Photo by Rebecca White 

Tiramisu Dip is a simple variation of the classic—albeit labor intensive—tiramisu. This recipe is a “stir-to-combine-and-done” dessert. Provide shots of espresso for each diner and let them dip their mascarpone-coated ladyfingers. Not only will this add an element of classic tiramisu, but it will also give the diner a sugary and creamy espresso shot to sip after dessert.

Yields 6–8 servings


  1. In a large bowl, combine the mascarpone, sugar, espresso and Marsala. Gently fold together until combined.
  1. Sift a thin layer of cocoa powder onto the bottom of a serving bowl or individual serving bowls. Add the mascarpone dip to the bowl and top with a second sifted layer of cocoa powder.
  2. Place into the refrigerator and chill until firm, at least 2 to 3 hours. Serve with the ladyfingers and optional espresso shots.

Cooking Notes:  

  • When working with mascarpone, make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature to prevent the cheese from curdling. Mascarpone left out for 3 to 4 hours should do the trick. While similar to cream cheese, mascarpone is more fragile and can easily break if overstirred or whipped.
  • There are two types of Marsala: dry and sweet. This recipe calls for dry Marsala. Sweet Marsala will make this dip too sugary.
  • If you plan to serve this dip with sugary cookies—like vanilla wafers or chocolate chip cookies—consider decreasing the amount of sugar. Vanilla wafers can replace ladyfingers, but they are a bit more sugary.

Reprinted with permission from the Ultimate 5-Ingredient Cookbook by Rebecca White, Page Street Publishing Co. 2021. Photo credit: Rebecca White