Lemon Tiramisu

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Lemon Tiramisu – A rich and creamy lemony spin on the classic Italian Tiramisu dessert. A delicious no bake treat that is perfect to make any time.

This post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Tiramisu is one of those restaurant desserts that is really hard to say no to. It is so rich, creamy, decadent and so full of flavor. Well this is all of that, but with lemon flavor! It is the ultimate spring and summer treat you are going to have on repeat.

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake has always been really high up there on my list of favorite lemon desserts, but this lemon tiramisu just might take the top spot. Plus it is so easy to make!

slice of lemon tiramisu on a white plate

 

I love no bake desserts all year round, but this is perfect for spring and summer when the weather starts to warm up. The bright lemon flavor just screams spring and it will surely disappear at your next get together!

What You’ll Need

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  • Mascarpone Cheese
  • Cream Cheese
  • Granulated Sugar – I used Imperial Sugar
  • Heavy Cream
  • Lemons
  • Lemon Extract
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Lady Fingers
  • Lemonade/Limoncello

Whether you want to use lemonade or limoncello is entirely up to you. It is really just if you want to have the alcohol in your dessert or not. Limoncello tiramisu just means you are dipping the lady fingers in limoncello to help soften them, which gives them the same lemon flavor as lemonade.

limoncello tiramisu in a baking dish with a piece cut out

How To Make Lemon Tiramisu

  1. Mix together cream cheese, mascarpone cheese and sugar until it is super creamy. Add in lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon extract and vanilla extract until well blended.
  2. In a stand mixer beat heavy cream until you get to stiff peaks.
  3. Add whipped cream to cream cheese mixture and fold together until everything is combined.
  4. Pour lemonade or limoncello into a shallow bowl. Dip lady fingers, turning them over so they are coated on all sides. Do not let them sit in the liquid for more than a few seconds or they will start to fall apart.
  5. Layer lady fingers into the bottom or your baking dish. Top with half of the cream mixture and spread it into an even layer. Repeat with a second layer of lady fingers and the rest of the cream mixture.
  6. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours up or overnight.
spreading cream over lady finger layer
Can I Make This Ahead Of Time

This is the perfect dessert for you to make ahead. It needs to sit for at least 4 hours for the lady fingers to soften and the flavors to all blend together. So it is great to make the day before and serve for dessert the next day.

Can You Substitute Limoncello

Yes, absolutely! As I mentioned above, I used lemonade in this recipe to make it family friendly. But you can definitely use limoncello if you have it and want to do a limoncello tiramisu!

What Can I Use Instead Of Mascarpone Cheese

If you can’t find mascarpone cheese, you can use more cream cheese and it will still be delicious. They are very similar, mascarpone is just the traditional one used in tiramisu. So if you want to use all mascarpone instead of half and half you can as well.

slices of limoncello tiramisu on a white plate with a fork

What Are Lady Fingers

Lady fingers are a sweet sponge cookie. They don’t have a lot of flavor and are kind of bland on their own. But they are the classic base for this dessert. They soften and absorb the flavor of the cream mixture as the tiramisu sets up. You can find them in the cookie aisle at Whole Foods or most Grocery Stores. You can also order them on Amazon.

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Lemon Tiramisu

By Erin
Lemon Tiramisu – A rich and creamy lemony spin on the classic Italian Tiramisu dessert. A delicious no bake treat that is perfect to make any time.
Prep: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients 

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 10 ounces lady fingers, about 40 cookies
  • 1 1/2 cups lemonade or limoncello

Instructions 

  • Beat together cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, and sugar until it is super creamy. Add in lemon juice, lemon extract, vanilla extract, and lemon zest until well blended.
  • In a stand mixer beat heavy cream until you get to stiff peaks.
  • Add whipped cream to cream cheese mixture and gently fold together until everything is combined.
  • Pour lemonade or limoncello into a shallow bowl. Dip lady fingers, turning them over so they are coated on all sides. Do not let them sit in liquid for more than a few seconds or they will start to fall apart.
  • Layer lady fingers into bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Top with half of cream mixture and spread it into an even layer.
  • Repeat with a second layer of lady fingers and rest of cream mixture.

Notes

I used Imperial Sugar for this recipe

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 555kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 228mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 555
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12 Comments

  1. This sounds absolutely mouthwatering. I love the lemon flavor you added to this. I can’t wait to try it.

    1. Anything you have or like will work. You don’t need much, so just something that you will drink and not waste is what you want.