Treat Yourself to a Cheater's Tiramisu

Tiramisu is an Italian treat that’s easy to mess up if you’re making it at home, but now there’s a fool-proof way you have your snack and eat it too. In the traditional version, the egg-based cream is the most difficult part because it can make or break the dish. It involves separating raw eggs and whipping them to a specific stiffness. Then you have to fold them gently, which is even trickier. You finally finish, only to find out that you did it wrong and made a runny mess. How about if we just take the egg out of the equation? Instead of going through all that nonsense, just replace the eggs with a couple of vanilla pudding cups — yes, the packaged, pre-made vanilla pudding sold in four-packs. 

Lazy Cheater’s Tiramisu 

  • • 2 double shots espresso (4 ounces) 
  • • 8 ounces heavy whipping cream 
  • • 1 tablespoon sugar 
  • • 2 vanilla snack packs 
  • • 6 ounces mascarpone 
  • • 12 lady fingers 
  • • Cocoa powder to garnish 
  • • In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream and sugar to medium peaks. 
  • • In a different large bowl, thoroughly mix together the snack packs and mascarpone cheese with a rubber spatula. 
  • • Fold in the whipped cream. 
  • • Dip both sides of a lady finger cookie in the espresso, break it in half, and place it in the bottom of a dessert glass. 
  • • Repeat this in two other dessert glasses. 
  • • Add a scoop of the cream mixture to each glass. 
  • • Repeat the layers until the glasses are full, ending with a scoop of the cream. 
  • • Top with a dusting of cocoa powder. 
  • • Let the tiramisu cups set in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.