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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


  • 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


  • Drain cherries, reserving juice and 9 cherries; set aside. Chop remaining cherries.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Top with remaining ladyfingers and cheese mixture. Garnish with chocolate curls and reserved cherries. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
Editor's Note
This recipe was prepared with Alessi brand ladyfinger cookies.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 634 calories, 37g fat (20g saturated fat), 142mg cholesterol, 103mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (57g sugars, 0 fiber), 8g protein.

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