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Individual Tiramisu Parfaits are a multi-layered version of the classic Italian dessert.  An easy, luscious no-bake recipe that will have everyone swooning after their first bite. And as a bonus, no one has to share!!

This Easy Tiramisu Recipe is flavored with coffee, Kahlua and Frangelico for a trifecta of deliciousness! Plus the creamy mascarpone and eggs give a rich, dreamy mouthfeel that can’t be rivaled!

Tiramisu Parfait in a glass with a red handled spoon

Individual Tiramisu Parfaits

I was watching an episode of  The Chew a few years ago. A mother and daughter had a Tiramisu showdown. The mom shared her traditional Italian version and her daughter showcased a more modern twist.

I recreated the winner’s updated, easy tiramisu recipe. Using the harder, more cookie-like ladyfingers, called savoiardi, was new for me. I tend to go for the soft spongecake like ladyfingers. I also loved her addition of Kahlua and Frangelico liqueurs. Plus the daughter’s layered presentation was definitely more enticing than the typical dish of tiramisu sprinkled with cocoa powder.

Two tiramisu parfaits and a red handled spoon with a spoonful of tiramisu

What Is Tiramisu?

You may have eaten this Italian classic dessert when dining out, but do you know tiramisu means in Italian? According to my Food Lover’s Companion, it translates to “carry me up” or “pick me up.” Often, the assumption is that the “up” is heaven! Traditionally, tiramisu is made of ladyfingers soaked in a marsala and coffee mixture, then layered with mascarpone cream and topped with grated chocolate or cocoa. It’s also referred to as Italian trifle, though purists feel tiramisu is much lighter than a trifle.

What Is a Parfait?

Now that you know what makes up a tiramisu, you might wonder what makes a dish a parfait. Well, parfaits are served in tall and narrow footed “parfait glasses,” to showcase a beautiful dessert. In the US, parfaits mean an ice cream sundae, layered with whipped cream, nuts and even a cherry topper. In France, parfait translates to perfect and refers to a frozen custard often flavored with fruit. Now nearly any dessert can be a “parfait” if served in a tall footed glass.

Two tiramisu parfaits and a cocoa duster

How to Make Tiramisu Parfaits

There are four components of a traditional tiramisu: the sponge cake or ladyfingers, the soaking liquid, the mascarpone cream, and the chocolate topping. Since this parfait recipe is served in pretty glasses, it’s nice to double the layers of a traditional tiramisu.

For this parfait recipe:

  • Layer half of the crushed, hard Savoiardi ladyfingers soaked in milk, Kahlua, coffee and sugar among glasses.
  • Next, layer half of the creamy mixture of egg yolks, sugar, mascarpone, and liqueurs lightened whipped egg whites, mascarpone cream over the ladyfingers.
  • Then repeat both layers before finishing off with a dusting of cocoa powder, though grated chocolate is a terrific alternative, too!

Making a Safe Tiramisu

You may know that eating raw eggs puts you at risk for a foodborne illness called salmonella. Hunt down some pasteurized eggs that are gently heated 140 degrees before being packaged to kill any bacteria. Pasteurized egg whites are harder to whip, but be patient. You do not want to feed uncooked eggs to those with compromised immune systems, the very young or the elderly.

How to Pasteurize Eggs at Home

If you have a burner that can keep your water at 140º for 3 minutes, you can pasteurize your eggs at home. This must be done with a very accurate thermometer as over 142º can cook the eggs. And a lower temperature will not kill salmonella. I have done this using my Instant Read Digital Thermometer (affiliate link).

More Tasty Tiramisu Recipes:

This recipe was first shared in November 2013. Text and photos were updated in 2020.

Two tiramisu parfaits and a cocoa duster

Individual Tiramisu Parfaits

A luscious, layered version of a classic Italian dessert. Everyone gets one of their own mini desserts.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 24 lady fingers, crushed (use the harder biscuit lady fingers instead of the sponge cake lady fingers)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups coffee
  • 3 tablespoons Kahlua (or any coffee liqueur), divided
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 9 ounces Mascarpone cheese
  • 3 tablespoons Frangelico (or any hazelnut liqueur)
  • Cocoa powder, to serve

Instructions

  1. Mix together milk, coffee, 2 tablespoons Kahlua and 4 tablespoons of sugar in a bowl. Add the crushed ladyfingers to soak.
  2. Beat together egg yolks and remaining tablespoon of sugar. Add the mascarpone cheese, remaining Kahlua and Frangelico.
  3. With a hand or stand mixer, whip egg whites until stiff peaks form, then gently fold into the mascarpone mixture.
  4. Spoon half of the soaked ladyfingers between small glasses (mine were about 5 ounces each), then top with a layer of the mascarpone mixture. Add a second layer of the soaked lady fingers and top with more mascarpone mixture Smooth tops. Cover each with a dusting of cocoa powder. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

Notes

Recipe adapted from The Chew

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 164mgSodium: 210mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 7g

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45 comments on “Individual Tiramisu Parfaits”

  1. I love desserts in individual servings! this looks like such an elegant treat!

  2. The parfaits sound great and look very pretty! Happy Thanksgiving Liz-enjoy:@)

  3. I love the Chew… it’s so fun. These little parfaits are fun too. 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 🙂

  4. I love The Chew, too! (This week’s #SundaySupper recipe is adapted from the show.) I missed the Tiramisu competition and am very grateful to have the winning recipe =) It does look delish, Liz!

