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Make-Ahead Tiramisu Recipe

Make-Ahead Tiramisu Recipe

This variation of the popular Italian dessert is so easy to assemble. It’s convenient, too, since you can make it the day before your dinner party or potluck.—Linda Finn, Louisville, Mississippi
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) ladyfingers, split
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine coffee and liqueur; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream, milk and vanilla until blended.
  • 3. Layer one package of ladyfingers in an ungreased 11x7-in. dish; brush with half of coffee mixture. Top with half of cream cheese mixture. Repeat layers (dish will be full).
  • 4. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Just before serving, sprinkle with cocoa. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 321 calories, 21 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 100 mg cholesterol, 149 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 6 g protein.

Reviews for Make-Ahead Tiramisu

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Reviewed Oct. 2, 2015

"This was really good . Next time I make it I will add some of the coffee liqueur to the filling also. If you have a Krogers or a Ralph's the ladyfingers are usually over by the fresh fruits"

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"Using what I had on hand, I made this with a lemon cake mix in place of ladyfingers. Very good. May thin cream cheese with a bit of yoghurt next time."

Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"Delicious and easy!"

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"I really wanted to like this recipe as I love Tiramisu - but this tasted way too much like sour cream and strong coffee. Maybe with half the sour cream it might have been better - but I'm sorry to say we did not enjoy this particular version."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2013

"This is pretty darn close to the tiramisu I've been making for years. It's a great recipe. I wonder, could vanilla wafer cookies be substituted for ladyfingers if you were in a pinch? I make ladyfingers at home (no stores in my area carry these cookies) when I have the time. I would make tiramisu more often if I didn't have to bake the ladyfingers first."

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

"I did not put the coffee liqueur in mine."

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

"This was the most delicious tiramisu every was. I will make it over and over. My husband loved it."

Reviewed May. 7, 2013

"I was wondering if you can omit the liquer and it would still taste as good. I have not tried this recipe as I don't use or drink alcohol"

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2013

"This is a great recipe. Can't believe how easy it is to make. This will be a family favorite."

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