Instant Tiramisu Recipe

Let me start by saying that if you are looking for a real Italian Tiramisu recipe, this is not it. This is my version of what I call Instant Tiramisu, because it required no egg white beating and very little effort. So if you are just looking for something quick that will satisfy your crave, this recipe will do it. It always tastes good and you could never mess this one up! Trust me, we have been making it at home for over ten years. (Well never fail except the one time in 2014 when I forgot and turn on the faucet while grating dark chocolate in the sink!)

What You Need

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 1 pkg. (5.1 oz.) Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 package of ladyfingers (usually comes in two packs)
  • 4 shots of espresso (dilute with water to make 1 cup) OR 1 cup brewed coffee, cooled, divided OR sub Chocolate milk if making for young children OR add amaretto to coffee if you may, to make it a little closer to the original tiramisu.
  • 4 squares of Baker’s unsweetened Chocolate, coarsely grated

Make it

  • Beat cream cheese with hand held mixer until creamy.
  • Beat in milk and pudding mixes.
  • Stir in 2 cups of whipped topping
  • Line square glass pan with ladyfingers, drizzle with diluted espresso, grated chocolate, and top with pudding mixture, then grated chocolate again.
  • Repeat all layers.
  • Refrigerate 2 hours or longer.

See step by step pictures below:

Grated chocolate first makes it easier when working with kids, but you can also grate as you make each layer.
Make sure cream cheese is softened.
Beat cream cheese with handheld mixer until creamy.
Add pudding mixes.
Add milk, one cup at a time.
Beat until smooth.
Fold in 2 cups of whipped topping.
Stir until smooth.
Line square glass pan with ladyfingers.
Drizzle with espresso.
Make sure they are soaked.
Drizzle with grated chocolate.
Top with pudding mixture.
Drizzle with grated chocolate.
Repeat all layers.
Refrigerate two hours or more.

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