Monthly Archives: September 2013

Tiramisu Minis


This is a thing of beauty. Sitting on my patio, eating tiramisu and drinking coffee. By myself. I may only have 45 minutes while the toddler naps, but in the life of a stay at home mom this counts as vacation. And I’ll take it.

This is, without question, the most delicious dessert I’ve ever made. In fact, I could just call this whole thing quits now and be happy but I refuse to do that to all the fans. I’m really doing this for you guys. You’re welcome.

I made these little tiramisu minis with homemade ladyfingers, but you could easily sub store bought ladyfingers or similar cookies. In fact, I had some extra filling so I soaked some Annie’s Bunny Graham cookies and used those instead. Don’t over think it, any cookie soaked in coffee and booze is going to be delicious. This isn’t the traditional tiramisu recipe since it uses cream cheese instead of marscapone, but it does have a couple surprise ingredients: espresso sugar and cacao nibs (supplied to me by Craft, she’s so thoughtful!) image Oh, it also has four different liqueurs, which is also pretty awesome.

I straight up pilfered this recipe from Joy of Baking, except I made tiny round cookies instead of fingers. So I guess they’re actually ladyrounds. Feel free to use your imagination as to what body part they resemble.image
I traced circles to the size of my dessert glasses on parchment paper and piped accordingly, then followed this recipe exactly. It’s spot on.


Ladyfingers per recipe above or 1 store bought package
1/3 cup +/- cacao nibs
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup strong coffee or espresso
1/4 cup Kahlua
1/4 cup Baileys irish Creme

1 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
*1 cup sugar (can replace two tablespoons of amount with espresso sugar)
2 tbsp milk or half and half
2 tbsp Amaretto
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
8 ounces heavy whipping cream

Combine the coffee, Kahlua and Baileys in a small bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until soft and creamy. Add sugar and continue to beat until fully combined and fluffy. Beat in amaretto, vanilla extract and half and half. *If you choose to use espresso sugar, your filling will have beautiful little black flecks throughout and a scrumptious crunchy texture.


In a separate bowl, beat heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Prepare a pastry bag with your choice of large tip. Transfer filling to pastry bag.

Your dessert assembly line should look like this:
Select your dessert glass of choice.
Dip the ladyfingers or cookies in the coffee/booze mixture for five seconds only and immediately transfer to dessert glass. I used two cookies per layer in my shot glass.
Pipe in a layer of cream cheese filling.
Sprinkle layer of cocoa powder. You can use a fine mesh sieve. For my tiny glasses, I found that a tea strainer worked perfectly.
Sprinkle scant layer of cacao nibs. You want to go easy on these since they are kind of bitter solo. In the mix, they just add a delicious crunch.
Repeat: soaked cookies, cream cheese filling, cocoa powder and nibs.


You can eat immediately or they also keep extremely well in the refrigerator. Just cover the glasses with plastic wrap, refrigerate and wake up to a healthy (boozy), nutritious (delicious) breakfast.

Goings on

Been a bit busy at our house lately.  Up until last Friday I was sewing madly on all the costumes to get them to a reasonable point of completion when the vinyl plank flooring we laid down a little less than a year ago began cracking in places.  God I hate old houses.  Like seriously HATE them.  We had to pull up all the planks and screw down additional wood to get a more level surface and then put the planks back down again.  With 3 children running around, and then one starts puking….Yeah…it was one of those freaking weekends….Anyway, it’s mostly put back together now but the house is still incredibly trashed and all sewing and birthday planning (girl zombie turns 4 in October) has come to a screeching halt until I can bring some order to the chaos.  So here are a few pics of the baby zombies costume and various other works in progress.  I’ll be back when  I’m feeling less stabby.