Want a finger friendly version of tiramisu? Try tiramisu truffles! Perfect for portion control, and you don’t need a spoon!

Tiramisu as finger food?

Normally, Tiramisu is made with coffee-dipped ladyfingers layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, then topped with cocoa powder…it’s not really something you can eat without a spoon. Why did I want to mess with a classic, I hear you ask? Well, I was catering my daughter’s Italian-themed bridal shower, and I wanted to get creative with the menu…you know, upend the expectations a little. Remember the Limoncello? That was also for the shower. Enter finger friendly Tiramisu truffles – all the joys of tiramisu wrapped in a decadent bit of dark chocolate.

 

author's daughter holding a tiramisu truffle
Awww…she does’t really mean it…does she?

Tempering chocolate made easy

The only downside to this plan was that I’d have to temper chocolate again. Tempering chocolate is just no fun to me, but this time I had a secret weapon…a KitchenAid Precise Heat Mixing Bowl (a birthday gift from my considerate family). It’s an attachment to the KitchenAid Stand Mixer that tempers melted chocolate, then holds that chocolate in temper as you dip. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, head here for a quick refresher course. It’s ok…I’ll wait…hmmm…I need to get to the recipe soon…back with me? Great! With this device, there’s no more standing and stirring until the temperature is just right, and you don’t need to bring your heating pad in from the bedroom. Score!

 

KitchenAid Precise Heat Mixing Bowl attachment
My birthday present! A KitchenAid Precise Heat Mixing Bowl attachment…tempering chocolate made easy!

 

There was a learning curve involved when I flipped on the switch (i.e. having to do the procedure twice to get the chocolate properly tempered…user error), but after I figured it out it was (mostly) smooth sailing. I still needed to clean off the dipping spoon from cooled chocolate several times so that the truffles dropped onto the tray (otherwise, they just stuck to the spoon, upside down, and no amount of tapping or poking would release it). With those minor roadblocks handled, success was assured…or at least it looked promising. With the recipe for If you give a blonde a kitchen‘s Tiramisu truffles in hand, let’s get started!

 

Tiramisu truffles ingredients
All the taste of tiramisu in finger-friendly portions

 

crushing ladyfingers in a food processor collage
Pulverizing ladyfingers, half a package at a time

 

making the tiramisu truffle dough collage
Mixing in the mascarpone cheese into the ladyfinger crumbs

 

Tiramisu truffles before and after dipping in chocolate collage
From dough to dipped, the truffles are ready!

All the flavor, no spoon required

These Tiramisu truffles were quite the hit at the shower…the tempered chocolate had the requisite snap when you bit into it, and the inside had a mild flavor of tiramisu.

 

Tiramisu truffles plated
All ready for the shower guests to have

 

Tiramisu truffles plated closeup
Take 3, they’re small

 

Truffles are such an easy way to have small bites of goodness, whether as a cake pop or just as a dark chocolate bite (even if you do have to temper chocolate). Tiramisu truffles are the way to go if you want a portion-controlled bit of Italian goodness, no spoon required!

Slainté! L’chaim! Cheers!

Tammy

No-Bake Tiramisu Truffles

Want a finger friendly version of tiramisu? Try tiramisu truffles! Perfect for portion control, and you don’t need a spoon!
Adapted from If you give a blonde a kitchen
Prep Time1 hr
Chilling Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Boozy Food, Candy, Candy Making, Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Truffles, No Bake Desserts, No-Bake, Truffles
Servings: 36 pieces
Calories: 95kcal
Author: Tammy Spencer, Scotch & Scones

Ingredients

  • 24 ladyfingers (1 package, 12 oz, 336g)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2/3 cup mascarpone cheese (5-1/4 oz, 150g), room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp espresso and/or coffee liqueur, see Recipe Notes
  • 12 oz dark or semi-sweet chocolate (2 cups, 336g), chopped
  • 2 tsp espresso powder, optional (see Recipe Notes)

Procedure

  • In a food processor, blend ladyfingers, half the package at a time, until you have fine crumbs. Set aside 2 tablespoons to sprinkle on the truffles later. Transfer the remaining crumbs to the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the sugar and whisk until combined.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or a hand mixer), add the mascarpone cheese to the bowl and mix until fully incorporated. Add the espresso and/or liqueur one tablespoon at a time until the texture is like a soft cookie dough. Transfer the mixture to a sealed container and chill for 45 minutes (or overnight).
  • Line a half sheet baking pan with Silpat or parchment paper. Remove the mixture from the fridge. Using a small cookie scoop, shape the mixture into 36 (1-inch) balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Freeze for 10 minutes.
  • Melt and temper the chocolate and stir in the espresso powder (if using). Dip a cold tiramisu truffle into the melted chocolate using a dipping tool and transfer it back to the baking sheet. Sprinkle the truffle with the crushed lady fingers you set aside earlier. Repeat for the remaining truffles.
  • Place the baking sheet in the fridge for 15 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.
  • Store tiramisu truffles in an airtight container in the fridge. Truffles last about a week and should be refrigerated. Bring them to room temperature before serving.

Recipe Notes

For the ladyfingers, you want the crunchy kind, not the soft ones. Two brands are Stella D'Oro Margherite or Goya. 
Cream cheese (3/4 cup, 6 oz, 170g) can be substituted for mascarpone, if desired
You can use strong coffee or coffee liqueur (like Kahlua) in place of espresso.
I went with 2 Tbsp Kahlua and 1 Tbsp espresso (thinking the Kahlua would be too strong), but the coffee flavor was muted. Next time I’ll skip the espresso and go with 3 Tbsp Kahlua, then add espresso to the melted chocolate. That way the coffee flavor will really be present.
You can freeze the un-dipped balls of dough in a closed container or ziplock bag for up to two weeks.
Nutrition Facts
No-Bake Tiramisu Truffles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 95
* Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 cal per day diet.
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3 Comments

  1. Shira Spencer August 3, 2018 at 5:44 am

    These were so yummy, and the presentation was just beautiful!

    Reply

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