Easy Tiramisu

Overhead shot of individual Tiramisu dessert with chocolate shavings

My Easy Tiramisu is a classic Italian no bake dessert made in pretty individual glasses ~ the perfect end to a casual summer meal.

This easy no egg tiramisu is quick and easy!

My tiramisu is super quick because I skip the eggs, which in a traditional recipe have to be separated, whipped, then recombined. I’ve gone with an easier blend of whipped cream and mascarpone cheese. This bypasses the whole raw egg issue, and makes the recipe so much more do-able as a last minute treat for a warm summer night.

  • DIP  (store bought ladyfingers into a Kahlua spiked coffee)
  • WHIP (cream, sugar, and mascarpone cheese)
  • SHAVE (good quality chocolate)
  • & LAYER (in pretty glasses)
Girl dipping her spoon into a cup of tiramisu

make this tiramisu your way!

I am loose with the proportions when I make tiramisu, sometimes I go heavy on the ladyfingers, sometimes I add more chocolate, or more liqueur, it just depends on my mood. There are lots of ways to make a killer tiramisu, and I’ve tried most of them. The texture of the soaked ‘fingers’ is such a delight, and when you add mascarpone cheese to whipped cream you take things to a whole new level. Did you know that you can make your own mascarpone cheese ~ it’s surprisingly easy and so economical.

an individual serving of Tiramisu served in a glass

tiramisu is a versatile dessert

I’ve made a Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake, which is always a hit when it’s really hot out. Like all tiramisus it can be made ahead and sliced up when needed. My Slab Tiramisu is a quick version that can be made to feed any size crowd.

Overhead photo of a glass of tiramisu covered with chocolate shavings

more easy no bake desserts

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe

Strawberries and Cream Pots (no bake)

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

No Bake Vegan Thin Mint Cookies

(Almost) No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie

Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake

Overhead shot of individual Tiramisu dessert with chocolate shavings
4.20 from 42 votes

Summer Tiramisu

My Easy Summer Tiramisu is a classic dessert made in pretty portable glasses because it's still light out, for Pete's sake, and nobody wants to be stuck at the dinner table…stroll around the garden, and take your creamy tiramisu dessert with you!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • about 12 dry dried ladyfinger cookies (savoiardi biscuits)
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature)
  • 1 cup strong coffee, cold
  • 6 tsp Kahlua or other spirit of your choice
  • 1-2 ounces dark chocolate for grating


  • You’ll need 4 glasses for serving, I used classic lowball glasses.
  • Whip the cream with the sugar until it forms soft peaks, then gently fold in the room temperature mascarpone until they are both combined. Don’t beat, just fold gently.
  • Mix the cold coffee and Kahlua together in a shallow bowl.
  • Working one ladyfinger at a time, cut each biscuit into one inch pieces, and dip them into the coffee to saturate. Put the pieces at the bottom of one glass. Repeat with all the glasses.
  • Top each layer of soaked biscuits with a spoonful of the mascarpone/cream mixture. Top with a second layer of dipped cookies. Top with more cream, then a last layer of soaked cookies and a final topping of cream. Finish off with a generous amount of shaved chocolate. Note: if you love chocolate, feel free to add chocolate shavings to each layer.

Cook’s notes

  • Make sure your mascarpone cheese is truly soft and at room temperature, I leave it out the night before.
  • Don’t over beat your cream and mascarpone together, just gently fold.
  • Make your tiramisu at least a few hours ahead of serving to allow the flavors to mingle and the mouse-like texture to develop
  • To make tiramisu without alcohol, just leave it out, the coffee will give it plenty of flavor.
  • You can actually make your own ladyfingers, which I’m planning to try one day, it looks like fun!
  • This dessert is quite rich, and you could actually use smaller glasses and make 8 servings.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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    June 11, 2022 at 7:11 am

    5 stars
    This recipe is so easy and delicious, we gobbled it up. I love that it doesn’t include eggs.

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    September 26, 2021 at 6:47 am

    You mentioned making your own marscapone cheese but I did not see the recipe. Last minute substitute, whipped cream cheese. Hope it works out. Very limited shopping options here. Also using vanilla brioche for lady fingers. Will be better prepared next time. Hope these subs work!!! ? Please reply how to make the marscapone.???

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    Mary Jarman
    June 30, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Do you know whatbsize pan you would need to make this in a pan?

    • Reply
      June 30, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      You could really do it in any size pan, just multiply the recipe as needed. This one as written might fit in a loaf sized pan.

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        Mary Jarman
        June 30, 2020 at 4:11 pm

        Thank you

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    April 14, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    5 stars
    This looks so fabulous and I’m definitely going to try it! ??? I’d like to print out out but I can’t do it from this email address which just comes to my iPad and my phone. If I email you separately can you send it to that address. I don’t see a way to mail this post… or am I missing something. I love love love your posts! ???

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      April 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      Yes, of course, I can email this to you Barbara, I’ll do it right now. I used to have an email share button but it didn’t get used much, maybe I’ll put it back up. Thanks so much for your support 🙂

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    December 6, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Could I prepare this a day ahead of my dinner party?

    • Reply
      December 6, 2019 at 7:50 pm

      Yes, it will get better as it sits.

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    Lori Weisberg
    August 9, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    5 stars
    We enjoy Tiramisu, this is another great recipe, love that there isn’t any eggs in it. I like the glass jar idea for individual serving. Will be making this soon, thanks Sue!

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