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Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling


9 servings

Love tiramisu? Bright-red cherries give that beloved Italian dessert some Christmastime cheer and a refreshing new twist. —Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California
Cherry-Misu Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  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.

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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