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Make-Ahead Tiramisu

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
  • Makes
    12 servings


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


  • In a small bowl, combine coffee and liqueur; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream, milk and vanilla until blended.
  • Layer 1 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).
  • Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Just before serving, sprinkle with cocoa.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 321 calories, 21g fat (14g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 149mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Darla
    Jul 23, 2019

    hardest part is waiting 8 hours. :-)

  • Christine
    Jan 14, 2019

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  • Cklee1403
    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

  • Ruthlessma
    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.

  • annie green
    Mar 31, 2014

    Delicious and easy!

  • Wildehome
    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.

  • vbliss
    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.

  • Tilda 04
    Jun 3, 2013

    I did not put the coffee liqueur in mine.

  • Tilda 04
    Jun 3, 2013

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

  • lottieda
    May 12, 2013

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