Mini Kahlua Tiramisu | 10 Minute Recipe

This Kahlua Tiramisu is so easy to make and only takes 10 minutes to prepare! Made with a splash of coffee liqueur and espresso, fluffy sponge biscuits, and creamy mascarpone, it’s a delicious adults-only version of the Italian dessert.

Mini Kahlua Tiramisu in a glass bowl in front of a bottle of Kahlua coffee liqueur.

I love making (and eating) desserts made with a splash of alcohol for an adults-only treat. Like my Baileys Chocolate Brownie Trifle, Kahlua Cheesecake Balls, and Baileys Malteser Cheesecake, this tiramisu is a little boozy and incredibly decadent.

Tiramisu means “pick me up” – a nod to the caffeinated shot of espresso. It’s the Italian dessert version of after-dinner coffee.

This Kahlua tiramisu is full of coffee flavour and rich marscapone like traditional tiramisu. It’s creamy, sweet, and surprisingly easy to make.

A Kahlua tiramisu in a glass bowl with a lady finger sponge biscuit and chocolate grated over the top

Why You’re Going To Love This Recipe

  1. So Easy – This Kahlua tiramisu is so simple to make, but it’s fancy enough to serve at a party or as an after dinner treat.
  2. Made in 10 Minutes – It only takes a few minutes to whip up this delicious dessert, then just let it chill in the fridge.
  3. Perfect For Making Ahead – Got a busy day of cooking ahead of you and don’t want to spend any extra time on dessert? No problem! You can easily make this Kahlua tiramisu the night before and keep it chilled until it’s time to serve.
Four mini Kahlua tiramisu's in glass dessert bowls.

What You Need For Kahlua Tiramisu

Note: Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the ingredients quantities and full detailed method.

  • sponge finger biscuits – also called savoiardi or ladyfingers. While you can buy these year round from major supermarkets or international grocers, they are particularly prominent on supermarket shelves in the lead up to Christmas
  • thickened cream – also known as heavy whipping cream
  • Kahlua – you can use any coffee liqueur if you can’t find Kahlua
  • caster sugar – regular granulated sugar is okay if you don’t have caster
  • mascarpone – you can use store-bought or make your own using just cream and lemon juice
  • espresso coffee – cooled. It doesn’t need to be fancy! Instant espresso works fine.
  • dark chocolate – grated
Coffee liqueur soaked sponge fingers in a dessert glass with cream, mascarpone and grated chocolate.

How To Make Kahlua Tiramisu in 10 Minutes

Note: Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the ingredients quantities and full detailed method.

Step 1 – Prep The Biscuits & Glasses

Put eight of the sponge finger biscuits to the side. Chop the rest of the biscuits. Place one half of the chopped biscuits in eight individual serving glasses or bowls.

Step 2 – Assemble The Tiramisu

Drizzle half of the espresso over the top of the biscuits and let it soak in. Whip the thickened cream, Kahlua, sugar, and mascarpone until soft peaks form. Dollop half of the whipped cream mixture on top of the biscuits in the glasses or bowls. Take the leftover 8 biscuits and place them in the bowls, leaning against the side of the glasses (see pictures).

Step 3 – Repeat, Top, & Chill

Sprinkle the remaining chopped sponge finger biscuits over the cream and drizzle over the remaining espresso coffee. Divide the remaining whipped cream between the serving glasses. Top the cream with grated chocolate, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours (overnight if you can).

A dessert glass filled with cream, mascarpone and grated chocolate with a sponge finger on the side.

Recipe Tips & FAQ

How do I store my Kahlua tiramisu?

You can store the tiramisu in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Absolutely! I like to make it the night before and let it chill in the fridge until I’m ready to serve it. You can also make it in the morning and keep it in the refrigerator until it’s dessert time.

Can I omit the Kahlua?

Yes! If you want an alcohol-free tiramisu, you can leave out the Kahlua in the cream mixture entirely or replace it with extra espresso.

Do these mini tiramisu freeze well?

No they don’t freeze well – store in the fridge and consumed within 4 days.

Overhead shot of mascarpone, grated chocolate, cream and sponge finger biscuits in a glass

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Small glass bowls filled with cream, shaved chocolate, Kahlua and sponge finger biscuits.

Mini Kahlua Tiramisu

This Kahlua Tiramisu is so easy to make and only takes 10 minutes to prepare! Made with a splash of coffee liqueur and espresso, fluffy sponge biscuits, and creamy mascarpone, it's a delicious adults-only version of the Italian dessert.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: christmas recipe
Keyword: Mini Kahlua Tiramisu
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chilling time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 serves
Calories: 618kcal

Ingredients

  • 400 g sponge finger biscuits also known as savoiardi
  • 400ml ml thickened cream
  • 60 ml Kahlua
  • 3 tbs (45g) caster sugar
  • 250 g mascarpone
  • 200 ml espresso coffee cooled
  • 100 g dark chocolate grated

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Set aside 8 of the sponge finger biscuits. 
  • Roughly chop the remaining sponge finger biscuits and divide half between 8 individual serving glasses or bowls. 
  • Drizzle half of the espresso coffee over the top of the biscuits allowing it to soak in. 
  • Whip the thickened cream, Kahlua, caster sugar and mascarpone using hand-held beaters or a stand mixer until soft peaks form. 
  • Divide half of cream mixture over the top of the sponge finger biscuits in the serving glasses. 
  • Place the 8 remaining sponge finger biscuits gently into the serving glasses (refer to images). 
  • Sprinkle the remaining chopped sponge finger biscuits over the cream. 
  • Drizzle over the remaining espresso coffee. 
  • Divide the remaining cream mixture between the serving glasses. 
  • Top with grated chocolate. 
  • Refrigerate for at least 3 hours (overnight is best) and serve. 

Thermomix Method

  • Set aside 8 of the sponge finger biscuits. 
  • Roughly chop the remaining sponge finger biscuits and divide half between 8 individual serving glasses or bowls. 
  • Drizzle half of the espresso coffee over the top of the biscuits allowing it to soak in. 
  • Insert the butterfly into the Thermomix bowl and add the thickened cream, Kahlua, caster sugar and mascarpone. Mix on Speed 3 until soft peaks form. 
  • Divide half of cream mixture over the top of the sponge finger biscuits in the serving glasses. 
  • Place the 8 remaining sponge finger biscuits gently into the serving glasses to decorate (refer to images). 
  • Sprinkle the remaining chopped sponge finger biscuits over the cream. Drizzle over the remaining espresso coffee. Divide the remaining cream mixture between the serving glasses. 
  • Top with grated chocolate. 
  • Refrigerate for at least 3 hours (overnight is best) and serve. 

Notes

Storage:
You can store the tiramisu in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
Freezing: 
This recipe does not freeze well.
Make ahead of time:
I like to make it the night before and let it chill in the fridge until I’m ready to serve it. You can also make it in the morning and keep it in the refrigerator until it’s dessert time.
Alcohol-free tiramisu:
Leave out the Kahlua in the cream mixture entirely or replace it with extra espresso coffee.

Nutrition

Calories: 618kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 211mg | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1450IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 3.3mg
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