Gluten Free Tiramisu

Gluten Free Tiramisu

Classic gluten-free creamy and rich chocolate and coffee flavored tiramisu, dusted with cocoa powder and sprinkled with shaved dark chocolate.

A piece of cake on a white plate

If you really are tight on time and/or patience, Schar makes packaged lady finger cookies & I’ve found everywhere from Whole Foods Market to most of the larger grocery stores near me.

The package costs nearly $6.00 for about 15 cookies, but for a special occasion I think it’s a-o-kay. I’ve tried them, and they’re not too shabby. They aren’t as good as homemade, but your gluten free tiramisu will still taste like you spent all day in the kitchen when really? Just about 15 minutes to assemble this humble-yet-totally-impressive dessert.

A piece of tiramisu on a white plate

I used the gluten free chocolate lady fingers that we made yesterday, but there is no shame in buying a package of Schar’s lady fingers. They cost $6.00 for about 15 cookies, but they are readily available.

Beaten egg and cream cheese in a bowl Tiramisu filling in a bowl Close up of Tiramisu filling

There are raw eggs in here. I have been eating and tasting recipes with raw eggs for decades and literally have never gotten sick. If you are concerned, just use pasteurized eggs and you’ll have no worries no worries at all.

Close up of a chocolate cookie

Be sure not to soak the lady fingers or they will be, well, soaked and soggy. Just dip. Like a lady. Finger.

Overhead view of tiramisu on white plate
Your Valentine your guest your child your husband … will be duly impressed. If you’ve never made tiramisu and maybe thought it was fussy, now is the time! No fuss at all. Celebrate with gluten free tiramisu!

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Prep time: Yield: 4 to 6 servings


4 egg yolks (100 g), at room temperature

1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar

16 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature

18 to 20 gluten free lady fingers

6 tablespoons (3 fluid ounces) brewed espresso or strong coffee

1 tablespoon dark rum or cognac (optional)

Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting

1 ounce dark chocolate, shaved, for sprinkling


  • Make the mascarpone mixture. In a large bowl, place the egg yolks and sugar, and whisk vigorously for about 3 minutes or until pale yellow and thickened. Add the room temperature mascarpone cheese about 4 ounces at a time, whisking well after each addition until well-incorporated. The mixture will thicken and pale after each addition.

  • Assemble the dish. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the espresso/strong coffee and the rum or cognac. Dip (don’t soak) the top of each lady finger in the mixture, and place half of the cookies on a serving platter (or a rectangular tart pan with a removable bottom, which is what I used), one next to the other, side by side and touching. Cover with a layer of half of the mascarpone mixture, and then the remaining lady fingers in the same pattern as the first half. Cover thickly with the remaining mascarpone mixture, spreading into an even layer. Cover the dish with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight. The longer you allow the dish to set, the better it will taste.

  • Finish and serve. When you are ready to serve, remove the dish from the refrigerator, dust with a layer of cocoa powder and then an even sprinkling of shaved chocolate. Slice and serve.


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  • Sandy R
    February 10, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Looks delicious – on my must make list! I have to Thank You!!!
    As a NEMO survivor on the coast of CT (in the 36″ snowfall region) I am snowed in with nary a snow plow to be seen yet. I am SICK of soup and crackers and tea. SICK of power on then off SICK of no cable can’t even take a walk in 3 feet of snow. I need a treat so badly. THEN BINGO. I remember I have some of your chic chip cookie dough frozen in balls in the freezer :-))). So I have the oven preheating while we have power and Bake Fresh GF Cookies. YEAH NICOLE for suggesting I freeze some!!!
    Sandy R

  • February 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    question.. do you have any suggestions for coffee substitutes? I just can not do caffeine without getting a massive headache. (last time i accidentally had some was when a certain soda company decided their orange soda needed the spike.. massive headache for 3 days.. this was over 10 years ago..) i would love to try this, but would seriously need an alternative.. cuz no coffee and no liquor (i can’t have that, either..)  would likely make this very dull…
    (oh and for the record, chocolate is ok.. it has never triggered a caffeine headache.. not sure what that says…)

    • Bambooeater
      February 7, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      Couldn’t you just use very concentrated decaf coffee? 

  • Springrolls83
    February 7, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    thanks for sharing your talents. i have two of your books and i both love it :-)

  • Michelle
    February 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    I am of Italian descent, and have really missed tiramisu. First you gave me back ravioli, and now this. Thanks so much!

    • Carole
      February 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      Where did you find the ravioli recipe??Checked both books and I thought completely online.

      • Michelle
        February 8, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        It’s in the first book p. 132. It uses her regular pasta dough. My family normally gets together and makes dozens of meat raviolis for holidays, (then tries to put the dish of raviolis closest to their plate) and I had been feeling sorry for myself every time I had to pass the dish on without having any.  I tried Nicole’s spinach-cheese version, and it went over very well. My husband and daughter can both eat gluten and they swore the ones I made were as good as the ones we make with my gramma. 

  • Carole
    February 7, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    OHHHH!!! I’m in love. Wonder if I can find raspberries to go with ??

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