An Easy Tiramisu Recipe Perfect For Valentine’s Day February 12, 2020

by Eat

This easy tiramisu recipe has Valentine’s Day written all over it — especially when served in a martini glass for an extra dose of elegance. 

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This classic Italian indulgence comes together with less than 10 simple ingredients: espresso, coffee liqueur, cookies, eggs, sugar, mascarpone cheese, vanilla extract, and chocolate. And given the fact that two of the key ingredients are caffeinated, it’s no surprise that the Italian word tiramisu translates to “pick me up” in English.

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Although there are countless variations of the dessert — some with chocolate in lieu in coffee, others with rum, and even a select few with speckles of juicy berries, peaches, and apricots — we chose to stick to the classic here.

Light and delicately-sweet sponge cake biscuits are soaked in a mixture of espresso and coffee liqueur before buried underneath a layer of sweet mascarpone cheese with undertones of vanilla extract. Whipped egg whites add airy volume, with a light dusting of cocoa powder to top it off.

Show your Valentine how much you love him/her by serving this show-stopper of a dessert. And remember to tag #HelloFreshPics so we can cheer you on along the way!

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Serves 4


  • 3/4 Cup Brewed Espresso
  • 2 Tablespoons Coffee Liqueur
  • 4 Savoiardi Cookies, aka Ladyfingers
  • 3 Large Egg Yolks, at room temperature
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup (8 Ounces) Mascarpone Cheese
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Large Egg Whites
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder


  1. Pour espresso into a heatproof jug and add coffee liqueur. Set aside to let cool.
  2. Cut each cookie into quarters, then divide between the 4 martini glasses. Pour over cooled espresso mixture, then press down gently to ensure the cookies are fully coated.
  3. Add egg yolks to a large bowl and whisk with half the sugar until doubled in volume, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add mascarpone in batches, whisking well to combine, then fold in vanilla extract.
  5. In a separate bowl, whip egg whites and remaining sugar until soft peaks form.
  6. Working in batches, carefully fold egg white mixture into mascarpone mixture.
  7. Add a dollop into each martini glass, using a spoon to whirl it into a swirly peak.
  8. Let the martini glasses chill in the fridge at least 1 hour (up to 24 hours).
  9. Remove from fridge 5 minutes before serving and dust with cocoa powder.

If tiramisu’s not your cup of tea but you’re still in the mood for something chocolatey this Valentine’s Day, these decadent orange treats are the way to go. And if you’re feelin’ French, try your hand at homemade crepes. You’ll thank us later.

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