No Bake Shortbread Tiramisu Dessert – this easy no bake tiramisu recipe uses shortbread cookies soaked in espresso! It’s topped with a sweetened cream cheese or mascarpone filling that everyone loves. It’s the perfect easy dessert recipe.
It has been cloudy and rainy here in Northern California for WEEKS. Rain, hail, thunderstorms, you name it, we’ve had it. On Monday it hailed so much that Jordan went outside and collected it to make a snowball. I haven’t seen a winter like this in probably 20 years…that’s how crazy it’s been. Now, I’m not really complaining and I feel bad even saying I am tired of rain because we need it – desperately. But it’s almost been TOO much rain; there’s been flooding and they’ve had to let water out of reservoirs. We’ve had to drain our pool so it won’t overflow so many times I’ve lost count.
As much as we need the rain…I have been begging Mother Nature for a sunny day or two. I have so many recipes I have to make and I need something other than dark gray clouds to work with. She finally complied this week and I got some good sunlight Tuesday and yesterday…so I’ve made 3 recipes PER DAY. I still have more to go today and tomorrow to bank for the next round of storms.
Anyway, I’m saying that I’m in love with these photos because it was the first time in days that I didn’t need to wear a rain jacket or cry because I couldn’t work. Plus, that sunlight just makes this Tiramisu POP, doesn’t it?
We all love Tiramisu, right? It’s one of my most-loved desserts, and this no bake shortbread tiramisu dessert uses SHORTBREAD cookies, which makes it even better.
Back Story of No Bake Shortbread Tiramisu
I discovered how much y’all loved tiramisu when I posted my mousse recipe a few years ago. That one is still always in my top referred and I think it’s because it’s so pretty and tasty but also because of how EASY it is. Now, most people will say, but “Dorothy, you be crazy. Tiramisu is always easy to make!” and I agree on that point. But it’s NOT always easy to find the ingredients you need to make a traditional tiramisu.
I live in a suburb of Sacramento, which is a pretty metropolitan area. I don’t consider where I live rural by a long shot, and we have access to everything we need in under a few minutes of drive time, which is why I was so surprised that I couldn’t find marscarpone cheese or ladyfingers very easily. Sure, I can find the cheese at upscale grocery stores (for about $8) but nowhere could I find any ladyfingers (and believe me, I looked at EVERY grocery store near me).
I call this no bake tiramisu EASY not just because it’s a snap to whip up (it’s done in under 30 minutes) but because the ingredients are everyday ones you can find anywhere. When I’m making a dessert like this, it’s usually because I’m entertaining and there’s already so much to do I don’t want to have to hunt for my ingredients.
Ingredients Used in No Bake Shortbread Tiramisu
Instead of the traditional filler for this no bake tiramisu, I used Walkers Shortbread cookies. I always have them on hand (the fingers are my favorite ones) and not just because I work with them. I crave their shortbread on a regular basis, and it’s available pretty much everywhere that sells cookies, right in the cookie aisle. When you’re buying shortbread, you want to eat the best, and that’s Walkers.
Instead of the pricey and elusive mascarpone cheese, I use cream cheese. I know that’s not “authentic” but really, I can’t taste much of a difference. Plus, cream cheese is about $3. This is also easy because I forgo all the making of custard and make this more like a no-bake dessert: cream cheese, whipped cream, sugar. I add vanilla extract and rum extract to give it that more authentic tiramisu taste, but you can skip the rum extract if you prefer.
You can whip up no bake shortbread tiramisu in no time at all, and the longer it chills the better. The cookies are soaked in coffee so they get soft and the espresso flavor really comes through in every bite.
Just make sure to make this easy no bake dessert for a party so you don’t eat it all. It’s easy to do…you’ve been warned! 🙂
Video Recipe Tutorial – No Bake Tiramisu Shortbread Dessert
No Bake Shortbread Tiramisu Dessert
- 2 5.3 ounce packages Walkers Shortbread Fingers (16 cookies)
- 6 ounces 3/4 cup hot water
- 3 heaping teaspoons instant espresso powder see note
- 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon rum extract optional
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 ounce baking chocolate semi-sweet or 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- Stir espresso powder into hot water. Dip each cookie completely in the espresso, submerging it and allowing it to sit for a couple of seconds. Arrange in an 8x8" baking dish. Set aside.
- Beat cream cheese with a hand mixer until smooth, then mix in powdered sugar and both extracts. Beat until smooth.
- Beat heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form (using a hand or a stand mixer). Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.
- Spread cream cheese mixture over the top of the shortbread cookies in the pan. Finely grate chocolate over the top evenly or dust with cocoa powder.
- Chill at least 2 hours before serving but up to 8 hours. Store covered in refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
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Published on: January 26, 2017