Both make-ahead and no-bake, this Italian treat will lift everyone's mood—including the chef's! Grab an Americano at a coffee shop to infuse the store-bought ladyfingers with freshly brewed flavor. Then, after layering the newly caffeinated cookies with marsala-spiked mascarpone, pop it in the fridge for an overnight chill that will set you up for slicing success. All that is left is a final dusting of cocoa powder before serving and you'll be all set to end the evening on a high note.
To get the airiest texture possible, dunk the ladyfingers in the coffee quickly—they'll turn soggy and heavy if oversaturated.
For clean edges on every square, cut pieces with a chef's knife rather than a serrated one, and wipe the blade with a damp towel between slices.