Easy Tiramisu Trifles

Summer is a laid-back time of year which sometimes means unannounced guests and impromptu barbeques. And at my house, those casual cookouts with friends are never complete without dessert.

I have a pretty decent recipe arsenal; however, sometimes I am left scrambling for a quick and simple dessert that’s not only visually appealing, but also delicious. This recipe is just that plus it’s full of that familiar tiramisu flavor without all of the work and it’s pretty easy on the wallet.

From start to finish this dessert will take you less than 20 minutes to create and they can even be made advance. Just whip them up in the morning and store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. Pretty easy, right?

You can even serve the base recipe alone, but I decided to dress mine up a bit by combining it with chocolate cookie crumbs, freshly whipped cream, chocolate shavings and fresh raspberries.

Have a great weekend and Happy Father’s Day to all you amazing dads out there!

Easy Tiramisu Trifles

Yield: 4 servings


For the base

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup Sargento® Ricotta Cheese, any style
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon Kahlua
1 teaspoon instant espresso granules

For the layering

1 cup heavy cream, whipped with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup chocolate cookie crumbs

For the garnish

fresh raspberries
chocolate shavings


1. Combine whipping cream and sugar in food processor bowl fitted with metal blade.

2. Process 1 minute, or until cream is stiff. Transfer whipped cream to a medium bowl and set aside. (Do not clean bowl of food processor.)

3. Combine cheese, cocoa powder, Kahlua and instant espresso granules in food processor bowl. Process until blended. Add cheese mixture to bowl with whipped cream; fold in with rubber spatula until no white streaks remain.

4. Transfer to dessert glasses.

Trifle Assembly

Create the Tiramisu base according to recipe directions. Layer it with freshly whipped cream and chocolate cookie crumbs. Finish them off with a sprinkling of chocolate shavings and fresh berries.


- Recipe adapted from Sargento Cheese Tiramisu Custard recipe.
- Recipe can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to one day before serving.
- If you are not a fan of Kahlua, substitute it for 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.

44 Responses to “Easy Tiramisu Trifles”

  1. They look gorgeous! My mom is a tiramisu fanatic–she would absolutely LOVE this. Thanks for sharing! :)


  2. Daisy B — June 18, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I LOVE Tiramisu, but the ingredients are so expensive, and I can’t ever find lady fingers in the grocery store. Did you use Oreo-type cookies?


    • Jamie — June 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      Yes, I just removed the cream from them. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Kate@Diethood — June 18, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Oh goodness, those are just gorgeous! Hubs will love these!


  4. Mellie — June 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    These look so amazing!


  5. Savorique — June 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    The photo makes the texture look so promising and mouth watering.


  6. Karola — June 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Wow!! And double WOW!


  7. CZARMhousex — June 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    this is amazing!!!!!!! :DDDDDDD


  8. Eat Good 4 Life — June 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I totally love this dessert, tiramisu happens to be one of my favorite dessert not matter what kind :-) I have been planning to make individual tiramisus for a while but first I have to tacke this ice box cake that I have been wanting to make for a while :-) Love the pictures by the way :-)


  9. tj — June 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    …I am going to love this! Thank you so much for sharing! :o)



  10. Maris (in Good Taste) — June 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Such a fancy looking dessert in 20 minutes! I am sold! Bookmarked!


  11. Dad — June 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Jamie, I think that maybe your father would probably just love this.


  12. Blog is the New Black — June 18, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    These look awesome!


  13. Teri@thefreshmancook.com — June 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    These look fantastic. I love the fact that you used the chocolate cookie crumbs! I like the ladyfingers, but they are kind of hard to find, plus, I’ll bet the chocolate gives the dessert a deep, rich taste!! Thanks for a great recipe!


  14. Lora — June 19, 2011 at 3:31 am

    What a beautiful result for such a quick dessert. So elegant too.


  15. Katrina — June 19, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Yum! These quick desserts are super essential to have for summer meals! Love this.