  5. Lizzy,
    I love individual desserts and these Tiramisu are gorgeous. I’;; have to make these for my Bunco group!
    Happy thanksgiving to you and your family!

  6. Lizzy,
    I love individual desserts and these Tiramisu are gorgeous. I’ll have to make these for my Bunco group!
    Happy thanksgiving to you and your family!

  7. Lizzy,
    I love individual desserts and these Tiramisu are gorgeous with all of the layers.
    Happy thanksgiving to you and your family!

  8. Hey now…you got my attention! These look delicious!

  9. I love tiramisu ! The last time I’ve made this was last year and such a disappointment 😛 Maybe will try your recipe 😉

  10. I love individualized desserts! So fun and tasty!

  11. Tiramisu is my most favorite dessert! I’ll have to try this version.

  12. Give me a good tiramisu anytime. These are gorgeous, Liz, perfect for the coming festivities!

  13. What a great idea to put them in “to go” cups! These look so delicious. I often wonder how The Skinny Chick stays so skinny – she has will power – that’s how???

  14. A really good tiramisu is one of those desserts I cannot resist. Love this recipe and the individual format.

  15. This is one of my favorites desserts but I have never made it myself. The holidays would be a great time to try it out and serve to others so I don’t end up eating it all.

  16. I watched that episode, actually I watch every episode of The Chew. It is my favorite show. I love individual desserts like this, yours look fabulous!!

  17. Pasteurized eggs are good stuff – we use them all the time. The risk of getting a bad egg is small, but it exists. Anyway, love the idea of these! Making individual parfaits is a wonderful idea. Thanks.

  18. Oh, I saw that episode too and yours look fantastic! I love how pretty the layers look and individual desserts are so fun 🙂 Happy thanksgiving to you and your family Liz!

  19. That’s what I call a fun dessert!

  20. Gorgeous parfaits my friend, tiramisu is one of the best desserts 😀

    Cheers
    CCU

  21. these are GORGEOUS & Devourable! xxx

    have a lovely Thanksgiving, Liz.

  22. Lizzy, from one Lizzy to another, when you are creating exquisite dessert indulgences like this, how on earth do you stay skinny, my friend!?

  23. Lizzy,
    I love tiramisu and these look delicious! The individual servings help with portion control or you could just eat another one or two. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
    Annamaria

  24. I would gladly take any leftover off your hands.

  25. I agree with you that individual tiramisu are the prettiest way of serving tiramisu…it is alway hard to make a nice presentation when serving from a large bowl.

  26. OH! I’m going to have to keep my eyes open for those eggs! And these parfaits look so good! Thank you for sharing! I hope you and yours have a beautiful Thanksgiving tomorrow!

  27. I Love tiramisu! I really love tiramisu! Yes, I really do love it! Have A Very Happy Thanksgiving!

  28. Hahahaha, “individual” portions.

    Implying I won’t eat them all myself like a fatty.

  29. These look so pretty and I love your glassware. Lucky Tom! I you and your family have a very special Thanksgiving xx

  30. Arrhhhhh…..Lizzy, these individual Tiramisu parfaits are gorgeous! Easier to serve too 🙂

  31. I too enjoy desserts in individual servings…so much easier for the portion control. These look marvelous.

  32. This is a favorite dessert of mine and I like that I don’t have to guess when I’ve had enough 🙂

  33. I love individual desserts and I love tiramisu! Thanks for this wonderful recipe Liz. Happy Thanksgiving.

  34. Oh yum! Tiramisu is an amazing dessert, I could never leave one to linger in the fridge my will power is just not that strong. These look lovely I can’t wait to try them 🙂

  35. I love single serve desserts and these little tiramisu look fantastic! I’m grabbing my spoon and I’m ready to dig in. Yum!

  36. Tiramisu used to be my favourite dessert but I’ve found in the past few years that there are very few people who make it well. Yours looks absolutely divine, Liz. Great twist with the addition of Kahlua and frangelico (the more booze the better, in my opinion!).

  37. I love individual desserts, your parfaits are so pretty!

  38. To have a mother who makes this dessert for you! How convenient! Or we can be neighbours, and, as it happens a lot of times, I can eat Bill’s serving… This is one of my favorite flavor combinations ever, and you had to go and add Kahlua to it! Stunning Liz!

  39. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love these little parfaits! I’ve got to make these!!! Thanks!

  40. What a gorgeous dinner-party dessert! We had a few tiramisu- style desserts in Spain and were disappointed, it’ll be nice to have a delicious new take on an old favourite.

  41. One of my favorite desserts of all time! I’m just a little biased, being Italian and all 🙂

  42. Love tiramisu! These individual servings are perfect and so satisfying! They are so delicious and just the right amount!

  43. This is such a great update to the classic tiramisu! I love the flavors and I just can’t resist individual desserts!

  44. Are the Savioardi ladyfingers hard to find? Market District?

    • I have better luck finding them than the soft ladyfingers. I found them locally at Meijer in the international section. I haven’t looked for them at Market District, but checking the local website, I see they do carry the Alessi brand. Hope you give these a try!

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