Easy Tiramisu

Overhead shot of individual Tiramisu dessert with chocolate shavings

My Easy 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!

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. I’ve also done the classic Icebox Tiramisu as individual desserts in small mason jars, using chocolate wafer cookies instead of ladyfingers for you chocoholics. Kids love them. And 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

Overhead shot of individual Tiramisu dessert with chocolate shavings
3.94 from 32 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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  • Reply
    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?

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      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?

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      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

    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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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    April 26, 2018 at 5:50 am

    I love easy desserts in jars like this for summer Sue! Perfect for when I’ve got a bunch of people coming over and want to make something incredibly delish but also want to save time and enjoy myself too! Can’t wait to try these!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    April 25, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    I am a huge tiramisu fan, so I’m just loving this one! A perfect Summer dessert.

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    April 25, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    I have mascarpone in my refrigerator just waiting for a dessert to happen! Love this simpler version of the classic. Send some warm weather our way please!

    • Reply
      April 25, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      You’re halfway there Tricia! ~ that’s with the dessert, not the weather 😉

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    April 25, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    So delicious and perfect for warm summer nights!

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    [email protected] is How I Cook
    April 25, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Summer nights aren’t quite here but that doesn’t stop me from wanting this! I can’t wait to give this a try!

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    Ileana Johnson
    April 25, 2018 at 11:38 am

    I have a family member with diabetes. I would like to know the breakdown of carbs, calories, sugar,etc. So I could try to adapt it for her. Are these figures available for the Tiramisu? Thanks for an easy, yummy idea!

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    April 25, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Thanks for the “dessert in a glass” idea …….I wanted to share a dessert I made at Easter – it is your microwave lemon curd recipe (which I use ALL the time). I layered some purchased madeleine cookies dipped in limoncello, with a layer of curd, some blueberries followed by a layer of curd mixed with slightly sweetened whipping cream and topped with whipping cream and blueberries. My glasses aren’t fancy – but it certainly was a delicious dessert (all done well before dinner!). I wanted to send a photo, but don’t know how to do it on here…… I will try your tiramisu recipe soon…….thanks…..

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      April 25, 2018 at 11:06 am

      Ooooh that sounds really good, I may try that, I was planning a lemon tiramisu, but the blueberries really make yours special. You can’t send a photo through the comment box, unfortunately, but you can put it on my facebook page, instagram, or email it to me! If you send me the recipe I may share as part of my Reader’s Recipe series, where I make readers’ recipes and post them on the blog. Thanks! The recipe submission form is HERE.

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    April 25, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Looks so delicious. I really love the glasses you used. Where did you get them?

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      April 25, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Teresa, I got those at Cost Plus World Market, they’re pretty, huh?

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      Karen Youngs
      July 21, 2018 at 5:59 pm

      Those jars almost look like Bonne Maman preserve jars. I am the supply chain planner for the import of Bonne Maman preserves to the United States. The design is very similar. I may show this recipe idea to the marketing team.

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        July 22, 2018 at 8:26 am

        I always wash and save my Bon Maman jars, and they would work perfectly with this recipe!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    April 25, 2018 at 8:29 am

    I love this easier version! Looks droolworthy!

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    John / Kitchen Riffs
    April 25, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Traditional tiramisu is a bit of a pain to make, isn’t it? You’ve certainly solved that problem, though — this look so easy. And tasty. I think the word I’m looking for is yummy. 🙂 Truly good stuff — thanks.

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      April 25, 2018 at 8:07 am

      It really is, for sure. I’ve been making it this way for so long that I’d forgotten all about the eggs!

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