Tiramisu Recipe

This classic Tiramisu is made authentically in the Italian way, with espresso soaked ladyfingers layered with a light and airy mascarpone cream, and dusted with cocoa powder to finish. This is a great make ahead dessert and perfect for entertaining!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword tiramisu, tiramisu recipe
Prep Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 379kcal


  • 3 egg whites*
  • 6 egg yolks*
  • 3 +3 tbsp sugar
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup freshly pulled espresso cooled to room temperature
  • 2 tbsp amaretto or spiced rum
  • 3-4 dozen ladyfingers storebought or homemade**
  • cocoa powder for dusting


  • In a clean bowl, whip the egg whites and 3 tbsp of sugar together with a hand mixer, for about 3-5 minutes until the egg whites hold stiff peaks.
  • In a separate bowl, whip the egg yolks with the remaining 3 tbsp sugar for 2-3 minutes until the egg yolks are thick and pale yellow in color.
  • Add the mascarpone to the egg yolks and whip until combined.
  • Gently fold the stiff egg whites into the egg yolk mixture and set aside.
  • In a small flat dish or bowl, combine the espresso and amaretto.
  • Dunk each ladyfinger into the espresso mixture for 1-2 seconds and place into the bottom of a 8x8 dish, or into individual ramekins. Don’t let the ladyfinger soak so much that it falls apart, just a quick dunk to let it absorb a little bit of espresso.
  • Once the ladyfingers have formed a single layer in the bottom of the dish, spread 1/2 of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers.
  • Arrange another layer of espresso soaked ladyfingers on top, and spread over the remaining mascarpone cream.
  • Cover the top of the dish with plastic wrap and let the tiramisu refrigerate for 4-6 hours. 
  • Serve cold, with a light dusting of cocoa on top. Enjoy!


*This recipe contains raw eggs, consume at your own risk. You can use pasteurized eggs if there's concern.
**You want two layers of ladyfingers total, so it's whatever amount fits in a 8x8 dish. Some brands of ladyfingers are twice the size of others, so 3-4 dozen would be the smaller ones.


Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 268mg | Sodium: 214mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g