Tiramisu- A Classic Italian Dessert 

The best and most authentic tiramisu recipe you will every make! Creamy, light, and decadent it doesn’t get more traditional that this tiramisu recipe that is made the real authentic Italian way! You will love the perfect balanced of soaked ladyfinger cookies and sweet mascarpone cream. Get ready to dig in and love this tried and true family tiramisu recipe!

What does Tiramisu mean?

Tiramisù means- “pick me up” in Italian. It is traditionally made with espresso and most certainly does give you a little ‘pick me up’ if you need it! I make mine with regular coffee to lessen the caffeine since my children love it so much.  A normal consumption of this recipe won’t have you wired as the coffee amount remains minimal.

Tiramisu is a classic flavored Italian dessert. It is made of ladyfingers (savoiardi) dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar and mascarpone cheese, flavored with a dusting of cocoa. There is also a chocolate version of this recipe if you want to avoid the coffee. This is my sweet cousin Chiara’s Tiramisu recipe and it is the absolute best! The simple creaminess, aromatic coffee, and soft lady fingers make for a perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert!

Tiramisu in a trifle bowl

Tried and True Traditional Tiramisu

This is a classic Italian recipe my family makes all year! I love that I can make it ahead of time and know it will be a crowd pleasure every single time.

Hot Chocolate Tiramisu Version

You can also make this recipe with Hot Chocolate! Simple make one recipe of our CHOCOLATE SYRUP and use that as the dipping liquid for the biscuits. You will use 3 tablespoons for four cups of hot water. If you want it more or less sweet adjust the amount of syrup.

final dessert on a plate with a spoon ready to eat

Let your Tiramisu rest

It is so important that you wait at least 6 hours and preferably 6-24 hours before serving. This will allow the coffee and mascarpone cream flavors to soak into the biscuits and create that irresistible taste and texture. Tiramisu is a light and delicious dessert that leaves you wanting more!

finished dessert with the cookies and coffee pot in background
Tiramisu photo taken in Italy

What are Savoiardi or Italian Lady finger cookies?

Ladyfingers or savoiardi are typical biscuits of Italian pastry. Savoiardi are the traditional biscuits used for classic tiramisu. They are called “Ladyfingers” for their elongated shape that resembles the fingers of a lady.

Ladyfingers are made from a sponge cake batter where the egg yolks and sugar are beaten together until very thick and then flour and beaten beaten egg whites are folded into the batter. You do not need to make your pwn cookies (in fact I don’t recommend it) for this tiramisu recipe.

You can buy savoiardi at most grocery stores. In case you can’t find them here is a brand I recommended that you can buy online.

Buy Italian Lady Finger Biscuits

How long to dip ladyfingers for tiramisu

  • Dip each ladyfingers 1 second (count to 1 Mississippi) on each side. Kinda roll them in the liquid (either coffee or hot chocolate).
  • Let excess liquid drip out of the ladyfinger. Quickly put them in the dish before they squish out of your fingers and break.
Tiramisu in a trifle dish
Perfect for dessert or afternoon snack

How to store tiramisu in the fridge

How do you store tiramisu overnight? Dust the tiramisu with cocoa and you’re finished and cover with plastic wrap without letting the plastic wrap touch the cream. You can use toothpicks to help it separate if there is not enough room. Now comes the hardest part. Let the tiramisu set up for at least 6 hours, overnight is best. This tiramisu can be made a day or two ahead of time and should last in your fridge for up to a week.

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Tiramisu in a trifle bowl

Traditional Tiramisù Recipe

  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Total Time: 12-24 hours
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Sweet/ Dessert
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian


Authentic Tiramisu Recipe. A recipe that takes you to Italy with every bite. This classic Italian dessert means; “pick-me-up” since it contains coffee.  Serve it for your friends and family and make with AMORE! 


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  • 5 eggs (separate yolks and whites in two bowls)
  • 4 tablespoons of white sugar
  • 1 lb (500 g) of mascarpone
  • 3 cups of room temperature coffee (or hot chocolate)
  • 30 ladyfingers
  • unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting


  1. Get out a 9X13 pan with height of 2-3 inches and set aside. You may also use a trifle dish as pictured in post. 
  2. Make the coffee (or hot chocolate) and set aside in a dish that is deep and wide enough to dip the biscuits. 
  3. Separate egg whites from yolks and remember that in order to whip the egg whites there should not be any trace of yolk.
  4. Take a bowl and whip the egg whites until stiff- when the the egg whites will not move if you turn the bowl over you are done. When ready, set aside.
  5. In another bowl whisk the egg yolks with 4 tablespoons of sugar using an electric mixer until pale and smooth- 3 to 5 minutes.
  6.  When ready add mascarpone cheese to the yolk mixture in 2 to 3 additions, stirring well to combine.
  7. Then, whisk the cream SLOWLY with the electric mixer. Then, add stiffen egg whites a little at a time. Folding the egg whites gently until well combined. DO NOT over mix egg whites when combining with yolks or the will not be as fluffy.
  8. Meanwhile, quickly dip the ladyfinger biscuits into the coffee or hot chocolate* for about 2 seconds on each side.  IMPORTANT! Cookies should not soak up too much coffee or hot chocolate, otherwise your tiramisu will turn out too soggy. You want your biscuits to absorb enough liquid to make them moist and give them flavor. Find the ‘dipping balance’ that is right for you! 
  9. Layer the first layer of ladyfingers in your prepared glass baking pan. Spread half of the prepared mascarpone cream on top of the ladyfingers and dust with cocoa powder. Then, top with another layer of dipped biscuits.
  10. Finally, spread the remaining mascarpone cream mixture on top of the last layer of the ladyfingers and dust with cocoa powder. Let rest in the refrigerator 6 to 24 hours hours to let it get firm before serving. You can make tiramisu 12-24 hours in advance. Mangia! 


*If using hot chocolate use 3 tablespoons of the our chocolate syrup recipe with 3 cups of hot water

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