Easy Chocolate Tiramisu Recipe

Yvonne Ruperti

Creamy, chocolatey, and a snap to make, this chocolate lover's tiramisu gets an extra pick me up with a shot of coffee liquor.

Notes: When whisking the mascarpone, take care not to over-whisk or the mixture will curdle. If you choose not to use the coffee liquor, increase the coffee to 1 3/4 cups.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 2 hrs
Serves: 9 servings

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  • 1 1/2 cups strong brewed coffee (see notes)

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, divided

  • 5 tablespoons coffee liquor such as Kahlua (optional), divided (see notes)

  • 28 ladyfinger cookies

  • 2 cups (about 17 1/2 ounces) mascarpone, slightly softened

  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted

  • 6 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, divided

  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract, divided

  • 2 cups heavy cream, very cold

  • Cocoa powder for dusting


  1. In liquid measuring cup, stir together coffee, granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon cocoa, and 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) coffee liquor. Lay 14 ladyfinger cookies in single layer in bottom of pan. With pastry brush or spoon, douse ladyfingers with 1/2 of coffee mixture.

  2. In large bowl, gently whisk mascarpone, melted chocolate, 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar, remaining 1 tablespoon coffee liquor (if using), and 1 teaspoon vanilla until just combined. Spread over soaked ladyfingers in pan and smooth top. Place 14 more ladyfingers in single layer over mascarpone mixture. Soak with remaining coffee mixture.

  3. Using stand mixer or handheld mixer, whip cream with remaining 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar, remaining tablespoon cocoa, and remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla to medium peaks. Spread over soaked ladyfingers and smooth top.

  4. Chill for 1 to 2 hours to allow ladyfingers to completely soften. Dust with cocoa, cut into squares and serve.

Special equipment

9- by 9-inch pan

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
612 Calories
52g Fat
29g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 9
Amount per serving
Calories 612
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 52g 67%
Saturated Fat 31g 155%
Cholesterol 192mg 64%
Sodium 295mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 240mg 5%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)