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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


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.

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  1. hina says:

    can i present it in a glass bowl?

    1. Jamie Lothridge says:

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

  2. mubeen says:

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

    1. Jamie Lothridge says:

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

  3. Raelene says:

    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

    1. Jamie Lothridge says:

      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

  4. Sarah says:

    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!

    1. Jamie says:


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


  5. rome says:

    can i use mascarpone instead of ricotta cheese??

    1. Jamie says:

      Mascarpone would be absolutely perfect!

  6. fatinsue says:

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

  7. Jenny says:

    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!! :(

  8. Kristy says:

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

  9. Kennedy says:

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

  10. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction says:

    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!