This delicious and Easy Tiramisu Recipe has layers of creamy pudding and coffee soaked lady fingers. It is such a delicious recipe that does not require any cooking and can be make ahead of time.
Our oldest son has recently started to drink coffee. It must be something about that age because I remember starting to like and drink coffee in my freshman year of college.
This year he requested some type of coffee dessert for his birthday instead of a traditional cake.
Since we all love tiramisu, I decided to make an easy tiramisu for his birthday dinner. I went with the much easier route because I love finding ways to make fancy desserts that are quick and easy.
Why You Will Love This
A classic tiramisu recipe uses mascarpone cheese and a cooked custard, so my version is very, very different.
This no cook version uses cream cheese and a box of instant pudding to make this a super easy version of the same thing!
Plus, this Jello pudding tiramisu is made without eggs or alcohol, so it is a kid friendly dessert that comes together in minutes.
What You'll Need
You only need a few simple ingredients to make this tiramisu recipe without alcohol and eggs.
- Cream Cheese - set it out ahead of time so it is soft. You can also use mascarpone cheese for a true tiramisu.
- French Vanilla Pudding Mix - make sure it is instant, so it sets up right.
- Milk - 2% or whole milk will make the pudding set up better.
- Cool Whip - gives it a fluffy texture. You can also use heavy whipping cream to make this homemade whipped cream if you prefer that instead.
- Biscotti Lady Fingers - The crispy cookie soaks up the coffee really well.
- Coffee - Strong brewed coffee or espresso is best. If you are serving this to adults, go ahead and add some liqueur.
- Cocoa Powder - Adds flavor and color to the top of the finished tiramisu dessert.
Tiramisu can be made with or without alcohol. Our recipe does not call for any because it is a kid friendly dessert. There are notes on how to add some if you are serving adults.
How to make Easy Tiramisu
This easy dessert comes together in minutes and requires no baking. Make sure you plan enough time for the tiramisu recipe without alcohol to chill and set up before serving. This Italian dessert definitely tastes better if you give the layers and flavors time to blend.
- Use a stand mixer or hand mixer to beat the softened cream cheese in a large mixing bowl until light and creamy.
- Whisk together the instant Jello pudding and milk in another bowl and let it set up slightly. Add it to the cream cheese and beat again.
- Fold in an entire container of Cool Whip into the cream cheese mixture.
- Dip biscotti ladyfingers quickly in coffee and place one layer of ladyfingers on the bottom of an 10-inch pan. You can use an 8-inch baking dish, but the tiramisu will end up taller.
- Spread half the pudding mixture over the soaked cookies, then repeat the layers.
- Refrigerate the no bake dessert for at least 4 hours, so the lady fingers soften up and the flavors come together.
- Sprinkle with a layer of cocoa, then grab a fork and go to town on the dessert. Or slice it and serve it to your favorite people. It's your call.
Can you make tiramisu ahead of time?
Yes, this is a great dessert to make ahead of time because it needs time to set up. Plus, the flavors will deepen and blend as it sits. It will keep for a few days in the fridge.
What alcohol is in tiramisu?
Tiramisu can be made with or without alcohol. Classic tiramisu calls for some type of alcohol or liqueur to be added to the coffee before dipping the lady fingers in it.
Dark rum, amoretto, brandy, or a coffee liqueur are great choices for in this easy tiramisu.
How do you store tiramisu?
Keep this easy tiramisu in a covered container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Any longer and the dessert starts to get soggy.
You can also freeze this tiramisu made with pudding. Place it in a tightly sealed container and freeze for 1-2 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and dust with cocoa powder right before serving.
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- Disney Dole Whip recipe
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- Edible Cookie Dough
- Banana Split Lasagna
- Nutella No Bake Cookies
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This is my go to tiramisu recipe. I would totally double this recipe for the 9x13 pan. If you have extra ingredients left over, you could layer those up in a freezable container and push some Glad wrap on top and add a lid and put in the freezer for later. So good!
Yup good idea and tasty.
Thank you so much for this VERY acceptable non traditional version of my most favored dessert. By the way "semi home made" was not a phrase I grew up with, it was just called cooking. Thanks again.
What can I use to make these gluten-free without any eggs in the cookie part?
You can honestly use any cookie you like in this dessert. I don't know of a gluten free cookie that doesn't have eggs as well because no one in our family has those restrictions. If you have one that you like, feel free to use that. Just be careful dipping in the coffee because some cookies can soak up too much and make the dessert soggy.
