seven fish mini feast fir Christmas Eve and I can’t wait to try this tiramisu recipe! I know it will be fabulous because your other recipes have worked out amazingly!!! You have my complete trust! Thank you for sharing.

  40. I’ve made this several times, I’m making it for Christmas (my Son in-laws request) I use amaretto, and I use mascarpone Excellent!!!!!!

  41. 5 stars
    Amazingly easy, quick, and delicious….a hit with the family. I used confectioners sugar and instant espresso coffee and no alcohol. Thanks for the recipe!

  42. 5 stars
    Thanks, Lauren for sharing the wonderful Tiramisu recipe. We made it on Christmas day (my 12 year old made it). It was that simple. We don’t consume eggs and hence this recipe was perfect. I didn’t had espresso coffee, so we just made a strong batch of Nescafe black coffee and used that for dipping the ladyfingers.
    This recipe is a keeper in our household now.

  43. 5 stars
    Super yummy and easy to make! I added a shot of rum to theKahlua. My husband never compliments my cooking( he’s a man of few wordsJ…He said it was excellent!!!

  44. 2 stars
    I think my two stars is less about the quality of the recipe and more about my new realization that tiramisu just doesn’t do it for me. There was nothing about this that I enjoyed. It was easy and I wanted to like it, but I doubt I’ll ever be a fan.

    1. I think this is unfair, if you don’t like tiramisu hit two stars on your own taste, don’t damage her rating because of your personal reasons…

    2. 5 stars
      Why would you rate the recipe if you don’t like tiramisu? That has nothing to do with the recipe. Completely irrelevant and stupid to rate it in the first place.

  45. 5 stars
    A new family favorite!!! This is going in my five star recipe file!. Flavorful but light and not too filling. We made it with just a dusting of cocoa powder and added bittersweet chocolate shavings and a chocolate covered espresso bean on top. OH MY GOD GOOD! It was even better the second day! (And I don’t like coffee or espresso!)

  46. 5 stars
    I made this two days ago. It was delicious! Everyone loved it. And it was extremely easy to make (I used strong decaf coffee and Kahlua). Thanks for the recipe! It’s a keeper!!

  47. 4 stars
    This is an easy and delicious recipe BUT..
    I sure wish people would be more accurate on the prep time. This took me about 20-25 minutes total time to get everything together, mix together and put together. So, this won’t be done in 10 minutes!

  48. 5 stars
    Everyone in my house loved it. It was super easy to make. We are gluten free so I just GF ladyfingers. Absolutely will be making again.

  49. 5 stars
    This was my first attempt ever at Tirimisu. Your recipe is perfect. I doubled everything for a 9 x 13 pan and had just the exact amount of cream, espresso, and cookies + 2 for my enjoyment. Serving tonight for my daughter’s birthday. I know it will be a hit. Thanks

  50. 4 stars
    Easy to make but it calls for way too much espresso! I had at least half left over after dipping the ladyfingers anyway can’t wait to dig into it, it’s chilling in the refrigerator as we speak

  51. 4 stars
    Super easy recipe, but you need to soak the ladyfingers longer or the tiramisu tastes more like a cake.

  52. 5 stars
    I just had some it was so good but want the reciipe to stay on my phone I live on New Bern, N.C. 28562Linfa

  53. 5 stars
    This is exactly the way I’ve always it and it is fabulous! Eliminating the eggs does not make it any less decadent!

  54. 5 stars
    Oh, delicious, rich, creamy and boozy. Added a bit extra coffee liqueur but decreased sugar by a bit. Great recipe will make it again.

  55. Next time I may only use 1 cup whipping cream. I love whipped cream but it was a little much even for me. Other than that, easy and delish.

  56. 5 stars
    Correcting my rating to a 5 star. The measurement information did not show up for me until after I left my previous rating. This is definitely a great recipe!

  57. My daughter loves tiramisu so I made this for her “birthday cake”. It was a hit. Will definitely make again. Maybe add a bit more Kahlua.

  58. 5 stars
    Delicious & easy! I would have bought tiramisu, but wanted it decaffeinated. Now I’ll make this a lot! I would like to know whether the calorific value of 383kcal is per 100g or per portion (what size) or per 1/8 of recipe. I can’t find this information on your website.
    Thank you very much, what a brilliant recipe!

  59. I make this for special occasions in my family for a anniversary or a big birthday. I make this for my wedding anniversary every year. My family absolutely loves this tiramisu.

  60. What can you use instead of alcohol liquor? Is there a non alcohol option or should I just omit it?

    Thank you

  61. 5 stars
    So delicious! I added some rum extract and I used butter cake instead of lady fingers and I hope it will be as yummy as it looks!

  62. 5 stars
    Delicious!!! Tiramisu is my husband’s favorite dessert and he’s very particular about its quality and flavor so I was hesitant to try to make it for him for Father’s Day but decided to give it a try. Our kids (4 & 6) and I made this recipe and I found it ridiculously easy to make. They did most of the work actually. Needless to say, my husband loved it and says it’s better than the one from our favorite restaurant. Now he wants it for his upcoming birthday instead of the traditional birthday cake. Thanks for sharing!

  63. 5 stars
    That should’ve been five stars not three stars this has been the best one so far that I have tried I did add a little bit of Kahlúa and rum extract just to give it a little kick it so far kudos to you you did a very good job not using raw eggs

  64. 5 stars
    I made this for my daughter’s birthday and she and my 4 and 6 year old grandkids loved it. She said it’s better than the one at a popular Italian chain restaurant! Very easy to make and firmed up nicely in the fridge overnight. Will definitely go on my go-to list of desserts!