12 servings

This creamy tiramisu uses a combination of double-strength brewed coffee and mascarpone cheese--a soft triple-cream cheese that comes in small tubs. You can use regular cream cheese in its place, if you prefer. And you can find ladyfingers in either the bakery aisle or frozen-food case of your supermarket.

How to Make It

Step 1

Assemble drip coffee maker according to manufacturer's directions. Place the ground coffee in the coffee filter or filter basket. Add cold water to coffee maker and brew to make 1 1/2 cups. Combine the brewed coffee and 2 tablespoons Kahlúa in a shallow dish, and cool.

Step 2

Combine cheeses in a large bowl. Beat at high speed of a mixer until smooth. Add sugars and 2 tablespoons Kahlua, and beat until well-blended.

Step 3

Split ladyfingers in half lengthwise.

Step 4

Quickly dip 24 ladyfinger halves, flat sides down, into coffee mixture; place, dipped sides down, in the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish, slightly overlapping ladyfinger halves. Spread half of cheese mixture over ladyfingers; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon cocoa. Repeat procedure with remaining ladyfinger halves, coffee mixture, cheese mixture, and 1 teaspoon cocoa.

Step 5

Place 1 toothpick in each corner and 1 in the center of tiramisu (to prevent plastic wrap from sticking to cheese mixture); cover with plastic wrap. Chill 2 hours.

Ratings & Reviews

Gibby007's Review

March 03, 2013
Made this yesterday for a dinner party and it was fantastic and so easy to make. You really do have to dip the lady fingers quickly or they fall apart. I barely got the first one out in tact. The amount of coffee is perfect - I soaked up the last bit of coffee Kahlua mixture with the last section of lady fingers. I used low fat cream cheese as I generally don't like non-fat products like that but next time I might try fat free. This may not have as much creamy filling as regular tiramisu but this is Cooking Light after all. This is a delicious, lighter, lower calorie version so shouldn't come as a surprise that some of the heaviest part of the dessert has been lightened up. I would say this recipe makes 9 servings vs 12. If you make 3 cuts each way in a square pan you get 9 fairly modest sized pieces. Overall a great dessert recipe that I'll definitely make again.

daneanp's Review

January 11, 2015
I made the mistake of allowing the lady fingers to soak up too much coffee/kahlua and so the end result came out mushy. Next time I will merely lightly dip them. The flavors were excellent and with this one change, I'm certain it will be a 5 star recipe.

Judie25's Review

December 18, 2012
This is one of my all time favorite recipes. Plus no one can believe it is so low calorie. If you would like the cake a little more moist, just leave each lady finger in the coffee/kahlua mixture a little longer so it soaks up more liquid.

My modification

October 21, 2017
I love this recipe, but I do make a significant modification. Instead of ladyfingers, I use madeleines (which I purchase at a bakery). I use 16 and cut them in half lengthwise. I make it a day ahead.

Sharon0246's Review

April 26, 2013
Made this for a lunch party earlier this week and everyone loved it. Most of us had seconds. I cut mine into sixteen servings so people could have two servings and not feel guilty. No one could believe this was from cooking light. Will definitely be making this again. My try a different liquor next time.

sukeedog's Review

January 18, 2014

smd1212's Review

June 03, 2014
I've been making this for years since it was first published, and it's one of my family's favorite desserts of all time. Amazing and simply delicious, especially in the hot summer months as a no-bake, cool dessert. Highly recommended, one of the few recipes from CL where I don't change a thing!

theloo007's Review

January 07, 2011
SOOOOO Delicious! Absolutely worth a special occasion and you can make it the night before. I didn't change a thing for the recipe, it was perfect!

Zippy27's Review

May 11, 2012

eatpeeps's Review

December 18, 2011
I've been making this recipe for years now and it's always a hit. I love the flavors! I'm Italian and have had many tiramisu's in my life, I like how lite this one is. This is my go to recipe.