Sensational Tiramisu Recipe
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Sensational Tiramisu Recipe

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This light version of the popular Italian dessert is moist and creamy, and cuts so well into pretty layered squares. You'll love the blend of coffee, Kahlua and cream cheese flavors. —Mary Walters, Westerville, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping, divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) ladyfingers, split
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking cocoa

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 223 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 127mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping; set aside.
  2. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, egg whites and water in a small heavy saucepan over low heat. With a hand mixer, beat on low speed for 1 minute. Continue beating on low over low heat until mixture reaches 160°, about 8-10 minutes. Pour into a large bowl. Beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Fold into cream cheese mixture.
  3. Arrange half of ladyfingers in an ungreased 11-in. x 7-in. dish. Combine the boiling water, coffee liqueur, coffee granules and remaining sugar; brush half of mixture over ladyfingers. Top with half of cream cheese mixture. Repeat layers. Spread remaining whipped topping over the top; sprinkle with cocoa. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Sensational Tiramisu in Taste of Home April/May 2010, p53

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sstetzel User ID: 158954 253387
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2016


You could but you won't have the texture or the volume you'll get from the ladyfingers."

meeksfam User ID: 5828056 253340
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2016

"Has anyone made this the night before? Will it hold up for 24 hours? Hoping to get some party food cooked the night before it will be served. Thank you!"

kathyathome User ID: 5986926 146792
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2014

"I to subsituted whipped cream and also used Kahlua Fantastic"

kiltyone User ID: 1148967 118178
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"I substituted whipped real cream for the chemical version and it is terrific.

Don't like the chemical taste of artificial toppings they are really dangerous look at
the ingredients."

ediekitchen User ID: 6540338 172078
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"Delicious and easy to prepare. Used Kahlua, pinch of anisette sugar and Italian lady fingers (Real Tortino). This is a popular dessert in our family circle. Thanks. Edie"

MareUT User ID: 7475801 172077
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"kk104 - I know your question is old, but I believe they are heating the egg whites to pasteurize them. You beat them on low speed while heating them to 160º to keep them from cooking. Once they reach 160º, you remove them from the heat and beat them until stiff peaks. I had no problem with beating them to stiff peaks. It did take a little longer than usual, however. I used homemade ladyfingers and marscarpone cheese in mine. It was really good!"

kkl04 User ID: 2599438 121280
Reviewed May. 5, 2013

"Can someone explain the heating and beating process to form the peaks on the stove mixture. I could not get mine to do that!"

mjw User ID: 36658 176625
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

"Made this yesterday for a Pre-Christmas dinner with friends. It was a hit."

sharonbaur User ID: 1591880 188242
Reviewed May. 27, 2011

"You can also find lady fingers in the fresh fruit area of your grocery store. Sometimes they are also in the bakery section."

dufferdog User ID: 2625964 176622
Reviewed May. 23, 2011

"You should be using Italian Lady Fingers which are firmer and crispier in nature. They can be found in larger supermarkets or any italian deli store. The American version of lady fingers are too soft...they are sponge cake and fall apart."

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