How To Make Tiramisu

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Here’s a fantastic recipe for how to make tiramisu by Italian Chef Chicca Maione. She can even teach you the art of making this amazing dessert in person through her cooking classes (If you are looking for a great vacation).

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Let’s Make Tiramisu!

Diet Considerations

  • Vegetarian

Ingredients (Serves 8-10)

  • 9 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 11 oz ladyfinger cookies
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 oz dark cocoa powder
  • 4 TBS sugar
  • 1 pint strong coffee


Prep Time: 20 minutes.

Cook Time: 120 minutes.

  1. Prepare the coffee

    Prepare the coffee, put it in a bowl, and add 2 Tbs sugar. Let cool to room temperature.

  2. Beat the egg whites

    Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks. Beat the 5 egg whites until stiff peaks form and you can turn the bowl upside down without spilling. 

  3. Create your mascarpone mixture

    In another larger bowl, mix the sugar with egg yolks until you get a kind of zabaione (light yellow color).

    Slowly add spoonfuls of the mascarpone to the zabaione, mixing continuously. Fold in the whites that you whipped in step 2.

  4. Prepare the layers

    Take a square pan (about 14×10 inches), dip the ladyfingers in the coffee (they should be quick dips because they absorb easily). Place the ladyfingers in the pan then spread a layer of the mascarpone mixture over it.

    Make another layer with the ladyfingers dipped in the coffee. Spread another layer of zabaione (mascarpone mixture) over the ladyfingers. Finish with a layer of the unsweetened cocoa powder sprinkled on top.

  5. Serve!

    Put in the refrigerator for 3 hours (2 hours is minimum and 4 hours is ideal) before serving. Tiramisù can be prepared up to one day in advance and still be good!

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Need Help?


Plan it into your week

The best way to remember to make it is to plan for it. Learn about meal prep through our article Meal Prep 101, by dietician Shannon Costello.


Print out the ingredient list

Need the ingredients list on hand? Simply pull up the article on your phone (it’s mobile compatible) or click here to print it out.


Email Chicca for help

Chicca’s here to help. If you need assistance with the recipe, email her at


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About the Author

Chicca Maione

Chicca Maione

Italian Chef

Chicca is a Tuscan-based architect and passionate chef of home-cooked food. After many years of cooking for family and friends, she found her calling: teaching people how to cook authentic homemade food while sharing recipes and stories about her incredible culture. She has spread the traditional-Italian and typical-Tuscan cuisine in Italy and abroad for the past 19 years.
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* Recipe posted with permission from the author, Chicca Maione, at Cooking in Tuscany.

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