Dessert, Italian

Individual {cheater} Tiramisu

March 3, 2011



It’s not unusual to experience the following weather patterns in a single day in Vancouver:

  • Sun
  • Rain
  • Snow
  • Hail
  • Wind

All of these things happened while sitting in class this week. It began to rain, then turn to snow, then hailed and then the clouds parted and it was sunny. All within an hour. Not to mention we experienced hurricane-force winds yesterday as well. While I love living in Vancouver, I would much rather be sitting on my hammock in Mexico. Though it is quite pretty when it does snow here, it’s merely an inconvenience for a day or so and then it turns to rain. My Jetta would not make it up my moms hill the other night. It had to spend the night on the side of the road. I’d much rather have a large amount of snow for a few days rather than one day of non-stop inconvenient snow. Or, Spring.

Thursdays are my days off from school. Which means it’s almost the weekend. Which also means my Archeology midterm is one day closer which I should be studying for. Today started off alright, well, except for the fact that Lainey kept me up all night (ok, and Adam { who took her out at 3 am 🙂 } ) and I woke up about an hour later than usual. I thought I had better get some Arch studying out of the way, but then somehow ended up surfing the net for dessert ideas {which happens more times than I’d like to admit.} Adam’s going to the Canucks game, and my mom is coming over for dinner. I had already planned on making homemade pasta from my new KitchenAid pasta attachment with prawns and salmon, but then I started thinking about dessert. What else is more fitting for an Italian dinner than ending it with a little ‘pick-me-up.’

As I’ve mentioned before I was at first scared of trying this dessert myself. My Nonna had always made it for our big Italian dinners. But, once I tried my first one, and after tweaking it a bit, I love love love making Tiramisu. I came up with a cheater version here. This time I even cheated a little more. We just threw out a tub of cream cheese that had expired, so I didn’t have any at home. I didn’t feel like going to the store so I thought I would just leave it out this time. Believe me, it tastes just as good. And, thankfully Adam is a coffee drinker {i am not} so he always make a pot before work and usually there is about a cup or so left when I get up. This morning it came in quite handy. I added a little Kahlua to it and began making these individual Tiramisu pots.


You can make a large version if you’re expecting a bigger crowd, or if it’s just a few people these little individual ones are quite easy and tasty with only a few ingredients on hand.


Individual {Cheater} Tiramisu


  • 4 Lady Fingers {per individual cup. May have to be cut shorter}
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee, cold
  • 2-3 tbs. Kahlua or other coffee liquor such as Baileys or Tia Maria
  • 2 1/4 Cups Cool Whip slightly thawed
  • Cocoa
  • Chocolate Shavings {optional}


  1. Place two lady fingers in the bottom of the individual ramekins {more if they are larger} using a teaspoon pour coffee/liquor mixture over the lady fingers. You want enough so they absorb a lot of liquid and become soft. about 4 tsp + on each cookie.
  2. Spoon thawed cool whip over top of the cookies, enough to cover. Using a sieve sift cocoa over top of the cool whip layer.
  3. Repeat with lady fingers and coffee.
  4. Add another layer of cool whip and cocoa powder on top to finish.
  5. If you like, you can add chocolate shavings on top.

These can be eaten right away, but it is best if you let them set in the fridge for an hour or two. Can be stored for up to a day.

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  • Reply Aunt Josie March 3, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Sounds delicious Alicia. If you had cream cheese where would you put it in the mixture or what would you mix it with. I have never made this before. But might someday!

  • Reply Alicia March 3, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Thanks auntie! I would soften it a bit and then mix/blend it with the cool whip to make a marscapone type filling.

  • Reply Andrea March 4, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Was so delicious !!!!!!!

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