Cherry-Misu Recipe
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Love tiramisu? Bright-red cherries give that beloved Italian dessert some Christmastime cheer and a refreshing new twist. —Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:9 servings
Quick Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 2 jars (10 ounces each) maraschino cherries
  • 2 cartons (8 ounces each) Mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto or brandy
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 42 crisp ladyfinger cookies
  • 2 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each), grated
  • Chocolate curls

Nutritional Facts

1 piece (calculated without chocolate curls) equals 634 calories, 37 g fat (20 g saturated fat), 142 mg cholesterol, 103 mg sodium, 72 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 8 g protein.


  1. Drain cherries, reserving juice and 9 cherries; set aside. Chop remaining cherries.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cheese, sugar, Amaretto, vanilla and 1 tablespoon cherry juice. In another bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form; gently fold into cheese mixture.
  3. Combine water and remaining cherry juice. Arrange 14 ladyfingers in an ungreased 9-in. square pan. Brush with 3/4 cup cherry juice mixture. Spread 1-1/3 cups cheese mixture over ladyfingers. Sprinkle with half of the chopped cherries and grated chocolate. Repeat layers.
  4. Top with remaining ladyfingers and cheese mixture. Garnish with chocolate curls and reserved cherries. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Yield: 9 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was prepared with Alessi brand ladyfinger cookies.
Originally published as Cherry-Misu in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2012, p51

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