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Make a delicious Tiramisu dessert shooter

Updated on August 9, 2013

Tiramisu dessert shooters - the newest creation in Italian desserts!

Tiramisu dessert shooters are just like the full sized Italian dessert made traditionally with lady fingers (no, not real lady fingers...), marscapone cheese, eggs, and a custard only these dessert shooters are made in smaller size glasses. Tiramisu is usually layered in a trifle glass anyway so just selecting a smaller glass (such as a 3 or 4 ounce shot glass) will make a fully satisfying dessert in a mini dessert size - you'll still get the full flavor but it won't be as filling and you'll save calories to boot! That's a win-win situation!

And, by adding a few extra items, such as chocolate chips or coffee covered espresso beans as a garnish, you wlll make this the best mini dessert ever after a filling Italian spaghetti and meatballs dinner.

Since these mini desserts are so light, consider mixing up a few different flavors, such as Key Lie Pie or Smores dessert shooters to serve alongside. Figure on 2 or 3 dessert shooters per person and, if you're lucky, you'll have leftovers!

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Another great tiramisu dessert shooter glass

I found these glasses in Key West and quickly searched them online to find them MUCH cheaper. I think the martini glass, in particular, would make a great tiramisu dessert shooter presentation.

There's nothing better than ladyfingers dipped in Kahlua

...especially when they're mine!

You'll need just 10 ladyfingers for this Tiramisu dessert shooter recipe.

The ladyfinger layer in Tiramisu is traditionally dipped in black espresso coffee. That's fine but, imho, what the heck is Tiramisu without a shot of Kahlua or Brandy or your favorite liquor?

Place 10 ladyfingers in espresso to soak up the liquor. Reserve 5 ladyfinger cookies for garnish.

If you can't find ladyfingers in your local store or bakery, feel free to use either sponge cake, angel food cake, or plain yellow cake. Your tiramisu won't suffer if you cheat a bit here.

Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done. ~Author Unknown

Sure, you can fake Tiramisu without going to the trouble of making the marscapone cheese layer (and we'll get into that later), but, if you want the most authentic Tiramisu Dessert Shooter, you really should go the extra mile and make the below recipe. It's really pretty easy and will make a delicious presentation as well as a great tasting dessert.

If you choose to go an easier route, you can use this delicious dessert shooter custard recipe in place of the tiramisu marscapone layer.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 8


  • 3 pasteurized egg yolks
  • 2 t pure vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 C marscapone cheese


  1. 1. Beat yolks, vanilla, and sugar on high until the mixture is light and fluffy. It should be a light yellow when done. Since you're not going to be cooking the egg yolks, make sure they're pasteurized already.
  2. 2. Gently fold in the marscapone cheese into the yolk mixture and place in refrigerator to set up.
Cast your vote for Make the Tiramisu Marscapone Layer

Assemble the Tiramisu Dessert Shooter

Assembling your Tiramisu dessert shooters is the most fun yet.

Simply place 1/2 of the espresso soaked ladyfinger in the bottom of a 4 ounce dessert shooter glass. Top with a thin layer of marscapone cheese mixture and sprinkle with the liquor of your choice (Kahlua is my fave). Dust with just a bit of cocoa powder. Repeat the layers - another ladyfinger half, more cheese mixture, another sprinkle of liquor and a dusting of cocoa. Finish with a dollop of whipped cream and set one of the unsoaked ladyfingers atop your dessert shooter as a garnish.

Dig in - what are you waiting for?

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Fun toppings for Tiramisu Dessert Shooters

Part of the fun of creating dessert shooters is to put your own flair on them. Let your personality show through your garnish.

The below items are all delicious and attractive toppings to any dessert shooter.

Fabulous Fakes

AKA - isn't there an easier way?

Sure, there's an easier way to make that Tiramisu dessert shooter! You'll still need to soak some sort of cake in espresso but you can take a short cut on the marscapone layer.

Mix up a chocolate instant pudding and a vanilla instant pudding and layer them alternatively into the dessert shooter glass. It won't be quite as tasty, but close!

You can also use pre-made puddings in your grocer's refrigerator section.

For an interesting twist, how about adding a layer of pre-made tapioca pudding in there too?

The self-proclaimed Dessert Shooter Queen is hungry for comments - Give me the good, the bad, and the ugly, please!

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Just try and stop me from making my own Tiramisu dessert shooter with Kahlua!

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      readty7 4 years ago

      your pictures look yummy have fun!

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      These look beyond delicious. I adore tiramisu, and this is such a cute presentation. Also, I have some vague notion that the convenient, single-serving size may enable me to enjoy one without promptly devouring enough tiramisu to feed 42 lumberjacks and Jabba the Hut.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      these glasses makes them look elegeant! thanks for sharing

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      cateror 5 years ago

      Awesome ideas, and the chocolate shot glasses.... pure genius! Thanks for a great lens!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I _need_ a shot of tiramisu at this very moment. It will have to be virtual until I can run for some ingredients. I'm feeling inspired to head for the grocery store right now! Thank you for the recipe and for helping me get fired up for some dessert action.

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      I passed by this lens before, came back because I might use this idea! Great lens! I love this lens, have a wonderful day!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We've just made tiramisu today. It's great.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Oooooh yummy. Your dessert shooters are indeed the top of the crop. You do indeed make a drink that satisfies the sweet tooth as well.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I wish I had one right now. Blessed!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Those tiramisu dessert shooters look amazing! I LOVE tiramisu! Blessed!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Yummy. Love chocolate and lady fingers.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes I have a sweet tooth for desserts, must try this one it look yummy.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love desserts but I never heard of this...must try it!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Love love love Tiramisu ... and the concept of dessert shooters!

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      priscillab 5 years ago

      Just had dinner and I would KILL to have a delicious dessert shooter right about now!!!!!!!!!

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      nyclittleitaly 5 years ago

      Tiramisu is a delicious dessert. thank you for this lens.

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      Love Tiramisu and from now on "Eat Chocolate" will top every to do list. Thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      yummy indeed, glad to pin this too.

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      sherioz 6 years ago

      Ohhh. So tempting. This looks wicked!

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I'm going to try making these - they sound yummy!

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      andreaberrios lm 6 years ago

      Perfect!! I will make this pretty soon! I love Tiramisu.

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      JodiFromFlorida 6 years ago

      One of my favorites, dessert, breakfast, snack, lunch...

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      NevermoreShirts 6 years ago

      I love tiramisu... one of my absolute favorites.

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      NevermoreShirts 6 years ago

      I love tiramisu... one of my absolute favorites.

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      AsianMarketplace 6 years ago

      WOW! i just finished my dinner when i was reading this lens. How I wish i can have the desserts to wrap up the lovely night!

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      theonlineanswer 6 years ago

      gah, now if only I had the ingredients handy I would so be making these. Definately will keep it in mind for the next party we have

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Mmmm... tiramisu. One of my absolute favorites, and these look to die for. Great work.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Looks great. I used to make tiramissu with coffee (strong espresso) and rum. Haveto try your version ... Thanks!

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      I love tiramisu :)

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      katt61 6 years ago

      this sounds delicious!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This sounds so good and makes a great presentation. I love all of your dessert shooter recipes. Keep 'em coming!

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Thanks, Virginia. I like to cook but I'm not above using an acceptable shortcut every once in a while.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Love this one (and really appreciate the inclusion of the short-cuts). I'm always looking for a quick and easy recipe. Guess I'm a lazy cook.