  16. Susie — June 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    This looks absolutely wonderful! And, for it to be so quick to make is an extra bonus. Talk about an impressive dessert! Your photographs are amazing. Thanks so much for posting this.


  17. Nancy @SensitivePantry — June 20, 2011 at 6:46 am

    You are one talented lady. These look delicious and easy and what a wow factor! Love.


  18. Tracy — June 21, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I LOVE this, especially how simple it is! Definitely a perfect impromptu company dessert!


  19. ColeyCook — June 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    When do you add the Kahlua? You left that part out…


  20. Ms Brown Bird — June 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Mmm, I don’t even care for coffee and those look delicious. It’s definitely the right time for some cool desserts…


  21. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — June 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Oh, I love the look of these tiramisu trifles! I’m a huge tiramisu fan, but I rarely find the time to make it! I’ll be making these very soon!


  22. Kennedy — June 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    These look deli-so-so. I will have to make for the fam. :)


  23. Kristy — June 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts, and this looks so easy to make. Thanks for sharing!


  24. Jenny — October 1, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I can’t find the Tiramisu Recipe anymore? Did you take it down? We wanted to make these for our party next weekend but the recipe is gone!! :(


  25. fatinsue — April 27, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    oh my… i just looooove all of your recipes. they all look gorgeous and nyums!


  26. rome — July 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    can i use mascarpone instead of ricotta cheese??


    • Jamie — July 27, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Mascarpone would be absolutely perfect!

  27. Sarah — December 26, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I made these last night and they were a big hit! You know they are good when someone asks you to share the recipe! Thanks!


    • Jamie — December 27, 2013 at 10:52 am


      That’s great to hear! I’m so happy the recipe went over so well. Have a fantastic day and happy new year!


  28. Raelene — February 28, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Hello, I just discovered your page and I am so inspired and now just want to get into the kitchen.
    I have a question, Im new at baking, in this tiramisu recipie you call for heavy whipping cream and heavy cream whipped, what is the difference? Can I use whipping cream for both?
    Thank you again


    • Jamie Lothridge — May 5, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Hi Raelene,
      Yes, they’re the same – it’s just one is put into the recipe for the Tiramisu base while the other is simply a whipped cream layer to the trifle.
      – Jamie

  29. mubeen — March 3, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    hi I totally love ur recipes can u pls suggest an altenative for ricotta cheese


    • Jamie Lothridge — May 5, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Hi Mubeen,
      You might be able to use cream cheese or thick Greek yogurt with success.
      – Jamie

  30. hina — March 3, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    can i present it in a glass bowl?


    • Jamie Lothridge — May 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Hi Hina,
      Certainly you can. I think it would be beautiful.
      – Jamie

  31. Camilla — March 4, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    hi there i am just wondering whether you can substitute the kahlua for something else? or leave it out? thanks


    • Jamie — June 20, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Camilla, use more vanilla extract or coffee.
      – Jamie

  32. Kirti — October 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Can I substitutte riccota cheese with mascarpone cheese?if yes dose the quantity remain same


    • Jamie — October 22, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Ricotta cheese will yield a much different texture. I haven’t tried but let me know how it turns out if you do.


  33. Brenda — May 25, 2015 at 10:57 am

    This was a super easy recipe to make, and very attractive. However, it’s pretty lacking in flavor. Next time I make it I would add double the amount of espresso and kahlua. It pretty much tastes like whipped cream with cookies.
    I would make this again, though, with the modifications I mentioned. I also made this with gluten free chocolate cookies to make this a gluten free dessert for my son and I.


    • Jamie — May 26, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Thanks for stopping by with your tips.


  34. tina — June 16, 2016 at 9:06 am

    what size are the cups in the picture? I’m looking to buy in bulk for my daughter’s wedding but not sure whether 2 oz size is too small or if I should go with 3-4 oz??


    • Jamie — June 16, 2016 at 9:59 am

      They’re definitely more along the 3-4 ounce size. I hope this helps.

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