This gingerbread tiramisu is the perfect no bake dessert for the holidays! With a gingerbread mascarpone filling, gingerbread coffee soaked lady fingers, and a layer of gingerbread cookies in the center, this tiramisu is loaded with gingerbread flavor from top to bottom.
How to Make Gingerbread Tiramisu
This recipe was tricky to get just right because I had to inject a layer of gingerbread flavor while still staying true to the creamy coffee flavor of tiramisu.
With some experimenting and many containers of mascarpone later, I can safely say that this gingerbread tiramisu is the perfect balance of both.
First, the mascarpone filling is flavored with a hint of molasses along with ginger and cinnamon. As the mascarpone is mixed into the molasses and egg yolk mixture, it instantly begins to smell exactly like a batch of gingerbread cookies.
Then, the lady fingers are soaked in gingerbread coffee. This is optional, but the subtle warm spicy flavor really helps kick up that gingerbread flavor. I personally used Starbuck’s gingerbread coffee which can be found in most grocery stores around the holidays.
Last, a layer of gingerbread cookies is sandwiched right in the center of this tiramisu. The mascarpone filling naturally softens these crisp cookies, so there’s no need to dunk them in the coffee. This extra cookie layer was definitely the missing piece that brought this entire dessert together.
Tips for Making Homemade Gingerbread Tiramisu
This is an easy no bake recipe, but here are a few tips to ensure your tiramisu turns out just right:
- Egg Yolks + Sugar – The filling starts by dissolving sugar in egg yolks. It’s very important that the sugar fully dissolves because not only does it lead to a silky smooth filling, but it also ensure that the filling sets just right.
- Mascarpone – Use cold mascarpone that’s freshly pulled from the refrigerator. The filling is pretty thin already, so using chilled mascarpone prevents the filling from turning watery.
- Dunking – When dunking the lady fingers into the coffee, only dunk for a second and allow the excess coffee to drip off. Any longer and the lady fingers will turn too mushy.
- Layering – Each layer should be even and fully cover the pan. For the lady fingers, squeeze them into the bottom and cut off any pieces to ensure a tight fit. The mascarpone should be spread smooth and every layer after must be arranged as even as possible.
- Topping – This tiramisu will likely fill your pan all the way to the tippy top. Because of this, the topping needs to have a bit more structure. Folding in extra whipped cream will thicken any remaining filling to create the perfect dolloped layer on top.
- Chill – Allow the tiramisu to chill overnight, but a full 24 hours is best as it will develop a stronger flavor the longer it chills.
Gingerbread Tiramisu FAQs
Schar makes gluten free lady fingers and there are plenty of gluten free gingersnap cookies on the market. Replacing these two ingredients will make this recipe completely gluten free!
Yes, double the recipe and it should all fit in a 9×13 dish.
Use a thin and crisp gingerbread cookie and avoid anything soft. I used Pepperidge Farm gingerman cookies and they worked perfect!
If you’re struggling to find gingerbread coffee, plain coffee will do the trick. Due to the layer of gingerbread cookies as well as the gingerbread mascarpone filling, you should still get plenty of gingerbread flavor.
Store the tiramisu in the refrigerator and it will keep for about 4 days. Once it’s sliced into, make sure to cover the pan. It’s ok to store uncovered if it hasn’t been touched.
For more gingerbread recipes, check out my:
- Gingerbread Cookies
- Gingerbread Cupcakes
- Gingerbread Cake
- Chewy Molasses Cookies
- Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls
- Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
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