Tiramisu Brownies

by Jamie on May 14, 2013

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Although my parents divorced when I was a freshman in high school, my brother and I are incredibly fortunate in the fact that they’ve always been amicable. Sure they had their moments, but overall they handled themselves with a great deal of grace. My parents are pretty much two of the most amazing people on the planet and the way they handled their divorce certainly shaped who I am as a person today.

Having gone through break ups myself and having helped friends get through theirs, I’ve never been able to wrap my head around the animosity and often times hatred that tends to develop when two people decide to part ways.

“Sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can fall together.”

The very first time I ever had Tiramisu was at a birthday celebration my parents arranged for me after their divorce. Everyone – including my dad’s girlfriend (now stepmom) – sat down to a meal at Buca di Beppo. We passed family style plates of spaghetti and salad and finished our meal with a huge bowl of Tiramisu. It was literally love at first bite.

Tiramisu brownies are a fun and modern twist on a classic dessert. They still have all the familiar flavors – mascarpone cheese, dark chocolate, lady fingers and rich, Italian Roast coffee, but they’re in bar form, so they’re totally portable and perfect for parties and potlucks.

I made these brownies with Barista Prima Coffeehouse’s Italian Roast blend. If you’re into deep, dark, espresso-like coffees, Barista Prima is for you. I’ll admit that they’re a little strong for me as a daily drinking coffee, but I can’t deny that they are perfection when paired with chocolate in desserts.

I was pretty happy to relive my Tiramisu love with this month’s Keurig K-Cup Ambassador shipment, and I think you’ll love this recipe as much as I do.

And, because Green Mountain Coffee wants to make sure you can make this recipe at home, this month’s coupon code gives you 15% off storewide at GreenMountainCoffee.com, and free shipping on orders containing at least one K-Cup® pack of Barista Prima Coffeehouse®. The code is valid now through May 31st.

So tell me, how do you feel about Tiramisu? Do you have a deep, abiding love for it like I do?


Tiramisu Brownies

May 14th, 2013

Yield: 24 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time:


For the Brownie Batter

12 oz. chocolate chips
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
4 whole eggs
4 egg whites
1 cup cake flour

For the Mascarpone Topping

8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
4 egg whites
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 package soft ladyfingers
1 cup Barista Prima Coffeehouse Italian Roast coffee, brewed


1. In a large bowl, melt the chocolate. Stir until smooth and leave it to cool. Heat the oven to 350°F. Line a 13″ x 9″ baking pan with parchment paper. Add chocolate to a mixing bowl with the paddle attachment on. Beat in the butter followed by 1 cup of sugar and the 4 eggs and 4 egg whites. Add the flour and mix on low speed until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan minus 1 cup of the brownie batter. Lay the ladyfingers upside down on top of the batter, and push down slightly. Brew 1 Barista Prima Coffeehouse Italian Roast K-Cup pack. Using a pastry brush, carefully brush the Barista Prima Coffeehouse coffee over the ladyfingers until they are saturated.

2. In another bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese, cream cheese, and 1/4 cup of sugar, 4 egg whites and vanilla extract. Spread topping over ladyfingers over ladyfingers. Place spoonful of brownie batter on top of the creamy filling and swirl it lightly with a toothpick or knife.

3. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until center is almost set and brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in the pan before slicing it.

Recipe provided by Barista Prima

{ 65 comments… read them below or add one }

Snaxilicious May 14, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Oh my Brownies. How amazing looking are these brownies?! I need to make this urgently.


Mr. & Mrs. P May 14, 2013 at 9:32 pm

This is genius!!!!! WOW!


Kiran @ KiranTarun.com May 14, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Brownies and tiramisu?! Brilliant! I’ve been seeing this combo lately, on Pinterest :)


Nina @ ambrosia May 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Oh boy, do these look good. These are definitely going on my “to do ASAP” list. They look so delicious!


Grace @ Perpetual Nomming May 14, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I love tiramisu so much but I can’t make this until i’m back in the states! looks delicious though!


marcie@flavorthemoments May 14, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Oh MY, does this look good! This is such a fabulous idea and I’m dying to taste it!


Fariba May 14, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Love your work!!!


Mimi @ Culinary Couture May 14, 2013 at 11:49 pm

These look absolutely amazing


Tieghan May 15, 2013 at 12:01 am

These look perfect!


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 15, 2013 at 3:41 am

Best. brownies. ever! I definitely need to try these soon.


Betsy @JavaCupcake May 15, 2013 at 3:59 am



Must. Make.


Kate May 15, 2013 at 4:51 am

Oh my gosh you should have heard the noise I made when these came up at the top of my bloglovin feed about five minutes ago (I stared at the photos for a while) tiramisu and brownies combined I think I died and when to baking heaven THANK YOU so much for sharing these you just made my weeks of revision much better!


