This elegant dessert is the perfect end for any meal, but will do very well during Christmas or another festive occasion. If you love amaretto, you’re gonna love this tiramisu.

tiramisu with amaretto in a glass

Tiramisu with amaretto

The first time I made my own tiramisu I didn’t have any marsala (the original alcohol that is used for tiramisu) in the house and since I don’t particularly like it, it seemed a bit silly to buy a whole bottle. But I did have a bottle of amaretto at hand. I figured this tiramisu would be just as good with amaretto and so a new recipe was born.

Easy tiramisu

Making the tiramisu is super easy to do. I use only the egg yolks in this recipe, so you can leave the egg whites out and use for another recipe (why not try and make a pavlova?)

I like to flavor my mascarpone with a bit of lemon. It gives it a fresher taste, but you can leave it out if you’re not a fan of lemon. You can also add other things like vanilla, or even a bit of cinnamon or almond flavor. That would compliment the amaretto as well.

Tiramisu with amaretto


In the photos I chose to serve the tiramisu in a glass. That has an advantage if you don’t have time to wait for a large bowl to set in the fridge. In the glass that goes much quicker as the portion is obviously smaller. Either way it doesn’t really make a lot of difference, so choose what you have on hand.

If using a oven dish it’s best to go for a square one or a rectangular one. Round works but it makes it hard to divide the lady fingers over the bowl. But it can definitely be done.

I dip the lady fingers for the tiramisu with amaretto in a mixture of coffee and amaretto. The trick to having perfect lady fingers is to leave them in for just the right amount of time. Let the cookies soak up the liquid for a few seconds and then place them on the bottom of the bowl.

Egg yolks

Obviously you use raw egg yolks in this recipe for tiramisu with amaretto. If you don’t want to use raw egg yolks (you can actually buy them pre-pasteurized as well) you can leave them out. It is not a huge difference and if it makes you feel safer, just do so. I like them in. Just make sure you use really fresh eggs if you do use them.

You can flavor the mascarpone any way you want. I like it with lemon as mentioned and a bit of amaretto. You can add other flavors if you want. I actually also have a cheat version of the tiramisu that takes about 5 minutes to make. I’ll share that later!

Want to try a summer version of tiramisu? Try the strawberry tiramisu or use the tiramisu with eggnog.

tiramisu with amaretto in a glass

Tiramisu with amaretto

4 from 2 votes

A delicious version of tiramisu with amaretto
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Prep time 20 minutes
Cooking time 4 hours
Total time 4 hours 20 minutes

6 people


  • 6 glasses or one large bowl


  • 3 large eggs yolks and egg whites separated (you don't use the whites)
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 300 gram mascarpone
  • 3 tbsp amaretto
  • 1 lemon zest and maybe a bit of juice
  • 2 dl coffee freshly made
  • 200 gr lady fingers
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate grated
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder

  • Whisk the egg yolks together with the sugar to a light yellow and fluffy mix.
  • Place the mascarpone in a bowl and use a fork to break it up a bit. Add one tablespoon of the amaretto and the zest of the lemon. Stir through till smooth. You can add a bit of lemon juice if you want to keep the flavor lighter. Fold the egg yolks through the mascarpone with a spatula.
  • Mix the coffee with about 100 ml of water and add two tablespoons of amaretto.
  • Dip each lady finger in the coffee mixture and place them side by side in a flat ovendish (or other bowl) Don't leave the lady fingers in too long as it will get soggy. But also don't leave it in too short as you do want the liquid to be absorbed a bit by the cookies.
  • Once the bottom of the bowl is covered, you divide half of your mascarpone mixture over it. Add some grated or chopped chocolate. Make a second layer with the lady fingers (dipped again) and spread the other half of the mascarpone mix on top.
  • Using a spatula smooth out the top of the tiramisu, cover with plastic foil and leave to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours, but preferably a night.
  • Before serving dust with cacao powder and some chopped chocolate.

Nutrition Information per portion

Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 217mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1026IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 2mg


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist