With all the great taste of tiramisu, but in an easy, fun, dip-able format, this tiramisu dip is going to become an instant party favorite!
Why you’ll love it: All the delight of your favorite dessert in a 10 minute dip recipe, and that’s a great reason to love this recipe.
How long it takes: 10 minutes
Equipment you’ll need: mixing bowl, electric mixer
Servings: 14 servings (1/4 cup each)
Creamy and rich, this tiramisu dip combines the best attributes of your favorite dessert. It has the perfect balance of coffee and chocolate without either being overpowering. It’s sweet but not cloyingly sweet. Perfect with ladyfingers, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, fruit, or whatever you like to dip.
There’s always a need for fun dips, because who doesn’t love dip? Sweet dips, savory dips, they’re all welcome at any party. This tiramisu dip is always super popular at parties and it’s very easy to make.
Speaking of parties, I am so thankful and blessed to have my extended family living nearby. I never take this for granted because there were quite a few years when this wasn’t the case. I feel very fortunate that our kids are going to grow up surrounded by family members and have the opportunity to hang out with their cousins.
And yes, we take every occasion we can to have a little party: holidays, birthdays, picnics, dance parties, Friday nights, whatever. Any time is a good time to get together for fun, food, and fellowship. And delicious dips!
About this Recipe
This tiramisu dip is made with mascarpone, cream cheese, espresso powder, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder. It’s sweetened with a touch of powdered sugar and the fluffy texture comes compliments of a bit of heavy whipping cream.
If you’re wondering what to serve with this tiramisu dip, ladyfingers are the obvious choice (as pictured) but graham crackers, vanilla wafers, or apple slices are delicious, too.
I might have put it on pancakes one morning. And it might have been the best thing ever.
I’ll get you started with the recipe here with extra helpful tips. It’s really easy to make so if you’d rather skip on down to the printable recipe card below, you’ll find complete instructions and nutrition information.
What You’ll Need
- Whipping Cream (Heavy Cream): Not to be confused with whipped topping or whipped cream from a can! Look for whipping cream or heavy cream (same thing) in the dairy section of your grocery store. It should be well-chilled.
- Cream Cheese: You’ll want to make sure that your cream cheese is softened, or at room temperature so it’s easy to blend. Choose either full-fat or reduced fat (Neufchatel) but not fat-free.
- Mascarpone Cheese: Sometimes known as Italian cream cheese, mascarpone is richer (75% butterfat) and softer than American cream cheese (55% butterfat). It has a silkier consistency. You’ll find it in either the cheese section or the dairy section of the grocery story.
- Powdered Sugar (Confectioner’s Sugar): Only one half cup is needed to sweeten this dip.
- Espresso Powder: A traditional flavoring in tiramisu, espresso powder is a type of instant coffee and is found on the coffee aisle, in a small jar or tin.
- Cocoa Powder: Usually used in baking, unsweetened cocoa powder adds chocolate flavor. It’s sifted on top of the dip, similar to a tiramisu dessert.
- Pure Vanilla Extract: For a warm, rich flavor.
How To Make This Dip
Begin by stirring the espresso powder into the whipping cream so it has a chance to dissolve. Set that aside.
Next, put the cream cheese in a bowl and whip it with an electric mixer until it’s smooth and creamy. Add the mascarpone cheese and beat until velvety smooth. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla; then add the espresso flavored whipping cream. Continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy with soft peaks.
Scrape the dip into a serving bowl and sprinkle on the cocoa powder. Often cocoa powder tends to be a bit lumpy so it works best to use a small fine strainer to sift it over the dip.
Lovely! Serve this delectable dip immediately with dippers of your choice.
In Italian, the word tiramisu means “pick me up” as in, cheer me up.
This iconic dessert is made of ladyfingers which have been dipped in coffee, then layered with a creamy mixture of eggs, sugar and mascarpone cheese, and lightly flavored with chocolate (Wikipedia).
Oh dear, I hate to call any dessert “bad”. It has a fairly high fat content and can be rather sweet, making it a once-in-awhile special treat. In addition, traditional tiramisu may contain raw eggs so there may be a risk of salmonella.
Make It Your Own
- For a fun twist, add a tablespoon of rum or Kahlúa.
Make-Ahead and Storage Tips
This dip can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days. If you’re not planning on serving it immediately, hold off on the cocoa powder. It’s best to sift it on right before you serve the dip. It will look prettier.
More Dessert Dips
- Cherry Cheesecake Dip with Lime
- Hot Chocolate Dip – a cool creamy dip that reminds you of your favorite hot beverage
- Slow Cooker Chocolate Fondue
- Vanilla Bean Yogurt Dip
- Raspberry Cheesecake Yogurt Dip
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream, chilled
- 1 tablespoon espresso powder
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- Ladyfingers, vanilla wafers, or fruit for dipping
- Stir cream and espresso powder together in a bowl until dissolved.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
- Add mascarpone cheese and beat until smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract; beat on low speed using an electric mixer until mixed. Add heavy cream and espresso mixture and increase speed to high and beat until soft peaks form – do not over beat.
- Place in a serving bowl and sprinkle with cocoa powder (I use a small fine mesh strainer). If not serving immediately, cover dip before sprinkling with cocoa powder and refrigerate.
- Serve with ladyfingers, vanilla wafers or fruit.
- Serving size: 1/4 cup dip. Nutrition information is for dip only and does not include dippers.
- Leftover dip can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days.
- If desired, 1 tablespoon of Kahlúa or rum can be added to dip.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
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