Miss Messy May 15, 2013 at 6:09 am

These sound awesome :) What a great idea!


Finla May 15, 2013 at 6:30 am

I love tiramisu, one of my fav dessert, i am so going to make this.


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 15, 2013 at 7:27 am

I’m weird and don’t like tiramisu by itself that much, but LOVE tiramisu flavoured things! These look so lovely!!


Cookbook Queen May 15, 2013 at 9:19 am

Oh goodness, Jamie, these are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!


Maria May 15, 2013 at 9:45 am

Wow! These look incredible!


Samantha May 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

If we do not have a Keurig to brew the k-cup, will regular coffee do?


Jamie May 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

Yes, just substitute your favorite strong coffee. Thanks for stopping by – Enjoy!


Laurie {Simply Scratch} May 15, 2013 at 10:05 am

Gorgeous! I’m a HUGE tiramisu lover… and now that it’s in a brownie, I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same. Ever.


Eva @ Eva Bakes May 15, 2013 at 10:14 am

Tiramisu in brownie form?? Must. Try. Now.


Deborah Pucci May 15, 2013 at 10:24 am

I love Tiramisu and these sound awesome!


Rose Bakes... May 15, 2013 at 10:49 am

Tiramisu is my number one most favorite dessert EVER!


kathy pilato May 15, 2013 at 11:17 am

Love tiramisu and those brownies are such a great homage to them!


TidyMom May 15, 2013 at 11:20 am

This was one of the best brownie recipes I’ve tried in a long time!


Sara D May 15, 2013 at 11:38 am

These sound soooo good!!!!!!!!!!! I may have to make them this weekend!


Adriana May 15, 2013 at 11:40 am

I make your brownies all the time and find it hard to believe there could be something better than those, but these look worth trying to at least see! Thanks for constantly inspiring!


Ninja May 15, 2013 at 11:43 am

A wonderful recipe and idea – I really have to make those.
One question pops up in my mind nonetheless: What do you do with 8 (!) left over egg yolks?


tracy {pale yellow} May 16, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Make ice cream with all the extra egg yolks! Love the mash up of brownies and tiramisu.


Barbara | Creative Culinary May 15, 2013 at 11:45 am

Lovely match-up of two favorites; what is there not to love?


Micah May 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm

These sound ah-may-zing!


Sandy May 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm

This is so incredibly decadent ! It’s 10 o’clock in the morning and I’m lusting after these brownies..they look delicious


Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker May 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I love the idea of turning tiramisu into brownies! They look so elegant too, with that marbled top. Gorgeous!


Chels R. May 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I have a real soft spot for Tiramisu. My mom and I would always share a slice on our mother/daughter dates.


Christy@SweetandSavoring May 16, 2013 at 1:04 am

Wow, decadent is right! These are the kind of treat I would love to find wrapped in a bow, sitting on my doorstep on my birthday :)


Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. May 16, 2013 at 1:06 am

I just died and went to brownie heaven!!


Annie @ Annie's Noms May 16, 2013 at 3:37 am

Oh wow these look great, I’d never have thought to make these! I’ve only recently decided I like coffee and am on a bit of a coffee kick lol so definitely be making these!


Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen May 16, 2013 at 7:35 am

These look incredible, I really really love the sound of tiramisu brownies!


totaleez May 17, 2013 at 4:34 am

I just wanted to thank you for the quote. I just went through a breakup myself and was feeling particularly blue but randomly seeing this post and this quote cheered me up. Thank you for this beautiful post!


Shani May 17, 2013 at 8:12 am

Wow ! I’ve been craving tiramisu for several months. In fact I had plans to make a lemon strawberry one for Mother’s Day and my mom is making raspberry tiramisu this weekend.

I can’t explain it. I had it for the first time about 20 years ago and loved it but was not into baking back then. I kind of forgot about tiramisu until earlier this year when I thought every iteration of it was pure genius and I could eat it every day! Can’t explain it, but I’m not really complaining either.

Thank you, Jamie!


Lisa Cornely May 18, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I love brownies and I love tiramisu so i had to try this recipe. These turned out absolutely amazing. You always have such wonderful and creative recipes. Thanks for another keeper Jamie.


Jamie May 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm

I am so happy to hear you enjoyed them. They’re a little time consuming, but definitely worth the effort – thanks so much for your kind words! Have a great weekend and enjoy those brownies!


Courtney @ Neighborfood May 20, 2013 at 11:08 am

Oh ma word. I knew that tub of mascarpone in the fridge was destined for greatness, I just didn’t know what kind of greatness yet. Mystery solved.