I made this for an Italian dinner party I was having. It was delicious and came out perfectly. I did use marscopone instead of cream cheese. I also couldn’t find lady fingers so used Stella Doro Margherite cookies which are found in almost every grocery. Thank you, it’s a keeper!!!
We converted your recipe and made enough for 34 large servings to go into meals for people that are homebound. It was an outstanding success and enjoyed by all. Thank you so much for helping us serve others.
Ok, so sooo much went wrong. I’m in Canada and some measurements were tricky. I also messed up and bought no name pudding at SS as the Jello brand was empty on the shelf. Not realizing until pudding not setting that it wasn’t instant! I improvised, cooked and tried to fast cool pudding only to find lumps then used hand mixer only to liquify further. Coffee mixture with Kaluha was too much as lady fingers went soggy. My fault as 8X11 pan yields 10 square inches smaller than 10X10 pan-less lady fingers used. No name dream whip stuff was 1 litre, so trying to figure out how much to add. Cocoa powder wasn’t sprinkled nicely even though I used a mini sifter. Well, luckily, my parents who are elderly and Mom (80th birthday) was tickled about a cake even being made for her, said they loved the flavour and said it’s just a pudding style! It did not stiffen/set even though refrigerated for hours. Hey, there’s far more worse things in life such as my kitchen mess which I’ll tackle tomorrow;)
Oh, no! Recipes can be tricky when converting measurements from other countries and trying to find ingredients that work the same. It sounds like your mom loved it, and I love that you kept a positive outlook through all of it.
Thanks. Maybe I’ll give it another go someday:)
Two people asked you if they made this in a 9x13 pan if they would have to double the ingredients, in one answer you said no and then later in another same question asked you said yes to double. So I’m a bit confused, if you make it in a 9x13 should you double it or not? Thank you.
I am so sorry about the confusion on that. The most recent comment saying no is correct. The pan I used was a 10"x10", so the ratio is closer to a 9x13 size. I did go back and fix the other comment to say no as well. I hope you enjoy the recipe.
I made this for Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit! I did use mascarpone cheese instead of cream cheese and fresh whipped cream instead of cool whip. But the pudding was such a smart idea, over making homemade custard (which I'm not brave enough to attempt). So yummy! This will be an absolute staple for holidays! SO easy!
can't find a 10 x 10pan. Can I use an 8 x8 pan or maybe a 9 x 9?
Yes, the smaller pans will work too. Just watch as you are layering everything so it doesn't overflow. I hope you enjoy the tiramisu!
This sounds awesome! Would I double the recipe for a 9 x 13 pan please?
I do not think you would want to double it for the 9x13 pan. I made this one in a 10x10 pan, so the ratio should be very similar. You may need a few extra lady fingers for the layers, but other than that I would keep the recipe the same. I hope you enjoy it.
I found these biscotti lady fingers at my local Woodmans grocery store
How long does this last in the refrigerator?
It is best for about 1-2 days. After that it is still good, but starts to get a little bit soggy. I hope you enjoy it!
I was brave enough to eat this 5 days after thanksgiving and it was still gold!
Thank you for sharing this recipe! It is amazingly delicious! It caught my eye because it doesn't have eggs in it. I love tiramisu but I have high cholesterol and while whip cream has cholesterol in it egg yolks have significantly more. So, having some of this won't terribly affect my ldl.
I just finished putting this together....it's in the fridge for its 4-hour stay. I'm a bit concerned about the cookies being mushy. I see in your notes that part of why its supposed to set for 4 hours is for the cookies to get soft. My cookies....crispy biscotti ladyfingers....were quite wet even though I dipped them quickly. I sure hope my dessert isn't ruined...but I don't know what I could've done differently.
As long as you dipped the biscotti quickly, it should turn out ok. We have made it so many times, and never had a problem with it setting up. Have you tried it yet? I hope you enjoyed it!!
Won't the cool air in refrigerator dry it out a little.
I'm going to try graham crackers in a stack unless i decide to go to store. I use whip cream in all my desserts
No, the cool air does not dry it out at all. Let me know how it is with the graham crackers. (Just don't dip those in the coffee because they will disintegrate.)
Can I use 8 oz of heavy whipped cream instead of Cool Whip If so how can I do it Do I use it instead of milk or just substitute it like for like for the cool whip
Yes, you can substitute homemade whipped cream in place of the Cool Whip. Here is how I make that. https://insidebrucrewlife.com/homemade-whipped-cream/ You will still need the milk to mix with the pudding mix, then add the whipped cream to that. 1 cup heavy cream will usually make around 1 1/2-2 cups of whipped cream.