If you’re a fan of the classic Italian Tiramisu dessert, then you’re really going to love this unique take!  With lots of rich chocolate subbing in for coffee and liquor, this is a creamy-dreamy dessert the whole family can enjoy!  Whip up a pan to bring to your next potluck.

Chocolate Tiramisu

Hey how was your Mother’s Day weekend?  I hope it was fun and special!

I’m so glad the weather finally brightened up, just in time for the holiday!  For a while there I was worried it was going to be my first-ever dreary, rainy, gray Mother’s Day.  I’ve been so lucky for the last 9 years of being a mom; all my Mother’s Days have always been sunny and gorgeous and this one turned out to be no exception.  Hooray!

It was a very busy weekend for us.  My sister-in-law and her beautiful family came in, so we all tried to make the most of it and spend as much time together as possible.  Saturday, the husbands took the kids out for the day so that the women could have a little female-bonding.  My SIL needed clothes so we had brunch and then hit the stores.  It was so much fun we’ve decided to make it a yearly tradition!

After that we all met back up and had a casual dinner out.  Then, Sunday morning was brunch with my mom and then a big barbecue get-together with all the cousins, Aunts, Uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents.  Everybody had a blast and I brought a big pan of Chocolate Tiramisu for everyone to enjoy.

Best ever spin on the classic no-bake Italian dessert- this version has no coffee or booze, just CHOCOLATE! Perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

I’m so thrilled with this dessert recipe- it’s perfect for potlucks and barbecues.  It’s totally make-ahead: the longer it sits, the better it gets.  It makes a big pan so it can really feed a crowd.  It’s good cold but it’s still great at room temp too.  There’s no booze or coffee, so the whole family can enjoy.  And, of course, it’s CHOCOLATE!!  I mean, just so much goodness on every possible level, right?

Best ever spin on the classic no-bake Italian dessert- this version has no coffee or booze, just CHOCOLATE! Perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

If you really want to be a superstar you can make it with homemade ladyfingers, but I did this one with the store-bought kind.  If your supermarket has an Italian foods section, you’re likely to find them there.  They’re often labelled as “savoiardi.”  (Here’s a link where you can mail-order, if need be.)  They’re super-dry and crisp, but when you dunk them into the cocoa liquid they soften up really fast.  And then, once they’ve really had a chance to meld with the mascarpone mixture, they become fluffy and cake-like.  It ends up being a lot like an easy layer cake, but with lots and lots of creamy, rich, mousse-like frosting!

So, if you are a fan of tiramisu I highly recommend you give this unique take a try.  I think it’s even better than the original!

Best ever spin on the classic no-bake Italian dessert- this version has no coffee or booze, just CHOCOLATE! Perfect for the whole family to enjoy, and it feeds a crowd!

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Chocolate Tiramisu

If you're a fan of the classic Italian Tiramisu dessert, then you're really going to love this unique take! With lots of rich chocolate subbing in for coffee and liquor, this is a creamy-dreamy dessert the whole family can enjoy! Whip up a pan to bring to your next potluck.

Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time Total Time 30 minutes
Serves 15 (one 9-inch by 13-inch pan)     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 16 ounces (2 1/2 cups) mascarpone cheese
  • 8 ounces semi sweet chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream, cold
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for garnish
  • 48 ladyfingers or savoiardi

Optional

  • sweetened whipped cream, for garnish
  • shaved chocolate*, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place the egg yolks and sugar in a large metal mixing bowl, and set it over a pot of simmering water.  
  2. Cook, whisking, until the mixture is pale, thick, and doubled in volume (about 5 minutes).  
  3. Remove from the heat, and whisk in the mascarpone, melted chocolate, vanilla, and salt.
  4. Whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks.  
  5. Fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture.  Set the filling aside.
  6. Whisk the hot water and cocoa together in a small bowl.  One at a time, dip the ladyfingers into the cocoa mixture and place in a 9-inch by 13-inch pan.  Line the ladyfingers up in two straight rows of twelve.  
  7. Spread half the filling over the ladyfingers, and repeat.  
  8. Spread the rest of the filling on top and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  9. Optional: just before serving, dust the tiramisu with cocoa powder.  Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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Recipe Notes

*I made my shaved chocolate curls by running a veggie peeler down the long side of a bar of semi sweet chocolate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 401kcal Calories from fat 227
% Daily Value
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 182mg 61%
Sodium 236mg 10%
Carbohydrate 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 16g
Protein 7g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Best ever spin on the classic no-bake Italian dessert- this version has no coffee or booze, just CHOCOLATE! Perfect for the whole family to enjoy, and it feeds a crowd!