Jamie May 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

I hope you love them as much as we did! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Rebecca May 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm

that is an amazing idea! I have to try this as well :D *pinning it to not forget it* :)


Jamie May 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

Thanks so much for the Pin! Have a great day!


PapaLos - The Man, The Chef, The Dad May 22, 2013 at 8:07 am

I think it’s amazing and so great that your parents were that way. The majority of people who split up, like you said, usually can’t stand to even look at each other. Makes me happy to see they put you in front of their feelings towards themselves. That’s the way it should always be.

Tiramisu brownies… My heart just melted! I love the flavors in tiramisu and amazingly, so does my wife who hates coffee. I used to work in an Italian restaurant who had a good tiramisu for dessert. I can’t say I didn’t take some home almost every night. You made me want some now!


Peggy May 23, 2013 at 12:05 pm

These have got to be the most gorgeous and delicious brownies that I’ve ever seen! I’m all about tiramisu!


Jamie May 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I was so impressed with how gorgeous they turned out! I’m totally all about Tiramisu too! Thanks so much for stopping by.


Stefanie May 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm

As soon as I saw your post I knew what I wanted to bake on my day off. Needless to say that my co-workers were more than happy to have me back today ;)
These brownies came out AMAZING! Seriously – the most perfect combination of desserts I have come across in a long time!
Only one question remains: do you have any suggestions what to do with 8 left-over egg yolks?


Jamie May 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe – they are pretty amazing. As for the egg yolks – I made Rolo Ice Cream, but Creme Brulee would be equally as awesome. Have an amazing day!


Katie | The Hill Country Cook June 9, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I have been craving all things tiramisu lately… adding this to my list!


Jamie August 12, 2013 at 10:01 pm


Let us know how it turns out! Thank you so much for following MBA and have a great day!



The Hungry Mum June 14, 2013 at 8:48 am

ohhh, baby! Tiramisu is my bestest, most fav dessert ever. These look amazing.


She June 28, 2013 at 3:07 am

I’ve tried this recipe yesterday. Firts I want to thank you for sharing it, the taste is really great! Not too sweet, I can taste both the mascarpone, the chocolate and the coffee. I’ve probably baked mine a bit too much, but the central part took a bit to get properly cooked.. Anyway, my friends like it a lot so far ;) I’ll write a post about this recipe and your blog in my blog. Have a nice day! Arianna


Jamie July 2, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Thanks so much for reporting back on the recipe, I am so glad to hear you and your friends enjoyed the brownies. Thanks for stopping by – have a great day.


MoonLight @ AWorldInMyOven August 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Wauw, I was looking for a recipe for lady fingers and accidentally came across this one and wow! I might scratch the idea of making tiramisu and go for these brownies instead. Looks delicious!!


Jamie August 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Please stop in and let us know your experience with the making the brownies! Have a wonderful day!



MoonLight @ AWorldInMyOven August 28, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Gah, the brownies I made were a disaster! It never set but managed to taste burned anyway. I scraped the mascarpone layer off and totally nommed that though!
The recipe got me wondering: what did you do with all the leftover egg yolks?


Jamie September 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Hi There,
I’m really sorry to hear that! I’m not the only K-Cup Ambassador that used this base recipe, so I know that it worked for most people. I’m really sorry. Whenever I have leftover egg yolks, I always make lemon curd from this recipe: http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/fundamentals-simple-microwave-lemon-curd/
– Jamie


MoonLight @ AWorldInMyOven October 4, 2013 at 10:25 am

I know it’s been a while, but I had to come back here to say: Thank you So Much for the inspiration! The first time might’ve failed, but I used your mascarpone topping on a blackberry cake, with some goats cheese and it was amazing! Thank you so much again!

Michelle August 22, 2013 at 7:32 am

Trying these today…do you think you could substitute 2 whole eggs for the 4 egg whites? My italian recipe for tiramisu whisks the yolks, mascarpone and sugar, then whip the whites to fold in…do you think this would bake up too dense with the cream cheese or shall I give it a try?
Thanks! Can’t wait to try them!!


Jamie September 13, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Hi Michelle,
I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to answer this sooner. Egg whites and whole eggs really aren’t interchangeable. Egg yolks are almost entirely made of what we would consider a fat, and they won’t take on air. Egg whites are hardly fatty at all, thus allowing them to fluff and incorporate air. I doubt you would get the volume you expect if you tried to do the same thing with 2 whole eggs.
– Jamie


rani September 23, 2013 at 8:39 pm


first of all I have to say I LOVE ur website…ur recipes and pictures are amazing, these brownies being no exception! I was just wondering…when the brownies are baked, do the ladyfingers end up being crispy or still soft?


Jamie October 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm


Thank you so much! The ladyfingers stay soft since they are saturated the coffee. Have a wonderful day!



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