tiramisuTiramisu-that delightful blend of coffee laden lady fingers, fluffy custard, whipped cream, dusted with cocoa powder, oh, and, of course, your alcohol of choice. We love tiramisu, in fact it is one of the desserts hubby and I actually share when dining out. Enter these super quick tiramisu cookies. Gives us the taste we’re craving with no overnight wait time and no dinner reservations needed. I wouldn’t have even been thinking tiramisu if it wasn’t for a close friend of mine and her Thanksgiving celebration last week. Yes, I did say Thanksgiving and last week.

It is a wonderful story of turning a bad situation into a celebration. She and her husband were in the path of Irma and had to evacuate. Fortunately for them, they had the loving refuge of her parents house. They chose to look at the evacuation as a gift of time with family. Since everyone was together they celebrated; what better way to celebrate and give thanks than with a Thanksgiving feast! 5430Their menu included: Roasted turkey with sage sausage apple walnut stuffing, gravy, mashed acorn squash with butter and brown sugar, sautéed sweet potatoes with cinnamon sugar, and homemade tiramisu.

As soon as she told me about her family’s idea, I knew I wanted to share it. I was originally going to write about some of my favorite Thanksgiving leftovers, but after getting her tiramisu picture, that is all I’ve been thinking and craving. (But we are using leftover coffee!) My friend got a city tour on her quest to make her tiramisu, she couldn’t readily find lady fingers. The beauty of this recipe is that the lady fingers are optional…cookies are not!

Tiramisu Cookies

Tiramisu Cookies
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  • 1 pkg lady fingers
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • 3/4 cup whipped cream
  • 4 TBSP leftover coffee (espresso or strong brewed coffee)
  • 1 tsp of desired alcohol-dark rum, coffee liquor, brandy, cordial, etc.
  • 1/4 cup almonds, toasted, crushed
  • cocoa powder for dusting, optional


  1. Lay the cookies in a single layer in a casserole dish. Brush the cookies with 3 TBSP of coffee.
  2. In a bowl, using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, blend together the mascarpone cheese, sugar, alcohol, and the remaining 1 TBSP of coffee. Fold in the whipped cream.
  3. Put mixture into a piping bag, pipe filling onto each cookie.
  4. Sprinkle almonds.
  5. Dust with cocoa powder, if desired.
  6. Store in refrigerator.

Put Your TO COOK IS TO CREATE Thinking Cap On: Think about how easy it is it would be to change the flavor by simply changing the alcohol. Think about all the different cordials. Don’t want any alcohol in your cookies? No problem, simply omit and add your favorite extract, extra coffee, or even flavored coffee creamer! Chocolate lover? Add chocolate chips to the mixture or top cookies with shaved chocolate. Cant find any lady finger cookies? Use biscotti or shortbread. In a pinch, simply top your favorite cookie-imagine this topping on chocolate chip. Bought a large tub of mascarpone cheese and have leftovers? Make Chocolate Strawberry Mascarpone Tarts

FOOD FUN: Do you or your family have a favorite dessert you wait for a certain holiday to enjoy? I say make it and enjoy it today. There is something worth celebrating in each day. My friend was able to safely return to her home, thankful for many things, especially time spent with family eating tiramisu.



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