Friday, March 30, 2012

Tiramisu Trifles

This simple and scrumptious dessert is easy entertaining at it's finest. Not only is it super quick to prepare, but it's pretty darn good for what I consider a "Tiramisu cop-out". Creamy mascarpone paired with ricotta, plenty of cocoa and a hint of amaretto for a little zing! Crushed oreos add extra decadence and richness and it's just oh. so. good. A little fresh whipped cream, raspberries, and chocolate shavings for garnish and you are ready to go. There is also something thoughtful about individual sized servings. I think it makes for a delightful presentation! Make these up to a day ahead of time and wow your next dinner guests.

Tiramisu Trifles
adapted from My Baking Addiction

2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. Amaretto
1 tsp. espresso granules
1 cup crushed Oreos, cream filling scraped off with a knife
Fresh berries
Chocolate shavings

Using a butter knife, remove cream centers from oreos and place into the bowl of a food processor. (One row of Oreos yields almost a cup of crushed cookie). Process the cookies until they are nice and crushed.

Combine 1 cup of whipping cream and powdered sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix until cream is whipped and stiff. Transfer to a medium bowl.

Combine both cheeses, cocoa powder, amaretto, and espresso into the electric mixer bowl. Mix until combined. Add this mixture to the bowl of whipped cream, and gently fold until you no longer see any white streaks of whipped cream. This is the base mixture.

In a clean electric mixer bowl, or using a hand mixer, whip up the second cup of whipped cream. This will be used for layering and garnish.

To layer your dessert, put down a layer of base mixture, a layer of whipped cream, a layer of crushed cookie, and another layer of the base mixture. Make sure you reserve whipped cream for your garnish.

Just before serving, top with a dollop of whipped cream, fresh raspberries, and chocolate shavings.

*I served these in my Crate & Barrel Double Old-Fashioned Crescent bar glasses. Stemless wine glasses would also be a fun option.


  1. i CANT wait to try this!!! What exactly is the amaretto? Syrup, extract? Where do you find that? Also, where do you find chocolate shavings or do you shave them yourself? thanks!!

    1. Hello! Amaretto is a Liquer with an almond flavor. Kahlua would be a good alternative or you could simply substitute in vanilla or almond extract. If you do a liquer, any nut flavored one would be excellent! Chocolate shavings are super easy! Just grab a chocolate bar and use a vegetable peeler :)