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Under 30 Minutes

Easy Tiramisu

This quick dessert is delicious and takes almost no time to prepare.

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  • Servings: 6
Easy Tiramisu

Source: Everyday Food, March 2005


  • 3 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 1 bar (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) soft ladyfingers
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting


  1. In a medium bowl, mix espresso powder with 3 tablespoons boiling water until dissolved. Add 1 1/2 cups cold water; set aside.

  2. With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese with heavy cream and sugar until light and fluffy.

  3. Spread a few tablespoons of cream-cheese mixture in the bottom of a 2-quart serving dish. Separate ladyfingers. One by one, dip a third of ladyfingers in espresso, then arrange in bottom of dish. Spread with a third of cream-cheese mixture. Repeat twice with remaining ladyfingers, espresso, and cream-cheese mixture (can be refrigerated, covered, up to 1 day).

  4. Dust with cocoa just before serving.

Reviews (5)

  • francescakins 21 Jun, 2010

    This is so good. I have made original Tiramisu many times and I felt it was almost sacreligious to use cream cheese instead of mascarpone. I decided to give this recipe a try anyway and I'm glad I did. It was super easy to make and delicious and my boyfriend said he even prefers it to the original. I've made it twice already this month.

  • mongtz 11 Mar, 2009

    This is pretty bad, it doesnn n n n t taste like tiramisu. I think you can't use cream cheese in place of mascarpone and its missing the marsala or brandy taste.

  • JACKIE2830 24 Feb, 2009

    This is incredible! And incredibly easy as well. I really prefer using cream cheese instead of Italian mascarpone-----unusual tasting.
    For lighter version, just use milk or half

  • shahiradobrey 18 Feb, 2009

    You can go to cookinglight,com they have a great light version

  • annina 17 Feb, 2009

    I love tiramisu however, it is too rich for me and my health issues. I was wondering whether there is a lighter version or a light tiramisu recipe that does not use cream or mascarpone cheese.

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