Classic Tiramisu


Learn how to make tiramisu, a traditional coffee-flavored Italian dessert, in your own kitchen with our Test Kitchen's favorite Classic Tiramisu recipe. Dust the chilled tiramisu dessert with cocoa powder just before serving.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 35 mins


  • ½ cup sugar

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder

  • 1 tablespoon Amaretto

  • 2 tablespoon hazelnut-, coffee-, or almond liqueur (optional)

  • 1 ⅓ cup heavy cream

  • 2 8 ounce containers mascarpone cheese, room temperature

  • ½ cup powdered sugar

  • 2 3 ounce packages (48) soft ladyfingers or one 7-ounce package crisp ladyfingers

  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. For syrup, in a small saucepan combine granulated sugar, the water, and espresso powder. Bring to boiling over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil gently, uncovered, 1 minute. Remove from heat. If desired, stir in liqueur.

  2. In a chilled large bowl beat cream with chilled beaters of a mixer on medium until soft peaks form (tips curl). In a medium bowlstir together mascarpone cheese and powdered sugar. Fold 1/2 cup of the whipped cream mixture into the mascarpone mixture to lighten. Gently fold the mascarpone mixture into the remaining whipped cream.

  3. To assemble, arrange half of the ladyfingers in the bottom of a 9-inch baking pan, cutting to fit as needed. Brush with half of the syrup. Spread with half of the mascarpone mixture and sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. of the cocoa powder. Repeat ladyfinger, syrup, and mascarpone layers.

  4. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours. Before serving, sift remaining 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder over top.

    Classic Tiramisu

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

482 Calories
36g Fat
32g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 482
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 154mg 51%
Sodium 57mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 5g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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